Earlier this week, journalist and television producer David Cox took to the Guardian film blog to write an article launching a pretty scathing and misinformed evaluation of the current state of British short films: [View the story "The state of British short films." on Storify] The state of British short films. Earlier this week, journalist [...]
Devin Flynn of Y’All So Stupid dusts off his old exercise book for an animated alien hip hop adventure in Travis Barker & Yelawolf’s Funky Shit.
Early last year, I completed my debut feature film, Life Just Is – an arthouse drama about a week in the lives of some recent graduates who struggle to cope with the romantic and existential problems raised by the transition into adulthood proper. The making of the film was outlined on DN across three previous [...]
I first came across Mark Jenkin’s work running Filmstock, when his first film Golden Burn came across our path. It’s been a long time since that film, and Jenkin has grown into an accomplished feature filmmaker. His latest film is Happy Christmas, shot in 2011 and released for free on Vimeo over the 2012 festive [...]
When I was a little older my best friend Billy and I would talk about becoming animators but I don’t think we really understood what it meant – we just knew they drew cartoons. I veered away from that idea in school – I kept drawing but thought maybe I would be an engineer or [...]
Having grown up on a small farm on the remote Scottish island of Sanday (an island with a population of around 400 people), where she spent her childhood riding horses, playing in ancient burial sites and walking on unspoilt sandy beaches, it’s easy to see where the inspiration for Selina Wagner’s animations comes from. With films centring around myths and wildlife, her upbringing surrounded “by the natural forces of the weather and sea” have obviously played a large role in moulding her creative output.
Winner of this years’ prestigious Cartoon d’Or award (along with various other festival awards), Belgian filmmaker Emma De Swaef is certainly making a name for herself with her unusual techniques and unique narratives.
The premise and content of DN should make it pretty evident that we’re enthusiastic advocators of online film. Even in the brief six years that DN’s been running, we’ve witnessed the world of short/independent film become somewhat revolutionised by the new distribution channels the internet now provides. Yet, the film festival still plays a massive [...]
In the first of an ongoing series looking directly at the work of established/up-and-coming animators in the medium of short film, we take a look at the career of Dutch painter & animator Hisko Hulsing and talk to him about his latest short Junkyard.
This is a guest post from independent filmmaker Neil Mcenery West. Independent film has more substance, more integrity, and more creativity than mainstream cinema right? One has to only compare a big blockbuster tentpole movie like Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, with a beautiful, low key and creative exploration of the human psyche such as Maya Deren’s [...]