‘Sir John Lubbock’s Pet Wasp’ – Osbert Parker and Laurie Hill

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The next installment from the Untold Tales series

‘Strange but true stories’ have always been a rich source of inspiration for Parker and Hill, especially those taken from turn of the century Victorian tabloids. Sir John Lubbock’s story and his scientific writings on Ants, Bees & Wasps stood out as contemporary for the directors who worked in collaboration on the film. Themes of environmental concern, cultural displacement, and empathy were found in their interpretation of Lubbock’s story still relevant to today. A diverse range of techniques from stop motion, 2D cut-outs, and digital animation is combined to tell a bizarre and beautiful love story with a sting in its tale.

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‘The Foundling’ by Leo Crane

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The second film to be released as part of the Untold Tales series.

J— dreams of a family where wild birds are his brothers and sisters and he can escape the urban chaos of London. He lives with his adopted dads in a loving home, but can’t forget his past and the violent emotions he feels towards the young mother who abandoned him. In times of anger and sadness, he turns to the piano and the music that allows his dreams to flourish.

https://vimeo.com/296881122

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‘Hold Tight’ by Jessica Ashman

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The first of the six Untold Tales films.

Hold Tight explores the importance of Carnival across the UK and how its celebrations provide an important lifeline to heritage and identity for younger generations of the Black Caribbean diaspora in Britain. It is a journey into the feeling of belonging, through the rituals of Carnival attendance and the power of bass.

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You can watch the film here:

Hold Tight – https://vimeo.com/297039237

 

‘Untold tales’ by Animate Projects and Anim18

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Seven renowned animators have been selected to create a series of micro-shorts, commissioned by Animate Projects and Anim18, as part of the Anim18 programme – a UK-wide celebration of British animation taking place until December 2018.

Working in collaboration with other creative talents and a range of subjects, the animators reflect on the collective and individual experiences of people living in the UK today. They are playful, joyful, and eye-catching gems, designed to be discovered in the viewer’s Instagram feed, that they will want to share, repost, like, and comment on.

Together the films present an exciting and vibrant collection of stories exploring cultural heritage, historic curiosities, devoted communities, and ways individuals navigate modern life: Leo Crane’s film offers a platform to an adopted child to share his fantastical and hopeful dreams; Ian Gouldstone takes inspiration from the inhabitants of the tower block he resides in; and Osbert Parker and Laurie Hill consider the curious tale of a wasp brought into Victorian society and cultured, and how her treatment reflects on contemporary life today.

Several of the films center on the cultural communities that the animators belong to: Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara reflects on the motivations of visitors to a Buddhist Monastery that she frequents; Kate Sullivan invites us into a meeting of the 3D enthusiasts club she takes part in; and Jessica Ashman’s film celebrates the importance of participating in Carnival culture for herself and her peers.

Abigail Addison at Animate Projects explains: “The animators were approached to pitch ideas for this project, and we were delighted with the range of ideas and techniques that were proposed. These diminutive films attest to the considerable talent and craft of the makers; they are so innovative, lively, thought provoking, and entertaining. It is a joy to be able to work with such great animation talent.”

The films will be launched on Instagram and Vimeo throughout November, beginning with Hold Tight by Jessica Ashman on Tuesday 6 November.

You can find the films on their release date at the following links:

https://www.instagram.com/anim18uk

https://www.instagram.com/animateprojectsuk

https://vimeo.com/animateprojects

 

‘DOOZY’ by Richard Squires

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DOOZY (Richard Squires, UK, 2018, 70 minutes, color & b/w)

‘Where does the character end and the actor begin?’

This documentary, live action with interspersed animated sequences, examines the life of actor and notably voice actor for Hanna-Barbera cartoons – Paul Lynde. DOOZY foregrounds ‘otherness’ in Hollywood and the symbiosis between actor and character.

This film feels like an animators film. The subject matter has historical and cultural significance to animation and the experimental techniques to present the film are courageous, risks animators are often willing to take to push the boundaries of their techniques further.

DOOZY examines a world that is often neglected – that of film sound. Squires claims that DOOZY is a creative documentary and I agree. He employs various techniques that take the viewer into new territories and explorations. For example the use of ‘longer than needs to be’ looped animated sequences of Clovis, our anti – hero. On first viewing, I was urging the Director to cut the shot – surely this is on screen for far too long?! But as I settled into the repetition and over exaggeration, I relaxed into this device which seemed to reflect the characteristics of Clovis and the animation of that time.

Squires also uses a games show-esque technique to interview various people, including leading academics of animation, mimicking the games shows Paul Lynde was part of.

DOOZY premiered at London BFI film festival in October 2018

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‘Nautilus’ Science Connected

Nautilus is an online magazine which features weekly Science topics and explores them through a variety of media including essays, blogs, animation and videos. They feature numerous animated documentaries or live action docs with animated segments on exemplary scientists and their contribution to the world of science knowledge.

Nautilus lets science spill over its usual borders. We are science, connected.’

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