Monday, 26 October 2009

The Beloved Ones in New York

The Beloved ones will be featuring at the Flaherty NYC film seminar in New York on 9th November at 7:30.

"The Experiments with Animation program will feature a broad spectrum of animated works, each telling a poignant story using very different mediums - watercolor, pencil illustration, paper cut-outs, and even video game footage. What holds the program together is the ability of the filmmakers to convey authentic human emotions using inanimate objects and forms."


Still from The Beloved Ones (2007)


The real Maureen, reading the memory book her mother made for her.
Photo (c) Joshka Wessels.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

doubled up in the Czech Republic



doubled up will be screened at the Animated Film Festival in Olomouc in the Czech Republic, from December 10 - 13th. It's really nice that films carry on having a life beyond the usual festival rounds, the last time it was requested was by a mid-wifery lecturer in Wales!

I think it's really cool that work can spark discussion and interest years after it was made, and hopefully people will want to carry watching it for a bit longer. You can watch doubled up on the BBC Film network or the animate projects website.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Bundanon Trust residency



My friend Sophie B Raymond, an Australian film maker, singer-songwriter and all round good egg, has been successful in applying to the Bundanon Trust for a 2 week group residency investigating animated documentary practice.

The Riversdale complex (above) is a place where Australian and international artists can go to think, talk, be inspired and make links with other artists.

Fabulously enough, I am part of Sophie's group, so now I have to work out where to get the travel funds from. It's not till next December (2010) so I have plenty of time to make applications ... any ideas for funding places gratefully received!

Thursday, 15 October 2009

The finishing process



I'm trying to get through the last few parts of the film, before I start sending it out to my collaborators and interviewees for final feedback, then the funders, British Council, festivals and so on.

It can be a frustrating period. I get quite impatient, and anyone who has worked in animation knows that the question you most dread is "when will it be finished?".

The answer is "not soon enough" or "it's only been two years, what do you expect?" or "I'm sorry, I have to go home, I'm having a panic attack".

Today I am teaching all day so my studio will be empty in about ten minutes time. Tonight however I shall be back here, working away, trying to get the balance right between sorting out small problems and working the thing to death.