With January almost done, we’re already used to saying it’s 2012. But 2011 is still relatively fresh in our minds.
Sketches from Impromptu, a 3D animated short currently in production
Sir Bit, an ASCII quest game for the iOS platform. Full version coming soon.
The year has started off with a full bang: We’ve signed on new ad campaigns; we’re in production of Impromptu, our first 3D animated short and co-production with the NFB; we’re preparing to develop our first ebook; and our developer, Cliff, is putting the final touches on the full version of Sir Bit, an ASCII-style iOS game.
Yet, while we prepare for what’s in the works for 2012, we’ve also had a bit of time to really think about all the work we’ve done over the past year.
As part of a special blog series, I thought we’d highlight 10 intriguing Global Mechanic projects of 2011, a retrospective, if you will, that may even give us a good sense of what’s in store in the coming year. Read more
Ah, finally got my hands on some sketchbooks from our Director, Bruce.
Have a look! Read more
The making of The Art of Pho.
Bruce’s friend from London, Jeremy Southgate, just sent us a neat link about the making of a particularly cool motion comic, The Art of Pho, based on the graphic novel by Julian Hanshaw.
You see, we’ve been brainstorming ideas for the My Robot, an ebook for kids we’re developing with Jem. Jem’s going to be producing the “book” and we’ll be contributing the “e” to the project.
Motion comics, or graphic novels whose images have been somehow animated or moved onto a digital platform, have been a great point of reference during our creative process. Seeing how others have approached this medium will help us eventually make decisions about how to stylize our own technique for My Robot. We’ll keep you posted on the project’s status!
Tidbit: See some of our kid-friendly projects!
Production still: Frying pan
Production still: Chuck washing his hands
Impromptu is a co-production between the NFB and Global Mechanic. The short film focuses on a modern man named Chuck, who’s experience of a dinner party he’s throwing acts as a metaphor of something we can all relate to the experience of our external world, which can often be chaotic, but which can still lead to poignantly beautiful resolutions inside ourselves. Read more
A still from Wild Life.
Remember those two NFB animated shorts we blogged about? They’ve each been nominated for an Oscar!
Montreal-based filmmaker, Patrick Doyon, was delighted when he heard the news that his debut film, Dimanche/Sunday, was nominated (actually, he kept screaming out excitement). The film is a whimsical animated fable that follows a bored young boy attempting to escape a dreary Sunday (this instantly made me think of Murakami’s most recent main character in 1Q84, who loathes Sundays – but don’t we all just a little bit?)
Emily Carr alumni, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby also had a reason to celebrate, also having earned a nomination – for their Prairie-set short, Wild Life. Though this isn’t Forbis and Tilby’s first run at the Oscars, it definitely deserves a big congratulations!
It’s a good day to be in the Canadian film industry!
Tidbit: Check out this photo of Wendy and Amanda when they visited our studio to check out our latest (3D) film project!