Anifest 2013 a success!

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The sixth annual Anifest, South East’s only annual animation festival was a great success with over 1,000 people visiting the Canterbury festival to enjoy talks, screenings and workshops from some of the biggest names in animation. 

Anifest invites people of all ages to come and experience the magic of animation and 2013 was the longest festival yet.

Jim Parkyn's Making Shaun the Sheep workshop © Canterbury Anifest

Jim Parkyn’s Making Shaun the Sheep workshop © Canterbury Anifest

Highlights included guest masterclasses and talks from Jim Parkyn at Aardman Animations about Making Shaun the Sheep, Double Negative’s Robin Konieczny (Man of Steel) about Matte Painting, Benedict Lewis (Horrid Henry) about Storyboarding For Animation as well as a comedy evening. 

Dan Richards, Festival Director said:This year Anifest expanded its programme out into Canterbury. It started with a two week exhibit in The Beaney, then continued with a week of screenings at the Gulbenkian and finally a weekend programme including animated comedy and music. It was great to see the people of Canterbury and it’s visitors making, watching and learning about animation from some of the biggest names including Oscar winning Visual Effects Supervisor Mike Fink.”

Here is some of the feedback from the visitors:

‘A great interactive fun event – has inspired us to go home and animate!’ Janet, Canterbury

‘Loved it. Loved the talks. The masterclasses were great. I learnt so much. Inspiring!’ Stephanie, London

‘The best festival I’ve ever been to” Max, aged 7, Canterbury

‘Amazing insight into the world of animation’ Robert, Margate

For more information about Anifest please visit: http://www.canterburyanifest.com/


Was It Something I Said? (2013)

 

Was It Something I Said L-R Micky Flanagan, David Mitchell and Richard Ayoade standing in front of the set

Was It Something I Said L-R Micky Flanagan, David Mitchell and Richard Ayoade © Channel 4

Production company: Maverick Television, That Mitchell & Webb Company

Kent Location: The Maidstone Studios

Was It Something I Said? is a new Channel 4 panel show hosted by David Mitchell where two teams, captained by Richard Ayoade and Micky Flanagan, compete against each other in a battle of wordplay where they must answer questions based on quotations, biographies, tweets, and even their own words, to win.

The show welcomes a guest narrator each week to read quotations, with Brian Blessed, Phil Daniels and Charles Dance taking the narrator reigns throughout the series. It is one of the first shows to incorporate Twitter as a play along companion for the show, as viewers are encouraged to tweet their answers to the show’s account.

The comedy line up features David Mitchell (Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look) as the host, and the two team captains are Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh) and Micky Flanagan (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock the Week) and will also feature panellists ranging from Gabby Logan, Bob Mortimer and Robert Webb.

The series was filmed at The Maidstone Studios, which is the UK’s largest independent High Definition TV studio facility and has previously hosted TV prooductions such as Later…With Jools Holland (2013) and Take Me Out (2010-2013) and Got To Dance (2010).

Don’t miss Was It Something I Said? which starts on Channel 4 on Sunday 13 October 2013 at 22:00.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about The Maidstone Studios please visit:  http://www.maidstonestudios.com/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


The Tunnel (2013)

 

The Tunnel - Clemence Poesy (Elise Wassermann) and Stephen Dillane (Karl Roebuck) standing in the Channel Tunnel

The Tunnel Clemence Poesy (Elise Wassermann) and Stephen Dillane (Karl Roebuck)
© Sky Atlantic/Justin Downing

 

Starring: Stephan Dillane, Clemence Poesy, Keeley Hawes, Liz Smith, David G. Robinson, Angel Coulby, Tobi Bakere, Mathieu Carriere

Production Company: Kudos Film and Television, Shine France

Kent Locations: Channel Tunnel, Folkestone HarbourDiscovery Park, Connaught Barracks, Folkestone, Dover, MargateThe Port of Dover, The Turner Contemporary and many more.      

Inspired by hit Scandinavian drama The Bridge, The Tunnel is a new 10 part Sky Atlantic series set against the backdrop of a European crisis after a French politician is found dead on the border between the UK and France. Detectives from the respective countries are sent to investigate but at the crime scene comes a shocking discovery, forcing the French and British police into an uneasy partnership.  As the serial killer uses ever more elaborate and ingenious methods to highlight the moral bankruptcy of modern society, the detectives are drawn deeper into his increasingly personal agenda.

The series is a Sky Atlantic HD and CANAL+ co-production from Kudos Film and TV and Shine France Films in association with Filmlance and was adapted by an Anglo-French writing team led by Ben Richards (Spooks, Outcasts, Party Animals).

The series stars many famous faces including Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones), Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter series), Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones), Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons), Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes), Liz Smith (The Royal Family), Tobi Bakare (Silent Witness), Jeanne Balibar (The Invisible Woman), Thibault de Montalembert (Days of Glory), Mathieu Carrièrre (High Speed), Angel Coulby (Merlin) and Jack Lowden (Mrs Biggs).

In November 2012, Kent welcomed The Tunnel’s production team who based themselves at Discovery Park in Sandwich.  Filming took place at a variety of East Kent locations between February 2013 and August 2013.

Many prominent Kent locations were used such as the Channel Tunnel, Connaught Barracks, Discovery Park, Folkestone Harbour, The Turner Contemporary, The Port of Dover, Westwood Cross Shopping Centre as well as the towns of Folkestone, Dover and Margate, and the production also made use of the Kent Film Office’s legal powers to close roads for filming.

East Kent has previously provided the back drop for many filming projects such as Dominic Savage’s True Love (2012), Derren Brown’s The Specials: Fear and Faith (2012), World War Z (2013), Ginger and Rosa (2012), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Son of Rambow (2008) and Venus (2007).

Don’t miss the start of The Tunnel which will be start on Wednesday 16th October 2013 on Sky Atlantic at 21:00.

Links

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme: http://skyatlantic.sky.com/shows/the-tunnel

For more information about the various other Kent locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/ 

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


BFI Film Academy comes to Kent!

BFI Film Academy logoDate: 2nd, 16th, 30th November, 7th December, 11th 2013, 18th January 2014

Where: Folkestone and The Maidstone Studios

Price: £25, although the fee could be waived if you cannot pay it

Deadline to apply: 5pm on Thursday 17th October 2013

Are you a Kent based talented filmmaker aged 16-19? Then you must apply to the BFI Film Academy which is being delivered by Screen South in partnership with The Maidstone Studios and aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers.

The academy will be a variety of courses running on the selected Saturdays and will develop your commercial and cultural knowledge and skills in the industry, focusing on a variety of careers from directing to editing, writing to production.

There will be practical filmmaking throughout the course including screenwriting, production and post-production skills as well as meeting of industry professionals, workshops and master classes from leading industry players.  You will also gain a Silver Arts Award – a nationally recognised accreditation, on completion of the course.

To be eligible for the academy, you must be aged 16-19, based in Kent and able to attend all of the dates.

For more information and to fill out an application form visit the Screen South website: http://screensouth.org/newsarticle.aspx?newsid=2456 but make sure you apply by 5pm on Thursday 17th October 2013!


DIY SOS: The Big Build (2013)

The DIY SOS team - Mark Millar, Nick Knowles, Gabrielle Blackman, Billy Byrne, Julian Perryman, Chris Frediani © BBC

DIY SOS – Mark Millar, Nick Knowles, Gabrielle Blackman, Billy Byrne, Julian Perryman, Chris Frediani © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Maidstone

DIY SOS: The Big Build is the popular BBC show where the team take on large scale renovation projects to help families in need of expansion, including everything from extensions and conversions to full scale re-models.

Now in its twenty third series, Nick Knowles and his team visit the Morris family in Maidstone to help transform their house. The family are in desperate need of house renovations after royal engineer and paratrooper Mo was given a medical discharge due to damage to his knees and can no longer walk unaided. In constant pain and with Mo relying on others to help him get around the house, the DIY SOS team are on hand to assemble friends, family and local trades, transforming the house and giving Mo his independence back and taking the pressure off the whole family.

Maidstone is the county town of Kent and has thriving shopping areas and parks and nearby stunning countryside and attractions such as Kent Life and Leeds Castle. It is also home to the Maidstone Studios, the UK’s largest independent High Definition TV studio facility which has hosted filming for TV production such as Later…With Jools Holland (2013), Take Me Out (2010 – 2013) and The Biggest Loser (2012).

Don’t miss the Maidstone episode of DIY SOS: The Big Build which will be shown on Tuesday 15th October 2013 at 21:00 on BBC One.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006pnjk

For more information about Maidstone: http://www.visitmaidstone.com/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


Everyone’s Going To Die (2013)

 

Everyone's Going to Die Movie - an animated man and woman

Everyone’s Going to Die Movie Poster

Director: Jones

Starring: Nora Tschirner, Rob Knighton

Production Companies: Bobo Kaminski, Everyone’s Going To Die, Jones Film

Kent Location Used: Folkestone – various streets, Rotunda and Sunny Sands beaches, St.Mary’s and St Eanswythe Church, St. Peter’s Primary School, Georges House Gallery in the Old High Street, The Quarterhouse, The Leas as well as various shops and cafes. Folkestone Harbour, Dymchurch Amusements, The Grand, The Warren Country Park

Everyone’s Going To Die is a film set in a fictional English seaside town and centres around Melanie( Nora Tschirner), whose life is going nowhere. When a mysterious man, Ray (Rob Knighton), comes into town, she sees an opportunity to save herself. Attempting to leave their pasts behind and move on, the pair endeavours to change their lives for the better.

The films tagline is “A man whose life is falling apart meets a girl whose life can’t get started”.

Collective Jones directs the film and Nora Tschirner (Sternenfanger, Kebab Connection) stars as Melanie with Rob Knighton (Anti-Social, All Things to All Men) playing Ray.

The production shot the film on location in and around Folkestone including various streets, Rotunda and Sunny Sands beaches, St.Mary’s and St Eanswythe Church, St. Peter’s Primary School, Georges House Gallery in the Old High Street, The Quarterhouse, The Leas, as well as various shops and cafes.

Everyone's Going to Die Screenshot -a harbour with two people standing on the harbour arm

Everyone’s Going to Die Screenshot at Folkestone Harbour Arm

Everyone's Going to Die Screenshot - the backl of a mans head at the old railway at Folkestone Harbour

Everyone’s Going to Die Screenshot at the old railway at Folkestone Harbour

Everyone's Going to Die Screenshot - Melanie (Nora Tschirner) and Ray (Rob Knighton) at the beach

Everyone’s Going to Die Screenshot – Melanie (Nora Tschirner) and Ray (Rob Knighton) at the beach

Additional locations include Folkestone Harbour where the old railway station and harbour arm features as one of the locations where Melanie and Ray meet up. The Grand was the hotel that Ray stays at, Dymchurch Amusements was used for the scenes where Melanie bumps into Ray and the beach at The Warren Country Park was used for some of the beach scenes where Melanie and Ray join Laura (Madeline Duggan) and her friends.

Folkestone is a town in the district of Shepway and boasts a beach, harbour, quaint streets, many studios and galleries at the Creative Quarter and The Leas whose mile-long cliff-top promenade of offers sea views to France. Folkestone has been used as a location for filming by productions such as The Tunnel (2013), Is Anybody There? (2009) and Mud Men (2012).

Everyone’s Going To Die was released at film festivals in 2013 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2091295/

For more information about filming locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/6438

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


Downton Abbey (2013)

Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates and Di Botcher as Nanny West holding Baby George

Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Baby George and Di Botcher as Nanny West © ITV

Starring: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Brendan Coyle, Elizabeth Mcgovern

Production Company:

Production company: ITV Studios, Carnival Films, Masterpiece, NBC Universal, WGBH Boston

Kent Locations:  The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Downton Abbey is the smash-hit ITV drama series about those who live in the grand Downton Abbey. The noble Crawley family and their servants both struggle through family difficulties and deal with the social and political influences on their lives.

Jim Carter as Carson - waiting on the Crawley family

Jim Carter as Carson © ITV

Following on from the dramatic Christmas 2012 episode, the fourth series sees the family struggling to deal with tragedy, but when Lady Mary’s gives birth to a new generation bringing joy and hope, the family take a step into the Roaring Twenties. 

The ever popular series is created by Julian Fellowes (Vanity Fair, ITV’s Titanic) and boasts a spectacular cast of award winning actors, including Maggie Smith (Room with a View, Gosford Park), Hugh Bonneville (Tomorrow Never Dies, Notting Hill), Michelle Dockery (Anna Karenina, Hanna), Brendan Coyle (The Raven, The Jacket), and Elizabeth McGovern (Once Upon a Time In America, The Handmaid’s Tale).

The Downton Abbey team visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham in February 2013 where they used the Tarred Yarn Store to double as the workhouse where Mr Grigg (Nicky Henson) works in episode 1 and in episode 2, streets at The Historic Dockyard Chatham were used for the scenes where Lady Rose MacClare (Lily James) is at the market with James Kent (Ed Speleers) watching her.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location due to its varied and interesting areas such as the cobbled streets, church and over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian periods. Previous productions that have shot here include Les Miserables (2013), Call the Midwife (2012), and The Golden Compass (2007).

Series 4 of Downton Abbey was shown from September 2013 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links:

For information about filming in Kent: filmoffice@kent.co.uk

For more information about the programme: http://www.itv.com/downtonabbey/

For more information on the The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


Rush (2013)

 

Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt posing with some ladies at a F1 racetrack

Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt © Rush Films Limited

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Peter Morgan

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer, Alexandra Maria Lara

Production company: Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Working Title Films, Imagine Entertainment, Revolution Films

Kent Filming Locations: Brands Hatch

Rush is an action-drama biopic about the 1970’s Formula 1 rivalry between charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda whose glamorous fast paced lifestyles and jobs as racing drivers push them to breaking point.

Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda sitting in F1 race cars

Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda © Rush Films Limited

Rush has an award winning team behind it, with director Ron Howard (Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13) and writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) having both previously won 2 Oscars. 

The film stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers), Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Bastards, The Bourne Ultimatum), Olivia Wilde (The O.C, TRON:Uprising), Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader) and Natalie Dormer (Captain America, Game of Thrones).

The Rush production team visited Brands Hatch for 2 days in March 2012 and a further 2 days in May 2012 where it doubled as race tracks in Nurburgring, Monza and Firano.  The Brands Hatch  hospitality suite was used to set the fateful driver’s meeting where James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) swayed the drivers to race despite the dangerous weather conditions.

Brands Hatch, is in Swanley in the Sevenoaks district of Kent and is a popular race track that was used for the Road Cycling events of the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Don’t miss Rush was released in cinemas on Friday 13 September 2013 and is now available to buy on DVD. 

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the film: http://www.rushmovie.com/

For more information about Brands Hatch: http://www.brandshatch.co.uk/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


Halloween Film Workshop in Kent for 8-14 year olds!

 

Zombie Flyer

Zombie Flyer

Date: 31st October

Where: The Coniston Hotel, Sittingbourne

Price: £75

Do you know a youngster aged 8-14 who has a passion for film, acting and special effects make-up? If so, this workshop is for them! Ravensbridge are running a Halloween themed day in Sittingbourne where children and teenagers can act and be involved in the production process of making a film.

The day will see professional actors giving tutorials, special effects make-up artists talking about their role in the film industry whilst transforming the actors into their characters and tutorials from camera crews, sound and lighting engineers, and the post-production team.

Tickets cost £75 and there is a 10% discount when booking 2 or more places. 

Ravensbridge are a Kent based production company and photography studio who are passionate about supporting young people with an interest in film to get valuable experience and insight into the film industry.  

For more information or to book a place, please contact: enquiry@ravensbridge.com or call 07961 177 013


Animation fans, get your Anifest tickets now!

Anifest logoDates: 30th September – 5th October 2013

Location: Canterbury

Anifest is the only animation festival that takes place annually in the South East, showcasing well known animators and their creations to visitors, and allowing them to get involved themselves! This year is the biggest line up, so get your tickets now.

The festival offers screenings, talks, master classes and events that will appeal to people of all types and ages, whether you’re part of a family group with children, an aspiring filmmaker yourself or an industry expert.

Now in its sixth year, 2013 is the longest festival yet, running for 6 days from 30th September – 5th October. 

Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep © Aardman Animations

The masterclasses are from Jim Parkyn at Aardman Animations about Making Shaun the Sheep, Double Negative’s Robin Konieczny (Man of Steel) about Matte Painting, Benedict Lewis (Horrid Henry) about Storyboarding For Animation. 

This year, the organisers of Anifest, Animate and Create Studios, will also be hosting a free exhibition at Canterbury’s Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, where you can find out how animations are produced and even contribute to an animated film about The Beaney.

So book your tickets now to experience the magic of animation!

To find out more about Canterbury Anifest please visit: http://www.canterburyanifest.com/