A gazillion years ago, I did a course in writing for short film, led by Lynne Harwood at First Take, and the script that came out of that development process, was Georgie. It’s the story of a bullied little boy who finds his shadow suddenly possessed with a life of it’s own, morphing itself into a much-needed friend and ally. But poor Georgie quickly discovers his new best friend doesn’t like to be ignored, and before he knows it, has to face a whole different kind of bully.
I was lucky enough to have my script selected for production by First Take, and also got the opportunity to direct it too. It was designed and animated by Kate Sellers and produced by Lynne Harwood, with a score by Sam Yates, and sound design by Norbert Weiher.
Kate used 2D cutouts and stop motion to make Georgie, and it has a handcrafted, nostalgic quality that always reminds me of Oliver Postgate.
If you’d like to view the film, you just have to click here.
Georgie gets his debut on Sunday 1st July at CineEast, part of the East End Film Festival! He’s been included in a Whirlykids programme of short films for children, presented by Whirlygig Cinema. He’s alongside some very sweet-looking films, and it’s great the festival has dedicated a space for child-friendly stuff. Fingers crossed, they enjoy it:-)
Short animation Georgie is finally done and dusted. It took a lot of hard work, patience, and biscuits, and in lots of ways I’m sorry we’re finished! Next job now though – submitting it to as many animation festivals as possible. Fingers crossed we’ll be sending Georgie off to start his next big adventure.
Here are some stills from Isobel, which I wrote and co-produced. It’s an animated folk tale about a girl who finds Spring trapped in a well by Winter. Geof Wolfenden directed and co-produced, and we were lucky enough to get some funding from North West Vision as part of their Virgin Media Shorts scheme.
It’s being screened at the Transport Museum during Bury Light Night on 14th Oct and at the Bury Scriptwriter’s Showcase at The Met theatre in Bury on 20th October.
Here are some stills from Georgie, a short animation I’ve written and directed. It’s about a young boy who finds his suddenly independent shadow is also his new best friend and ally. For now.
It’s been patiently handcrafted and animated by Kate Sellers, and produced by First Take in Liverpool. There’s a beautiful score just being finished by Sam Yates, and amazing sound f/x courtesy of Norbert Weiher, who’s working on this remotely all the way in Brazil!