It’s award season in Hollywood and who wouldn’t love to be up for a gong at a fancy occasion such as the Oscars? Well we have been selected for the next best thing. No, not a Golden Globe, instead our work has been recognised as an Official Selection by the Shortz Film Festival in Serbia. For 2013 they are celebrating 3D animation and film, which is right up our street.
You may remember that earlier in the year we were part of the Two Colours/Three Dimensions exhibition that premiered in Hong Kong. You don’t remember? Well, here is an article about it to refresh your memory. In short, it was an exploration of 3D art in all its forms that was conceived and curated by the brilliant Stephen Chan who worked alongside some of Liverpool’s most talented artists and film makers.
So how did that project get us noticed in Serbia? Our contribution was a short, surreal film that comprised one of several pieces within the exhibition and it was featured on Gizmodo earlier in the year. After Andy nearly lost his mind staring at the two-colour animations, it was a pleasant surprise when we recently discovered that it would also be shown at this underground celebration of the magic of 3D cinema.
Shortz is a petite film festival held in Serbia; for 2013 it was focused on the lost art of ‘traditional’ 3D movie making or anaglyph 3D to give it the technical term. If you are wondering, it is a different process to the modern 3D cinema of today; think of old-school red and blue cardboard glasses rather than a pair of modern shades that make the audience look like extras in Men in Black.
Our strange and intricate animation was one of the Official Selections from this year’s edition of the Serbian festival. It’s great to see 3D animation in Liverpool making the jump to the world stage, although we haven’t managed to get to either Hong Kong or Serbia! However, thanks to the magic of the internet you can see the intriguing video of the highlights from Shortz below…