Saturday, 11 December 2010

I'll have the last laugh on you, cos instead of one head I got two

Congratulations to Emily for winning Best New Talent at Indie Cinema the other night in London. Emily showed her less-than-new graduation film The Psychiatrist. Emily is awesome.


Monday, 29 November 2010

I said, "Woof! Be mine!" and you gave a wail

Emily and I have made a new zine, Les petits chiens en costume. The title is in French - not because we are pretentious, but because Emily's boyfriend is French, and he will like it.

As the title will suggest to the bilingual among you, the zine is a book of illustrations of dogs wearing clothes. For £2.50 you can buy the concertina zine from dear Reena Makwana at the Nest Gallery - they will have a stall at this year's Sister Sledge Christmas fair on the 11th December at the Sassoon Gallery in Peckham, London. There are eight different front covers, so feel free to collect them all, like tazos or pokemons. Also, the illustrations are hand-finished, in colour!

Here are some pictures:

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

I'd pay to visit you on rainy Sundays

The night before I flew off to Chicago, Emily and I attended the private view of Spin Spun Span at Bolton Museum & Archives. It was really interesting to see the new gallery complete and with our funny little film showing as one of the exhibits. Would you like to see it? Well you can now, and I think if you go the Museum's website you are bound to find instructions on how to do so.

Here are some photos we took on the night:

Some people watching the film.

Some of our merchandise in the Museum shop. Badges, flipbooks, letter writing sets, jewellery and postcards too, although you can't see the postcards here.

Emily and I, looking a little bedraggled, but at least we are colour co-ordinated. It was yellow that day. We are happy because we have read our names. Simple pleasures.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Come on! Feel the Illinoise!

I'm back from Chicago International Childrens Film Festival, and it was lovely.

I saw loads of really good films, but my favourite was Googuri Googuri, a Japanese animation about a little girl and her grandad taking a nap together. The technique was painting on glass, and it looked brilliant - lots of energetic, swirling transitions. The sound design was spot on too, made up partly of murmuring voices of the little girl and grandad, whispering "googuri", their secret word. I just loved it. You can see the trailer for it here:

I also really liked The Boy & the Beast, a German animation for TV which won an award at CICFF. The animation style was quite fresh looking, and I loved the story. Here's the trailer:

I had a good time doing the Q&A for the young audience at CICFF, and also met lots of fellow filmmakers and festival folk. One was Christina, who wrote about A Film about Poo on her blog, which is quite ace and is here.

Thanks to all at CICFF for a great festival!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

For careers you say you want to be remembered for your art

Have a look here on Ideastap for an interview I did about the trials and tribulations of being an animator. It's the job of the week!

It says I have "done it all", but I really haven't.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Well I just had to laugh

The article about Spin Spun Span was in last Friday's Manchester Evening News. Here's the online version, here.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

He is the music man, he comes from round your way


Billy was awarded a lovely certificate on Sunday at the Walthamstow International Film Festival. The certificate was to congratulate Billy for being a great human being, but in particular for being a great musical human being. And also Tom! But Tom wasn't there because he was with his girlfriend.

Billy and Tom wrote the Poo film's song together, in case you didn't know. Billy performed and recorded the song, and that is what you hear throughout our strange animation. I've put the film up for musical prizes before, but there are not many to be honest - there are often categories for music videos, but ours is not a music video, it just has amazing music. I think it would be good if more festivals did recognise musical contribution. It is hard work composing music and designing sound, you've got to have a talent for it - and I have seen a lot of films really ruined by awful sound (although I think the director is as much at fault there)... Anyway, Walthamstow, in their wisdom, have recognised the wonderfulness of the Poo song, and so I am very happy for Billy and Tom. Well done! You both really deserve it!

Here is a photo of Billy with his parents. I think he looks wonderful.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Like Kurasawa I make mad films

We finished!

A week ago, Billy handed in the finished film to Dan at Bolton Museum & Archives. It's finished!

I waited a week with this momentous news, mainly because I was very tired. The film is now signed off, I have just taken down our shot list, and I will be putting it in the recycling because I am good like that. A few months ago I wrote up a long list of all our shots, the type of animation needed, and spaces to tick off if that animation had been animated, if it had been comped, and if it had been completed. But now it is all completed! I walked past that shot list every day, sometimes fearfully, other times hopefully.

Emily, Billy and I are all really pleased with the finished film, Spin Spun Span. It will premiere at Bolton Museum & Archives' reopening of the local history collection, which will also be its permanent home. It will be part of the permanent art collection! I find that very exciting.

Here is a production shot to say goodbye:

After Effects...ooooh. Ha! This is from a bit from the second half of the film. It shows strips of patterns from different cloths, and they roll down with the camera, as it pans down to the fly shuttle. 

Anyway, that's enough excitement for one day. To summarise: the film is finished! Hooray!

I read the news today, oh boy

Today the Manchester Evening News decided to ring me up and say hello. Over the course of our conversation, Chris the reporter asked me all about Spin Spun Span! It was quite exciting, I hope I made sense. Here's a picture of Samuel Crompton to celebrate.

For all you factfinders, there is a 7 and a 9 in this drawing, because Crompton invented the spinning mule in 1779. I do my research.

I will have my photo taken for MEN at Bolton Museum. I hope I manage to look okay in it. Sadly Emily will not be there to balance out the Anne-ness of this adventure, because she is off on holiday in Italy with Mat. 

I am not sure when the article will be out, but I guess it will be soon! Hooray!

Please, please, please let me get what I want

So far this autumn (it's not really "summer", is it), the Poo film has shown at a lot of festivals, which has been fantastic. However, there are still loads more festivals to come! I've updated our list of forthcoming screenings down on the right hand side, so I won't just repeat it here, but I am really pleased to be selected at all of these festivals. I really find it amazing that people still want to see our 90-second wonder.

I'm particularly excited about Walthamstow, because that is very local to our resident musical magicians, Billy, Tom and Dayo. They are all from Leyton, which is pretty much next to Walthamstow. It's nice to be recognised locally. Billy is going back down to London for the festival closing ceremony this weekend, so that will be ace.

I'm also particularly excited about Anim'est, a Romanian animation festival. They are screening The Illusionist, which I still haven't seen. I am hoping it makes it to my local Stockport cinema, because I can't make it to Romania. I thought Easyjet or someone would do cheap flights there, but they don't apparently, and so I can't do it really.

I'm also particularly extra excited about Chicago International Childrens Film Festival. They contacted us a little while ago to invite us to submit the Poo film. Chicago charge to enter, and Emily and I tend not to enter festivals which charge, mainly because we can't really afford it, and we'd rather spend our money on safer bets. We do pay for the odd festival, ones which we can definitely attend if selected, and ones we know are good - like Encounters or Canary Wharf, for example. Anyway, I mentioned Chicago's invitation to my mother, mainly cos I was pleased to be asked - it's a big festival - and my mother very kindly offered to pay our submission fee! So we entered after all. And we got in! So I am extra particularly also pleased, because this is a big one, and it was really nice of my mother to help us out. And because it is big and beautiful and Chicago, I am going to try and go!

And if I go to Chicago, I plan on doing this:

And this:

And also this:

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Lookit 2

Over the past week or so, Emily and I have been working on our Crompton character. He is based on Samuel Crompton, who was from Bolton and invented the spinning mule in 1779. What a clever fellow. Do you like our designs?

Thursday, 12 August 2010


When we started our film for Bolton I was imagining I would put up little linetests and stills. Well, less than a month off final delivery and I have managed to do just that! Ha. This is a series of stills from the end sequence. Hope you like it, let me know what you think.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

I think I'm going to make it with you

If you like reading and listening and looking and colourful things, perhaps you should go to the Made Zine Fair in Tunbridge Wells. It is on Saturday 21st August. If you go there, perhaps you will see our zine, Now we are, and perhaps you will buy it.

If you would like more information on the fair, perhaps you should click on this link. As always, we will be on the lovely Nest table!

Monday, 19 July 2010

They're tiny, they're toony, they're all a little looney

I should have mentioned this sooner, but I am not always thinking.

CBBC have set up a new website for short films aimed at children, and our funny old poo film was one of the films to launch the site! The website is called My Toons, and it is to be found here. The idea is that the films shown are short, fun things, and if they are successful on the website, the lovely BBC will consider putting them on television. If that happened to our poo film, I would say "wowee" very loudly and excitedly. It is a cool website, and has a lot of really good stuff on it. I especially like Simon's Cat, and also The Imp, because it has such a cool style, and there was one of dancing gorillas, which I wish had been longer. It has good stuff on it!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Say the right thing when electioneering part 2

I find promoting our film really hard and a bit annoying. I like entering in festivals, but when I get there I am quite shy. We were lucky to have Tom with us at the Limelight Awards, cos he was the one who made us get our photo taken. Tom is really good with things like that. I am just good at drawing. I am not even good at telling people I know that we won something.

But here we are again! We've entered A Film about Poo into the Virgin Media Shorts competition, and it would be lovely to be shortlisted. To get shortlisted you need to have lots of views and lots of comments on your film. So, although it's a bit vulgar to ask, would anyone like to watch our film and then write something nice? Anyone? Anyone?

Here is the link:

Here's a picture of Thumper.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

The stars of track and field

Yeah!!!!!! We toddled along to the Troxy in East London the other night for the Limelight Awards. And guess what - we won the award for Best Animation for A Film about Poo. Happy happy joy joy!

Ours was the first award given out, Emily had managed to get lost (despite working in East London - although to be fair this was Limehouse rather than Shoreditch), and I was a bit worried that she would not make it in time, although not that worried because I didn't think we were going to win. But she got in, and fifteen minutes later they called out our names! Up we went to the stage, managed to babble a thanks, managed to forget to thank either Billy, Tom or Dayo (d'oh), and collected our big fat statue. It is nice and heavy and it says the name of our film. It's a strangely pouting face, you can see us clutching it in the picture below...

Ah, lovely! I look like a bit of idiot with my sunglasses on my head (I forgot they were there), but doesn't Dayo look smart? We also filmed some video babbling for the Limelight website, although it truly was ridiculous babbling, even more dappy than usual, so I would not be suprised if it did not make the cut, ahem.

Anyways, many thanks to the Limelight team for a great night, and thank you for choosing our film! Whee!!

Thursday, 24 June 2010

I only buy a book for the way it looks, and then I stick it on the shelf again

If you are in the vicinity of Camerwell this weekend, I strongly recommend going to this: it's the FoodFace Travel Solutions at Camerberwell Arts Festival. Thrillingly, our zine Now we are, will be on sale there at the reading stall, run by Aspidistra & the Pigeon Wing. Have I mentioned our zine before? I can't remember. It's about growing up, it's got a couple of stories, a bunch of illustrations, full colour, and a CD too of songs by Billy. It's lovely.

Here is a very nice poster, which doesn't mention us, but that is cos we snuck in there as a late addition.

As ever, we have the lovely Reena at Nest Gallery to thank for this show. Thank you Reena!!

Saturday, 19 June 2010

One roll for the whole shebang

A Film about Poo has been nominated for an award! In July, we'll all be going to the Limelight Arts Awards in London - Emily and I, Billy and Tom, and Dayo (who helped with the music at the start), and lovely Mat (of FX & Mat genius). We are up for Best Animation, how awesome. The ceremony takes place at the Troxy in London, and we do already have our dresses picked out. (Yellow and green for Emily, pink for me. Or maybe yellow and grey. Then we would be matching! Or too matchy matchy? Hmm...) I'm really looking forward to seeing the other films, especially the other three animations in our category, I've not seen any of them before. There will be food too I believe, and I am especially hoping there will be prawns.

Cross your fingers for us! (For the winning, rather than the prawns. If there are no prawns I will get by.)

Friday, 18 June 2010


Wowee I have updated our website!


Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Rock and roll

Here is a post about lovely Billy, super talented musician and composer.

Billy has done the music and sound design for this new viral for New Balance trainers. It has some lovely banjo in it, which accompanies some lovely stop motion. I strongly urge you to watch it, and I have dutifully made it very easy for you to so, because I have embedded it here...

Props to Kim too, for some very sweet animation.

Monday, 31 May 2010

Acting like nothing ever happened to me ever

Hello, not written for a while, which I am sure has kept you awake at night wondering about our exploits. Well, I am now (sort of) recovered from the ending of Lost (it was so sad and bittersweet), and so I can tell you.

First up, we've been showing at a lot of festivals and screenings this month, and there are lots more to come. I am quite surprised by this; I thought A Film about Poo would be at the end of its festival cycle as it's 9 months old. So this is a nice thing! If you'd like to go along to any of the screenings, just take a click on the right on Forthcoming Screenings, as I am pretty good at updating that section of the blog. Thanks to all the nice festival people who have selected the film so far!

The other thing is our funny old Bolton project, Stories of the World. We have started production!! Definitely an event worthy of two exclamation marks. Still tweaking the storyboard though, so at the moment we are just picking off bits to animate that we know are staying. We've been working with Dan and Matthew at the Bolton Museum, and it is going really well I think. Hopefully Emily and I will be taking another visit to the archives in a week or so. Here is a picture of a cotton plant:

Not the most exciting thing, but there you go - there will be more plants, it will look pretty. I will ask Emily to give me the leopard and put that up instead - he is supercool.

And the final thing is that, incredibly, Emily and I will be teaching a masterclass in animation! This will be for the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, as part of the Stories of the World celebrations. We're still planning what we are going to do, and talking with Wendy at the venue, so I can't say much, other than if you are 14-19 years old and in the vicinity of Manchester on 24th July, you should come. Yes!

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Happy news

One of the best things ever happened a little while ago, but I didn't mention it in case it turned out to be a dream. Anyway, it's definite now, so mention it I shall: Emily and I have been commissioned to make a film. This is very wonderful for us as we have never been commissioned or funded before to make anything. It's going to be a five minute animation for Bolton Museum, celebrating their industrial textile past. They are refurbishing their local history section, and wanted a new piece of art for it, so we pitched for it, and won it, and here we are. I really am so excited about it, I am just holding back on ending every sentence here with an exclamation mark.

I guess I will put up designs and developments and stuff as we go along - the film will be completed by September, and the private view is around October I think. We're working on the animatic at the moment. In the meantime here is a picture of me taken by Emily, as we did some research in the Museum Archives.

Blue gloves, very important.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Say the right thing when electioneering

Please would you like to vote for A Film about Poo?

It's in the Babelgum Online Film Festival, and if you go along to the website here you will see it there. Give it a thumbs up! Or not. But preferably do. You could also take a look at this one about singing dustbin bags. It looks like paper cut out animation, which I do like a lot. Lovely colours too, and excellent music. Another one with very good sound design is Yonder.

Should I be saying these things? Maybe I should be telling you that ours is the only one worth voting for, and if you don't vote for it and you don't play nice I will never speak to you again? Would that work? I am not good at these things.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

The Beatles & the Stones made it good to be alone

Well, A Film about Poo will be showing this month at a couple of places around the world. World domination people, that's what it's about. Anywhoo, one of these screenings is at the East End Film Festival, which is in lovely London. I looked at the programme today and on the same bill as us is the wonderful film, Mixtape by Luke Snellin.

I watched this film last night, having heard about it on BBC 6Music a few weeks ago, and it is just ace. I wish I had made it. It's a sweet, sweet story about a little boy who makes a mixtape for a little girl. It's very short, which is a bit rare for "short" live action films, which I think helps make it brilliant. It's not indulgent or trying to hard to fit too much in. The production values and the acting are also very good... But mostly, it's just a lovely story. I have many times been a-wooing with a mixtape in hand. I hope Luke Snellin goes on to make more stuff this good; I'm really pleased to be in the same category as him. Watch Mixtape and love it too!!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Emily is awesome

Heeeeeey, look at this:

It's a still from a commercial for the Guardian newspaper, made by Nexus Productions, directed by Celyn, and awesomely assisted by the one and only Emily Howells. Yes! If you click this you can watch it. I think the whole design is really lovely; the off-white background really makes the colours look extra gorgeous. Also I really like big dogs. Hi-fives all round!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Hotter than a pepper sprout

Ahh, how nice! We have been selected for another festival! A Film about Poo will screen at Citrus Cel Animation Festival in April. Thank you Citrus Cel decision makers for deciding on us! Citrus Cel is in Jacksonville, Florida. I would very much like to go there one day, as two of my favourite songs are about Jacksonville, so I think it must have something good to offer. Those songs are by Johnny Cash and Sufjan Stevens: very nice.

Here is a picture of some oranges to celebrate.

Billy Payne, maestro extraordinaire, famously has a strong aversion to oranges. I hope this does not dim his joy at being in Citrus Cel. Yey!

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Amazing scenes

I've clicked on many a link in my time, but this is one of the best. Two of my favourite things in life are dogs and Lady Gaga, and here they are, beautifully combined:

Jesse Freidin, photographer extraordinaire, thank you for making the world a happier place.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

A Brief History of Thrillseeking

Exciting times, readers. I finished a job the other day for BBC Learning. Would you like to see it? Yes, yes, I'm sure you would. Well it's right here, and also erm, right here:

Very nice.

And lookit, some design work:

The video is based on this one here by Jamie Bell (no not that one). Jamie is doing is A levels and already has the BBC knocking at his door, so I am not particularly worried about his pension scheme. However, as he is currently in full-time education, the BBC got me to adapt and animate his original idea to fit their new one, i.e. publicising their new thrillseeking website.

It is quite funny that I animated something to do with sports and exercise and physical movement. Part of my research was googling exactly what "hang-gliding" looked like. For those of you who do not know me personally, the point I am making is that I don't seek thrills. I just draw.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of

Emily and I are very, very happy because A Film about Poo won the Audience Award for 8-14 year olds at New York International Childrens Film Festival!! Hurrah!!

We were up against some really big films - some of the other winners included Cordell Barker's Runaway (Canadian!) and Studio AKA's Lost & Found. This is a lot for my mind to compute, as Barker's The Cat Came Back is one my most favouritest films ever, and Lost & Found was shown at Christmas on Channel 4! I remember Emily talking about watching it! So, considering we made the Poo film after work in the evenings and on weekends, sitting on the floor in Emily's bedroom, this really means a lot. To illustrate this, I will now post a photo which Emily took of me being happy being near a poster about The Cat Came Back:

This photo was taken in Ottawa, which the geographically-minded amongst you will recognise as not being New York. A photo from New York would probably be more appropriate at this point, but sadly there are none in existence, as we did not go.

We both really wanted to go to the Festival - for one thing it being in Noo Yoik, and Emily and I always enjoy speaking to each other in terrible New York accents. But also because the line up looked fantastic. There was a screening on scary children's animation which I really, really wanted to see. And In the Attic, which won the big award there, looked like it could be one of the best things ever made. I will endevour to check out lots of these titles on the inteweb at a later date. In the meantime, we are very, very pleased to win this one, so thank you to everyone in the audience who voted for us!

Monday, 15 March 2010

Muddle Earth

During the working week, I am assistant animator on the CBBC programme Muddle Earth. It is ace, and one of the best things to ever happen to me. The series is animated predominantly in Flash, with some After Effects greatness, and the occasional bit of Maya. Anywhoo, the series is new and it debuted today! And I forgot to mention it before! Oops. It is on every day this week, on BBC1 at 3:50pm - primetime for the kiddies. The theme tune is sung. I hope it will go down in history as one of those great children's television theme tunes. Like these examples:

Or this:

Or this:

Technically, The Raccoons intro is spoken word, but, we all know it is amazing. Also, the end tune was amazing too. The Raccoons excelled itself in terms of theme tunes, and general Canadian greatness. I really do love the Canadians.

Anyway, I am really, really happy to be working on Muddle Earth. Here it is on CBBC iplayer for those of you who may wish to watch it. I animated bits of it, but I especially animated Pesticide (the grungy fairy) when she is worrying about Dr Cuddles (the bad guy who looks a bit like a jawa) and then he turns up and says "boo".

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

I would hide under your porch

Billy went on the internet this evening and he discovered some online references to our Poo film, which I did not know even existed!

1. Flatpack Film Festival highlighted our screening on their blog!

2. The Sanctuary Newspaper believes we have "sage advice"!

3. Animation blog likes both Poo and The Psychiatrist! Lovely, lovely people!

I am so excited because not only do all of these people like the Poo, but none of them are blood relations/lovers/friends/paid off. Amazing. Billy also said there were some tweets relating to the film on Babelgum. I don't do tweeting, but I like their little blue bird logo, so this too is great. I feel happy, like this:

Once, at a festival, I overheard someone discussing our film, but they were slagging it off. They said it was "overrated". To be honest, this was also sort of amazing.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

A pretty picture

Susie from BFI sent us some photos taken at the BFI Future Film Festival award ceremony, so I thought I would share. Then I looked through the pictures and decided I looked stupid in most of them. This one picture has passed my intense scrutiny, so enjoy.

Evidently I need to purchase a comb.

Also, hello to our one and only follower, HELLO!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

I wanna fly and run til it hurts, sleep for a while and speak no words

A Film about Poo will be showing at Melbourne International Animation Festival 2010! Hurrah!

MIAF is a bigun, so this is supercool news! The festival is in June, they haven't got their full programme announced yet, but I bet it will be very awesome. Here is a picture of Australia. Marvel at its bigness!

Would Emily and I like to go?
Yes, yes we would.

Do we have enough money to get there?
No, no we don't.

Would anyone like to chuck us a couple of Australian air fares? We could fly Oceanic. It could be like this:

(Welcome to one of our crazed obsessions.)

I can't write anymore about animation because I have this in my mind now. I can't concentrate.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Haiti Kids Kino

Got an email from Encounters Short Film Festival the other day. They're curating a screening for the Haiti Kids Kino, and are including A Film about Poo. I'd not heard of the Haiti Kids Kino before, but basically it is amazing in every single way. The charity is setting up cinema screens in Haiti and showing films, partly to provide childcare facilities, but also to give the children something to do. They are also going to be showing the children how to make their own films, so they are looking for donations of equipment and such. Me and Emily just think it's a really, really kind idea. I guess if you are a very irritating person, you are probably thinking the children need something more substantial than movies right now, but as the charity says, it's about an escape from their troubles, and something fun to do, and that's just as important.

If you'd like to donate to the charity, have a click here.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Canary Wharf Film Festival

Emily drew my attention to these pictures yesterday. As she said, it is always strange to see photos of yourself you never knew were even taken. So it is the case here. Last September (so, er, almost six months ago), A Film about Poo was shown at the awesome Canary Wharf Film Festival. Obviously this isn't really news, but the existence of the photos is! And here's one now!

Aw, lookit, it's Emily. Look how happy she is! That's because she is up collecting our award - the "Sing like a Canary Award", otherwise known as the audience's favourite film award, as voted for by said audience. Emily said she didn't even hear our name being called out, because she was "busy making sure I got the food in my mouth without spilling it". Brilliant. 

I was not at the awards night because I was moving house, and was thus 200 miles away.

I could put in some more photos of the drinks reception and whatnot (which were taken by Stefan Ferreira), but that was the best one, so we'll leave it at that. Oh but I will put this one in; this is what the awards look like:

Little canaries! 


Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Mogul and the Prawn are nice, nice people

I got an email ages ago from a music production company called Mogul & the Prawn. Somehow this email became lost in the innards of my inbox, and it wasn't until the other day that I found it. I forwarded it to Billy Payne, maestro extraordinaire, and he emailed them. Well, apparently Tris, who I think is the titular prawn, is a lovely, lovely guy. He wrote back and said he'd help Billy with any advice he needed about music making. They spoke on the phone today.

So this post is mainly just to tell you that there are good people out there in the big, bad world of "media". The kindness of strangers... (I love Vivien Leigh.)

Also, I should add, if you wish to employ Billy Payne, maestro extraordinaire, then get in touch. He has composed basically all the music and sound on our animations (in collaboration with Tom and Dayo).

I have other news, but I'm holding onto it. I feel like I should space things out in case nothing happens ever again. I say "news", it isn't really, it's just stuff that happens.


Thursday, 11 February 2010

Hi & Hello

So, Emily and I decided to start a blog cos it is just much easier and quicker to blabber on. Probably most of the time it will be me writing this, cos I love writing and blabbering on, and Emily is less nerdy.

Well, this has been a good week or so. Last Friday we went to the BFI on Southbank in London to collect a prize. A Film about Poo won Best Animation in the over 18s category at the BFI Future Film Festival, and they gave us a big glass statue to prove it. Also, there was a goodie bag with DVDs and chocolate and pens and stuff. We divided this up equally between us, except for the t-shirt, which we gave to lyrical genius Tom Snow. I asked Billy if he wanted anything out of the bag but he said he would just share my stuff.

We had a really good time at the awards ceremony, so thank you to all the lovely BFI people who liked our film, and hello to Susie, and thanks for organising it and being friendly.

Even though I brought my camera with me, I neglected to take any photos of the event. Tom has promised me a photo of the night, so we can look forward to that. In the meantime, thanks for reading, this was the first blogpost of Emily & Anne.