Though no longer hot news, it was this article which initially endeared me to him.
Simultaneously shows how sophisticated and crude some of the most effective techniques are behind the camera.
Co-writer of The Gift Philip Ardagh.
click to read article …
A new recruit to The Gift cause …
Without wanting to get all maudlin about how much better other people’s work always seems, Grant’s stuff is always, without exception, amazing. His work’s beautifully and sparingly designed, light on its toes in terms of pacing, genuinely funny, and never fails to surprise…. a quality that’s often super hard to pull off, but which he does so with annoying regularity.
The trailer below is really nicely put together. With overlaying techniques that don’t surface in the full length version, and a tone that’s largely unrepresentative of the film itself, it pretty much works as a stand alone piece. After the break below I’ve also included links to a couple of his other clips.
With the likes of Grant and David O’Reilly chomping at the bit, imagine what British animation could be like if these guys were given features and decent funding, instead of awful awful awful awful crap like “Valiant”, for which I refuse to even provide an IMDB link.
Fortunately for us all, despite his prodigious talent, Grant Orchard is also tremendously ugly and rather tedious company.
Turns out some rich kids are >> alright.
John Landis is absolutely fucking brilliant.
Interview below … (courtesy of Aintitcool)
Attended the LFF screening of Peter Mullans ‘NEDS’ this evening after a pint with Davie McKay and a very hairy Mullan (”The Albino Taliban”). Great, great film thats very sensitively put together with his typically brave and unpredictable fantastical flourishes, and with an amazing performance by the lead who has to deal with some seriously mental scenarios that hopefully won’t be *spoilered* before you see it. (ie – don’t read the Time Out review)
Mr Mullan himself provides a nasty turn, plus cameos by both Davie And Gary Lewis of *ahem* ‘The Gift’ fame.
Mullan’s a British director to be cherished, making a run of highly individual, passionate films that confound the genre they’ll inevitably be labelled with (‘social realism’ isn’t best known for humour and surrealism) as well as making their money back and more. He’s a far better and braver director than others covering similar turf to far more acclaim.
It’s released January 2011, go see …
Many thanks to Mr Thomson at Sector 4 for this rather bootiful bit of artwork.
Andrew’s of Preston stock and definitely one to watch, while his artwork’s intended for use in the eventual PR packaging for ‘The Gift’.