Annecy 2011 Daily Coverage: Day 4

Jun 10
 

Cybernight.

The Annecy 2011 daily coverage is presented by Erlend Dal Sakshaug.

Yet another great day at the Annecy 2011 festival in France. I wouldn’t say any that the animation I saw today was anything special, but I did enjoy the Bill Plympton talk a whole lot. Also this was the Cybernight here at Annecy, where a famous DJ plays live on the big lawn outside the Cinema, and there was an insane amount of kids running around at the festival area, so it was quite crowded everywhere. We did not attend the festivities, but we did enjoy a few beers elsewhere.

Day 4 highlights:

CMCS4: Short films in competition 4:

  1. Nullarbor
    Allister (Colin) Lockhart, Patrick Sarell, Australia, 10m15s.
  2. Two Steps Behind (Dwa Kroki Za)
    Paulina Majda, Poland, 8m23s.
  3. Miss Daisy Cutter
    Laen Sanches, France, 5m40s
  4. Little Theatres: Homage to the Mineral of Cabbage
    Stephanie Dudley, Canada, 4m45s
  5. A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation
    Martin Wallner, Stefan Leuchtenberg, Germany, 14m50s
  6. The Big Brother (Der Grosse Bruder)
    Jesus Perez, Elisabeth Huttermann, Switzerland, Germany, 6m
  7. Night Sounds
    Jacob Stalhammar, Sweden, 6m
  8. Stones (Kamene)
    Katarina Kerekesova, Ivana Sebestova, Slovakia, 26m

Long film in competition: The Tibetan Dog

The Tibetan Dog is less than a great movie, but it does have some good artwork spicing it up. Unfortunately, all in all: Avoid.

Origin: Japan.
Length: 1h30m
Directed by Masayuki Kojima.

My verdict: * * * 3 stars.

Presentation: Bill Plymton Masterclass:

Late in the evening I went and saw Bill Plympton do a talk on how you become successful making short movies. This wasn’t as much a masterclass as it was him showing clips from films and drawing his famous characters on stage on a board, but still, it was very inspiring and fun. Bill is a very likable guy, and he has a real motor in him that makes him all the more interesting. He ended his talk with a 7 min clip from his next feature film (yet to be named).

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Annecy 2011 Daily Coverage: Day 3

Jun 09
 

The Show goes on.

The Annecy 2011 daily coverage is presented by Erlend Dal Sakshaug.

Day 3 at the Annecy festival turned out to be quite interesting. I managed to pull my self through nearly 8 hours of shorts, presentations and documentaries. The highlight of the day was possibly seeing the world premier of the new Pixar Short: “La Luna”, presented by the director Enrico Casarosa. He was even joined by the good people at Disney, Blue Sky and Warner Animation.

Day 3 highlights:

CMCS3: Short films in competition 3:

  1. Pl.ink!
    Anne Kristin Berge, Norway, 3m22s.
  2. Captain Hu (Captaine Hu)
    Basil Vogt, Switzerland, 8m37s
  3. Paths of Hate
    Damian Nenow, Poland, 10m30s
  4. A morning Stroll
    Grant Orchard, Great Britain, 6m49s
  5. The Shoemaker (O Sapateiro)
    David Doutel, Vasco Sa, Portugal, 12m
  6. I want a sharp pair of sissors (Les Ciseaux Pointus)
    Laurent Faudrot, France, 3m
  7. Sticky Ends (Croniques de la Poisse)
    Osman Cerfon, France, 6m17s
  8. Junk
    Kirk Hendry, Great britain, 6m30s
  9. Maska
    Quay Brothers, Poland, 23m35s

Presentation: Warner Animation in the 21st Century

Vise President of Creative Affairs at Warner Animation, Sam Register gave a talk on how to preserve the legacy of the greatest cast of animated characters in history and still make money.

Documentary: Industrial Light and Magic: Creating the Impossible

Leslie Iwerks’ latest documentary was made on commission from the TV-channel Starz. It is brief walkthrough of the worlds leading VFX-company, ILM, presented by a row of notable directors that has been involved in their making.

Origin: USA.
Length: 59m30s
Directed by Leslie Iwerks.

Presentation: Studio Shorts:

Blue Sky, Warner Animation and Disney Animation screened their latest shorts accompanied by a presentation. Pixar premiered their latest short: “La Luna” and Enrico Casarosa gave a long talk on his inspiration and how the short came to be.

  1. The Ballad of Nessie
    Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers-Skelton, Disney Animation.
  2. Continental Crack Up
    Carlos Saldanha, Blue Sky
  3. Coyote Falls
    Matthew O’Callaghan, Warner Animation
  4. Fur of Flying
    Matthew O’Callaghan, Warner Animation
  5. Rabid Rider
    Matthew O’Callaghan, Warner Animation
  6. La Luna
    Enrico Casarosa, Pixar Animation

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Annecy 2011 Daily Coverage: Day 2

Jun 08
 

Festival season!

The Annecy 2011 daily coverage is presented by Erlend Dal Sakshaug.

Still at the scene of the crime, we continue to cover the annual animation festival in Annecy, France. Day 2, tuesday, is the day when most of our friends from the business has landed. It’s great to see those familiar faces, and are looking forward to spending a lot of time with them in the next few days.

Day 2 highlights:

CMCS2: Short films in competition 2:

  1. Something left, something taken.
    Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata, USA, 10m15s.
  2. Domashnij Romans (Household Romance).
    Irina Litmanovich, Russia, 13m52s
  3. The Waterwalk.
    Johannes Ridder, France, 4m21s
  4. La Detente.
    Pierre Ducos, Bertrand Bay, France, 8m30s
  5. Meniscus.
    Maria-Elena Doyle, New Zealand, 8m11s
  6. Xing.
    Michael Naphan, Canada, 6m50s
  7. Conto do vento (Tale of the Wind).
    Claudio Jordao, Nelson Martins, Portugal, 12m
  8. Viagem a Cabo Verde (Journey to Cape Verde).
    José Miquel Riberio, Portugal, 17m23s

Long film in competition: The Rabbi’s cat (Le Chat du Rabbin):

Origin: France.
Length: 90m
Directed by Antoine Delesvaux & Joann Sfar.

I also managed to squeeze in a feature film today. The Rabbi’s cat turned out to be a really pleasant surprise. I doubt it will get a major international release, so make sure you look for the Blu-ray/DVD later this year.

My verdict: * * * * * * * 7 stars.

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