Felix Colgrave, the prolific Tasmanian animator has just released his latest film – Man Spaghetti. Colgrave’s work is always memorable, usually because its unique blend of comedy and tendency towards grotesque surrealism. Man Spaghetti is no exception to this.
On his blog Colgrave explains-
When I made this film, I was exploring the idea of how living things are made of matter, and when we die and rot and we’re returned to the earth and yadda yadda, and then that matter then goes on to build other living things. Basically I cut out the middle man, and made the matter reorganise itself into new things the moment the consciousness died. Then i put them in onesies and gave the whole thing a silly name.
Butterflies, a new stop motion animation by Melbourne based director Isabel Peppard, has just won the Jury Prize for Best Short Animated Film at Cinequest International Film Festival in San Jose. Cinequest is an A list Academy Accredited US festival. Winning the award for best short animation means that Butterflies is now eligible for Oscar nomination in the category of Best Animated Short!
Isabel Peppard, the Director/Animator/Production Designer of Butterflies says
“We are so honored to accept this accolade from Cinequest which is not only a prestigious A list festival but also fiercely independent and committed to supporting Maverick film makers and nurturing new talent”
Butterflies had its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 11th 2012 before being invited to Sitges International Film Festival in Spain, one of the worlds top horror and fantasy film festivals. Sitges programmers described the film as “A short destined to become an instant stop motion classic.”
Butterflies tells the tale of a young artist (Claire, voiced by Rachel Griffiths) who struggles to make a living by selling drawings to passersby. A businessman (Dalton Hearst, voiced by Nicholas Hope) recognises her talents and offers her a paying job. The prospect seems inviting but the reality threatens to kill her imagination. prospect seems inviting but the reality threatens to kill her imagination. Butterflies is a gothic fairytale presented in Peppard’s predominantly bleak but beautifully ornate handcrafted world. Stay tuned as we can look forward to some more exciting news for Butterflies in the future !
Their film was the only animated entry selected from hundreds of live-action and animated shorts to make the sixteen finalists.
Ozanimate spoke to Nick and Tristan about their animated short, how they made it and what advice they’d give to other animators targetting their films at the festival scene.
Ozanimate: How did Punctured come about? What was the inspiration?
Nick Baker: We wanted to tell an original, heartfelt story that used the signature item (a balloon) to its full potential.
Oz: Is it a neat split between the writing and animating for you two – or do each you do a bit of both?
Tristan Klein: We both nut out the story and we both talk about art direction, styles, shots and story boarding. Then Nick writes the screenplay and I animate.
Oz: How long did Punctured take to make?
NB: Six months to plan the story and a month to create the art and animate.
Oz: This isn’t the first time you’ve entered Tropfest – what other films have you worked on?
Oz: Punctured has an interesting visual style with paper cutouts and what looks like old Chinese newspapers for textures. How did you come up with the look of the film?
TK: We played around with a few different styles, some water colour, some in acrylic and some mixed media. The mixed media one seemed to work the best.
NB: Tristan had studied design and illustration and Enmore Design Centre and got to experiment with a lot of different styles there.
TK: We figured this style best expressed the ‘dystopic future’ feel we were after.
Oz: Can you tell us a bit about the process of making the film. What software did you use?
Oz: Any tips for animators who have plans to enter film festivals and competitions? Any traps to avoid?
NB: Just keep trying, make sure to have fun, work on what you can do the strongest.
18 months ago Tristan didn’t know how to use After Effects or any other animation program, but
with YouTube tutorials anything is possible these days.
Planning is everything, especially when it comes to story. The longer you spend planning the story,
the better the film.
TK: Animation software has become so accessible that productions by young up-and-comers have skyrocketed. It’s a blessing and a curse because accessibility is fantastic but there is now so much competition- so we asked ourselves, what can we offer that is original, unique and bucks certain trends?
Oz: What projects are next on your list?
NB: We have a lot of projects that are very early on in the stages. Hopefully the Tropfest placing will lead to bigger and better things!
TK: We would like to explore working on children’s books and also perhaps some interactive apps for IPad or Andriod if we can get the funding for them.
And of course we are playing around with some ideas for more short films.
You can see more of Nick and Tristan’s work at their production website: Seekandhide.com.au
Sydney Studio Engine recently completed this TVC for Inspirations, a great hands on project where they had to use their woodworking and painting skills to create a transforming set able to be controlled in real time. It took 8 sets of hands all choreographed to precise timings to get the final continuous take. Reminiscent of Lucas Zanotto‘s work. Here is some of the hard work that went into it.
Also Check out their production Blog for more behind the scenes.
Artists from Pixar are coming to teach in Australia!
VanArts presents a Character Animation & Story Development masterclass, taught by instructors from Pixar Animation Studios.
- 2D/3D character animators & designers
- Story writers, screenwriters, storytellers
- Game designers & developers
- Producers & editors of films & videos
- VFX artists, cartoonists, storyboarders
- Other creative & artistic professionals
- Working pros, students, enthusiasts
- Educators & teachers
This exceptional 2-day training event takes place on April 5th/6th in Melbourne, and April 12th/13th in Sydney. An ideal professional development opportunity, it offers participants a rare and exciting chance to learn from the industry’s top talent and to network with their peers.
Tuition is $599 AUD for 2 full days of instruction (GST included). Space is limited and demand expected to be strong. To secure your seat now, please register online.