Polls Are Now Open!

Hey everyone! The polls are now open for the REEL 13 contest at WNET 13 in New York! If “The Girl and the Fox” can accrue the most votes by the end of this week, we’ll be broadcast on Saturday night! Help us won’t you? It only takes a literal three seconds of your time. Go vote right now!

Help “The Girl and the Fox” Get On TV!

“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!


“Rain Dance” Teaser Online

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.


Short of the Week and Other Blogosphere Hits

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.”

Forbidden Planet
“…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?”

The Curious Brain

Parka Blogs


Arte y Animación

Cold Hard Flash


Dooby Brain

Update: I almost forgot, we were also featured on the central hub of Vimeo itself, as part of the Vimeo Staff picks. Thanks Vimeo!

‘The Girl and the Fox’ Launches Online

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.

T-Minus 24 Hours and Counting…

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:

That’s all for now! Check back on Monday bright and early for the big premiere!!!

Tutorial: Painting Hand-Draw Animation

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.

» Download the tutorial files right here

Also, don’t forget about our online premiere on June 4th! Join our Facebook event page or follow us on Twitter, and help spread the word!