Wednesday, 19 September 2012
I'm delighted to announce that The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling has been nominated for a Bafta Cyrmu Award in the category of Short Form and Animation. There are three nominations in the category for the British Academy Cymru Award; Funday by Keri Collins, Ryan Hooper and Stephen Hanks and Sweet Sixteen by Gavin Porter, David Davies-Llewellyn and Pip Broughton as well as Falling. It's a huge honour to be nominated and to be in competition with such quality work. A significant step for the film and a celebration of the talented team who made the film with me.
The awards ceremony will take place on 30th September at the Wales Millennium Centre, full details of the 2012 nominations here.
Posted by Joseph Wallace at 11:58
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Another still from the film to celebrate the news
The film will also screen at Scratch International Animation Festival in Lecce, Italy.
Posted by Joseph Wallace at 15:43
Saturday, 11 February 2012
Thursday and Friday I was back in Newport as The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling returned to Wales to screen at Ffresh Student Moving Image Festival. The film was nominated for two awards: Best Animation (which We Weren't The First Ones Here won last year) and a new category Best UK Graduate Animation. I didn't win either but did win 2nd Prize Royal Television Society Student Animation Award which was nice. The RTS Wales centre described the film as having "sophisticated imagery and music".
Ffresh festival goes from strength to strength; this year had an impressive programme with guests such as Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies), Asif Kapadia (Senna) and Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation). My festival highlights included a panel discussing the differences between festival circuit and internet release with Liz Harkman from Encounters and Matt Lambert, editor-at-large for Motionographer, as well as an informative talk by Merlin Crossingham from Aardman who is Creative Director of Wallace and Gromit.
Posted by Joseph Wallace at 18:36
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Kit Wilson is a composer based in London, currently studying for an MMus at TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The majority of his work is studio-based, with a particular emphasis on synthesising disparate styles around complex grooves. His music draws heavily on the rhythmic ideas of contemporary jazz and metal, and explored how to introduce these ideas into a number of contrasting genres.You can hear some more of Kit's music on his Soundcloud and you can watch the other films Kit and I have collaborated on here: Curiouser and Curiouser (2007), The Scientist and the Omnipotence of Dream (2008). Since the beginning of 2012, The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling has been selected for six more festivals and has been shortlisted for eight awards, a huge reward after all the hard work and I'm thrilled that the film will be seen by more audiences around the world.
Posted by Joseph Wallace at 20:41
Friday, 6 January 2012
I'm pleased to announce that The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling has been selected to screen at One Voice festival in Bournemouth and Animated Exeter in february and also Athens Animfest in March (details on the screenings page). I went to Animated Exeter back in 2008 with composer Kit Wilson after finishing Curiouser and Curiouser. That year the festival had a brilliant exhibition by the Brothers Quay entitled Dormitorium. The Quay's work has always been an inspiration to me and I have written about their work in several essays over the last few years. Here's a picture of a tailer puppet from Street of Crocodiles (1986) in one of the intricate sets.
Tailor puppet from Street of Crocodiles (Atelier Koninck, 1986)
This year the festival programme looks equally exciting and I'm particularly looking forward to seeing the talk 'Crossing the Celluloid Divide' by multi media theatre company Forkbeard Fantasy. I recently saw a brilliant exhibition of their work at the Southbank Centre in London, a rare chance to see the 37 year history of such a vibrant and experimental theatre company. On display were puppets, drawings and designs, interactive sculptures, costumes, videos of performances and photographs.
Theatre of Animation Exhibition, Southbank Centre 2011-12, Img: BBC
Animfest will mark the films first screening in Greece, I'm happy it's reaching all these different places. The last time I was in Athens I woke up on the roof of a building... I'd love to visit again.
Posted by Joseph Wallace at 17:26