First Peek at ‘Secret of Kells’ Director, Tomm Moore’s New Film: ‘Song of the Sea’
April 25, 2010, 1:05 am
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Tonight I had another long conversation with GKIDS’ Director of Distribution, Dave Jesteadt. During which, he talked openly about the creative vision of ‘Kells’ and how Director Tomm Moore came up with his now signature animation style. While Moore and his company Cartoon Saloon aren’t, by any means, limited to one style of animation, they did decide for their next film, to continue with a 2D, heavily geometric aesthetic.

Another common theme with “Kells” and Moore’s new film, “Song of the Sea”: It is another mythical tale based upon Irish folklore. This time, instead of the Book of Kells, “Song of the Sea” centers around the last young selkie’s, journey home. According to Irish legend, selkies are part human, part seal sea creatures.

For a little taste of “Song of the Sea” check out the teaser trailer below. Note the strong stylistic similarities the trailer’s look and the look of “Kells.”


Discovering the Legend Behind the Book of Kells
April 9, 2010, 2:05 pm
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Throughout my continuing research into the world of children’s films and animation, I am happy to report that I have been finding a boatload of positive publicity surrounding one of my key subjects, “The Secret of Kells.” This is, of course, no surprise considering the film’s very recent Academy Award nomination and the almost fairytale story of how it beat out other industry giants for said nomination. The New York Times, LA Times, and a slew of bloggers have all raved on about the film.

After finally getting my eager hands on a copy of ‘Kells’ in preparation for my upcoming interview with Director, Tomm Moore, I have to say, I don’t disagree with all the hype. ‘Kells’ is something truly amazing to look at. Its intoxicating colors and animation style immediately hook the viewer in, and its cast of memorable characters like Aisling, the enchanting part wolf-girl, pixie and the story’s hero, brave young orphan Brendan make the film an easy emotional investment.

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School of Visual Arts Student, Nuno Nobre, Works on His Film

Today, during my visit to the School of Visual Arts in New York City, I sat in on an Advanced Digital Compositing class taught by animators Martin Abrahams and Eric Eiser.

One of the highlights of my trip was meeting animation student Nuno Nobre, 29. Nobre, who studied for two years at ESDIP professional drawing and animation school in Madrid, Spain, came to SVA to finish his thesis.

Part of Nobre’s thesis is a short film called “Foot Fetish,” a quirky story about a man who falls in love and pursues a women with his feet. After showing me a very rough cut of the film, Nobre went to a nearby drawing room to work on a 2-3 second scene.

Below is a short video of Nobre working on his animation:

The scene Nobre is working on is when the woman tries to escape from the lovelorn man by crawling out the window.

All Nobre’s favorite animated films, including Waltz With Bashir and Persepolis feature non-traditional types of animation. Unique styles that he hopes to emulate in his own work. When our talk came around to “The Secret of Kells,” he said he was very excited to see the movie, saying that he “loves the textures and the backgrounds” incorporated in the Oscar nominated film.

To learn more about Nobre, check out his website.

An Introduction to ‘The Secret of Kells’
March 30, 2010, 1:26 am
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Here’s a first taste of GKID’S Oscar-nominated film “The Secret of Kells”:

“Kells” is the story about a young boy who must fight a slew of mythical creatures to find the key to completing the legendary Book of Kells. What set this film apart from its contemporary counterparts was its non-conventional choice in animation-the New York Times called the film a “hand-drawn labor of love.”

The “Kells” Oscar night spot:

More details on “The Secret of Kells” to come…