I was interviewed by Animation Auteur. I don't recall how big an arsehole I sounded but I think I was ok.
I answered a lot of stuff I've been asked before but we talked about the future of indie animated features and that might be interesting.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Dear friends and folks and family in the UK.
I know your kids are all very excited about the Minions movie.
And I know why. It's really very funny. Surprisingly so. It's a good film, sure.
But Song of the Sea has been released in the UK and Ireland.
It's a much smaller film than Minions but it's kind of better in so many ways.
Especially for you Irish folks. It's a film about your chunk of the world. It's a film about you. YOU! Some guy, one of your own, made a film about you. It's a film your kids should see. And when they've grown up, it's the kind of film they'll play for their own kids.
But it's important you go see it very soon. Today. Tomorrow. This week.
Minions will be around for a VERY long time, believe me. You won't miss them. But if you don't take the opportunity to see Song then it'll flutter away and you won't get films about you anymore.
You'll be stuck with shitty leprechaun films and Americans with bad accents.
Song it out now in Ireland and the UK.
Take your kids and your grannies. Your grannies will love it.
Mums and daddys too. The whole family, in fact (see where I'm going here).
at 11:08 AM
Friday, May 08, 2015
Friday, May 01, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
To paraphrase comedian Marc Maron "Animation is not your parents".
You don't need to seek it's approval.
It's not going to pat you on the back and say "Well done, kid".
Occasionally it might take you out for icecream but that's it.
The collective voice is much louder and more important than any single commercial project (which in themselves are part of the collective voice).
Try and get to the Ottawa Animation Festival or ANY animation festival. Even if you don't have a film playing.
If you're feeling miserable about the whole thing then go watch the Wayne White documentary and you'll be good again soon enough.
So that’s my thing.
at 11:39 PM
Monday, March 30, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
One of the frustrating things about adjuncting is that it's particularly hard to attend nice arty things, like screenings of my film.
B&R played in Athens a few hours back and of course I'd love to visit Greece.
But it's really, REALLY frustrating when the screenings are in your own back yard and I can't make it.
The Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson, Mississippi looks like a hoot and it's maddening to not attend.
I hope they dig it there when it plays in a few weeks.
at 10:52 PM
Monday, March 09, 2015
The Boxhead and Roundhead feature has been screening all over the place.
I keep forgetting to mention it on this neglected blog.
Feb 24-Mar 01 Carbondale, Illinois
Feb 28-Mar 08 Montreal, Canada
18th Montreal International Children's Film Festival
9th Tehran International Animation Festival
Mar 18-22 Utrecht, Holland
Holland Animation Film Festival
Mar 22-24 Karlsruhe, Germany
Independent Days Film Festival
Mar 26-Apr 01 Athens, Greece
It's also playing at the upcoming Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson Mississippi
Here's a lovely review from Charles Kenny.
He was also kind enough to mistake me for a driven, ambitious film maker here.
at 11:25 AM
Friday, January 16, 2015
Bottersnikes and Gumbles was a series of books by Australian author S.A. Wakefield and illustrated by Desmond Digby.
I was crazy for them when I was a kid.
Sadly they're out of print and can only be found on Ebay for exorbitant prices.
Digby's illustrations were very influential on me as a kid but you probably won't see it much in my work.
The series revolved around a group of creatures called the Bottersnikes, the bad guys and the Gumbles, the good guys.
The Gumbles are kind of like Australian Wombles and I wonder now if that was on purpose.
The whole thing is set in the Australian bush.
I was always particularly taken by the colour plates.
I wish I had them onhand to scan instead of having to pick from the internet.
at 11:27 PM