Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pictures from the Brainbox: A Weekly Dose of Indie Animation - 'Celebration and Chorale'

Every Tuesday, Chris Robinson digests and dissects (relatively) new indie animation short films.

Put aside your cheap chocolates and factory cards and all that assorted material crap you’re hoodwinked into buying because this is supposed to be THAT day where you damn well better show LOVE to everyone. I have something to share that’s so much sweeter and won’t hurt your blood sugar levels.

Yukie Nakauchi’s surprising student gem (from the wonderful Tama Art University in Japan), Celebration and Chorale (2013) has a sort of Fantasia minus Mickey vibe as the protagonist appears to unveil and conduct the images and sounds in her head for us. I remember seeing this late in the selection process one year in Ottawa.  It was so out of sync with all the talky, fast paced entries. It was slower, quieter, calm and, unlike the endless stream of woe is me films, this was bursting with genuine love and wonder and excitement.

So sit back in your Ikea office chair and allow this mesmeric sensation (featuring a score by Niel DePonte) to take you beyond your current time and space and colleagues.  For a few minutes, allow the fleeting touch of a stranger to bring you closer something good.

You'll awake. There will be light.  Dazed but refreshed you'll float from your office chair only to be momentarily ear-punched by the pained, disjointed moans of the i-didnt-get-it companion as they flee fecklessly in search of something they already have, but cannot recognize.

Or maybe they just went off to the washroom.

Source: awn

Nitrogen On Board To Animate Scarygirl Feature ‘Arkie’

The various pieces of the production puzzle are falling into place for Arkie, a cg-animated feature based on Nathan Jurevicius’s character brand Scarygirl.

Vancouver-based Nitrogen Studios has now signed on as the film’s animation studio. They will co-produce with Passion Pictures Australia, which first optioned Scarygirl rights in 2004. The down under Passion Pics subsidiary won an Academy Award in 2011 for the animated short The Lost Thing.

Arkie is something of a family affair; Nathan’s brother Luke is set to direct the film. Luke is an animation director and creator of the cg series Figaro Pho, which has had a successful multi-season run in Australia.

Scarygirl has already been the subject of a graphic novel, vinyl toys, consumer products, and a console/PC game. The feature tells the origin story of Arkie, an adopted 12-year-old girl who is blind in one eye and has a tentacled hook-arm. The logline:

When Arkie’s world is shrouded in darkness she must travel to a city of light, save her best friend from a mysterious scientist, and discover the history behind her own unique self.

Australian sales agent Odin’s Eye Entertainment is handling sales, and according to Screen Daily, they’ve pre-sold to 11 territories, including Italy (Notorious Pictures), Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Baltic States (Best Film), Former Yugoslavia (Dexin Film), Middle East (Phoenicia), and Philippines (Captive Entertainment).

Current delivery date for the film is 2018.