Thursday, 19 March 2020

Offcut Wins Best Under 5 Minute Film at Flicks

It's nice to have some good news in these troubled times; so please forgive us if we take time out from Covid-19 coverage to offer our  congratulations to the makers of "Offcut", which has won an award for "Best Under 5 Minute Film" at the monthly Flicks Film Festival.

Offcut, is a short film directed by Petroc Menuhin, which follows the adventures of a discarded scrap of wood who comes to life and finds meaning in music.  It's a charming film, and a well-deserved winner. 

Of course, we don't know how many film festivals will still be holding events in the near future. Many, perhaps most, will cancel, or move to an online-only event. But, for what's it's worth, below is our latest festival roundup.

Escape Studios Festival News
Many films from Escape Studios are in festivals over the coming weeks, at least in theory. Award-winning Offcut, a musical odyssey set inside a luthier's workshop, has been selected for the Wimbledon Library Film Club on April 19th. 
BAFTA-shortlisted Jerich0, directed by Sarah Andrews and produced by Matt Wight,  is in four upcoming festivals:

Adam & Eve Mk II
Multi-award-winning "Adam & Eve Mk II", directed by Sebastian Kuder, has been selected for six new festivals:
Flame, directed by Cherelle Owusu and produced by Carolina Xavier, is in four upcoming festivals:
Offcut, directed by Petroc Menuhin, which follows the adventures of a discarded scrap of wood who comes to life and finds meaning in music, will be screened at two festival events:
Golden Acorn 
Golden Acorn directed by Maciej Osuch has been selected for the Bucharest ShortCut CineFest which takes place in Bucharest on 16th April 2020.

Home Sweet Home
Multi-award winning Home Sweet Home, directed by Maria Robertson, is in three upcoming festivals:
Minuet, directed by Aaron Hopwood and Harry Pearson, is in two upcoming festivals:

Planet Mars 
Sebastian Kuder's Sci-Fi mockumentary "Planet Mars" has also been selected for the Tsiolkovsky Space Fest 
on April 9th, in Kaluga, Russia.

Congratulations to all our talented students and Escapees on their continued success.

Online Teaching at Escape Studios Continues
Our students may not be attending class in person these days, but teaching continues. On Monday Michael Morgan taught his animation evening class online using Zoom, and will do so again tonight. Last night Plamen Ananiev taught Toonboom Harmony, and Sandra Duchiewicz taught Concept Art.  Jonathan McFall is also teaching his Monday evening class in Character Creation on an online platform.  So, albeit in unfamiliar ways, it is business as usual at Escape Studios.

Working from home
If you're working from home, and you need to buy a laptop, see our top tips here.

Finally, enjoy Escape Studios' tutor Simone Giampaolo's excellent Covod-19 cartoon, right. 

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our BA/MArt in 3D Animation, follow this link. To apply for our storyboarding evening class, visit this page here. For the next 12 week animation course, click here.

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