Sunday, 30 September 2012

It's a shame I can't remember his name

For almost a year, I've been running a once-a-month workshop with a community group in Liverpool, called Tenantspin in association with FACT. We've been making an animated film, based on a script they had written before contacting me. It's been such a fun experience, and I think everyone in the group is really excited about the film we've finally finished! It's just a small group of three participants, all retired, and the film is about a local character one of the participants remembered from the '50s around Anfield. The film is called What's His Name?

Each month we'd work on a new section of the film, starting with an introduction to short animations of different genres, then a storyboarding session, then a lot of lip sync and character boils, and picking out patterns and a colour palette. We also did some stop motion animation using plasticine, paper cut outs, clothes, and shoe polish! Like I said, it was a lot of fun!! On the shoe polish day, we got a bit of a funny look when a visitor popped into the room we were using at Breckfield Community Centre...

The film will be screening at a special event in October at FACT. In the meantime, here's some stills from the finished piece:

Monday, 24 September 2012

Rain pours on everyone

Hum at Raindance this weekend! Don't forget to check out the trailer, hope it whets your appetites...

Saturday, 22 September 2012

I'm only happy when it rains

So a few weeks ago I promised Hum news, and here is that news: Hum will be showing at a prestigious film festival in London this month, one we've never got into before. If you're wondering which, look for the subtle clue in this post...

That's right! Raindance Film Festival! Emily and I are both super excited, as we'd held off submitting the film to other London-based film festivals, with the hope it'd get into this one. Raindance require a London premiere, you see.

Hum is showing in Shorts Programme 6 on Saturday 29th, and you can book your tickets if you go to the website which is here. Emily's going to the screening, so say hello if you see her!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

He's a part-time punk

Our second film, Spin Spun Span, shall be getting a little outing, as it's screening at the Steampunk Festival at the Asylum. Check here for a link to more details. Hurrah! It's quite cool, as when we were first given the brief for Spin Spun Span, we were told "steampunk", so I'm glad to see we've fulfilled that!