Thursday, 8 December 2011

Regional funding for (feature) film

See here for info about Creative England's new regional film funding.
They say:
"The Development Fund is inviting applications from individual writers, writer/directors and/or producers based in the English regions for the development of all types of feature films, including animation and documentary. Applications are also invited from writer/director/producer teams. Funding is available for the costs of developing a screenplay (or the equivalent for documentaries) such as research costs, writer’s fees, script editor/developer support and script readings. Funding will also be available for screenplays that are ready to be presented to potential financiers, to help with budgeting, scheduling, casting, producing teaser trailers/pilots, and other expenses associated with raising finance and generating sales and distribution interest. The Development Fund totals £250,000 in its current round and applications are welcomed on a rolling basis. Awards will range from £2,500 to £25,000."
Interesting. It's good news that animation and documentary aren't going to be sidelined, although the fact that it's exclusively feature does seem to place the emphasis more on live action drama (and that's certainly how it reads to me). I wonder where short film will fit into their strategy?

Monday, 5 December 2011

Museum visit with animators

Last week we met up with our animation team to go and have a closer look at the objects that we are animating for the Shrewsbury Museum project. It was an exciting opportunity to see the objects close up and get to handle them. The whole afternoon was a crash course in pre-history for all of us, taught by curator Emma-Kate Lanyon and interpretation officer Phil Scoggins. It was quite mind blowing and a really good way of getting to the heart of the meaning and purpose of each object.
L-R: Arin Sotoudeh, Emma-Kate Lanyon, Ravi Mehru, Matt Ayris & Sam Moore

Ravi investigating a beautiful gold torc

Phil explaining the provenance of these giant elk antlers

Us peering at the Nescliffe spoons 

Terri getting to handle a really cool Bronze Age sword!

An iron age escutcheon, spookily like an upside down skull...

Matt with a polished stone axe

Thursday, 24 November 2011