Babies of the Future

Um… what?

Looking at lots of cartoons lately, ‘cos I seem to be writing for animation more and more. This week I’m pitching for two projects, one ten minute animated short I’m doing with Mr Ben Klimmek called Long Shot (which will definitely win a BAFTA when it’s made) and a feature-length stop-frame animation called Clowntown which I’m writing with Mr Mole Hill. It’s a town full of clowns! This shit writes itself!

I’m also working on a short animation called Light Music, again with Mr Ben Klimmek, which should, fingers crossed, be featured on the BBC Comedy website when it’s done.

And then I shall sleep.

Sword & Sorcery EP


Isn’t this trailer gorgeous and intriguing? I’m not 100% sure what it’s selling, but if it’s a game I’ll play it, and if it’s biscuits I’ll eat ’em.

The trailer, by Superbrothers, features the music of Jim Guthrie, music created using MTV Music Generator on the PlayStation. Here’s a previous collaboration between Guthrie and Superbrothers, The Children of the Clone. I LIKE it. There’s a nice interview about the collaboration here: ifc.com

The External World

Wrongness on a scale usually used to measure earthquakes. Not work safe. Or home safe. Just generally unsafe. If you have 20 spare minutes I can recommend watching this for 17 of them and spending the other three giving your brain a shower.

It’s the new film by David O’Reilly, the Irish artist and animator, co-written by Vernon Chatman of Wonder Showzen glory, and featuring cameos by Adam Buxton and Julian Barrett. It’s a nightmarish thing, occasionally dipping into darkness-by-numbers, but mostly funny and unsettling in equal measure. And it’s visually stunning; all Atari-hued and glitchy, with an attention to detail that rewards repeat viewings – “Scalpel shop – free puppy with every purchase”. What?

It’s also, as I mentioned, ever so wrong.

Look at his website. David O’Reilly is 25. I hate him.

“Hhh. Typical”.

Long Shot

Long Shot is the name of a short animated film I’m working on with the supremely talented artist and animator Ben Klimmek. He can cook too. I think that this animation will probably win a BAFTA when it’s finished. This is a picture of the hero. He has a gun but he will learn a Valuable Lesson. He will shoot some stuff and then he will find love. Actually, we’ll probably get an Oscar too. How exciting!

Here is an animation test Mr Klimmek done. Sweet!