As the title says I’ve got some catching up to do on here. Since last November and roughly in chronological order:
In the run up to Christmas 2012 I worked on the second series of Russian TV series “Qumi-Qumi” (animation, Flash)
I developed and pitched two short film projects and an interactive augmented reality game for Ipad.
Took part in a talk at AnimatedExeter for Stripeybird
Moved to Budapest! (as you do)
Completed two short animated projects for the ineffabley talented and all-round great people at DeFacto Films
Writing, a lot. -And writing some more. (Budapest is incredibly inspiring)
In Třeboň Czech Republic I met the lovely folk at BillandBen Productions (pic below) at Anifilm 2013, where during a meal and through brilliant deductive skills all around, we came upon the realisation that I had in fact worked on their brilliant “A Liar’s Autobiography”, whilst never having met before! (I had worked on it through one of the multitude of great British animation companies who took part, A for Animation in Bristol).
They lovingly invited me up on stage after the screening for the Q&A, in a thinly veiled attempt to have me dance the musical sequence I had storyboarded whilst carefully holding onto the wooden (and occasionally headless) puppet of Cameron Diaz’s character, Freud. Before continuing to the afterparty for many drinks and more dancing… It was such a brilliant and impromtu surprise!
And finally, this summer’s projects are looking interesting! Going from one project with riotous sex scenes (Liar’s) to a soon-to-be-revealed crowdfunding project all about the female orgasm, there is also funding secured for adaptations of two Hungarian children’s poems, as well as some personal projects I have going on in the background.
I am very excited to be heading out to Turin early tomorrow, to begin another international media program http://www.adaptingforcinema.com/in which I’ll be taking my first role as Producer to adapt and develop a prominent British book for the screens.
We – me, a very talented visual artist Barbara Bakos and one writer - have until the final pitching session in London, 23rd-25th April.
It’s all the more exciting as the books involved have been optioned for a year, so it’s a fully live project to be learning with. Updates on the project in detail will follow in the coming months…
A huge thanks also to Creative Skillset for awarding me an international scholarship for this amazing opportunity.
I had the wobbly-knee’d pleasure* to be invited to talk about my experiences in the animation industry thus far, to a mixture of school leavers and others who were intending on following a creative path through University.
I was glad of the chance to talk a little about what I thought was the very narrow choices that were presented to me at that age, seemingly only fine art/graphic design/illustration, no notions of animation and film ever entertained…
Here’s a short post-promotional clip of the night, and due to my lack of confidence at public speaking, I’m glad to not actually feature in it! They probably tried to get a bit and found none usable. However I was glad of thecheese and pineapple cocktail stick classics available in the green room.