Australian animation and visual effects studio Iloura has animated Universal Pictures and MRC’s infamous talking teddy bear for TED 2. Completing more than 1,000 shots for the comedy, Iloura drew on the experience of working on 2012’s TED with Seth MacFarlane to help push Ted’s personality even further. Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of TED 2, the follow-up to the blockbuster that launched the career of the world’s most outrageous bear. Joined once again by Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, the thunder buddies for life are entering into uncharted territory. It’s time to legalize Ted.
It feels like we are at the height of festival season at the moment with Annecy just about to kick off and Sydney Film festival and Zagreb winding down. Adding to this season of plenty, Australia’s largest animation festival Melbourne International animation Festival approaches quickly (Opening June 21, 2015). There looks to be a lot of juiciness in the 40+ programs on offer.
This year’s line up includes a special selection from the legendary NFB, including Bus Stories (Tali, 2014), Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove, 2014), No Fish Where to Go (Nicola Lemay, Janice Nadeau, 2014). Also featured in the international program are some of my favourites from the festival circuit from the last year- World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt, 2015), My Dad, (Marcus Armitage, 2014), Hipopotamy (Piotr Dumala, 2014) as well as many that I’m looking forward to seeing for the first time.
The festival will be opening on Sunday the 21st of June with its Australian Showcase screening. There are some swell looking new films in there- these are a selection that we’re especially looking forward to catching.
Husk by Paul Howell-
Howell uses life size puppets to bring his ideas to life. He explains- ‘“Husk” is a statement against the drive for total control that CG techniques impose. Husk embraces environmental unpredict-ability with changes in lighting, weather and events giving the film a genuine living feeling. It is not pretend, made up from polygons, the film is part of the real world and existed during filming.’
Also, the long awaited new film from Mikey Hill will be playing after its premier at the Sydney Film Festival this week.
Check out the full line up of screenings and talks on the MIAF website here.
Fresh from Dropbear (aka Jonathan Chong) comes this super tasty stop-motion treat perfectly synched and executed for Quack Fat by Opiuo. This animation took hundreds of hours to create and features over 240 cassettes, 5,600 feet of video tape, 108 floppy discs and 1 retro walkman. All worth it ! A feast for the eyes and ears !
Here is a trailer for what looks like a fun little short by Brisbane based Studio Joho.
The original animated short created by Studio Joho’s Joe Brumm, Mark Paterson and Laura DiMaio, follows the story of a very small person trying to quit a very big bad habit. Made using digital cut-out, with Myf Warhurst narrating and featuring a beautiful score by The Cat Empire’s Ollie Mcgill, The Meek is both tiny and grand, toxic and detoxifying.
If you are lucky enough to attend MIAF this year then make sure to catch The Meek’s screening during the festival !
Lovely piece by Yukfoo as part of the Free Your TV campaign for Freeview. The mini-short has a great cinematic feel to it along with a beautiful colour palette. Featuring the spunky animated IT boffin Jess, the spot gives new meaning to to the term “compassionate leave” as Jess liberates a very sad and distraught TV from the dead boring stockbroker’s office where she works.
Directed by Kristian Antonelli
You may be familiar Ivan’s work with Rubber House Studio and Paul’s ongoing domination of the pixel art world. This is the first major collaboration for the pair who are amongst the founding members of communal animation space La Tigre Forte (other members include Ben Ommundson, Julian Frost (Dumb Ways to Die), Aaron Mcdonald, Chris Edser, Felix Colgrave and Andrew Onorato).