Ian Lumsden UK Animation Blog – In Praise of Barack Obama

I like reading blogs as much as writing one myself. In fact I often neglect mine in favour of reading others. So, imagine how great it felt when I checked in on fellow Brit, Ian Lumsden’s, intricate animation blog and found our piece, TODAY, there – In Praise of Barack Obama. Here’s an excerpt from what Ian had to say.

“It seems appropriate on a grey day here when such little light as exists is cast by events across the Atlantic. The words resonate with hope and the CGI piece is beautifully crafted by the design team, co-founders, Jerry van de Beek and Betsy de Fries. Quintessentially American rural landscape on a perfect Spring day, butterflies, canary let out of its cage, splinters of light, flowers and a young couple squinting in the bright sunlight: the piece unfolds and matches the rich voice of the narrator and lyrical beauty of the poem. Lovely and uplifting.”

Thanks Ian for discovering our work and pairing us with this breathtaking moment in history.

Check out Ian Lumsden’s wonderful blog and even more wonderfully animated films at: http://www.animationblog.org/

Little Fluffy Clouds wins a Silver Creativity Award for TODAY

The colorful studio’s short, TODAY, commissioned by Sundance for their Billy Collins Action Poetry series, has won a silver Creativity Award in the Consumer TV category. With more than 2700 entries from 37 countries, judges declared that:

“The winning entries stand out because of their ambition, strong communication, and excellent design.”

The 400-page Creativity Awards Annual, is a veritable bible of excellent design and is published by Harper and Collins.

This Sundance Channel promotional film, commissioned in association with JWT NYC, was directed by Little Fluffy Clouds’ creative team, Jerry van de Beek and Betsy de Fries. The film is an animated poem and is written by US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. The poem is from his Nine Horses collection. Mr. Collins narrates the animation.

Anima Mundi chooses Little Fluffy Clouds TODAY

Translated from the Portuguese and literally meaning, Soul of the World, Anima Mundi, is South America’s largest and most vibrant international animation festival. For more than two decades the truly wonderful organizers of this popular event have brought cartoons and animations, that appeal to both adults and children alike, to the screens of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

More than just a festival, Anima Mundi, is a truly unique event that attracts over 100,000 people to see the best of films and videos from around the world. Anima Mundi offers courses throughout the year, with free animation workshops, lectures, special exhibitions and an internet-based competition during the run of the festival.

TODAY, a Sundance Channel promotional film commissioned in association with JWT/NYC as part of their, Billy Collins Animated Poetry series, was directed by Little Fluffy Clouds creative team, Jerry van de Beek and Betsy de Fries. The film is an animation of the poem written by US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, who narrates the piece.

www.animamundi.com

Oooh la la! Annecy picks Little Fluffy Clouds TODAY.

Today

Famous as one of the most beautiful locations in all of France, and home of the most prestigious of all European film festivals, Annecy, has selected Little Fluffy CloudsTODAY – for competition.

The Sundance Channel promotional film, commissioned in association with JWT NYC as part of their, Billy Collins Animated Poetry series, was directed by the Little Fluffy Clouds creative team of, Jerry van de Beek and Betsy de Fries. TODAY was chosen from among almost 2000 films entered from 63 participating countries.

The poem of the animated film is taken from the Nine Horses collection written by US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, who narrates the piece. TODAY appears in official competition with 19 other advertising or promotional films. In total 225 films will be shown at this week long MIFA and festival on the lake, running through June.

 

Kalamazoo Festival chooses LFC’s – TODAY

Today

The Kalamazoo Animation Festival International is the premiere animation festival of the mid-west. Among the top twenty of all animation festivals their aim is to encourage and showcase animation artists and to bring Kalamazoo into national focus as an animation locale.

TODAY, a Sundance Channel promotional film commissioned in association with JWT/NYC as part of their, Billy Collins Animated Poetry series, was directed by the Little Fluffy Clouds creative team of, Jerry van de Beek and Betsy de Fries. The film is an animated poem written by US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, who narrates the piece.

This year’s KAFI will be the biggest and most well supported yet so, TODAY, will find itself in the company of many animation luminaries worldwide.