Director: Alan Holly - instagram.com/qlqnhqlly
Producer: Ciaran Deeney - elzorrerofilms.ie
Writers: Alan Holly and Rory Byrne - rorybyrne.ie
Art direction & backgrounds: Ronan McMeel - ronanmcmeel.blogspot.ie
Music: Shane Holly - shaneholly.ie
Animation: Alan Holly, Rory Byrne and Eoghan Dalton - studiopowwow.com
Colouring and shadows: Eimhin McNamara - paperpanther.ie
Background painting: Áine McGuinness - ainemcguinness.ie
Starring: Brian Gleeson, Orla Fitzgerald, Donie Ryan and Joseph Dermody
Music recording: Paul Finan
Voice recording: Tony Kiernan
Sound design: Michelle Fingleton
Sound editing: Andy Kirwan
Sound mixing: Garret Farrell - screenscene.ie
Musicians: Shane Holly, Aoife Dowdall, Katie O'Connor, Larissa O'Grady, Jenny Dowdall
Emma Scott: Production Executive for the Irish Film Board
Pauline McNamara: Executive Producer – RTE
Fionnuala Sweeney: Film Specialist – Arts Council
Jill McGregor: Schemes & Applications Co-ordinator for the Irish Film Board
Thanks to Sean McCarron & Jennifer Evans
Watch the full film at http://youtu.be/YDXOioU_OKM
A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.
- 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival: Grand Prize (USA)
- 2011 Lady Filmmakers Film Festival: Best of Festival (USA)
- 2011 ACS Awards for Cinematography: NSW Gold Award (AUS)
- 2012 SXSW Film Design Awards: Audience Award for Best Poster (USA)
- 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival: Best Animated Short (USA)
- 2012 Animayo Animation Film Festival: Special Jury Mention (Spain)
- 2012 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (Canada)
- 2012 Sydney Film Festival (Australia)
- 2012 Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival: Grand Prize (Korea)
- 2012 Indy Film Fest: Best Short Film – World Cinema (USA)
- 2012 TheShortList Film Festival: Audience Award for Best Short Film (USA)
- 2012 Granada Film Festival: Best International Short Animation (Spain)
- 2012 ITSA Film Festival: Best Animated Film (USA)
- 2012 San Jose Short Film Festival: Best Animated Short (USA)
- 2012 Couch Fest Film Festival: Best Animation (International)
- 2012 Kaohsiung Film Festival: Best Selection – Fantasy Short Film (Taiwan)
- 2012 Kaohsiung Film Festival: Audience Choice – Fantasy Short Film (Taiwan)
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About the Director: Christopher Kezelos has recently relocated to Los Angeles from Sydney, Australia and is seeking new Directing opportunitie. To get in touch, you can contact him here: http://www.zealouscreative.com/contact/
The Bear & the Hare is the first John Lewis campaign to embrace the emotive power of animation, a filmic technique so evocative of Christmasses gone by.
Elliot and Yves took the two most traditional and time-honoured animation processes – stop-motion and traditional hand-drawn 2D animation – and combined them to create something innovative and unique. Their aim was to do almost everything in camera, using real lighting, lens and film craft to build a world where the audience can see and feel the painstaking work behind it. The 2D animation’s physical interaction with the set and the human imperfections inherent in the process create a hand-crafted piece full of heart and integrity.
The animation process involved constant shifts between 2D and 3D worlds. In order to achieve this complicated combination the whole film was first created in Blinkink Studios as a 3D previsualisation animatic with all the sets and characters built to scale. This allowed everything to be developed and planned alongside the modelmakers and animators, thus integrating the different disciplines and processes before the set was built or the characters were printed.
Aaron Blaise (Brother Bear, The Lion King, Mulan) and his team of veteran Disney animators at Premise Entertainment in Orlando, Florida, designed and animated the characters. The 2D-animation frames were printed onto mounted paper and cut with a laser. Each frame (nearly 4,000 in total) was then individually hand-labelled before going on set. Feature-film stop-frame animators then spent 6 weeks bringing the world to life.
The set was built by our production designer John Lee (Aliens, Fantastic Mr Fox, Frankenweenie) and his team at Shepperton Studios before being transported to Clapham Road Studios ready for the stop-motion shoot.
Post-production was done in-house in Blinkink’s animation studio, and the final grade was completed at MPC.
Elliot Dear & Yves Geleyn
James Stevenson Bretton