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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
You can go to Badoink to look at pictures of hot girls OR you can go to Badoink and read an interview with me.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014
So last night I finally got to see Song of the Sea, the latest animated feature from the clever folks at Cartoon Saloon (Kilkenny, Ireland).
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Friday, December 05, 2014
Terry Gilliam made a film I love called "Time Bandits".
He described it as a film that children would enjoy and adults wouldn't be embarrassed to see, which it is, but it's more than that.
Which is the best introduction I can think of to encourage you all to seek out Strangebeard by the excellent Canadian, Kelly Tindall.
Strangebeard details the adventures of Jenny Brigham who on her 12th birthday discovers that she's the reincarnation of the legendary pirate, Augustus Strangebeard.
This supernatural inheritance imbibes her with a number of powers that are more fun to read about in the comic than to have me tell you.
She's joined on her adventures by Sluggo Sealock, a kind of Tintinish Captain Haddock, and her Boston Terrier, Lemmy.
The villain of the piece of Memoria Morder, one of the Pirate Masters.
Kelly has drawn the whole business in a very accessible hand that is appealing to young readers but is sophisticated enough in it's storytelling to engage all ages (like Time Bandits, children will enjoy it and adults won't be embarrassed to read it).
My four year old leapt onto it and pored over it for a good 40 minutes but it's intended for older children, really.
It is easy to imagine parents reading the book with the kids and in that it serves as a great introduction to the comic form.
It's noteworthy that the lead character is a young girl as we don't see enough interesting woman characters in popular books and film.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to everyone but I think parents with girls should have it on the bedtime roster as soon as possible.
A good chunk of the book is available online but you can buy a paperback copy here and then there's a good chance you could infect your child with the spirit of the book and then maybe one day they'll make their own Strangebeard and the world will be a jollier place because of it.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Friday, October 24, 2014
For those of you in Armenia, B&R will be playing at ReAnimania on October 27 at 11am and 7pm.
Screenings continue in Romania where the run seems to have been extended.
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