Wednesday, 26 November 2008

'Little Leap Forward' - Birds

I'm going to working with Bob Frith on the animation and film for this production. My main focus will be the animation. I am currently working on a piece to be used at the opening of the production featuring birds, dragonflies and fish which will look like Chinese paper cuts. At the minute I am working on the designs for the bird so I thought I would update with a couple of sketches I've done so far.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Manchester & Nottingham screenings this week.

For anyone in the Manchester or Nottingham area this week my graduation film 'Xiao Xi' will be screening at Exposures and the Bang! Short Film Festival.

Wednesday 26th Nov - MANCHESTER

2pm screening 'Of Mice and Men' 52mins at Cornerhouse cinema.

Sunday 30th Nov - NOTTINGHAM

6pm screening 'Bangimation' at Broadway cinema.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

'Little Leap Forward' from Horse and Bamboo

I have recently come back from a visit to the Horse and Bamboo Theatre where over the next few months I am going to be working on some animation for use in their production of a story called 'Little Leap Forward'.

The show is based on a book which tells the story for Chinese flute-player Guo Yue and his experiences growing up in Beijing during the Culturual Revolution in the 1960's. There is actually an interesting video on You Tube with an excerpt from the book featuring photographs and illustrations from the book. The illustrator Helen Cann really created some wonderful images for this story.

So a little more about Horse and Bamboo. They are a theatre company based in Lancashire and work on productions based centrally around story-telling and music. Their productions are made up of a mixture of puppetry, masks and film. More information on their work can be seen on their website. Although I have been unable to see any of their productions I was able to watch a DVD of the production 'In the Shadow of Trees' and I have never seen anything like it. I don't have much experience with theatre but this show had a certain charm to it and the set and mask designs were wonderful. If you ever get the opportunity to see one of these shows I would highly recommend it. I can only imagine seeing it live is 1000 times better than a DVD. 'In the Shadow of Trees' is showing throughout December at The Met Arts Centre in Bury.

This is turning into quite a long post so I'll leave it for now. I will update with some more information on the animation I am going to be working on for the 'Little Leap Forward' production soon.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Disney: Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel

Sleeping Beauty is one of my all time favourite Disney films! I have loved it since I was a little little girl and I think this is where I developed my search for a prince complex. Anyway the DVD re-release came out a couple of weeks ago and I bought it straight away. Special edition with extras of course! What I recieved in the post however was so much more than I expected! It came with a hard back book full of information about the development of the film with dozens of examples of the artwork from the pre-production stage and the film itself.

The design supervisor for this film was a man called Eyvind Earle and I am disappointed I never discovered his work earlier. His paintings are wonderful and he pays such a high attention to detail which can be seen throughout Sleeping Beauty.

After watching the making of documentary it became clear how much work went into this film over a 7year period. The high attention to the design of the film makes it so much different from any Disney film created before or after. I loved it so much that I felt inspired to blog about it. This also brings we round to my next point. Disney are currently working on a CGI production of Rapunzel. The aim here is to create a CGI film which has the look and feel of painted traditional Disney animation. I really hope they can pull it off. I am quite behind with the times here considering this test footage was released in 2005 but I am still excited all the same. ^-^ Although I love CGI films I do feel a lot of the art is being lost and its such a shame. I miss the feeling of traditionally drawn and painted films, like the ones I grew up with.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Exposures Screening - 26th Nov

'Xiao Xi' is going to be screened on the 26th November as part of the Exposures Film Festival in Manchester. If you are in the area it would be great if you could check it out! It is being shown alongside some of my fellow NSAD graduates work which is worth checking out if you haven't seen any of the NSAD 08 Showreel so far. ^-^

I am going to try and make it to the event as I'm sure there will be lots of interesting people to meet! ^-^ It's strange how my film is showing in the animal themed sectioned... I never really thought of my film in that way before. Although now that I think about it there are many many animals in my film so it seems quite obvious it should be in this category. ^-^