The creator of the brilliant This is Colin – Perrie Murphy took a mo to tell Bar Shorts about his influences and why a career as part doctor and part werewolf was never going to happen. What we liked best about the animator and model maker from London is his hand-made aesthetic and great story telling skills.
The Norwegian political cartoonist, Morten Morland, who has been known to dabble in animation, took time out form his very hectic schedule (lets face it Downing Street is gold!) to answer our Bar Shorts Question Time… read it here!
Ooo! Check out Somerset House before Sunday to see a hell of a mixed show called Pick Me Up. All about graphic arts, print making, illustration and a handful of workshops there is plenty of talent on show. We could pick out favourites but we won’t, you’d have to pop in to see what is gracing our walls. One thing we will say is that the fantastic art on show is mighty affordable, so go see and go buy!
Featuring The Animated Random Acts session at 12pm, our very own Tom Mortimer and Chris Shepherd will be taking your questions in the Blue Room. With over 20 animated & live-action shorts screened there will be unique opportunity to ask us how we get those weird & wonderful characters to the big screen.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Her Majesty’s Theatre. Sunday 10th Feb 2013 by John Twinn.
Last night I went to see Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Her Majesty’s Theatre performing their 15th Studio album ‘Push the Sky Away’.
Before Nick and the band took to the stage a 10 minute documentary of the making of the album was being filmed. With snippets of interviews, lyrics, recording studio clips which was a fantastic pre-cursor to the show itself.
They played the new album in full, in track order, which was absolutely incredible! Lead tracks ‘We No Who U R’ and ‘Jubilee Street’ were crowd favourites, but it was the dark and beautiful ‘Mermaids’ (a mark of many Bad Seeds songs over the years) and ethereal title track ‘Push the Sky Away’ which were the highlights of the album set for me. The band played with the usual gang but added string players who were all joined by a choir of about 7 kids which made the each song complete and gave it an even richer texture!
Then came the day-maker - after the album set finished everyone thought that was it until Nick proclaimed “Right, that’s the album, now we can play some other stuff”.
They launched into a Best-of set including songs from many of their past albums such as From Her to Eternity, Red Right Hand, Deana, Tupelo, The Mercy Seat, O’ Children (Video attached) Ship Song (which had me moved close to tears - one of my all time favourite songs and had never seen it live - one to tick off the ‘before I die’ list!)
I left feeling it was the best thing, not just a gig, just the best THING I have ever been to. I actually feel sorry for I am Kloot and the Villagers who I am also going to see in February as there is no way they can live up to how special @ncandtbs were. If you missed it because you just didn’t bother buying a ticket (no big Cave fan would!) you are a &%&^* and missed the gig of a decade!
Last night we hosted an intimate screening for our clients & closest pals. Knowing how to throw a party, we added some of our funniest & best animated shorts to the bill. Coinciding with Dave’s birthday, all booze restrictions fell out the door with us in the early hours of this morning. We’ve got to say that the special Dog Judo segment went down amazingly so keep those peepers peeled for great things coming this year.
And a huge thanks to those that came along. We had a great time.
Alongside 48 other designer/artist/makers we took part in a slightly bizarre yet mighty fun exhibition inspired by the internet phenomenon of LOLCATS.
With great works from the likes of Peter Hawkes, Sneaky Racoon, Charlie Francombe, Manuel Archain and James McKenzie-Blyth (to name a few) we showed a little animation inspired by silly kitties. The exhibition runs until 15th February at The Framers Gallery in central London so to get your silly fix, check it out!
We’re su-prrrr proud to be taking part in Lolcat - Teh Exhibishun - launching Wednesday 23rd. Inspired by the internet phenomenon, the wonderful Jenny Theolin has bought together artists and designer (including yours truly) to celebrate the weird and wonderful world of LOLCATS.
For Tom’s Birthday we decided to take him out for lunch. Choosing wisely, we picked our favourite Bloomsbury hot-spot - The Lady Ottoline. Decidedly one of the best eateries in the area we tried Colchester Oysters, their rib-eye with home made ‘brown sauce’, burgers and home made venison scotch eggs. Delicious, delightful with excellent service the restaurant doesn’t come more highly recommended.
LSFF’s Lo-Budget Mayhem showcased a great selections of raucous shorts last Saturday night at the ICA. Not only did they showcase Dog Judo Meat Sprinkles & Mice but Chris Shepherd’s Driller Filler also received a huge round of applause.
Other great shorts included, ‘Nitro Warriors’ by Paul Greer, ‘Florette‘ directed by Gus Filgate & Paul Miller, The Lady and the Lamp by Duncan Cowles, to name just a few! Check out the site for the full line up and on 13th January they announce the winner of the Lomo Award.
2013 is the year for Dog Judo it seems with episodes screenings all over the place! We’re ridiculously pleased that two, Meat Sprinkles & Mice will be shown at this year’s LSFF. Lo-Budget Mayhem presents some great shorts which will be shown at the ICA on Saturday 5th Jan. Film makers include Chris Shepherd, William Garratt & Neil Hepburn to name a few.