In August we finally put a long held plan into action with the launch of our TheyAreAnimators series, which kicked off with a ‘to date’ look at the work of Hisko Hulsing. We of course made our annual pilgrimage to the Reading & Leeds music festivals with a much beloved collection of DN curated shorts screened in the cinema tent and another big event you may have heard of took London by storm with Grant Orchard was quick off the blocks to reprise his Love Sports series of sporting animations. Whilst Angeline Gragasin’s unconventional short The Animals may not be everyone’s cup of tea, we loved the bravado and confidence displayed in her filmmaking and it was great to talk to her about the film and developing an audience online. DN’s held strong against the internet’s common denominator for over six years but this month, not one but two cat videos slunk onto our pages; namely Sam Huntley’s murderous TIBS and Johan Rijpma’s feline disco for Natural Thing – although we did manage to chase them away with a motley pack of dogs who survived the zombie apocalypse in Play Dead. Thank God Subs was on hand to return us to stylish territory with her Triple Hit of Fashion, although Ryan Staake did take us for an intergalactic pole dance in Set it Off so it balances out. And finally, Nieges Borges provided the short we’ve been waiting all our lives for with her paper doll filmography of Bill Murray Bill Wearing Socks.
MarBelle has a strange compulsion to watch as many films as he can get his hands on and find jobs that give him a legitimate excuse to drill filmmakers about their work. Directors Notes is the latest incarnation of this disorder and so much cheaper than film school. Twitter: @MarBelle