Wednesday, 16 July 2014

"Charlie & Yip" wins Best Animation at the British Animation Film Festival

Charlie and Yip
My short film "Charlie & Yip", animated by Tumblehead Animation in Denmark, has just won Best Animation at the 2014 British Animation Film Festival. The short was screened on June 8 in London at the Empire Leicester Square, competing with dozens of other shorts in three successive screenings over the course of the day.

The British Animation Film Festival (BAFF) 2014 was held at the suitably opulent Empire Leicester Square in London, a glorious Victorian baroque theatre turned picture palace, originally built in 1884.

Empire Leicester Square. Photo: Wikipedia
Like any short film, Charlie and Yip was a group effort, and a ton of work. A lot of artists put a great deal of hard work into it. Here's a message of thanks from Producer Nathan Erasmus:

"Thank you to the very special people who voted for this. You know who you are. Also congrats to Gravy Media director Alex Williams and his ex-students the very special Tumblehead from Denmark for doing such a fantastic job and earning your votes for best short at the 2014 British Animation Film Festival."

Charlie and Yip was made by Tumblehead Studios in Denmark, founded by the very talented Magnus Moller and Peter Smith, both graduates of the Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, which has for some years been developing a reputation as one of the best animation schools in Europe.

Tumblehead did the final design work, the modeling, texturing, rigging, animation, lighting and rendering (which was done in Arnold). To see more of Tumblead's excellent work, check out their website at

Voice talent was provided by Lizzie Waterworth Santo, an actor with an admirably wide range of vocal skills. The kids in class were voiced by students at the American School in Surrey.

Lizzie Waterworth Santo
We also owe a huge debt of thanks to the West Danish Film Fund, who gave very significant support for the film, enabling us to achieve a very high level of quality.

Sound design was provided by the very talented Vanesa and Dominique at Tate Post in Soho.

Charlie and Yip is really a teaser for my feature film project, My Haunted House, which is being developed at Gravy Media. We're currently in re-writes with writer Tim Lebbon (it's going really well), aiming to take the project to Cartoon Movie early next year, where we will be looking for finance, co-production partners and distribution.

My Haunted House

Meanwhile, where will be a free My Haunted House game at the iTunes store soon, where you can view the short, alongside some free mini games.

You can also see more at our website

Finally, to see the short, click below:

My Haunted House - Teaser from Tumblehead on Vimeo.


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