Have your own Kudan…and Best of Flip!

Last year’s Flip ‘Best of Festival’ winner Kudan by Taku Kimura has posted a download on their website to allow you to have your very own paper Kudan. As well as a number of wallpapers to download for your computer, there is a paper template for your own Kudan which you can then cut out and keep! If you’re as bigger fan as we are of his short film then this is a great little thing to get!

A paper Kudan for you to cut out and keep!

In other news, the Best of Flip 2009 starts soon with the first showing on the 15th July at Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton. It will take place between 6:30 and 9:30.

The official text for the event states:

‘This evening’s event, run in conjunction with Animation Forum West Midlands, includes a packed programme. Beginning with a screening of the best of FLIP 2009, a 35 mins programme of award winning films from across the world. This is followed by a screening and talk from Light House Animator in Residence Drew Roper. Drew just finished his first commercial commission in between stints on The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Tim Burtons’ new Disney production. Drew will show his 3.5 min stop motion short and the sets and puppet will be on display. Finally, there will be the official launch of this year’s Great Animation Challenge, which is very much like last year’s but with an exciting twist – not to be missed. All this and networking and drinks supplied courtesy of Animation Forum West Midlands.’

To reserve a place for Best of Flip ’09 or to find out more information, contact info@light-house.co.uk

So we hope to see you there.



Sneak Peak

Drew Roper, our animator in residence, has been locked away in his darkened room, toiling away on his latest project for local Midlands fashion company LUKE 1977.

The complete animation will explain an alternative history to denim – how the Americans stole the idea from right here in the Midlands.

With the voice of “Johnny Roper” being supplied by Mark Williams, Star of The Fast Show, ‘Harry Potter and 101 Dalmatians, to name but a few, this short clip shows Drew’s work in progress….

Drew has asked us to point out that this is a rough draft render of the scene so it doesn’t portray the correct quality or correct ‘happenings’ within the scene regarding the edit – but personally I think its pretty smart as it is!

Steph x

Linked news: 36 Minute Interview with Jeffrey Katzenberg

Again another something interesting I picked up on from my RSS – this time from SlashFilm.com

/Film’s tag line – blogging the reel world, should hint at what they write about, they cover pretty much anything film and cinema related and hence cover a fair bit about animated features and events too.

Today they have a video of an interview with Jeffrey Katzenberg the Head of Animation over at Dream Works;

Katzenberg talks about his Disney years, being fired by Michael Eisner, the formation of DreamWorks, 3D filmmaking, Avatar, his response to Roger Ebert, the future of cinema and downfall of DVD, the failure of DreamWorks, the future of DreamWorks Animation, movies as shared events, a respect for time, his experiences in politics.

Head over to see the  interview at slashfilm.com

Steph xx

Dry Fish

Andy Martin is a freelance designer/director based in London who has worked on projects for Channel 4, Sky One and the BBC to name a few. I had never heard of him until yesterday, when browsing my RSS I followed a link from the Neatorama website to his latest animation on Vimeo.

With a tag line that reads…

Sometime you find yourself in a place that you just can’t explain and quite often it can be a little bit worrying.This animated short tells of one such occasion as our hero tries to express his feelings in the only way he can…via the medium of song.

…I just had to share it with you.

You can read about the making of Dry Fish over on Andy’s blog www.andymartin.onfo/blog

Steph xxx

Animator in Residence Drew Roper talks stop motion, Tim Burton and a bit about his day job.


I’m Nick and I’m the new Research Assistant for FLIP. Today I was asked to do a quick interview with Light House’s resident animator Drew Roper and find out what he’s currently up to.

NP – So what are you working on right now?

DR – I’m making a stop motion animation for a local fashion brand, Luke, and explaining their history of denim. It’s a stop motion animation so it’s made with puppets, sets and a camera, rather than on a computer or by drawing.

NP – Okay. So what’s the story then?

DR – It starts off with a guy in a pub back in the 1800s who claims he is the creator of denim, but because he was a grafter and in the pub a lot, people didn’t believe him. Basically he was a foundry worker in the Black Country, they would tend to get burnt from the hot smelt and so they needed to create a thicker material, hence denim. It then goes on to say that the Americans stole the idea, hence why it was massive in America… ‘cause of the jeans…and the cowboys…when really it was created by a guy called Serge de Nîmes who was French. Then Luke claims that he’s brought it back in 1977, as this is all about [the brand] Luke 1977, and him bringing back his heritage of when his ancestor created it… it’s his old gimmick, it’s not true, it’s a tale but it’s quite cool how he’s gone about telling it.

NP – Oh right, I’m guessing you’re really busy at the moment then?

DR – There’s a lot of work involved and at the moment I’m working on the dialogue. This would normally have been done weeks ago however we’ve been waiting for a famous voice artist, comedian and actor to do the voice, which he has now done and is brilliant. And so at the minute I’m drafting at what frame and at what point I need to move his mouth, so it’s mainly lip-synching at the moment. That’s week one of production.

NP – Okay that sounds cool. So who’s the famous voice artist you’ve got?

DR – Mark Williams, the actor, who is from The Fast Show and is Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films…I had the privilege of working with him last week and so now I’m just lip-synching his voice.

NP – Fantastic! So have you got anything else in the pipeline right now?

DR – I’m working part of this weekend and then on Sunday I’m going down to London for the week as I’m working on the new Walt Disney/Tim Burton film…the new puppet film where I’ll be helping to set up the puppet hospital which is where they make and repair their puppets and do mass productions of them. There’s another company that makes the puppets called Mackinnon and Saunders and they send down all their moulds for everything so then they can just remake those in the hospital. This saves Mackinnon and Saunders doing it. So I’ll be helping set up that and then I might be able to set up a test shot. So it’s a lot of running, shifting and lifting but it’s for a week and it’s easing my name out there and it’s hopefully going to give me a better opportunity of getting a job at the end of this, when this should be finished…the 30th June, so I’ve got 7 weeks, well 6 weeks because of the Tim Burton thing.

NP – Wow…yeah that sounds like a great opportunity. So it’s nonstop then?

DR – There’s a lot of work to do, but I can do it. Yeah! So after next week, I’ll be starting to shoot and animate and hopefully have it finished by the end of June.

NP – Great. Thanks for your time; I’ll let you get back to work.

You can find out more about Drew and his animation at www.yamination.com.

Look out for more posts about Drew or other animated goings on from myself or any of the others involved in FLIP in the coming weeks.


Museum Movies Film Competition

Are you interested in making a short film for  Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum?

They have put a call out for film makers, animators and artists from the West Midlands to enter their “Museum Movies Film Competition”

“Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum is starting an exciting new film project titled Museum Movies. We are inviting local film makers to submit short films inspired by Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum’s collections of fine and decorative art, social history, ethnography, archaeology, ceramics and glass. Have a browse through our online collections for ideas! (www.lsagmcollections.org.uk) Other subjects could include the history of the Royal Pump Rooms building, Leamington Spa’s historic gardens, Leamington Spa’s social history or life in 21st century Leamington Spa.

We will select the five most inspiring films and present them on our mezzanine film screen in the local history gallery. 96,000 people visit Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum every year and on a daily basis the screen is viewed by many local people and tourists. Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite film and the film with the most votes will win the Best Film Award and £150 prize money. The award ceremony will be held on Thursday 23 September 2010 at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum.”

It is free to enter and the competition is open to all ages and abilities. Films should be submitted in DVD format with a completed submission form by Wednesday 14 July 2010. There is no minimum length but the film should not be longer than 10 minutes. If your film is shortlisted they will contact you on Thursday 15 July.

The shortlisted films will be screened from Thursday 22 July onwards.

Please contact Tammy Woodrow on 01926 742700 or tammy.woodrow@warwickdc.gov.uk for a submission form or any other queries.

Steph xxx

Infinite Bears.

Since I started working on the Flip website with Peter, people I know (and some that I don’t) send me links to animations that often entertain, amuse and in some instances bemuse me.

In the last week I have received links to two videos, Deadline is one I’ve posted previously so I wont share again (but it made me feel smug to be able to go HA seen it) – and the other has just left me scratching my head…

I suspect a misspent youth of frogger tournaments;  what do you think?

Steph xx