Bruce Block to visit Ballyfermot College of Further Education

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Bruce Block (Hollywood Producer and author of the renowned
book ‘The Visual Story’) will visit Ballyfermot College of Further
Education from the 23rd to the 25th November next to deliver four
master classes on ‘THE VISUAL COMPONENTS OF FILM’.

The master classes, for the college animation staff/students and
invited guests, will be delivered in the Anna Brett Hall, Ballyfermot
College Media Building on the following dates and times:

Tuesday 23rd November: 9-12pm and 1-4pm
Wednesday 24th November: 10-1pm
Thursday 25th November: 10-1pm

For more information on the master classes and Bruce Block see below:

VISUAL COMPONENTS OF FILM
Just as a writer is concerned with story structure or a musician with
musical structure, a picture maker must be concerned with visual
structure. The key to using visual structure is an understanding of
the basic visual components: space, line, shape, color, tone,
movement, and rhythm. It is through the control of these visual
components that the picture maker stirs an audience’s emotions,
creates new and unique visual styles and controls the critical
relationship between story and visual structure. The principles
discussed in the seminar can be used in live-action or animation for
any format including theatrical motion pictures, television shows,
commercials, computer games or Internet sites. The seminar relates all
of the visual concepts to practical production and bridges the gap
between theory and practice. The seminar is designed for directors,
writers, storyboard artists, concept artists, production designers,
cinematographers, lighting designers, game designers and graphic
artists.

The Basic Outline:

SESSION 1: SPACE. Discussions begin with an overview of screen space
and the basic organization of visual space. Both 2-D and 3-D space are
discussed.

SESSION 2: STRUCTURE. The relationship between visual structure,
narrative/story structure and structural analysis is discussed.
Processes are explained that allow the filmmaker to organize the
visual structure as carefully as a writer organizes and structures a
story.

SESSION 3: LINE & SHAPE, COLOR. Linear motif is introduced and basic
shapes are defined. Color systems, structure and control are discussed
to simplify an extremely complex visual component.

SESSION 4: TONE, MOVEMENT, RHYTHM. Tone is defined in relation to art
direction and lighting. Movement is discussed for the camera, objects
and the audience’s point of attention on the screen. Rhythm is defined
in relation to stationary or moving objects and editing. Both 2-D and
3-D movement and rhythm are discussed.

© COPYRIGHT 2010 BRUCE A. BLOCK

Bruce Block has over thirty-five years experience in the production of
film and television. His career encompasses live action feature motion
pictures, television programs, commercials, documentaries, animation,
museum installations, and IMAX films. He has produced a variety of
Hollywood studio films including The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give,
What Women Want and Father Of The Bride. Mr. Block was a creative
consultant on Stuart Little, As Good As It Gets and Some Kind Of
Wonderful.

Mr. Block teaches visual structure of film, television and digital
media at universities, animation studios, advertising agencies,
computer game companies, and graphics design studios in America and
Europe. His clients include Pixar Studios, Walt Disney Feature and
Television Animation, Dreamworks Studios, Warner Bros. Feature
Animation, Hasbro Interactive, Nickelodeon Network, Hewlett-Packard,
Troika Design Group, Screen Training Ireland, Binger Film Institute,
AFI, UCLA and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Mr. Block is the author of The Visual Story published by Focal Press.
His book, dealing with the relationship between story structure and
visual structure, is used professionally and educationally all over
the world.

Mr. Block is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Art
Director’s Guild.

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Two BAFTA Nominations for ‘Roy’

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News from IFTN

http://www.iftn.ie/news/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4283448&tpl=archnews&force=1

Dublin based animation studio JAM Media have voiced their delight at the news that their animated series, ‘Roy’ has received two BAFTA British Academy Children’s Awards nominations. The award winning 26 part series was commissioned by the BBC and has been nominated in the categories of Drama and Writer. Irish director Neasa Hardiman has also seen her recent project, ‘Tracy Beaker Returns’ receive a drama nomination

Read more at IFTN: http://www.iftn.ie/news/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4283448&tpl=archnews&force=1

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Magma Films are currently working on their first stereoscopic feature

Magma in production of 3d stereoscopic feature

From the company that brought out the award winning children’s animation ‘Niko and the Stars’, comes Magma Films first 3d stereoscopic feature film ‘Legends of Valhalla – Thor’

The story follows a clumsy but lovable character having to over come trials and tribulations in order to save the day. The project is a collaberation of Magma Films(Ireland), Ulysses Films (Germany) and Caoz Studios (Iceland). The feature should get theatrical release next year.

Magma Films have successfully co-produced feature films and 3d animated series in the past, including ‘The Ugly Duckling and Me’ and ‘Niko and the Wat to the Stars”

Check out a teaser on:

http://www.caoz.com/thor-teaser

Read more on IFTN.ie:

http://www.iftn.ie/news/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4283415&tpl=archnews&force=1

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John Canemaker writes about the success of Irish Animation

john canemaker writes about the success of irish animation

John Canemaker writes about the success of Irish Animation

Internationally renowned animation historian, John Canemaker, has recently written an article about the success of Irish Animation. He made a visit to Ireland last year and gave a number of guest lectures and seminars in IADT and Dublin City Centre. In his trip, he took a lot of time to visit a number of Animation companies in Ireland. Due to the amount of overwhelming global success of Irish produced Animations as well as the increase of Irish Animation talent, John has written an article about his visit and the Irish Animation Industry.

http://www.printmag.com/Article/Tis-A-Grand-Day#axzz11i9Qa5FK

John Canemaker is one of the foremost Animation historians in the world, he is a lecturer at New York University for the Undergraduate Film and Television Department and throughout his career, he has produced a number of award winning short film. His wins include some of the most prestigious awards including an Academy Award, an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his animation.

John has also written a number of books, his latest being ‘Two Guys Named Joe’, which is about the two legendary animation storytellers Joe Grant and Joe Ranft.

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Flickerpix are currently animating a whole lot of graphics on new BBC show

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Flickerpix are currently animating a whole lot of graphics and images for a brand new CBBC show..

PROJECT PARENT is a new program which puts children in charge of their parent’s lifestyle.. for a day.

A game show with a difference, PROJECT PARENT is set air in late Autumn and get a lot of people talking..

This brand new show is a whole lot of fun and a great experience to share together as a family!

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Brown Bag Films in production of Olivia 2nd series

brown bag films is in Production of Olivia Second Series

Brown Bag Films is in production on a second season of Chorion’s OLIVIA, which has been bought by Nickelodeon US.

Based on the book series by Ian Falconer, the new series of 26 x 11-minute episodes plus a 1 x 22-minute special will premiere on Nick US next month. The first season of OLIVIA was produced in Dublin by Brown Bag Films and launched on Nick US in January 2009. It now airs in 130 countries.

To date, the new series has been pre-bought by TF1 France, ABC TV Australia and the Disney Channel in Japan and Latin America.

Global toy licensee Spin Master have produced a new range of OLIVIA consumer products and toys, which have recently hit shelves. The new range includes clothing, activity sets and accessories, and the ‘Olivia 2-in-1 Transforming Playset’ has already received an iParenting 2010 Outstanding Product Award and the National Parenting Centre Top Toy Award for 2010.

Check out official OLIVIA products here -http://www.facebook.com/OLIVIATV#!/album.php?aid=183453&id=111376633024




Visit the OLIVIA website at www.myolivia.com and become a fan of OLIVIA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OLIVIATV

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Barley Films Shorts Screened at Zaragoza Cinematheque

Barley Films Shorts Screened at Zaragoza Cinematheque

Barley Films Selection Screened in Spain this week.


“Agricultural Report”, “Charred and Feathered”, “The Red Ball”, “Headspace” and “The Rooster, The Crocodile And The Night Sky” will all be screening at the Zaragoza Cinematheque in Zaragoza City in Spain, 6-9 October 2010.

www.filmotecazaragoza.com

These short animations are from Barley Films’ collection of award winning shorts over the past decade.

“The Rooster, the Crocodile and the Night Sky” is a tale of passion, loss, surreal comedy and explosive violence. The film is animated in a cut-out style and combines a variety of elements such as cardboard, tinfoil, paint on glass animation and super 8 film footage to create a dreamy, hand-made aesthetic.

‘The Red Ball’ is a short film about a purple boy, a green ball, a red ball, a green girl, a red girl and a purple boy.

‘Head Space’ is about a boy who distances himself from reality in an effort to cope with a cycle of abuse.

‘Charred and Feathered’ tells the story of a man who always finishes last finds his luck is turning around his rival from across the valley will go to any measures to even up the scales.

Agricultural report is a short film about the bliss of ignorance.

“Agricultural Report” can be viewed in full on the Irish Film Board Website:

http://www.thisisirishfilm.ie/shorts/agricultural-report

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Miss Remarkable wins again!

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A Man and Ink are delighted to say that Miss Remarkable has won another Award, this time at the Nordisk Panorama which took place in Bergen, Norway.

Miss Remarkable and her Career, the 30 min short film co-production between A Man & Ink (Ireland), Lisbet Gabrielsson (Sweden) and Bullitt Film (Denmark) is a hilarious animation for anyone who knows what its like to struggle.

Miss Remarkable and her Career Teaser from A Man And Ink on Vimeo.

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