Finished just in time for a Channel 4 screening at 2.30pm on Christmas Eve (and again on Boxing day at 4.30pm), Lost and Found is a 25 minute animated film adaptation of Oliver Jeffers childrens book of the same name. The film, a co-production between Studio AKA and Contender Entertainment Group, has been adapted and directed by Studio AKA’s Philip Hunt, with narration provided by Jim Broadbent and original usic by Max Richter…
Three out of the four Grand Prix awarded at this year’s Epica went to advertising work from the UK. The Epica D’Or winning projects included DDB London’s Dog spot for the VW Polo in film, Lowe London’s Shadows campaign for John Lewis in outdoor, and DDB London’s LoveHate campaign for Marmite Snacks in the press category. Absolut Machines from Great Works in Sweden won the top prize in the interactive section.
Can we take Obi-Wan’s word on this one? Sadly not, as it seems that Star Wars fan Michael Horn is in fact behind the short film, Death Star Over San Francisco, which he created for Imperial Fleet Week (we’re not sure either) in San Francisco. According to Horn, who is interviewed on the official starwars.com blog, “I shot everything on my junkie DV camera, did motion-tracking and comping in After Effects, and basic sound design in Final Cut.” (Thanks to Coudal’s blog for the original link).
If you’re unfamilar with David Rees’ hilarious comic strip, Get Your War On, then check out his vast archive of biting Clip Art satires that lay into, among other things, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, Dubbya, McCain, Obamania et al. Now there’s an animated version – set to appear on 236.com each week. If this taster is anything to go by, the trademark simplicity and tone of Rees’ ilustrations has been maintained while the dialogue is as razor sharp as in his original three-frame strips. Thanks to Coudal’s blog for the link.
With animation from Jamie Hewlett and music by Damon Albarn, BBC Sport’s new campaign for their Olympics coverage is based upon the traditional Chinese folklore tale, Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en – probably more familiar to UK viewers through its TV incarnation, Monkey Magic!, itself an English language version of the 1970s Japanese show, Saiyūki. In the BBC’s trailer, Monkey and the inimatable Pigsy make their way on a Journey to the East, ultimately to the bird’s nest-like National Stadium in Beijing.