Wednesday, 22 July 2009

The Origin of the Milky Way

Jupiter, wishing to immortalise the infant Hercules (whose mother was the mortal Alcmene), held him to the breasts of the sleeping Juno. The milk which spurted upwards formed the Milky Way, while some fell downwards giving rise to lilies.

I am working on re-creating this painting as a paper cinema piece for the Horse + Bamboo production Deep Time Cabaret. Below are a few drawings I have been working on. The bottom image is the closest to what I'll be creating for the final piece.

I will be going up to Horse + Bamboo next week for the production workshop. This is where everyone on the production will be working together to develop Deep Time Cabaret further. I will be involved in lots of projection tests etc... so will update with the results of that soon.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Disney's The Little Match Girl

The Disney version of The Little Match Girl came on the special edition of The Little Mermaid. The You Tube version is pretty bad quality so if you can get hold of the DVD I really recommend you watch it.

This short film is really sweet and to me really feels like an old Disney film. I am hoping the Princess and the Frog has a some of that old Disney magic.
I love this story and always have since I was a kid, which is probably why I based my graduation film on it. I always felt so sad for the little match girl at end but still wanted to read it over and over, I was a strange child I guess...

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Festivals update

I have recently discovered that my graduation film was shown in Italy as part of Cortoons - International Short Animated Film Festival of Rome.

I have also heard that my film is supposed to be shown at Latitude Festival which starts today. Which is pretty cool although I am not actually sure whereabouts or when it is going to be shown.

[EDIT] Relating to Latitude my film can actually be seen here

I haven't actually entered any festivals for a while now as I just haven't had the time. I will hopefully get back on it the next time I have a break as I think I only have one year left until my film becomes "too old" to be screened anywhere. :)

Friday, 10 July 2009

2009 Releases

I just thought I would share some of the latest animated features due for release this year that I really wanna see! I am a HUGE Pixar fan so am really looking forward to seeing UP which will be released here in the UK in October. It has already been released in the US which I am a bit gutted about :( But the trailers and clips look great and I can't wait to see the usual Pixar short at the start of the film. :)

I also can't wait to see the new traditionally animated Disney film The Princess and the Frog. I think the last hand drawn piece they did which I actually liked was the Emperor's New Groove which was years ago now. There are a couple of featurettes over at that are worth a look.

And finally I am super excited for the latest Ghibli film Ponyo. It has already been released in Japan for over a year now I think... and I still haven't managed to see it. I am looking forward to seeing it on the big screen though and will just have to hope the english dubbing isn't terrible. Infact I don't think I have ever seen a Ghibli movie at the cinema before... so this will be a first. :)
Hopefully I'll have some time to blog about these movies when I get around to seeing them so watch this space!

I am also excited for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince which is coming out next week. Anyone who knows me will know I am a MASSIVE Harry Potter fan and although I have never really been a big fan of the films I am really looking forward to this one! The trailer looks pretty good and the last one wasn't too bad.

And a non-movie release... I can't wait to get my hands on the new Assassians Creed game. It looks amazing and there is so many more things that you can do in this one that weren't possible in the first. This is released late November... so could be a possible early Christmas gift for myself. :)
I'll leave you with the E3 demo (in game footage!) so you can see what I am talking about.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Horse + Bamboo - Deep Time Cabaret

Over the next few months I will be working with those at Horse + Bamboo Theatre on their latest performance piece 'Deep Time Cabaret'.

This production follows on from an exhibition of artist’s work held at the Horse + Bamboo Theatre last year. 'The Valley of Stone' project asked artists to create work inspired by the landscape and geological heritage of the Rossendale landscape. 'Deep Time Cabaret' will be based around a short film created in the first year of this project, 'Hineingrabe' by Tracey Holland which looks at the Rossendale hills and quarries and their association with myth and folk-lore. You can see a short extract from this film below.

Hineingrabe - Tracey Holland

The cabaret will be made up of several components including Tracey Holland's Film, two ‘lectures’ in the form of strange performance pieces; a puppet show in three sections; a paper cinema; a dance; and 4 songs.

My work is specifically related to the film elements of the production creating a couple of short animated and film pieces for projection as well as making the elements to be used in the paper cinema.

You can read more about the project at and visit the Deep Time Cabaret Blog for the latest developments in the production of this piece.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

For Sock's Sake

I just found this whilst browsing those you tubes and thoroughly enjoyed it so I thought I would share. :)

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Little Leap Forward - Short Film

Extracts from the latest Horse + Bamboo production 'Little Leap Forward'.

This is the short film I have been working on over the last week or two. Now that it is complete I am looking at starting work on the next Horse + Bamboo production 'Deep Time Cabaret'. I will blog more about that soon but for now you can check out the progress of the whole project on the Deep Time Cabaret Blog