Monday, January 31, 2011
Directors/Writers: Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan
Producer: Sophie Byrne
Cast: Tim Minchin
A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Realising it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but is met with indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to their day to day lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a ‘place’ for it.
Production company Passion Pictures Australia was established in 2004 by award-winning animation producer Sophie Byrne and is an associate company of the Oscar-winning Passion Pictures (UK), one of Europe's leading independent production studios.
Andrew Ruhemann is the owner and executive producer of Passion Pictures, which he established in 1987 as a production company supplying animation and special effects. Previously he worked as a producer at the Richard Williams Studio, makers of the award winning animation for the feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
From its early beginnings Passion Pictures is now one of Europe’s leading independent film production companies representing over 30 leading directors from all over the world. The company is active in commercials and music video production, including the animated band Gorillaz. Recent credits include spectacular animated sequences for the launch of The Beatles: Rock Band game (Harmonix and MTV) and Compare the Market featuring Alexsandr the Russian meerkat was placed number one in the Top 10 Commercials of the Year (2009) in Campaign Magazine. The company has studios in London and Paris, and a new office in New York which opened in 2009.
Passion Pictures also has an award winning film and television department specializing in documentary, which Andrew runs with business partner John Battsek. Their first film the feature documentary One Day In September (dir: Kevin McDonald 2000) was the winner of an Academy Award in 2000. Since then they have produced many more award winning films and will premiere two new films at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010.
Andrew travels all over the world for the company searching for new talent and developing new markets for Passion Pictures’ work. The Lost Thing is Andrew’s directorial debut. The animated film which he has co-directed with Shaun Tan (who wrote and illustrated the book upon which the film is based) was produced by Passion Pictures Australia and in association with Screen Australia and will be released in 2010.
Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne.
Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. Books such as The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E. He is currently directing a short film with Passion Pictures Australia; his most recently published book is Tales from Outer Suburbia.
Friday, January 28, 2011
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
In the lead up to the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27th, we are taking a closer look at this year's nominees, all of which will be available to download from iTunes on February 22nd. Today, one of this year's Best Animated Short Film nominees, Day & Night.
|Best Animated Short Film nominee, Day & Night|
DAY & NIGHT USA/6 MIN
Director/Writer: Teddy Newton
Producer: Kevin Reher
When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other's unique qualities - and come to realize that each of them offers a different window onto the same world - the friendship helps both to gain a new perspective.
Teddy Newton came to Pixar in July of 2000 to work on Pixar’s sixth feature film, The Incredibles and has since contributed his considerable character design skills to many of Disney•Pixar’s award-winning feature and short films, including Ratatouille, Your Friend the Rat and Presto. He was also instrumental in the creation of the “End Titles” of The Incredibles and Ratatouille and is frequently cast as a voice in Disney•Pixar films, including the role of Chatter Telephone in the feature film Toy Story 3.
For his Disney•Pixar directorial debut, Newton teamed with producer Kevin Reher on Day & Night, released with Toy Story 3 on June 18, 2010.
Prior to coming to Pixar, Newton worked in the story department and in character design at Warner Bros. on Iron Giant. He also served as writer/producer for the independent feature film The Trouble with Lou.
Newton is inspired by the drawings of Al Hirschfeld and early Warner Bros animation. He grew up in Dana Point, California, and attended California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts).
Nominated: Best Animated Short Subject, 38th Annie Awards
Nominated: Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short, 9th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards
Worldwide theatrical release, preceding feature film Toy Story 3.
View a brilliant Day & Night 'Making Of' below.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
God of Love
|The Lost Thing|
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Day & Night
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Killing in the Name
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang
In the lead up to the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27th, we are revisiting past nominees and winners in the short film categories, all of which you can download from iTunes. Today, 2009 Best Live Action Short Film nominee, Miracle Fish.
Australia | 18 mins
Director/Writer: Luke Doolan
Producer: Drew Bailey
Cast: Karl Beattie, Brendan Donoghue, Tara Morice, Angus Russo, Jason Doric
The film tells the story of 8 year old Joe (Karl Beattie), who has a Birthday he will never forget. After friends tease him, he sneaks off to the sick bay, wishing everyone in the world would go away. He wakes up to find his dream may have become a reality.
The short film was shot over two and a half days using the RED ONE camera.
Monday, January 24, 2011
|Instead of Abracadabra|
In the lead up to the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27th, we are revisiting past nominees and winners in the short film categories, all of which you can download from iTunes. Today, 2009 Best Live Action Short Film nominee, Instead of Abracadabra.
Sweden | 22 mins
Director/Writer: Patrick Eklund
Producer: Mathias Fjällström
Cast: Simon J. Berger, Jacob Nordenson, Anki Larsson, Saga Garde, Goran Forsmark, Daniel Rudstedt
Tomas is a bit too old to be still living at home with his parents, but his failure to become a magician leaves him with no other choice. His father Bengt wants him to get a proper job. At Bengt's 60th birthday party, Tomas gives him and all his guests a quite bizarre magic show.
Eklund and Fjällström are gifted filmmakers, creating mini-masterpieces that are littered with laughs and big on heart. This year they've been short-listed for their latest comedy short, Seeds of the Fall.
Friday, January 21, 2011
In the lead up to the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27th, we are revisiting past nominees and winners in the short film categories, all of which you can download from iTunes. Today, 2003 Best Animated Short Film winner, Harvie Krumpet.
Australia | 22 mins
Director/Writer: Adam Elliot
Producer: Melanie Coombs
Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Julie Forsyth, Kamahl, John Flaus
The odd biography of a man who has Tourette's Syndrome, chronic bad luck, menial jobs, nudist tendencies, and a book of "fakts" hung around his neck.
Director Adam Elliot had a number of short films under his belt, prior to tackling Harvie Krumpet. With it's broad scope and complex narrative, the film was shot over the course of a year, utilising an innovative software that allowed the creator to view captured frames while working (a tool that has since revolutionised the production of stop-motion animation).
On completion, the film screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide winning over 40 awards including the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Adam Elliot has since directed his first feature film Mary and Max, a stop-motion drama starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette.
View a clip below and download Harvie Krumpet from iTunes.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
In the lead up to the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27th, we are revisiting past nominees and winners in the short film categories, all of which you can download from iTunes. Today, 2005 Best Animated Short Film nominee, Badgered.
UK | 6 mins
Director/Writer: Sharon Colman
Producer: Jamie Wolpert
Cast: Rupert Degas
A solitary Eurasian badger wants to get some sleep. It attempts to make an environmental statement by showing the interaction between the badger and USA Trident nuclear missiles that are stored inside the hill in Scotland where the badger lives.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
|West Bank Story|
In the lead up to the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27th, we are revisiting past nominees and winners in the short film categories, all of which you can download from iTunes. Today, 2006 Best Live Action Short Film winner, West Bank Story.
USA | 21 mins
Director: Ari Sandel
Writers: Kim Ray, Ari Sandel
Producers: Bill Boland, Ashley Jordan, Amy S. Kim, Ravi Malhotra, Ari Sandel, Pascal Vaguelsy
Cast: Ben Newmark, Noureen DeWulf, Joey Naber, A.J. Tannen
A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank. David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with Fatima, a beautiful Palestinian cashier, despite the animosity between their families' dueling restaurants. Can the couple's love withstand a 58-year-old conflict and their families' desire to control the future of the chick pea in the Middle East?
View a clip below and download West Bank Story from iTunes.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
In the lead up to the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27th, we are revisiting past nominees and winners in the short film categories, all of which you can download from iTunes. Today, 2005 Best Live Action Short Film winner, Six Shooter.
Ireland | 27 mins
Director/Writer: Martin McDonagh
Producers: Kenton Allen, Mia Bays
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Rúaidhrí Conroy, David Wilmot, Aisling O'Sullivan
A black and bloody Irish comedy about a sad train journey where an older man, whose wife has died that morning, encounters a strange and possibly psychotic young oddball.
Director/Writer Martin McDonagh went on to write and direct the feature film In Bruges starring Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes
View a clip below and download Six Shooter from iTunes.
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