The Key at The International Film Festival of Patmos

July 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Key will be screening at The International Film Festival of Patmos in Greece between the 24-30 july in the main competition

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Here a little bit about the festival: “The International Film Festival of Patmos combines the idyllic backdrop of Patmos with the cutting edge of film to create a unique, creative experience. With its breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, Patmos has traditionally attracted people of the arts and cinema in particular. Our vision is to make this treasured destination an exciting place for celebrating talent, originality and craftsmanship in world cinema today. Our long-term goal is to turn IFFP into a platform for a creative exchange of ideas between Greek and foreign filmmakers and a forum for international partnerships and co-productions.”

The Key talk at the Pump House for Watford Live!

June 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Thank you to everyone who came to “The Key” event, we were delighted to see so many friends, collaborators and new faces. we hope you enjoyed the screening and the talk

Also a big thank you to Watford Live! for hosting the event, Nag Vladermersky from London-International Animation-Festival for chairing the talk (and asking wonderfully insightful question), and our amazing crew: Alex Harwood (composer) Laura Horn (choreographer) & Sarah Kerenza Priestley (actor and facilitator) for joining us in the Q&A.

Pictures by John Priestley

“The Key” in the Watford Observer

June 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

We are delighted The Key received the attention of the local newspaper Watford Observer and Rosy Moorhead wrote a lovely article about the making of the Key and its participatory element.

Link to page http://goo.gl/5FFy2F

The Key on Watford Obeserver

 

PDF 500 Watford residents came together to create animation short The Key, part of Watford Live! festival (From Watford Observer)

Watford screening of “The Key” + Q&A with LIAF Director Nag Vladermersky & Mewlab

June 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

As a part of Watford Live! 2014, “The Key” will be screening at the Pump House followed up by a Q&A with the directors and crew members.

The Q&A will be chaired by  Nag Vladermersky, director of LIAF ( London International Animation Festival)

THE KEY EVENT WATFORD LIVE 29th JUNE

Date: Sunday 29 June 2014   Time: 4pm – 6pm

Free event, but space is limited, so reserve seats via info@watfordlive.org
Pump House, Colne River Room
Local Board Road
Lower Watford High Street
Watford
Hertfordshire
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“The Key” was made with the help of local people from Watford who formed a large part of the crew helping to colour and trace some of the 5000+ drawings before they were scanned and filmed to create the animation. We would like to thank a number of the local organizations who helped make this film happen! Big thanks for the support to: Watford Live!  Watford Borough Council  West Herts College Watford Museum  Intu Watford As well as all the crew who made the film happen Voices Artist
s – Paul Mundell, Dylan Cousins
 & Ellie Mitra Actors
  Dylan Cousins,
 John Priestley, 
Sarah Priestley, Lowenna Priestley, Megan Campbell,
 Alex Chalk,
  Richard Llewellyn, Maya Dodwell & Judith Wright Co-Producer
 Margaret Cheal Screenwriter Tom Hill Choreographer 
Laura Horn Music by
 Alex Harwood Editor
 Benjamin Gerstein Sound Designer
 David Pringle Art Workers
 Tetelle Randrianja,
 Nikolajs Pogrebickis, 
Amy Jennings
, Josey Grant, Alexander Stanlake,
 Greg Woodcock
, Clare Aburn
, Diana Garcia, 
Aniko Kiss
, Luis Jara
, Jessica Leach Colourist for the 5753 frames
The Town of Watford and Surrounding Area Storyline Editor 
Alexander Williams 1st Assistant Director 
Daniel Hartropp Costume Design Consultant
 Jane Cousins Reprographics
 Alison Grant-Davey Dance Studio and Printing Facilities
 West Herts College Events Location
 Intu Watford, Watford Museum, 
West Herts College Watford Live!
 Margaret Cheal
 Alan Bannister In kind Donation by
 West Herts College, 
Watford Live!,
 Watford Museum,
 Intu Watford Thanks to
,Watford, 
Dorothy Thornhill MBE, Elected Mayor of Watford, 
Watford Live!, West Herts College & Staff
, Watford Museum & Staff
, Watford Borough Council
, GuidePost Trust, 
Intu Watford & Erin Walsh
, Sophie Cady Ronson, Cousins Family, Priestley Family, 
Stephen Lenman
, Amma Gyan, 
David O’Sullivan
 and everyone who participated at the events to create the animation.

“The Key” has won the jury special mention award at Scratch International Animation Festival.

June 11, 2014 § 1 Comment

We are delighted “The Key” has won the jury special mention award at Scratch International Animation Festival. We would like to thanks the jury members, including  Forough Raihani and the whole Scratch team!

We would like to thank Watford and Watford Live! The Scratch Animation Festival were delighted by the story behind “The Key” and its participatory process involving the towns people of Watford. ( in fact some italian asked me if all the people in watford are professional artist & filmmakers…)

Here few pictures marking the visit, pictures by Mewlab and Paride De Carlo

The Key official selection at Rabbit Festival

June 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

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We are delighted “The Key” has been selected in the official program of RabbitFest 2014, in the stunning City of Perugia, where italian animation flourish! Amazing illustrator like Virginia Mori and other fantastic duty members.  And to make even more special the short film by Shaun Clark  ‘Lady and the tooth” has also been selected.

The festival will run from 11 June to the 16th June.

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The RabbitFest – International Animation Film Festival was founded in 2010 by the Cultural Association Skunk, committed to the promotion of international films that are not always distributed in Italy.

With RabbitFest, we chose to focus on animation, because we believe it is an underestimated genre, too often associated solely with a child audience. Above all, we are convinced that this genre includes masterpieces that deserve to be known by the general public.

RabbitFest takes place in the art city of Perugia, the Umbrian capital, a place rich in history and the cultural and economic hub of the region, which is experiencing a time of great cultural ferment thanks to its nominations as European Youth Capital 2017 and European Capital of Culture 2019.

This cultural dynamism is a symptom of the area’s desire to emerge and the attention it has always paid to foreign cultural influences. Not surprisingly, Perugia boasts the oldest university for foreigners in Italy.

Full catalog here:book2014

Mewlab Q&A at Scratch! Film Festival 2014

June 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

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MewLab directors Kim Noce & Shaun Clark will be guests at the Scratch Film Festival 2014 where they  will give a talk about the production of the “ The Key“, on  the 6th June at 7pm.  The Key has  also been selected in the official competition for the 3rd edition of Scratch Film festival, hosted in the stunning city of Lecce, (Italy). The film will be screened on the 4th June at 9pm. Both events will be held at at Ach ( Ammirato Culture House ).

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Scratch! is a festival entirely dedicated to animation, particularly to short movies. Opened to the best international productions from all around the world, Scratch! has become a hub of reference for all experts in the sector as for followers of the genre alike. Since the first edition of 2012 following a public funding Principi Attivi, with an international call Scratch! has brought the selection of the best works worldwide. In the two previous editions it screened more than two hundred shorts scanning throughout the whole sector.Scratch! is homed in Lecce, a small city of art in the South of Italy, embedded with the surrounding. As inspirational frenzies come together, there is the chance to give voice to a flourishing new application.

Scratch! is part a project designed, organised and produced by Animood association.

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New poster for “The Key”

May 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

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When the residents awake to find the key missing to the Town gate frustration soon sets in. Only this key is happy to be lost and keen to show some things should not be found. www.thekey.mewlab.com

Macedonia Premiere for the Key at Watch Out Tetovo Film Festival

May 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

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We are delighted the Key has been selected for the official selection Watch Out Tetovo Film Festival to be screened on the 24th May 2015

WatchOut! is an open air film Festival organized by Loja. The third edition of WatchOut! Film Festival will take place from 21st to 24th of May 2014 in Tetovo. Click here for the program of the festival.

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International Selection for 5th Golden Kuker Sofia

May 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Key has been selected for the 5th Golden Kuker in Sofia between 12-18 May 2014 ( link can be found here)

The International Animation Film Festival (IAFF) Golden Kuker- Sofia was run for the first time in October 2010 in Sofia. Named after Proyko Proykov (legendary Bulgarian animator) it is the first animation festival from the new century. One of the most attractive events in the arts calendar of Bulgaria takes place every spring in May. It is organised by the Bulgarian Association of The Independent Artists and Cartoon Animators an NGO chaired by Mrs. Nadezhda Slavova (cartoon artist, director, filmmaker and author of numerous animation films). The Association aims to connect animators, support their networking and create long lasting relationships within the cartoon industry.

The mission of the IAFF Golden Kuker-Sofia is to contribute to the development of Bulgarian art, to help Bulgarian and foreign animators get in touch and to support young professionals and students. The animation festival attracts not only children but large audience from different generations. IAFF Golden Kuker-Sofia has achieved high-level of professional performance, large number of international appearances, and variety of great animation works. Throughout the whole year people have the opportunity to attend master classes led by world known directors and animators, visit contemporary art seminars and exhibitions, and join interactive lectures. Environmental contest, Sofia’s children day and travelling festival are other festival’s post- events. After the festival international guests have the possibility to travel around Bulgaria, to discover wonderful spots and explore historical places with the tourist packages offered by IAFF Golden Kuker-Sofia.

Every year the festival has a special theme. The Jury awards two big prizes. The Grand Prix Golden Kuker presented to the best short or feature film and The Special prize Proyko Proykov awarded to the best film of the current year’s theme.

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Australian premiere at Melbourne International Animation Festival

May 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

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We are pleased to announce that “The Key” Directed by Mew Lab and made as part of Watford Live! Arts Festival will screen at this years MIAF festival. The Melbourne International Animation Festival is one of the largest  in the world and shows more than 350-400 films each year. 

MIAF14 hits the screens & podiums 19-29 June at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). As a whopping eleven day celebratory feast of forums and over 400 of the best recently released, historical and retrospective animation from around the world, MIAF continues to promise fearlessly uncompromising programs to inspire, delight and challenge those pesky notions that animation as an artform is merely a 3D-CG-block-buster-a-rama or TV toons (as excellent as they can be!). Because here at MIAF central, we definitely know that’s not the case. Indie animation is an art form that continues to thrive and develop as a breathtaking medley of styles, materials, techiniques and production – from hand drawn, paint on glass, collage, sculpture, cut outs, puppets, abstract, sand/salt, solely digital to some of the more interesting developments in 3D.

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“The Key” was made with the help of local people from Watford who formed a large part of the crew helping to colour and trace some of the 5000+ drawings before they were scanned and filmed to create the animation. We would like to thank a number of the local organizations who helped make this film happen! Big thanks for the support to:

Watford Live! Watford Live! is a community arts festival, designed to provide an entertaining showcase for all aspects of the arts as represented by groups and individuals who live, work or perform within Watford Borough. We aim to get anyone and everyone in the Watford art world to put on or participate in an art-based event.

Watford Borough Council Watford Borough Council is the local authority for the Watford non-metropolitan district of England, the United Kingdom. Watford is located in the south-west of Hertfordshire, in the East of England region. We especially would like to thank the support of Dorothy Thornhill

West Herts College An Ofsted Outstanding College. From career-focused qualifications to degree courses – join us and get the skills you need for a bright future.

Watford Museum Telling the story of Watford past and present, Watford Museum is housed in the former Benskins Brewery Mansion. The museum has displays of local history and industry, including Watford Football Club memorabilia, Cassiobury heritage and fine art.
You can view some of our collections through on line galleries: Watford FC, The Cassiobury Collection, our fine art collection and our sculpture collection.

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As well as all the crew who made the film happen Voices Artist
s – Paul Mundell, Dylan Cousins
 & Ellie Mitra Actors
  Dylan Cousins,
 John Priestley, 
Sarah Priestley, Lowenna Priestley, Megan Campbell,
 Alex Chalk,
  Richard Llewellyn, Maya Dodwell & Judith Wright Co-Producer
 Margaret Cheal Screenwriter Tom Hill Choreographer 
Laura Horn Music by
 Alex Harwood Editor
 Benjamin Gerstein Sound Designer
 David Pringle Art Workers
 Tetelle Randrianja,
 Nikolajs Pogrebickis, 
Amy Jennings
, Josey Grant, Alexander Stanlake,
 Greg Woodcock
, Clare Aburn
, Diana Garcia, 
Aniko Kiss
, Luis Jara
, Jessica Leach Colourist for the 5753 frames
The Town of Watford and Surrounding Area Storyline Editor 
Alexander Williams 1st Assistant Director 
Daniel Hartropp Costume Design Consultant
 Jane Cousins Reprographics
 Alison Grant-Davey Dance Studio and Printing Facilities
 West Herts College Events Location
 Intu Watford, Watford Museum, 
West Herts College Watford Live!
 Margaret Cheal
 Alan Bannister In kind Donation by
 West Herts College, 
Watford Live!,
 Watford Museum,
 Intu Watford Thanks to
,Watford, 
Dorothy Thornhill MBE, Elected Mayor of Watford, 
Watford Live!, West Herts College & Staff
, Watford Museum & Staff
, Watford Borough Council
, GuidePost Trust, 
Intu Watford & Erin Walsh
, Sophie Cady Ronson, Cousins Family, Priestley Family, 
Stephen Lenman
, Amma Gyan, 
David O’Sullivan
 and everyone who participated at the events to create the animation.

Greek Premiere in Athens Animfest

April 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

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“The Key” has been screened in Athens in the prestigious AnimFest in the competition section on Monday 17th March , amongst some fantastic animations.

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The Key Trailer

December 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

“The Key” is a seven minute animated film about the residents of a Town who awake to find the key missing to the Town gate. Only this key is happy to be lost and keen to show some things should not be found.

Here our trailer online for “The key” which  can be found at at out new link for the full website http://www.thekey.mewlab.com

“The Key” was made possible by our wonderful crew and colleagues who we would like to thank!

Final Stills for the Film

October 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Review in Watford Arts Forum by Grelle White

July 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

On the 4th april we had a “work in progress” Private View of the film at the Pump House in Watford, organised by Watford Live. The evening was a asuccess and we were delighted to see the Private View featured on the Watford Arts Forum, with an article by Grelle White.

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Click to access WAAF_Spring%20Summer_Magazine.pdf

http://www.watfordareaartsforum.com

Post stamp for the film

May 5, 2013 § 1 Comment

The game of creating small details for an imaginary world.

Almost ready for Festivals…

April 27, 2013 § 2 Comments

We are going to polish the film, finish the grading, correct the last few mistakes and update the website with Press Kit, Stills and all the necessary “equipment” for the film to be sent off  to festival…

We have a long list of festivals, tons of application form to fill, lots of postcards to create, tons of DVD copies to make send off… the journey begins.

Short films usually have a two to three year life around the festival circuit, the first year its all about the world premiere, and  each countries premiere

After that the film will be available to be viewed online and to be selected for the smaller film festivals.

It usually end up with the film travelling around the world and leaving us wishing we had the funds to follow it around

Private View for production team and crew only

April 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

On the 4th april we had a “work in progress” Private View of the film at the Pump House in Watford, organised by Watford Live. Our guest list comprised those who worked both in front and behind the camera, in post-production, and some of the dozens of people who coloured in over 5700 frames to make the film possible.  We were also joined by those who helped to fund, and gave us workshop space.

We take the chance again to thanks everyone that came and supported us through the production: the participants, the volunteers, the crew ,the funders, the Major of Watford Dorothy Thornhill, the actors, friends and family. We have loved every single moment of the production and we are glad we have met and involved hundreds  & hundreds of people .

We involved almost 500 people from age 2 to 90 in the making of the film.: locals have been acting, drawing, animating, dancing, and also colouring in a staggering 5700 frames for the animation! And to top it up we had 2707 views  to date on the site, and an extra 560 readers are actually following this blog.   

The project was part of Watford Live!, with the aim of encouraging people in the town to participate in an activity which they might not have experienced before.   There are  plans to have a workshop and a screening in 2014/2015 when the film comes off the festival circuit.

The evening was a delightful success and we are looking forward to finish off the film and  send it to festivals around the world and to find out where the film will have its own world premiere.

Sound Design & Mixing

March 25, 2013 § 1 Comment

Wonderful session with our Sound Designer, David Pringle and the composer Alex Harwood for the final mix for sound and music

Sound Recording

February 27, 2013 § 2 Comments

On the 26 february we had a wonderful session recording all voices for the film. We spent all day with David Pringle, Our sound Designer. The voice artists joined us at his studio to record their part in the film. Paul Mundell was casted as the main narrator, while Ellie Mitra played the part of the Mum and the Dancer and finally Dylan Cousins did the voices for James. Here below few picture of the day.

Editing

February 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Recently we passed the day with Benji Gerstein in the editing room to define the shape of our film. We talked about the story, what it means, what we want to tell and how to reach the audience. There are no better visual storyteller than Editors!
Here are some photographs from the editing day. Do not be fooled, all the pictures are really related to the film!

Location: The Shop Studios

Subtleties

February 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

While compositing the animation we are already looking at the Grading of the picture. Starting from the original picture we are testing texture, shades and grain to combine  the different elements together. (Click the pictures to see it full screen)

Miniature Milestones

February 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

On the 19 January the last frames was coloured in by Alan Bannister, while today we are delighted to announce that we have water-coloured  and captured the last shot. Proceding with the next step: to complete the compositing!

The Process

January 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Every single shot has been first acted, then filmed, printed out, coloured in, water coloured,  and re-filmed under the animation camera. Then for each shot we draw, coloured, painted and scanned the background . Finally the different elements were imported in  the computer and we composited  the animation with the background and we start to animate the fog.

It roughly means we create about 25/90 frames (1-3 sec) a day from scratch depending on complexity. Here some gifs that show the last part of the process from the water-colour to the composited shot

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The last frames coloured in! Thank you!

January 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

We would like to thanks everyone that, despite the snow, joined us at the WATFORD MUSEUM on the 19 January… we traced and coloured the last 500 frames!

Also we wish to thanks Watford Museum for their hospitality, Margaret Cheal and Alan Bannister from Watford Live, Stephen from Silencio, the GuidePost Trust, Amma Gyan and David O’Sullivan.

Now another month of work to finish to composite the animation, then the postproduction will start : editing, creating the sound, recording the voices, composing the music and grading the picture! The last steps…

Last chance to participate! All Free!

January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

Last chance to participate in our marvellous collective film! If you did not manage to come down to one of our drop in sessions you still have a chance to meet and join us at Watford Museum on the 19 January from 10.30 am to 4pm. It is free and we will have cakes and tea…

We involved almost 500 people: locals have been acting, drawing, animating, dancing, and also colouring in a staggering 5000 frames for the animation! And to top it up we had 1831 views on the site, and an extra 560 readers are actually following this blog.  Thank you all for your support!

Well why not join us for a lovely relaxing morning or afternoon with family, friends… the more the merrier!( With also a sneak preview of what the animation that has been created so far!)

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Script Editor:Tom Hill

January 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

We are delighted we are working with Tom Hill, tidying up the Voice Over for the film.

Tom has recently graduated from the NTFS, and he was the script editor in “Head Over Heels” the short animated film  just nominated for an Oscar and it has won an Annie Award  only a couple of days ago. Congratulation Tom!

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Well we held lovely conversation with skype about the little town, its inhabitants, James journey and lots more … and the voice over is shaping up nicely.

A wee bit of Movement

January 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

We are painting and filming all the frames to be composited together with the backgrounds, here some GIFs showing part of the process

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I particularly love this second shot: on the right hand corner you can see “flickering by” all the names of all the people that coloured in the different pictures . In this GIF 10 different people coloured few frames each

A Winter Room of One’s Own

December 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

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The days are short and to shoot an animation more often than not you need a dark room to maintain a constant level of brightness. Well, it can feel a little bit like “Groundhog Day” so a beautiful list help feeling a sense of achievement:

So far we did:

  • 4000 frames coloured in
  • 127 A3 Painted Props
  • 66 A3 Painted backgrounds

And now we are about to watercolour and film 5500 frames… But we do still need to colour the last 1000 frames and composite the 66 shots together with the animation It will all takes two more solid wintery months. And after the animation we will do the edit, sound, music, and master it all for cinema viewing.

Here a small sample painting the character of 25 frames, this is only a second of animation.

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We paint  and film each single picture.

But at least we have already done:

  • 10 meetings
  • 3 events with 350 people (+ one extra event on the way)
  • 1 casting day
  • 3 Days Rehearsal
  • 2 Days Shooting
  • 1 week editing
  • 1 week scriptwriting
  • 1 week research with 4 mood boards
  • 1 week for 2 animated tests
  • 1 week to create the whole storyboard
  • 2 days to print the 5500 frames
  • 3 days to photographs object for reference for the paintings
  • and about 2 to 3 weeks administration to organise it all
  • and lot of thinking and solid “dreaming”!

Well we are workaholics!

66 Backgrounds and 127 Props

December 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Ticked, ticked, ticked! On the wall our lovely schedule tell us we have just finished painting the 66 backgrounds needed for the film!

We have not added yet the fog and the picture are not graded (hence the colour are not the final ones), but one can start to feel the town becoming real… we cannot wait to fill it up with the wonderful characters everyone has been drawing and colouring in…

Here below a collage of few backgrounds and an example

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And our unglamorous but efficient schedule on the wall

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Shaping a world

October 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

We are creating all the backgrounds for the film. We started with a fictitious map of the town and a long list of things we need. The maps are just rough sketches to gives us an idea.

We are painting the objects and items we need… These are the first ones. With more background tests.

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Keep Calm and Carry on Drawing

August 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

We are inching our way towards the final frames, few hundreds to go…!

Then we will film each frame adding the watercolour.

After  we will create all the backgrounds, and  finally we will combined them all together.

MOODBOARD

July 15, 2012 § 2 Comments

We are working on a moodboard to find the perfect style for the backgrounds. So we just explore  a lot of books, illustration, and filmmaker we love.
There are images from  Andrei TarkovskyYuriy NorshteynEdward GoreyMichelangelo Antonioni and many more wonderful contemporary artists…

Another fantastic event on the 7 JULY at WATFORD MUSEUM! THANK YOU!!!

July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

We would like to thanks everyone that joined us at the WATFORD MUSEUM  on the 7th JULY… we  traced and coloured almost 500 frames!

Also we wish to thank  Watford Museum for their hospitality,  Margaret Cheal from Watford Live, Steven from Silencio, and  our wonderfully  professional animators & artists  Amy Jennings, Diana Garcia, Aniko Kiss, Luis Jara.

Here are some of the picture of those who participated!

NEW EVENT 7 JULY at WATFORD MUSEUM

July 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you did not manage to come down to one of our session you still have a chance to meet and join us at Watford Museum on the 7th July from 11am to 4pm.

Watford Museum 194 High Street Watford Herts WD17 2DT 01923 232297

http://www.watfordmuseum.org.uk/

Another wonderful event on the 19 June at West Herts College! THANK YOU!!!

June 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

We would like to thanks everyone that joined us at the WEST HERTS COLLEGE  on the 19 JUNE… we  traced and coloured almost 500 frames!

Here are some of the picture of those who participated!

Also we wish to thank West Herts College for their hospitality,  Margaret Cheal from Watford Live, Daniel Hartropp our Assistant Producer and  our wonderfully  professional animators  Amy JenningsClare Aburn, Nikolajs Pogrebickis, Josey Grant and Alexander Stanlake

Did you draw a frame with us on the 16 June? THANK YOU!!!!! and do tell us your name!

June 17, 2012 § 12 Comments

Did you join us on the 16 June to draw and colouring in the full animation? If yes THANK YOU!!!!!, and don’t be shy …add your name here in the comments for posterity!

We would like to thanks everyone that joined us at the HARLEQUIN CENTRE  on the 16 JUNE… more than 300 people  traced and coloured in almost 2000 frames! And we had almost 600 views on the blog in just a week!

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Here are some of the picture of those who participated!

Also we wish to thank Margaret Cheal and Alan Bannister from Watford Live, Erin Walsh form the Harlequin centre, our wonderful professional animators Tetelle Randrianja, Jessica Leach and Greg Woodcock.

A big thank you to the Crew for the event on 16 June at The Harlequin Centre

June 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

A huge thank you to the Harlequin Centre for their hospitality and super efficient Erin Welsh, to Watford live and West Hers college for their support and collaboration and to the core crew for their hard works and smiles : Margaret Cheal , Alan Bannister, Tetelle Randrianja, Jessica Leach and Greg Woodcock (our animators)

COME AND JOIN US TO COLOUR IN THE 5000 FRAMES!

June 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Come and join us to draw and colour in one of the 5000 frames needed for the first ever “Collective Animated Film” by the Town of Watford.

MewLab in collaboration with Watford Live, West Herts College and the residents in the Town of Watford are creating “The Foggiest Ideal” a hand crafted short animated film.

Drop in sessions will be held on 16th June at the Harlequin Centre between 10-4pm (WD17 2UB) and on the 19th June at West herts College between 11-4pm (WD17 3EZ)


What it takes to print 5000 frames!

June 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

An amazing producer: Margaret Cheal
A wonderful reprographic expert: Alison Grant Davey
The kindness of Watford Campus Staff!
A fabulous establishment such us West Herts College!
A monster of a printing machine!
5000  punched A4 animation paper by Chromacolour
Few sharpies, 68 folders, 83 coloured stickers, two suitcases, three large coffee, a big bunch of late nights shifts, two afternoons in the printing facilities!
Lots a patience and nerves of steel!

Yes, nerves of steel!!!!

Alison Grant-Davey printing the frames for “The foggiest Ideal”

Alison Grant-Davey, Margaret Cheal and            printing the frames for “The foggiest Ideal”

Testing, testing, testing…

June 8, 2012 § 3 Comments

We finish editing the footage and we organise each shot to beard to printed and now a few tests to check the Art Material, the workflow and to create some concept visuals James and the Dancer with Background Step 4 _Final Step James and the Dancer Step 3 Scanned James and the Dancer Step 2 Painted James and the Dancer Step 1 Original Footage printed Painting the Frames ( the Family)

Shooting Day on 12th May

May 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

We had a wonderful and intense day shooting the live action for “The Foggiest Idea”

We would like to thank the whole team:
Dylan as the character of James
Judith as the Dancer
Maya as the Mother and the Commuter
Megan, Richard and Alex as our commuters.

Margaret for the fantastic  organisation of the shoot, Laura Horn for her invaluable Ideas and Daniel for his help as First AD and continuity…

And of course Watford Live, West herts college, Sophie Cady and The town of watford.

The first step is done, do not miss the next step to help us create the next part of the film!


James and his Magnifying Glass


The Commuters


James and the Dancer

Mum and Dad



The child

Costumes…, mmmh which one?

May 12, 2012 § 1 Comment

Thank you to West Herts College and to Jane Cousins for the extensive choice of costumes.


Dylan as James, trying out several different costumes provided by Jane Cousins

We Love Old Fairytales

May 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

A small visual test with a picture from the rehearsal, we are trying to make the visual style look mysterious and dark like an old fairytale

Concept Image: the commuters with Richard and Alex

Choreography Rehearsal: playing with movement

May 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

On the 3rd and 10th we had two lovely evenings sessions at West Herts College  reharsing the choreography  for  “The Foggiest Ideal” with:

Dylan as the character of James
Judith as the Dancer
Maya as the Mother and the Commuter
Megan, Richard and Alex as our commuters.
Margaret organising everything at the front desk and last but not least Laura as our choreographer !

Laura Horn (choreographer) and John Priestly (Dad)

Laura Horn (Choreographer) and  Sarah & john Priestly (the family)

Lolo ( the child)

Casting Day

April 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

On the 26 April we had a fantastic day at West Herts College  casting the roles for “The Foggiest Ideal”, we cannot thank enough everyone that came!
Margaret for organising everything at the front desk, Laura for her talents and off course all our actors.

Laura Horn (Choreographer), Kim Noce and Shaun Clark ( directors) Alex and Richard as the commuters

Alexander Williams : Storyline

April 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

The fantastic Alexander Williams kindly helped us to tidy up our script… so we are ready to shoot!

Moodboard

April 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

We collected together  our own sketches and images of other artists that we like and we find inspiring for the film

Collage made of Sketches by Mewlab, images by Kaliopy, Helenbreznik, Watford Museum, Edward Gorey and few unknown sources.

Open Casting Call to star in a short animated film

April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

In a Town shrouded in fog a young boy searches for a lost key.

Actors will be filmed and “rotoscoped” by the residents of Watford Town to create a beautifully crafted short animated film to celebrate the Watford Live community arts festival in the summer of 2012.
The film will be sent to international Film Festivals

The cast positions are voluntary, all parts are non paid.

We are looking to fill the following roles:

James Mum                             (25-40 yr old, Female)
Commuter One                        (17-60 yr old, Male)
Commuter Two                         (17-60 yr old, Male)
Commuter Three                     (17-60 yr old, Female)
Commuter Four                        (17-60 yr old, Female)
Family Dad                              (17-40 yr old, Male)
Family Mum                            (17-40 yr old, Female)
Town Resident                        (30-40 yr old, Male)

If you think you fit the bill, please send a photograph of yourself and why you think you are suited to the character to:

thefoggiestidea@mail.com

Submission Closing Date: Saturday 21st April

Due to time constraints we can only cast a maximum of 20 people

Casting Date: Thursday 26th April 17:30-20:30
Casting Location: West Herts College (City centre campus)

The Choreographer: Laura Horn

February 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

Meet our new member of the team: Laura Horn, our amazing choreographer for “The Foggiest Idea”. Laura Horn is from Dance Digital, and she will help us casting the actors and  design  the choreography for the entire animated film.

LAURA HORN, (LOLO AND JOHN PRIESTLY)

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