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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH:The Golden Bird (dir. Cat Bruce (2011)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH:
    The Golden Bird (dir. Cat Bruce (2011)

    The sixth film to feature in our Student Film Month is this short from independent animator and designer Cat Bruce, produced as her degree film from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2011.  ‘When a boy goes in search of a mysterious golden bird, he soon discovers that, in his world, things are not as they seem. A Brothers Grimm adaptation.’ Student Film Month In celebration of student filmmakers everywhere and our Student Film In Transit competition, we’ve launched Student Film Month at Cannes in a Van. Every day throughout February, [...]

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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH:Merfolk (dir. Rory Waudby-Tolley, 2012)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH:
    Merfolk (dir. Rory Waudby-Tolley, 2012)

    The fifth film to feature in our Student Film Month is this short from director Rory Waudby-Tolley, this is his third year major project at the National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University. It was the winner of Best Animation at Purbeck Film Festival (2012) and was highly commended at the Animated Exeter Awards. ‘In an alternate reality, merpeople have been forced to leave the polluted oceans, and live along-side humans on mainland Britain. After ten years in the UK, an elderly [...]

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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH:Slow Derek (dir. Dan Ojari (2011)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH:
    Slow Derek (dir. Dan Ojari (2011)

    The fourth film to feature in our Student Film Month is this short from director Dan Ojari, with sound design from Joe Tate. Dan is a graduate of the Royal College of Art with an MA in Animation. He is an award winning animator and director based in London. Predominately using stop-motion animation and scale models within his work, he also combines other film making methods to create the desired aesthetic and movement. ‘Slow Derek’ is the tale of Derek, an office worker, as he [...]

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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH: The Cycle (dir. Jessica Ashman)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH: The Cycle (dir. Jessica Ashman)

    The first student film to be featured as part of our Student Film Month has an interesting connection to Cannes in a Van. The director of this film The Cycle is experienced animator Jessica Ashman, who, way back in 2011 was the very first recipient of a BEST FILM Van d’Or Award for Fixing Luka at the inaugural Van d’Or Independent Film Awards, held at The Roxy Bar & Screen in London Bridge. Currently studying for an Animation MA at the Royal College of Art, Jessica already [...]

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  • Damp Spirits, a Christmas film (dir. Mr Kaplin)

    Damp Spirits, a Christmas film (dir. Mr Kaplin)

    The Christmas holidays are here and while we’re enjoying some of the luxuries of seasonal cheer, we’re more than aware that there are many who are battling to keep their homes. We’re trying to do our bit by giving all proceeds from our next Screen Social to Shelter’s Christmas Emergency Appeal. We also came across this cute little short which sums up the spirit of Christmas from animator Mr Kaplin, who’s also giving any Vimeo tips received to Shelter’s appeal. Perhaps [...]

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  • Easy – Mat Zo & Porter Robinson (dir. Louis & McCourt)

    Easy – Mat Zo & Porter Robinson (dir. Louis & McCourt)

    Another superb entry to The Van d’Or Independent Film Awards 2013 and part of the Official Selection for the 2014 season is this music video for Mat Zo & Porter Robinson directed by a directing collective who go by the name of The Line. It was produced by friends of Cannes in a Van, Bullion Productions who are on a roll at the moment with recent videos for Mercury Music Prize nominees Disclosure and commercial work for Ford and Toyota. We [...]

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  • Idiot Songs // Villages of Ether (dir. Kevin McGloughlin)

    Idiot Songs // Villages of Ether (dir. Kevin McGloughlin)

    As described by it’s director Kevin McGloughlin, this video for ‘electronic chamber music’ artists Idiot Songs, Villages Of Ether is ‘set in the subconscious. It interrogates what it means to recognise a difficulty in oneself. The video endeavours to depict struggles with anxiety and ultimately the elimination of self doubt.’

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  • This Is Colin (dir. Perrie Murphy)

    This Is Colin (dir. Perrie Murphy)

    Nominated for Best Comedy and Best Animation at The Van d’Or Awards 2012, This Is Colin is a dark and funny film about a man who very suddenly realises that he hated everything in his life and everything that he knew, including his pet goldfish Vivian. He sets out on a path of destruction, finally stumbling upon something that changes his life for the better. This is Colin contains some strong language and cartoon nudity.

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  • Hinode (dir. Tetsuka Niiyama)

    Hinode (dir. Tetsuka Niiyama)

    This beautiful piece of motion design was a recent submission for our monthly film night Screen Social.

    “This is a CG movie that depicts saltation and growth of life in the sea using jewelry as the motif for illustrating the theme “Jewels of Sea.” It creates mystifying and attractive scenery by the ores resembling creatures of sea and its transforming refraction and reflection of light that are affected by the organic moves.”

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  • Project Kronos (dir. Hasraf Dulull)

    Project Kronos (dir. Hasraf Dulull)

    From the guy who brought us dogs and cats at war in his epic motion graphic short Fubar Redux, comes this intriguing documentary treatment of a futuristic journey through space research, Project Kronos. With a huge amount of work behind this new film, Hasraf Dulull seems set to direct an effects-heavy feature, perhaps expanding on his take on interstellar space travel. We hope to welcome Hasraf back for a screening at a future Screen Social.

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  • Spin Spun Span (dir. Emily & Anne)

    Spin Spun Span (dir. Emily & Anne)

    Screened previously at Screen Social, this is ‘a surreal journey through the cotton factories of the North West of England, led by a choir of singing spindles and a spinning mule. This short film was commissioned by Bolton Museum & Archives for their permanent collection. Joint copyright is held by the Museum and the film’s directors Emily Howells and Anne Wilkins.’ Animation: Emily Howells & Anne Wilkins Music: Billy Payne emilyandanne.co.uk

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  • Disney Reference models

    Disney Reference models

    Here’s a seasonal behind the scenes video featuring Disney live-action reference models, back when motion capture was a glint in the animators’ eye.

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