VMS Awards Ceremony & Telegraph Interview

So the Virgin Media Shorts awards ceremony was last Tuesday evening (5th October). I didn’t win either of the prizes, but I did receive a 35mm print of Moon in a tin, which was pretty cool! And seeing the film up on the big screen was amazing as well! I had an awesome day and the other finalists were all lovely guys. Massive congratulations to Oscar, Gino and Jason for their well deserved wins!


My film tin and the awesome poster the Virgin guys made for Moon!

I did an interview for the Sunday Telegraph which featured in their Film Life magazine yesterday. The interview is on their website (along with those of the other finalists) if anyone is interested to read it:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-life/8050601/Virgin-Media-Shorts-director-Melanie-Horn-on-her-short-animated-film-Moon.html

The judges’ feedback was also published on the site – reading their thoughts on my film was pretty amazing!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-life/8051462/Virgin-Media-Shorts-film-awards-the-judges-views.html

I was also interviewed by my local paper back home, The Herald Express, back in September when the shortlist was first announced. The article is below:

Finally, I want to give everyone who offered me their support through this a huge thank you! The response I received was phenomenal and more than I could ever have imagined. I am extremely touched and so grateful for everyone’s help and encouragement. Thank you guys!

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Monday 11th October, 2010. virgin media shorts. Comments off.

Vote for Moon in the Virgin Media Shorts final!

I have exciting news – Moon has been chosen as one of the final twelve in the Virgin Media Shorts competiton! I now need to ask for your help and support! If you could spare the time to cast a vote for Moon I would be so amazingly grateful!

You can watch Moon and vote for it here – http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/films/entry/341176/moon

Thank you guys, your support is very much appreciated!

Tuesday 31st August, 2010. virgin media shorts. Comments off.

My first review!

A nice little review of Moon was posted on the VMS site, they were kind enough to feature it in the first part of their animation showcase. Thanks guys!

An animation so charming that it will warm the cockles (literally) of even the most embittered cynic. The story of a boy who decides the moon looks cold – and so decides to make him a ruddy great scarf.

http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/pages/articles/the-best-of-vms

Sunday 15th August, 2010. virgin media shorts. Comments off.

Virgin Media Shorts

Moon is now up on the Virgin Media Shorts website! Please follow the link below to watch it, and rate it if you can (although I think you need to sign up first).

http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/films/entry/341176/moon

Monday 14th June, 2010. virgin media shorts. Comments off.

Moon

Here is the final film. I want to give a massive thank you to Harry and Lewis for producing my soundtrack, and to all my lecturers, family and friends and everyone who has offered encouragement and support along the way. I couldn’t have done it without you!

Tuesday 25th May, 2010. final. Comments off.

Nearly there

The film is now finished, and will be up later next week. I was shortlisted for the University of Hertfordshire’s Animation Exposé, and made it into the final selection, so this will be the first proper screening of Moon! Exciting times.

Saturday 22nd May, 2010. final. Comments off.

Gold

Here is the gold version of the film (which finally finished rendering at 6 this morning…)

This is the semi-final version of the film which will be graded, although I plan to continue working on it for the degree show exhibition at the end of the month, so the final version should be up around the 24th.

There are a few parts of the animation which need tweaking and tidying up, as well as some of the backgrounds. However the main thing which will change is that I need to go back and paint highlights onto Thomas in the shots where they’re needed.

Not long to go now!

Tuesday 11th May, 2010. gold. Comments off.

Shooting Stars, Comets and Fire

I had some (i.e. a lot of) help in Fusion from Callum, who took my very sketchy rough shooting star and comet from shot 16 and made them very pretty:

I also had a lot of help from Martin, who turned the fire in shot 10 from this:

To this (which looks very pretty when animated):

Monday 26th April, 2010. stills, tests. Comments off.

Soundtrack

I received the pretty much complete soundtrack for the film, so here it is with an updated beta. The only thing that may change is the timing of some sound effects on shots that have not yet been animated.

Massive thanks to Harry Kaye and Lewis Lawson for producing this for me, they’ve been absolutely fantastic to work with and have done an amazing job.

Saturday 17th April, 2010. beta, soundtrack. Comments off.

3DHit Front

I got fronted on 3DHit! My life is slightly more complete now.

Many thanks to Neil!

Thursday 1st April, 2010. Uncategorized. Comments off.

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