Annecy Animation Festival is the biggest animation event of the year, and is not for the faint-hearted. Now on my seventh year, I’m beginning to get the hang of it. Once again it was a fantastic festival! For best coverage of the festival, read Steve Henderson’s Annecy coverage on Sqwigly Online Animation Magazine.
Breakfast interviews with short film directors
The band plays at Nik and Nancys picnic…Wesley – melodian, Alexey – guitar and Nik – trumpet.
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Tiny Elephants is thrilled that Hinterland will have its Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2011. It will be screening at 18.00, on Saturday 25 June at George Square Theatre in the Nokia Shorts Weekender programme ‘Animated Interactions’. Hinterland is our fourth short, set in Steven Appleby’s cartoon world of Small Birds Singing.
Although Hinterland is just 2 minutes in length, the film took six months to make. Making convincing ‘plastic’ bottles from clay was a challenge, and many of the sets were complicated to build, for just a few seconds filming. In addition, the last scene required a lot of patient stop-motion and lengthy post-production, and I ‘d like to thank Callum Strachan and Jeremy Richard for their expertise in After Effects.
Tiny Elephants was pleased to receive some help from Vision+Media’s Completion Fund. This helped to pay for the After Effects by Callum and Jeremy and allowed a small budget for professional ‘Sound Sculpting’ by Paul Rogers (from The Long Dead Sevens). Paul also did a great job on the music for Old Hinterland and the Credit Sequence (using plastic and other junk sounds as instrumentation). And thanks again to Verbal Vigilante Music for their fantastic SBS theme music which transports us into the Small Birds Singing World and introduces Spandisman, Consommé and Delphinium.
And since this has turned into an extended ‘thank you session’ I’ll just mention the lighting skills and DOP advice of Joe Dembinski, the prop-making help of Guy Levy and the fantastic voice of Kerry Shale who brings all the characters to dysfunctional life.
And last, but not least, thank you Steven Appleby for yet again allowing me to play in your world and with your characters. Incidentally, not only does Steven have a Creative Advisor role, but he also supplies original ‘family portraits’ which adorn the rooms of Small Birds Singing.
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First Models of Mother and Son
Mother’s Song is almost finished! Just some post production to do
and a little ambient soundscape composition for the credits
by Paul Rogers.
Here’s a few more production stills:
Mole Hill lends an animating hand
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The Grand Easter Egg Hunt was selected for screening in the Best of British category at Stuttgart this year. I’ve heard a lot about this festival and have been unsuccessful with previous submissions, so I decided to go. My flight was delayed, I missed the connection, and arrived at Stuttgart 5 hours late having missed the afternoon and evenings’ screenings, but was delighted to bump into my pal Wendy Chandler from Australia…see below. So we went for some food and good German beer instead.
There were still some great programmes on offer over the last two days, in fact far too much choice. So I managed a couple of International programmes and Studio AKA presentation. Industrial Light & Magic had an entertaining presentation on the making of Rango ‘ Down and Dirty’. An interesting event was the One o’clock ‘Meet the Directors’ discussions. And Ron Diamond enlightened us on How to Get Into the Oscars.
Not to mention the British Shorts.
The festival garden outdoor screen was in operation all day and was a great way of including local families and sunbathers (27°C). It was a lovely festival, well run and friendly.
Apart from the films, it was just great to see old friends and meet new ones…
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