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Just wanted to share links for some animation films that may fly under most people's radar.
One is a short film from students at Les Gobelins school in France. These kids rock (all of them!)


For more student films from 2008, their gallerie is here:
Student films. STUDENTS!!! Sheesh, the quality in these make me die. In a good way.

The other is an Irish film - I don't know if it will ever get distributed in North America. I hope so!
Brendan and the secret of Kells:

I now return to work. Enough procrastination looking at nice things.



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Dec. 9th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
But the students in that school had had to take another animation course before or worked in a studio for a while.

This seems to be a fact that everyone constantly ignores (while saying that OMG I WAS SUCH A BAD ANIMATOR AT SCHOOL WRRRYYYYY).

Neeways...yeah:) I loved Supertromp from this summer.
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
They don't really advertise the fact that some of their students come from the industry.
It's almost like taking a vacation to go and do a short film.
Makes me want to return to school.
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Unbelievable animation. The French are so good at drawing, its out of this world.
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
There's a huge pool of talent in Europe that we don't always get to see.
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
Kind of glad I don't, I think I would be totally crushed and overwhelmed. ;)
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Love the links you supplied!! :) I had totally forgotten all about the Gobelins gallery until now.
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
It's good to visit their site about once a year and see the new stuff.
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
It's amazing what one can find in a puddle these days! It looks like a combination of traditional animation and computer graphics.

I hope the Kells movie is released in the US. I love anything having to do with medieval calligraphy and illumination.
Dec. 9th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
eee! The Kells trailer gave me chills! It looks amazing. I really really hope it gets released in the US too. Thanks so much for the links. :)
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)

OMG OMG, the FIRST ONE!!! You should see the HUUUUGE grin on my face. My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy for laughing out loud out of nowhere (I'm using earphones.) I have an insane weakness to large, adorably chubby HAPPY LOOKING things. :D :D :D Thank you, you have made my week!

The second one looks incredibly beautiful! I desperately hope it gets a US release!
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
I must admit, this huge thing definitely wins in terms of size, adorable and happy.
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
gotta check them out when I get back from work tonight :D

if you're interested in shorts and especially the student films (and it always astounds me how much imagination and how many ideas you can cram into 2-5 minutes) you might wanna check out 3D Total's Shorts Drawer DVDs ^_^
they're released annually and have a collection of animated shorts on them, often with 'bonus' material as you'd know from full lenght films like character concepts, trailers, etc.
hmmm, wonder whether the 2008 one is already out
Dec. 9th, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
hey I worked on the Secret of Kells and we're really hoping it gets a north American release as well - Disney just sent us the english language trailer to be used for the Irish release in March.

I just saw the finished film on a cinema screen for the first time last week and, thought I might be a little biased, it looked amazing. The irish band Kila did the music and it works so well with the film. There's going to be two comic book tie ins as well.
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
One can hope so...or all it may get is limited release, which sucks. But, it may be enough to get a region 1 DVD. I've seen some France film appearing on the Canadian market (yay Quebec distributor looking for french films!), but these are rare. So many european animated films I never got to see.
The design of the characters is a breath of fresh air. A very nice feel of old celtic designs in the lines and curves. 2D still has that wonderful appeal when it comes to looks.
Congrats to you and the rest of your crew for making what appears a delighful film.
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
Oh I loved the After the Rain short! I love anything that takes you to an entirely different world! And the 2D/3D integration is fantastic!

And OMG, I want to see that Irish film so bad now! It reminds me of a mix between The Thief and the Cobbler and something else... it looks FANTASTIC! O.O
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
Perhaps not as eye twisty as Thief and the Cobbler, but certainly more of a unique look. Feels nice to see something like this.
Dec. 9th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, man. The Brendan & the Secret of Kells looks amazing! Since I'm studying in Ireland and all, and I've actually visited the Hill of Tara. :3

Will it be in French? And will it be distributed in Ireland?
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Looks like it will be in french, but also in english. I wonder if the irish release will have an irish voice track too. I can expect it will be distributed in Ireland and possibly Europe, but no words on a more worlwide release.
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Ooh, ok. I can't wait! Since I can't understand French, when is this coming out? The title blurb says something-2009. Is it summer? :3
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid at present, I don't have much more information. But, if you read in the comments, someone actually worked on the film and may have those informations.
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Frightening enough, Tom Moore was a student at the same college I'm studying animation in at the moment. He's such an aweosome man. (Compulsory promotion, hooray BCFE!)
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Frightening? Ha ha, I guess it can be. But inspiring at the same time.
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Eee! Thank you for the links! Apres la pluie was amazing!
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
Dec. 10th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
Gobelin school is the best one in the whole Europa. Las time (1999!) i've try to pass the exam to enter it, we were circa 1000 students to try... That was really hard to enter, and the level is GOD.
Dec. 11th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
I SO wnat to get into Gobélins...
I will be going to Paris in... les than a week. I plan on going and asking for info and stuff XD
Dec. 14th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
ouaip totalement d'accord Ils sont tous Impressionnant...Sinon ça fait un bout que je ne t'aie pas demandé de tes nouvelles. Ca va bien dans ton coin de pays?. Tu viens faire un tour en abitibi pour les fêtes?

bon bien take care !

Dec. 27th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
Super occupée, comme d'habitude. Je suis en ce moment de retour en Abitibi et j'essaie de relaxer. Pas facile! Je vais probablement être correcte juste avant de partir et puis paf! Je serai de retour dans le cercle infernal du boulot, ha ha!
Passe de bonnes fêtes aussi!
Dec. 16th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Book of Kells
Wow, I really can't wait for the Book of Kells movie! Something tells me they'll feature it to us (I live in Ireland) before they do America. The animation looks amazing, but I wonder if the historical facts are up to date? hehe, makes me proud to be Irish.
Dec. 27th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Re: Book of Kells
I'm pretty sure it will be out in Ireland before it crosses the pond. With a bit of luck, it will have at least a limited release here in North America. Plenty of European movies never make it here (*sigh*)
Dec. 23rd, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Saaa...is everything all right on your side of the pond? It's been an awfully long gap without a word from you, and it's got me just a little worried. (I'm sure it's just holiday-prep busyness, but. Wanted to make sure--and to wish you a Merry Christmas!)

Oh, also, I gave away one of your lovely Water Tribe comics as a White Elephant gift last week. The recipient loves it. :D
Dec. 27th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
All is fine, just extra busy as you've guessed- not even planning holiday stuff (I had no time for that, haha!)- just work and more work.
Glad the mini made for a good gift :)
Dec. 28th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
une petite suggestion
Hi there,
I was wondering if you had heard of a French animated film named "Mia et le Migou". I went and saw it this morning, and I thought it was really beautiful; here's a link to trailers http://www.allocine.fr/video/player_gen_cmedia=18833050&cfilm=109607.html
It might be screened in Québec! Well, someday, maybe... ;) I actually really don't know.
Anyway, I thought you might be interested in it.
Enjoy your holidays in Québec
Dec. 28th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: une petite suggestion
This looks really really nice! Same studio who did "La Prophétie des grenouilles" (nice quality, just very slow). I do hope it plays in Québec, be it a festival or other. Or, it may go straight to DVD. In any case, I do hope to see it. Thanks for the heads up!
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