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You’ve forgotten the key, and now you’ll have to go all the way back down to reception for it

Posted by Ian Mackinnon at 22:44, September 23rd, 2005

A convivial welcome to the revived Animocity website.

Consider this an abstract, digital, parallel space to the scruffy animation studio on the fourth floor of the Royal College of Art Darwin Building. Please make yourself as comfortable as you can on one of the office chairs with lumbar-region defects of varying severity. Take some tea, a coffee. Help yourself to some of Tim’s milk; it was still fluid last time we checked.

Here you are in the company of comrades, collaborators, confidantes. So come on in. Embrace your new home. Just don’t use my mug.

Squawking Heads

Posted by Ian Mackinnon at 0:09, September 23rd, 2005

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Here are two films that Meg and I made for MTV this summer. They were begun in June in a cloud of infectious naïveté, and finished in August on a tube train between Embankment and Westminster.

Will kindly came on board for Canaries, delivering his début acting role. I do not exaggerate when I say that it is his most moving performance to date. We shot ninety percent of the film in one continuous, relentless 20-hour camera marathon, stole a few hours sleep, and then canned the remaining shots in another 4 hours.

The technique required holding one’s pose for hours on end while your stick-on facial features were roughly tampered with by a colleague. After some practice we developed such expertise at this task that it was possible to grab forty winks between frames without moving a muscle. Covent Garden beckons.