Old and New Jobs!

Two bits of news.

Firstly, I have a new job for the next 15 weeks or so at Manchester Met University helping to teach the Contemporary Film and Video course which I completed myself two years ago.  I'll let you know what I get up to but I think I'll mostly be working with the first and second year students, teaching them specific technical skills as well as helping them develop their scripts and film ideas.  The course tutors only secured the funding for the post last Monday and I'm starting this Tuesday, so it's all happened rather quickly really.  Only two days a week, but it should be fun!

Secondly, I recently done some work with the Young Carers Group in Oldham, providing animation workshops and helping the teenagers there make some short films for a performance they a putting on soon.  Here's an example of what one group of lads produced...

I know it's under 20 seconds log but isn't it good?

Monday Morning Mini Movie: Pixar's UP! was made in 1965?

On youtube you can find all sorts of films which have been "Premade."  This means going back through hours of archive footage and recreating a trailer for the film if it had been made decades ago.  The best example of this I've seen so far is Up! premade by Whoiseyevan:

Here are some of the ingrediants mixed into this trailer:

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, *batteries not included, The Red Balloon, Superman, The Wizard of Oz, The Muppet Movie, Follow Me Boys, Mackenna's Gold, Benji, A Boy and His Dog, Mysterious Island, The Doberman Gang, The Alvin Show, Posse, One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, The Island at the Top of the World, Zeppellin, Stephen King's It, Hollywood Hotel, Jonny Quest, Peter Pan's Flight, Habanera from Carmen, Always

Anyway, enjoy!  And if you want more, search for Premakes on youtube.

Should a Zombie Game Trailer Make You Cry?

One of the main reasons why this blog hasn't been updated in a while is that our family has been going through a difficult time with Social Services and our roles as Foster Carers.

Anyway, with the back drop of all those emotional issues I have just watched the following trailer for Dead Island, a zombie consol game.


After about 30 seconds I totally forgot it was a game trailer, was computer generated and involved mythical creatures.  I was totally caught up in the story telling.  Then with the "found footage" bit at the end I realised some dust had just blown into my eyes making them water a bit.

At this point in the Oscar Award cycle, this is getting my vote for Best Short Animation!

What do you think?  Is it really that sad or do I just need to go for some therapy? 

Monday Morning Mini Movie: Out of Sight

Three students from Taiwan have recently released this short animation about a little girl wondering onto an unfamiliar street and into a world of her own...  It's beautifully made and very touching.

Looking at some of the comments on youtube I was amazed that many people didn't get what was going on until the very end.  When did it click for you?

Check out the official site here: http://www.evaty.url.tw/oos/  The site is in English as well.

Monday Morning Mini Movie - Piggy and Friends

We have three mini movies this week, all under 30 seconds and all made by children at Kirkheaton Primary School.  They were made in about an hour and were the first attempts at animation by the kids during my first attempt at teaching animation to 8 year olds.  I think the results are quite reasonable.  Enjoy!

Piggy would be the best one:

Closely followed by White Board Mr Rae:

And Stupid Walking Man is quite fun too:


Flip Book Genius!

A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything by DispleasedEskimo

From the youtube info:

This is the final piece for my AS art course, a flip book made entirely out of biro pens. It's something like 2100 pages long, and about 50 jotter books. I'd say I worked on and off it for roughly 3 weeks.

Do you want a flip book advert for your product or company?  Why not message Jamie Bell (aka DispleasedEskimo) and commission one from him?