“The Girl and the Fox” could be heading to television! With your help, of course. The PBS Station WNET 13 in New York hosts a short film block called REEL 13 on their website, where three new short films are featured each week. If “Girl and the Fox” can get the most votes between Sat. July 21st and Wed. July 25th, we’ll be broadcast on the most-watched public television station in the nation!
We’ll post to Twitter and Facebook when the polls open, sure be sure you’re following us! Let’s bring TGTF to the airwaves!
So I completely forgot to mention this in the midst of the online launch of “The Girl and the Fox”, but we also have uploaded the first public teaser for our next film “Rain Dance”! If you didn’t see the previous post, the film is a comedy about a shaman who must confront a mischievous baby with mystical powers. I promise you, it’s a real hoot. We’re still working through post-production, which includes some great musical scoring by professional composer Kyle Newmaster, but the film should be completely done by this Fall, just in time for a 2013 festival run.
It’s been a good three days for “The Girl and the Fox”. We’ve been featured on a boatload more blogs and websites, including The Curious Brain, Film School Rejects, i09, and one of my very favorites, Short of the Week. The good folks at SotW touched on what really makes TGTF strong:
“…for many animators—especially those behind short films—the medium becomes a celebration of speaking with one’s pictures. Story through action, emotion through motion. So is the case with Base14’s The Girl and the Fox, a lyrical, dialogue-free fairy tale that is as easily accessible as it is deep.”
Here’s a round-up of other blog mentions and my favorite lines from select articles.
“This short, silent fairy tale illustrates the more tender side of the state of nature, and the animation thoroughly evokes a story book come to life.”
Film School Rejects
“Pay close attention to the outstanding lighting design in this animated short from Base14. It’s a combination of exaggeratedly detailed backgrounds and comic-strip-simple characters, but even beyond the beauty, the real joy is the story.”
“I have to admit to being rather surprised to discover that they are based in Los Angeles as to me The Girl and the Fox had a much more European feel to it – perhaps because of the costumes the characters wear – it felt very much like an Old World fable.”
The San Francisco Egotist
“This film has been nominated and awarded all over the place. It won’t take long for you to see why.”
“…the fox turns out to be rather handsome, with a wonderfully bushy tail and she’s not sure she can bring herself to harm him – but if she doesn’t what will happen between human girl and fox?”
Update: I almost forgot, we were also featured on the central hub of Vimeo itself, as part of the Vimeo Staff picks. Thanks Vimeo!
Last night amid a flurry of tweets and status updates, “The Girl and the Fox” went live on Vimeo and Youtube! We’re already off to a great start across the blogosphere, with mentions on Coldhardflash.com and Kuriositas.com. Our next big goal is to get featured on Short of the Week, and you
can help us do that by voting for the film did a great job voting! We made it!
Did you know we’re still showing in theaters, too? It’s true. We’ve got big appearances coming up at the Nantucket Film Festival at the end of this month and the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International in July. In fact, I believe that’s TGTF on the front page! Head on over to girlandthefox.com/festivals for the complete literary.
Thanks again to everyone that helped create, promote and support the film. It means the world to this small studio. We hope we’ll mean something special to the world.
It’s almost here… are you ready? The official online premiere of “The Girl and the Fox” is less than a day away now, and everyone here at Base14 is pretty stoked. Here’s a wrap-up of all the great things that have kept us busy leading up to the premiere:
- We’ve been updating the official “Girl and the Fox” website
- Base14 got a facelift on all its Facebook pages
Base14 Facebook Page
Duck Heart Teslacoil Facebook Page
The Girl and the Fox Facebook Page
Rain Dance Facebook Page
- Our YouTube account has been bustling with new tutorials
Hand-Drawn Animation in Adobe Flash Tutorial
Painting Hand-Drawn Animation in Adobe Flash Tutorial
- We made a Facebook Event for the premiere
TGTF Online Premiere Event
- This picture exists
That’s all for now! Check back on Monday bright and early for the big premiere!!!
Here’s the second installment of our “making of” tutorial series for “The Girl and the Fox.” Since I covered hand-drawn animation last week, it seemed logical to show the next step in the process: how we paint the finished animation. This step was typically handled by an entirely separate team from the animators, and is much more focused on quality of line than quality of motion. The video also shows the unique methods we used to get the “contourless” style seen throughout the film. It’s a very specific technique that’s custom-tailored to Adobe Flash, and works surprisingly well.