But Milk is Important is featured in a new Italian book about Stop Motion by Stefano Bessoni! If that wasn’t cool enough my music accompanied it as it received it’s 16th award at the In Short Film Festival!
Here’s some of the music I created for an amazing series of films animated by Anna Mantzaris and Eirik Grønmo Bjørnsen with Amphi Produktion. The videos were made in Sweden for the amazing organization Crossing Boarders, who work towards humanism, gender equality and anti racism in the workplace, schools and society in general.
Checkout the official trailer for CIFF. It features two films I’ll be proudly representing this Sunday! (But Milk Is Important and Three’s A Crowd)
(The following is taken from http://butmilkisimportant.blogspot.co.uk/)
But Milk is Important (with my music) won it’s 11th and 12th award this weekend!! The first one was at Sweaty Eyeballs in Baltimore, US! The film tied with “Futon” for the Audience Choice Award!
The second was at Aesthetica Short Film Festival in UK where the film won People’s Choice Award!
Thank you to both audiences!!!
The Film is also chosen for a couple of new festivals:
Sommets du cinéma d’animation, Montreal and Quebec City, Canada 21 Nov – 1 Dec
Animated Dreams, Tallin, Estonia 27 Nov – 1 Dec
Animateka, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2 – 8 Dec
Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds, UK 6 – 21 Nov
Expotoons, Buenos Aires, Argentina 13 – 15 Nov
International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima, Krakow, Poland 22 – 28 Dec
Kort, Sandnes, Norway 14 – 17 Nov
And it was also screened at Images en Vues, Montreal, and
Uppsala International Film Festival, Sweden
6 Months of hard work crammed into an amazing 12 minute film! Here’s some more music from Three’s A Crowd.
This week my music’s at the Adelaide Film Festival in Australia. I think that’s 4 continents so far!
But Milk Is Important (with my soundtrack) won the Walt Disney award in Ottawa, Canada this week at the biggest animation festival in North America, winning the audience award as well.
Earlier this week, I put the finishing touches to the But Milk Is Important soundtrack that is playing at the Volda Animation Festival this weekend! I will be uploading more of the OST soon with some insight into capturing Anna and Eirik’s vision through music (check out my updated portfolio track below and the portfolio page for a slice of the OST)
For now, here’s one of the film’s characters in a Norwegian newspaper below (the little grey dude on the bottom right).
I haven’t blogged in months because I’ve been really working hard on the hard work Anna & Eirik’s been working hard on. That’s right hard on. I’m really excited. Just look at this still from But Milk Is Important!
I’m excited because I’ve seen a lot of the finished masterpiece they’ve been creating and its breath taking. Seeing something from storyboard, to modelling, to movement and to a living, breathing (almost) final production is spellbinding enough… but when it’s stop time animation in the hands of Anna and Eirik. Holy shit. It’s awesome!
The working relationship I have with these talented people in Norway stems from a friendship formed with Eirik in the U.K before he flew home to pursue this badass project with Anna. Now, after months of sending each other work through the googles I’m managing to capture the dark, mysterious atmosphere they’ve created for their sometimes frightening/sometimes funny/always fascinating characters.
Eirik suggested to me not to shy away from playing quite a bit of piano for this film after I used it in our last adventure and in using it again to write a large part of this score I can certainly see its attraction. The piano evokes parts of me when I play it that other instruments can’t get to. The isolation and loneliness I relate to when I watch aspects of the animation are translated so fluently through the keys and is a testament to me how human the instrument can feel. Another important aspect of the composition in this film is back masking. There’s a lot of tension and unexplainable occurrences that back masking pianos, cymbals and synthesized sounds can reflect well against. It’s a suggestion that things aren’t quite as they seem and a sweet way to hide satanic messages (joke). It’s an opposite, a reverse to the norm and a representation of the emotional themes haunting our main character. Talking of themes, I also felt that the characters with their own very specific characteristics deserved their own very specific music (something Ennio Morricone stamped into me as a young poncho wearing, gun toting tot whilst my brother would watch the spaghetti westerns). I think it’s a valid method in such a mysterious film where character’s actions speak louder than their words.
So I seriously suggest you check out Anna and Eirik’s blog again as they constantly update it with sweet developments, especially as the filming is now complete and they’re in the process of post production. At this stage I’m finely tuning things like the timing of the music to accommodate any scene extensions and artistic direction from the guys whilst they work harder and harder to achieve the perfection that is But Milk Is Important.
It’s difficult to say you’ve been hard at work when you enjoy making music. It’s not like I’m building the Sistine chapel or surgeorizing somebody’s frontal lobe. I’m also not building characters from raw material and an outdoor set for an amazing stop time animated film like Eirik and Anna are for “But Milk Is Important”.
When I’m sat in my chair in front of keyboards and guitars, trying to get into the mindset of these awesome characters, Eirik and Anna are in Norway creating huge structures to animate a 3 second scene of film. Then again it’s not to say that the music I’m making comes out in real-time live at the Apollo like James Brown. I took about six hours to create about thirty seconds the other day – that’s the process of elimination I torture myself through to make sure my shit is half as good as the amazing film these guys are making. From previous experience on “The Crow That Wore a Suit and Worked In An Office” I know I have to theoretically create another character myself, to add what I can to an already well thought out, laboured piece of art. At the moment my tried and tested method of madness is to accompany the people and creatures with their own themes, that intertwine and morph into each other as a story unfolds.
Go and checkout what Anna and Eirik are upto on their own blog about But Milk Is Important.