Sir Terry Pratchett opens ‘The Duel’
Dublin, October 16, 2013 – Set in the ‘Unseen University’ of Sir Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’, ‘The Duel’ is a new animated short film produced by the Animation Hub, a collaboration between the Irish School of Animation (ISA) at Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Irish animation studio, Giant Animation Studios. The short film launched Wednesday, October 16th at a special world premiere screening at the Science Gallery in Trinity.
The short film has blended fantasy and reality, with notable Irish landmarks set amongst the unreal environments set in Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld for this animated adventure.
Commenting on his involvement in the project, Sir Terry Pratchett said: “’The Duel’ is something new from something old – ‘Discworld’ to produce a wholly new adventure. It’s wonderful to see this type of project supported and made real – and we had a lot of fun while we were at it.”
The animation programme lead from BFCE and Animation Hub producer Gareth Lee said: “It’s fantastic to finally reach the stage where we can officially launch ‘The Duel’. It’s been a long and interesting road. The most rewarding aspect for me has been the educational outcomes of the initiative. The students, in particular, learned a great deal from working closely with the Giant Animation team, who creatively spearheaded the project from the outset.”
The aim of the collaboration was to develop the skills and talents of students from both TCD and BCFE in the areas of animation, music composition, motion capture and acting (The Lir Academy), by integrating them into a live production in order to create a high quality animated short under the guidance of Giant Animation Studios.
Managing Director of Giant Animation Studios, Daniel Spencer, said: “It was great to work with Sir Terry Pratchett on ‘The Duel’. It was also important that we were able to harness and nurture so much upcoming talent as students moved in and out of the pipeline for this production.”
‘The Duel’ was supported through funding from the Irish Film Board, Trinity College Dublin, Giant Animation Studios and Ballyfermot College of Further Education.