Friday, 27 May 2011

You're so cute when you're slurring your speech, but they're closing the bar and they want us to leave

This Tuesday 31st, Emily and I will be in Stoke Newington in London, at Speech Motion. Speech Motion is a monthly art-type event where they have poetry and films, and we have very kindly been asked to be this month's featured filmmakers. We'll be screening all four of our films, which includes our two separate graduation films, and then there will be a Q&A session afterwards. That's right - another opportunity to hear Emily and I babble over the top of each other! Will either of us let the other finish a sentence? How red will we go? The answer to these questions, and hopefully many more, will be found if you come join us, which I hope you do.

The evening starts around 7pm, at The Others.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Resurrected, living in a lighthouse

Remember a while ago I mentioned Behind the Light, a documentary by Ronan Glynn and Liberty Smith that Emily and I animated on...? Well, it won Shooting People's Film of the Month competition for April! The results were just announced today, and Nick Cave, of Bad Seeds fame, decided to make it the winner. Congratulations Ronan and Liberty!

Maybe this is a good time to also mention that you can still 'like' our film, Spin Spun Span, in this month's competition. We're number one on the leaderboard at the moment, but only by a few votes! The competition closes at the end of the month. Thanks to everyone who has voted so far!

When the light pressed up against your shoulder blade, I could see what you were reading

This Sunday, Nest will be at the Alternative Press Fair, and the lovely Reena will be selling some of our zines, flipbooks, zoetrope kits, and other assorted whatnot - as well as a new poster by Reena herself. Isn't it cool?

If you go along to the Nest homepage, you will see a bunch of pictures from the recent Zine Symposium. I imagine this Sunday will look much the same, i.e lots of fun.

Then, one week later on Sunday 5th June, Reena will be out and about again at the Sassoon Gallery, once again selling our stuff. I say it a lot, but Reena really is ace. I give her ten out of ten.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

On and on and on we'll go until we freeze

There's a new website that just started called Itzon. It's a new idea for showing films and such on the internet, in that the films have a specific screening time. It's video on demand, but you don't have to spend ages searching for something to watch because it's all good stuff lined up and ready. Also, it is in full screen HD, and it's free. And, it should all be good content, as Itzon has a focus on festival winning films...which is where A Film about Poo comes in!

The film is showing on these days and times:
25-05-2011 at 15:23
27-05-2011 at 00:00
28-05-2011 at 13:26
29-05-2011 at 02:04
30-05-2011 at 07:09
31-05-2011 at 10:58

Itzon is also magical because the timings are universal. So if your scheduled listing is 7pm then it will be 7pm for everyone in all territories and time zones. Magic.

It would be fantastic if you could tune in and watch but also let me know what you think of it by voting. We are part of the itzon monthly film festival and the finalists are decided by audience votes (you do need to have an account to vote, but it literally takes seconds to create one, and is completely free).

It seems like a lot of my posts lately involve voting requests or zine fair alerts. Is this likely to change in the near future? Who can say.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

You can put on your bathing suits

In a stroke of promotional genius I have utterly neglected to mention that we will be at another zine fair this weekend. Not that I think this blog is a guide to the hottest tickets in town, but it is good to talk about things you are going to do, in the hope that some people may come along.

So anyway, this Saturday I will be at the Victoria Baths Fanzine Convention in Manchester with a stall of Emily&Anne zines and stuff. Sadly it will be only me on the stall as Emily is at a party and Billy is working. Hopefully some people will talk to me. The Convention is from 10am til 4pm and you can find out more if you click on this.

We will have our usual badges, zoetropes, flipbooks and whatnot for sale, plus a new batch of Poo zines as the last lot sold out at the London Zine Symposium! Also...a new zine, just by me...maybe. At the moment I have a load of animating to be doing and zines to be binding, and this new zine isn't really a physical thing at the moment. Plus I have hurt my neck. I have made a neck brace out of Billy's scarf.

The event's got a good poster:

Thursday, 5 May 2011

There you have my vote; I'm catching the next boat out of here

We've entered Spin Spun Span in to Shooting People's Film of the Month competition, which signals another plea for you to click on a link. Would you like to click here please thank you, and watch and vote a thumbs up for us?

Animations hardly ever win Shooting People, which is sad, and I don't think representative of animation being made by Shooting People members. I'm not necessarily saying that Spin Spun Span should win (ALTHOUGH OBVIOUSLY IT SHOULD), but it would be nice if an animation got in the top 3 for once. The last animation I remember winning was by Robin Bushell (who actually graduated the year below me at Kingston) with Zoo, which is a really lovely animation about a school trip. Watch that too, cos it's good. And watch ours! And vote. I think that was my main point.

Look how pretty Spin Spun Span is:

Now vote! Please.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

There's nothing to it, anyone can try anything twice

We've entered good old Poo film in this year's Virgin Media Shorts competition. Yes, that film is two years old now, but Spin Spun Span was too long, so A Film about Poo had to step up.

If you go along and watch our film on the website, and write a nice comment, then I think it makes the judges like us better, and then we have a better chance of winning, and winning means funding for our next film, which means the talking toucan will talk sooner, for a talking toucan will be the star of our next film. So please go forth, watch and comment. Here.