Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Springtime frolics

If everything's all a bit too quiet for you in these times of global peace and serenity then here are a couple podcasts to break things up a bit. In our first Skwigly Animation Podcast of 2021 we reminisce about the before-times, bemoan uninteresting movie versions of characters best suited to shorts and pick through the animation highlights of the current awards season. 

On the guests front we also welcome the teams behind the Oscar-nominated films Soul (Pete Docter, Kemp Powers and Dana Murray) and If Anything Happens I Love You (Will McCormack and Michael Govier).

You can also check out a new panel from Tanya and Hodan's brilliant Visible in Visuals series. Following on from the first Women in Animation panel, this episode brings together animation professionals with over 50 years of experience between them, including some dear friends whose voices I hadn't quite realised how much I'd missed, discussing their experiences with inclusion, struggles women face in the workplace, and ideal working environments.
As with all of these discussions it brings about some genuinely surprising revelations and there's a ton of food for thought as regards workplace impropriety, casual misogyny and, well, toilets.

Some festival news in that The Gift, Laura-Beth Cowley's BBC Arts film on which I contributed some character animation and shouty bad language, is currently part of CineMagic's On The Pulse Online Short Film Festival until the end of the month. Festivalgoers can check it out as part of the screening programme Tales of the Unexpected.

Finally a quick reminder that this Thursday (March 25th) at 8pm you can catch the special Skwigly edition of Cardiff Animation Nights, curated by Laura-Beth and I. The full selection is as follows:
  • Oh, Darling! (Dir. Cornelius Joksch, Germany)
  • Betty (Dir. Will Anderson, UK)
  • Bubble (Dir. Morgan Powell, UK)
  • Mountain Heart (Dir. Uncle Ginger, UK)
  • Just A Guy (Dir. Shoko Hara, Germany)
  • The Edge (Dir. Zaide Kutay/Geraldine Cammisar, Switzerland)
  • Nod. Wink. Horse. (Dir. Ollie McGee, UK)
  • Peepin (Dir. Haein Kim/Paul Rhodes, Australia)
We'll also be including this year's Cardiff Quick Draw winner Not OK Cupid (Dir. Friend Party Studios) and exclusive Q&As with directors Shoko Hara, Haein Kim, Paul Rhodes and Will Anderson. Tune in to the Cardiff Animation YouTube channel on the night to check it out and hopefully catch some of you there!

Friday, 5 March 2021

March Bits

Hey there good buddies. A little bit o' Speed news for ya with the unveiling of the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI)'s 2021 official selection. These lovely Canucks also gave Sunscapades some love a couple years ago, so they're aces in my book. This time around my film will be part of the suitably-titled Oddball Collection (Shorts 6) at 3pm Toronto time on March 27th. I may even make a virtual appearance of some kind if y'all are super, super lucky. Grab your tickets here.

A little bit before then on the 25th Laura-Beth and I are presenting a special Skwigly screening with our good pals at Cardiff Animation Nights. It's gonna be a great hour of top-notch animation (including Will Anderson's incredible new film Betty, pictured above) with some Q&As to boot. As usual that one will be a free stream via their YouTube channel kicking off at 8pm and won't be staying up once it's done, so be sure to not miss it!

Another project Laura-Beth and I both worked on (a good few years ago now) was the Brazilian preschool series Lendas Animadas, which I gather is now available to stream on Amazon Prime. Alas it doesn't appear to be accessible outside of Brazil, but if you have young'uns and are based in South America this might be something fun to plonk them down in front of. It was certainly a fun one to work on.

Also worth mentioning that the recent BBC Arts/Calling the Shots film The Life and Times of a Witch Bottle animated by Laura-Beth (on the heels of her own witchy film The Gift), is the subject of an online event being put together by The Folklore Society that takes place at 6pm on the 23rd. Laura-Beth will be speaking about the film alongside researchers Owen Davies and Nigel Jeffries of the AHRC who conceived the film as part of BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine's Animated Thinking series. Head to Eventive for more info and tickets.