Lego Matrix

I’ve just picked this up off the Neatorama website and it’s too good not to share it’s a frame by frame stop motion reproduction of the bullet dodging scene from he 1st Matrix move – pretty damn awesome if you ask me!

Visit the creators website and see how they did it

Steph x


For those that couldn’t attend:

We know some of you would have loved to be here the other weekend to celebrate the world of animation and all things Flip with us,
and we know you probably had a very good reason for not coming didn’t you?
Loss of limb, the diagnoses of a previously unheard of illness, you know the sort of excuse you’d use to get out of school exams and we understand, we really do. This is what we have compiled a list of links for you to some of the films and blogs of animators  featured here during Flip 09…

Steve Irwin – The Black Dog’s Progress

Jake Armstrong – The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!

Virginia Mori – Play of Silence

Bang yao liu – Deadline

Kristian Andrews – Rabbit Punch

Ed Barrett – Man Up

Taku Kimura – Kudan

Chris Warren – Vegetable Panic

Natasha Deighton – The Heistlands

Paul Barlow – Tuk Tuk

Fraser Ntukula – Tito the Armadillo

Daniel Austin – My Name Is Tom

Michael Eaton- Old Black Crow

Needless to say with my stop motion centric mind the ones using this type of animation were my favourite, but you can make up your own minds.


Steph x

Short Animation Oscar Nominations

OK so I’ve not entered anything, to be honest I wouldn’t know where to start making a film, let alone one of this standard, but if your interested in which short animations will be competing for oscars at the next Academy Awards we’ve got the list:

The Cat Piano Eddie White and Ari Gibson, directors (The People’s Republic of Animation)
French Roast Fabrice O. Joubert, director (Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films)
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty Nicky Phelan, director, and Darragh O’Connell, producer (Brown Bag Films)
The Kinematograph Tomek Baginski, director-producer (Platige Image)
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte) Javier Recio Gracia, director (Kandor Graphics and Green Moon)
Logorama Nicolas Schmerkin, producer (Autour de Minuit)
A Matter of Loaf and Death Nick Park, director (Aardman Animations Ltd.)
Partly Cloudy Peter Sohn, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
Runaway Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada)
Variete Roelof van den Bergh, director (il Luster Productions)

Now we know winning an Oscar is not as big an accolade as receiving an award at Flip, but we’ve all got to start somewhere 😉

Steph x


Can I first of all say a big thank you to everyone who came to Flip Festival 2009, I really hope you all enjoyed the weekend as much as we did! We’re still recovering, but I’m not sure if that was from the festival itself or the *ahem* after party festivities!

Anyway you don’t really want to hear me banging on about our hangovers so without further ado here are this years winners!

Open Shorts

Sponsored by Toon Boom, Stop Motion Pro and Clare Kitson who donated her book “British Animation: The channel 4 factor”
Judges were Sarah Cox, Stuart Messinger and Greg McLeod

Best UK film: Black Dog’s Progress by Steve Irwin
Best international film:
The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9 by Jake Armstrong, USA
Best Experimental film:
Play of Silence by Virginia Mori
Best Stop Motion:
Deadline by Bang Yao Liu
Best newcomer:
Rabbit Punch by Kristian Andrews
Special Jury mention for:
Man Up by Ed Barrett
Best of Festival:
Kudan by Taku Kimura

Various prizes were given out: a big thank you to Toon Boom who gave away a copy of Toon Boom Animate in the categories of Best Film and Best UK Film; a copy of Stop Motion Pro went to Deadline by Bang Yao Liu and best newcomer, Kristian Andrews, won Clare Kitson’s book, “British Animation: The channel 4 factor”.

Student Films

Sponsored by Toon Boom
Judged by Chris Randall, Dominic Osborne and Andy guest

The overall winner was Vegetable Panic by Chris Warren from Wolverhampton University.

He received a Toon Boom studio software package a goody bag from Brother’s McLeod, badges, DVD and Books

The runners up were:

Heistlands by Natasha Deighton
Tuk, Tuk by Paul Barlow
Tito The Armadillo by Fraser Ntukula
May name is Tom by Dan Austin
Old Black Crow by Michael Eaton

They all walked away with a goody bag from Brother’s McLeod, badges, DVDs, & books.

Congratulations to all our winners, the competition for all categories across the festival was tough, I’m glad I wasn’t the one have to do the judging as I wouldn’t have know where to start!!

Here’s looking forward to Flip 2010!

Steph xx

Flip Animation Challenge

boy-4As part on the Flip programme for Thursday, the wonderful Myles Mcloed of the esteemed Brothers McLeod ran a day long Scriptwriting For Animation Workshop with the view to creating a whole bunch of scripts that I could post up here for you lovely lot to animate as part of the Flip Animation Challenge. The other half of this dynamic duo Greg McLeod would then also choose one or maybe two to animate when he takes up the position of animator in residence on Friday.

Well I was hoping for a nice simple word document or maybe a downloadable PDF to post but instead I got given a pile of paper at the end of today, just before I was due to leave for home and was  asked to “put those online for everyone to see”. Now as much as I’d like to spend my Thursday evening typing up scripts I kind of already had important plans, so we came up with a solution…

Follow this link to Light House’s Flickr page and the “Script Writing” group where you will find hi-res images that you can download of the script of your choice. Click on one of the images,  then on the top of the screen choose view all sizes and taa daaa you can download it to read. Not the most conventional way of doing thingsI know….but it’s worked!

In addition to the scripts available over of Flickr we also had two further pieces sent into us by more conventional methods which you can find by following these links:

Dead White

The Fire Dragon

You have until 5pm on Saturday 7th November to post your finished animations online over on the vimeo group with all completed films being screen at 7pm on the 7th at the festival!!

Steph x

Bostin Heroes @ Flip

Have you heard of Bostin Heroes, if not WHY NOT!!

Bostin Heroes whose aims are…

“Raising a positive and local regional pride, Bostin Heroes champions the Black Country and Birmingham through an online comic blog.”,

…and are based right here in the Black Country, home of all things Flip. They have a lovely about page over on their website which gives you a lot more information than I have time to here but you really should check them out.

If you already have tickets for, or are thinking of dropping by to this weekends festival you can catch the guys at their Bostin Heroes stand right here at Light House, Where you can see some of their work or just to say hi, or in true Black Country style – “Yam alroight!”- they’re a lovely bunch so I’m sure they don’t bite!

If the only think stopping you coming over is a worry about understanding our bostin’ Black Country dialect never fear I have done my research for you and you can bookmark this handy translator for use while in attendance… ‘Ow we spake do-wn ‘ere’ or read up on what the BBC has to say about the area here.

Steph x

Flip as landed….

Opening night tomorrow, We look forward to seeing you all here over the next 3 days!!