Short Film: EXPEND, 3min., USA, Sci-Fi/Animation

 

Aced9d4e0c posterA stop-motion film about a man’s endless hunt for elusive energy sources in a decaying world.

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  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 7, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital SLR
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
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ANIMATION Festival Testimonial – June 24, 2018

I did not know what to expect, this has been an absolute wonderful experience , the team offered me wonderful insight into my story that I feel has helped Maire tell her story .

From MAIRE’S JOURNEY, by Keith Famie

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

The journey follows Maire, a 23-year-old cancer patient, as she battles a rare heart cancer. Maire faces end of life issues and questions about where we go when we die. She befriends a blind carpenter who crafts her a small 3 ft wooden sail boat for her remains to go on a extraordinary journey in hope she will reach the ocean.

CAST LIST:

George: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Maire: Rachel Rain Packota
Monika: Lesley Ballantyne

Director BIO: Santiago Castano (MORFRUSIS)

Director Biography – Santiago Castaño

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Santiago​ ​Castaño​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​in​ ​Bogotá,​ ​Colombia.​ ​He​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​New​ ​York​ ​in​ ​2003​ ​after​ ​being awarded​ ​a​ ​grant​ ​for​ ​a​ ​masters​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​computer​ ​animation​ ​at​ ​The​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Visual​ ​Arts. This​ ​provided​ ​work​ ​opportunities​ ​that​ ​include​ ​creative​ ​direction,​ ​3d​ ​animation​ ​and storyboard​ ​design​ ​for​ ​clients​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Cannon,​ ​Sundance​ ​Channel,​ ​ESPN,​ ​Nicktoons,​ ​Lifetime, Versus,​ ​CBS,​ ​TV​ ​Land,​ ​Mercury​ ​Ford,​ ​Sprint,​ ​AT&T,​ ​MLB​ ​Networks,​ ​the​ ​video​ ​game​ ​God​ ​of War​ ​amongst​ ​others.​ ​In​ ​2013​ ​Santiago​ ​was​ ​awarded​ ​a​ ​Graphic​ ​Designer​ ​Emmy​ ​for​ ​for​ ​the show​ ​package​ ​MLB​ ​Tonight.​ ​in​ ​2014​ ​he​ ​was​ ​nominated​ ​for​ ​a​ ​second​ ​Emmy​ ​for​ ​his​ ​MLB Network’s​ ​promo:​ ​Monuments​ ​were​ ​he​ ​was​ ​creative​ ​director.​ ​In​ ​2017​ ​Santiago​ ​founded Lenticular​ ​Pictures​ ​with​ ​the​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​producing​ ​original​ ​animated​ ​content.​ ​He​ ​currently lives​ ​and​ ​works​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York​ ​City.

Short Film: WHEN COMES THE RAIN, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy

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The local birdbath is empty, and the hot sun won’t let up. An ambitious bird gathers his flock to bring the rain down upon them. But how far will he go to get what he wants?

Project Links

December 2017 ANIMATION Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Animation Story to the Festival Today: https://feedbackanimationfestival.com

 

festival posterIN A HEARTBEAT, 4min., USA, LGBT/Animation
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festival posterCONDITIONER, 5min., USA, Animation/Experimental
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festival posterTHE BLUE BUTTERFLY, 5min., China, Animation
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festival posterCHRYSALIS, 7min., Singapore, Animation
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festival posterBARRY THE BLOBFISH, 2min., USA, Animation
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festival posterPINK BUBBLES, 3min., Taiwan, Animation
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festival posterONCE AND DONE, 3min, USA, Animation/Documentary
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festival posterPURRS AND ‘OL MAN BLUES, 2min., Canada, Animation
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festival posterGLORIOUS VICTORY, 2min., USA, Animation 
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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Winning ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay – WEBBED by Robert Drusetta

Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

After their Golden Orb queen is captured, a merry band of spiders must journey across foreign lands to rescue her. She is only member of the spider kingdom that can save them from extinction.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole

Avery: Peter Mark Raphael
Aran: Ryan Yusep
Ronson: Allan Michael Brunet
Nephilia: Angelica Alejandro

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Webbed is about a merry band of spiders, who set out to rescue one of their own, captured by a ruthless arachnologist before she could tell her colony of a vast new land she has found, that would solve their overcrowding problem. Things immediately get complicated when a wimpy spider of the colony tags long with the “Arachnid Alliance”, desperate to prove his worth.

The Alliance use their amazing skills to battle predators, the elements and the arachnologist himself. But in the end, their own rescue, and survival of their colony, all depends on our wimpy spider.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family and adventure

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Webbed is a feel-good story with commercial potential on a global scale. The story is a cinematic adventure that combines classic themes, including finding a new home, a bullying victim finding his strength, as well as addressing human issues such as ethnic diversity, overcrowding, and habitat loss. It educates in a fun, positive way and is wonderfully cinematic, with each colorful battle and escape perfect for the big screen.

A Hot100 selection in the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition 2017, it has been independently, professionally assessed as “wonderfully imaginative and will be entertaining to kids and their adults…And seriously, not enough can be said about how this script makes spiders charming.”

How would you describe this script in two words?

Charming Fun

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

I think it would have to be “Wall-E”.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The idea germinated in my back garden about a year ago as I watched a spider spin an intricate, 3-D (yes, 3-D!) web.

How many stories have you written?

This is my fifth completed feature spec script. I am currently polishing (do we ever stop?) my Capital Screenplay Competition 2017 Family Genre Winner “One More Sleep”, whilst working on a new, single location comedy.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

After watching the Garden Orb spider finish its 3-D web, out of curiosity, I researched what spiders could do. The more I read, the more I thought ‘there’s fantastic material here for a great story’, using their attributes of urtication, ballooning, web design and whirling.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Trying to do my full-time job when creative inspiration strikes – they never seem to be mutually exclusive!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love music, travelling and cross country walking. I find it very therapeutic and nourishment for creative inspiration.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

After weeks of getting professional assessments from the toughest market (US), and then revising, I wanted to target a genre specific festival. I always welcome feedback; and in this instance it was encouraging, insightful and honest. This only makes a story better.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Animation Film Festival – Thursday December 29, 2016 event.

The FAMILY/ANIMATION DECEMBER 2016 FEEDBACK Film Festival was a terrific way to wrap of the successful year we had.

The theme of the festival was “Loss”.

Every films was about someone losing someone or something and their desire to get it back to make them whole again.

NOTE: This was our 2nd Family/Animation festival event. We planned on doing this only once, but because of the huge success we have decided to come back every 3-4 months. The 2nd time out was another great success.

These festivals are always so much fun because their are always lot of kids in the audience. If you watch the feedback videos, you’ll see a lot of kids participating too, as they had a lot of very insightful things to say. It’s always so interesting to hear a kids point of view on any film because they always say things that you never thought of before.

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: I AM DYSLEXIC

Best Performances: STUTTER

Best Animation: SISTERS

Best Music: The music from SISTERS

WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY, 15min, UK, Family/Comedy
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festival posterSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
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festival posterMAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation
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festival posterBIRTH WEAVING LIFE, 6min., Japan, Animation/Documentary
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festival posterI AM DYSLEXIC, 6min. Norway, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterGRANDMA: A TRUE STORY, 5min, UK, Animation/Family
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festival posterPHANTOM CITY, 6min, Canada, Animation/Crime
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festival posterTHE GRAVEYARD SHIFT, 2min, USA, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterCACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama
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festival posterSISTERS, 4min, USA, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterAFRO CRAB, 4min, Taiwan, Animation/Comedy
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