Saturday, June 5, 2010

Pegbar's blog has moved to wordpress



Pegbar's blog has moved to http://pegbar.ie/wordpress/

We will continue to post here as well, but not as regularly and not Irish Animation news related but mainly event related.

Upwards and onwards!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Picnic with short movies




“Picnic with short movies” – filmmakers and their projects needed!

If you would like to present your movie projects please submit your best work for screening in a new Dublin based gallery (http://www.madartstudio.com/). The evening event will take place 24th of June 2010 and its aim is to promote the filmmakers and to give them new socialising possibilities. Feel free to bring any advertising materials promoting yourself or your business.

The films should be submitted to:

AGRAND
Tatty Mews, 2 Wellington Lane
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4

Friday, May 21, 2010

'digitse the nation' follow up

A workshop Ben and myself done this morning with some 5th and 6th class students at St.Audoens National School this morning in conjunction with 'Digitise the Nation' and 'Kavaleer Productions'.



The kids were an amazing laugh, extremely talented in art and had some very creative stories to be told.

It was a great morning had by all.

Class Content:

- An Introduction to Animation and the Animation process.

- Drawing Characters and looking at facial expressions.

- Using facial expressions to tell story.

- Drawing Storyboards

- Animating Workshop, using Freeware Programme ‘Pencil’

and

- Conclusions and possibilities for the children.






Thursday, May 20, 2010

Steve Woods' Admit One screens in Meeting House Square this weekend




Steve Woods' Admit One screens in Meeting House Square this weekend

ADMIT ONE.....

Friday/Saturday. Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, @10pm

Steve Woods works in animation, documentaries and has also made a number of short dance films. In 1989 he helped set up the Galway Film Fleadh. He lectures at the National Film School at Dun Laoghaire, where he has taught experimental animation for thirteen years.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Still Films wants your animation reels!


Still Films wants your animation reels!

Still Films are currently seeking showreels from animators based in Ireland for a pilot mix-media project.

Reels should be sent to reels at still films dot org, immediately! Alternatively you can po them in the post: Still Films, 68 Dame Street, Dublin 2.

Thanks for your time!

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Still Films
68 Dame Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 01 6717828

http://www.stillfilms.org/

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Digitise the nation

Kavaleer http://kavaleer.com and Pegbar (us!) http://pegbar.ie will be showing St. Audeons National School school students how digital art is created; sharing with the children how cartoons are made and inspiring the next generation of animation artists!

Date: Friday the 21st of May

Time: 3hours in the morning.

Class Content:

- An Introduction to Animation and the Animation process.

- Drawing Characters and looking at facial expressions.

- Using facial expressions to tell story.

- Drawing Storyboards

- Animating Workshop, using Freeware Programme ‘Pencil’

and

- Conclusions and possibilities for the children.

It’s going to be a wonderful and exciting day for everyone involved.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Life Drawing Dublin

A new Life Drawing group in Dublin

The human form is perhaps the most enduring theme in visual art; life drawing is the traditional art discipline of drawing from a live model.

This group aims to provide regular life drawing sessions for anyone wishing to improve their ability to depict the human form. All disciplines and skill levels welcome.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=116564575049433


Email Jonathan Byrne for more details: jonathanbyrne@gmail.com

The next session takes place on tuesday 18th of May at the Exchange, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar. The model is Meri. Admission €5.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

pegbar on linkedin



Pegbar has started on linkedin!

linkedin is an amazing networking site, so Pegbar have set a group up on the site.

If you're on linkdin join the group!....http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2910379&trk=hb_side_g

if not.......I'd recommend joining linkedin. It is an extremely resourceful site for animation artists!

http://www.linkedin.com

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Flickerpix are hiring!!


Flickerpix are looking forward to a very busy spring and summer, with a pilot stop motion project, a new BBC Comedy commission, and more motion graphic work.

As a result they'd love to hear from people who would be interested in the following:

Assistant Animation Director, well versed in 2D and motion graphics
Model Makers
Stop Motion Animator
Storyboard Artist
Riggers
Motion Graphics artists, ideally Adobe After Effects
Production Assistant
Please send a cv and link to a showreel if available vicky@flickerpix.com

check out their website at

http://flickerpix.com

animation goings ons from the past two weeks.....in alphabetical order

Dublin's Lord Mayor awards Brown Bag

http://www.brownblogfilms.com/news/lord-mayor-awards-brown-bag/


the Lord Mayor, Councilor Emer Costello invited Brown Bag Films to the Mansion House for a reception in our honour. This was a moment we were deeply proud of and almost 70 Brown Baggers enjoyed the evening at the Lord Mayor’s historic residence on Dawson Street.

Granny O’Grimm
’s Sleeping Beauty picked up two Pulcinella Awards at the prestigious Cartoons On The Bay festival in Italy at the weekend.

http://www.brownblogfilms.com/news/granny-wins-at-cartoons-on-the-bay/


Cartoon Saloon

Cartoon Saloon's sales agent, Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams has said its finally official -
Optimum releasing will take the UK theatrical and DVD distribution rights for The Secret of Kells.

http://theblogofkells.blogspot.com/2010/04/uk-distribution-at-last.html




Old Fangs, directed by Adrien Merigeau and produced by Cartoon Saloon was selected for screening at Sonoma International Film Festival which was held in Sonoma, California last week.




Flickerpix

Flickerpix are looking forward to a very busy spring and summer, with a pilot stop motion project, a new BBC Comedy commission, and more motion graphic work.

As a result they'd love to hear from people who would be interested in the following:

Assistant Animation Director, well versed in 2D and motion graphics
Model Makers
Stop Motion Animator
Storyboard Artist
Riggers
Motion Graphics artists, ideally Adobe After Effects
Production Assistant
Please send a cv and link to a showreel if available vicky@flickerpix.com

check out their website at

http://flickerpix.com


Jam Media have rolled out a new and exciting website......check it out!

http://www.jammedia.ie/


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Interview with Dale Robinson from Treehouse Republic







We are happy to introduce 'Dotzy', a new web series from Treehouse Republic (formerly known as Box Creative). Dotzy is a series of short animations following a young Dublin lad, as he gets kicked off the dole and starts looking for a job. We interviewed Dale Robinson, who directed and animated the series to find out more behind Dotzy's story and about venturing into the world of online animation

Where did the idea for Dotzy originate?

Dotzy originally came to life as a once-off little short I made exaggerating a friend of mine completely out of context. It didn't take long to make as it was pretty simple, but it got such a good response we felt it would be a shame not to do something with it. So I took the character and added a few more of those crazy traits you see around Dublin and out came the new Dotzy.

I'm sure a lot of Irish people will be able to connect with Dotzy's story. Every one of us has probably met a character like this at some stage. However do you think the 'Irish humour' will appeal to a wider, international audience?

Yes and no. I think that there is a Dotzy type character in every society in every country, its just a matter of whether people have encountered his kind or not, he's a caricature of 'The world owes me something' attitude we see more and more of nowadays, I think that's what people really connect with.. He is not a reflection of the Irish and there are people here in Dublin who wont get what Dotzy is all about, but he has fans on facebook from as far away as Bangladesh, Singapore and Mauritius, they have met their version of him and understand whats going on.


Dotzy doesn't seem afraid to tell it like it is. With so much content control and censorship in commercial work these days, do you think the Internet is a good place for animators to push boundaries that would otherwise be seen as controversial on television?


Defiantly. You cant expect a network to let you voice your opinion on their time and money (although sometimes they will), if you want to get a point across that would be frowned upon in other media the Internet gives you the opportunity to say what you want about anything you want. In saying that, what Dotzy says is his way of thinking and not mine and it’s his attitude to life that makes the series funny, if he was a more balanced character his story wouldn't be as interesting to watch. What I think the Internet does is really give the power back to the people, instead of the networks and marketers deciding what we should watch.


Do you find that animation has advantages over live-action in terms of addressing tough subjects such as unemployment ?


It’s all about the story. I believe that if you have a good story then it doesn't matter what you create it in. If your story captivates someone’s attention they will watch it whether it was filmed on a camera phone or animated in high end 3D. This is true of any subject from silly to serious issues.



In the current economic climate here in Ireland, do you see more advantages in publishing animation online and getting oneself 'out there' rather than the focusing on the unpredictable job of looking for funding or regular project work?


I believe that if you are looking for work then the more stuff you do the better chance you have of getting a job because every time you do something you’re only getting better. There is nothing more rewarding than making your own short films and web series and you might just have the next big thing floating about in your head. If you don't do it and get it out there then how is anyone, including employers, ever meant to see it. No one knows where lightning may strike, but you can certainly increase your chances of being struck by chasing the storm and flying a kite.


Would you have any advice to give to someone who would like to promote their own work online or indeed publish their own web series?


Learn social media! Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, Linked in are all great tools for promoting online content (I'm only learning myself so I wont go to deep into it!) Also animation forums and any other forums related to the subject and tell your friends to tell their friends, you'd be surprised at how far you can spread your content through word of mouth.


Whats the future for the Dotzy series?

For the answer to that you'll just have to tune in and keep following Dotzy.



Here's the link to Dotzy's youtube page if you would like to watch the episodes.

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheDotzy

and to see more work from Treehouse Republic, please follow this link

http://treehouserepublic.com/



Special thanks to Dale for the great answers and for sending us a link to Dotzy. We look forward to seeing more from him and Treehouse Republic.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

photos from Pegbar Apr 9th in the Sugar Club






































Thanks to Niki Kehoe for taking the pictures!! http://www.nicholakehoe.blogspot.com