Lupus Films has presented the Best Animator Award at the UK’s only female film-making festival – the Underwire Festival 2017 – to recent Kingston University graduate Jennifer Zheng for her BAFTA-nominated short film Tough.
Tough is a hand-drawn animated conversation between a Chinese mother and her British-born daughter, speaking for the first time as adults about childhood misconceptions. Lupus Films’ founders Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding described the film as “beautiful and uncluttered”, commending it for its effective use of “highly stylised animation to convey a mother’s experience of growing up in difficult times”. As the prizewinner, Jennifer Zheng will now have the chance to spend time at the Lupus Films studios and to be mentored by one of the female leads at the studio.
Lupus Films’ Camilla Deakin said: “Traditionally female directors tend to be under-represented in the animation industry and we are delighted to support the Underwire Festival and pass on the benefit of our experience to this great new talent.”
Underwire is the UK’s only film festival celebrating female film-making talent across the crafts. It was founded in 2010 by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell to address gender imbalance in film and change the industry from the inside out. The festival has awarded training and mentoring opportunities to over 50 filmmakers, and has screened over 300 films.
Find the full list of winners, here: http://www.underwirefestival.com/underwire-2017-winners/
We are delighted to announce that We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has been nominated for a Children’s BAFTA Award for ‘Best TV Animation’! The awards are among the UK’s highest accolades for children’s TV and film so it’s a great honour to be nominated.
The film will be up against ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’, ‘Revolting Rhymes’ and ‘Shaun the Sheep’ at the awards ceremony which takes place on Sunday 26 November.
We’d like to congratulate everybody involved in the making the film.We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was produced for Channel 4 by Ruth Fielding and Camilla Deakin for Lupus Films, with Helen McAleer and Julia Posen as Executive Producers for Walker Productions, and Norton Herrick as Executive Producer for Herrick Entertainment. Joanna Harrison and Robin Shaw were the co-directors. The film was produced with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union and UPHE
It’s with much excitement that we can announce that Ethel & Ernest has been selected in competition for best ‘European Animated Feature Film’ at the 30th edition of the European Film Awards.
The awards are a major event in the European filmmaking calendar and honour the greatest achievements in European cinema. The film will be up against ‘Loving Vincent’, ‘Louise en Hiver’ and ‘Zombillénium’. Past winners of ‘European Animated Feature Film‘ have included ‘My Life as a Courgette’ (2016), ‘Song of the Sea’ (2015) and ‘The Art of Happiness’ (2014).
The winners will be chosen by the 3,000 EFA members and will be announced at an award ceremony taking place on the 9th of December in Berlin.
The nomination is testimony to all of the wonderful talented people who worked on the film and is another excuse to thank everyone who worked on the film, including our co-producers and financiers Melusine Productions, Cloth Cat Animation, BFI, BBC, UPHE Content Group, Film Fund Luxembourg, Ffilm Cymru Wales and the Welsh Government.
Cue a collective crossing of fingers!
Find more information at: http://www.europeanfilmawards.
¡Qué fantástico! We’re thrilled that Ethel & Ernest has taken home its second prize from a South American film festival. Following a win at Brazilian festival Anima Mundi in July this year, Ethel & Ernest has been awarded ‘Best Feature Animation’ at the Córdoba International Animation Festival, the main animation event in Argentina.
A big thank you goes to the judges, who praised the film for ‘the simplicity of the story and the characterization of fond characters who, through small gestures, let us glimpse the conflicts of the British society from the decades that it describes.’
We are bee-yond excited to announce that Lupus Films’ animated pre-school series The Hive has picked up the Best Pre-School Series award at the prestigious Fan Chile Festival Audiovisual para Niños in South America. Voted for by children themselves, the awards celebrate tv and cinema content for children from all over the world, with over 50 productions taking part and thousands of children voting from all regions across Chile. The Hive: Halloween Special came top in the Pre-school category, alongside Chilean production Lyn Y Babas. Congratulations to all involved with the show.
We are thrilled to announce that Stuart Hancock’s beautiful score for ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ has won Best Short Film score at the 12th edition of the illustrious Jerry Goldsmith Awards in Malaga.
Named after the celebrated American composer behind the music for ‘Star Trek’, ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Logan’s Run’, the Jerry Goldsmith awards recognise on an international scale, the work of composers in the audiovisual sector.
“Stuart was a pleasure to work with and we’re delighted to see his work celebrated in this way,” said producer Ruth Fielding. “The soundtrack was the perfect accompaniment to the hand-drawn animation in Bear Hunt – conveying the carefree fun of squelching through the mud and splashing through rivers, the trepidation of travelling through the dark, gloomy forest, and the poignancy of the bear returning to the cave alone.”
The soundtrack is available to download on Spotify and iTunes and to buy on CD.
Ethel & Ernest has been selected for the AniFilm festival held in Třeboň, Czech Republic from the 2nd-7th May. The film will appear in the feature-length films for grown-ups category.
Find out more at: http://www.anifilm.cz/en/festival/films-in-competition/
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has seen off stiff competition from The Night Manager and Mog’s Christmas Calamity to win the Book to TV category of the inaugural Creativity Across Media: Entertainment & Originality (CAMEO) Awards.
Announced last night at a special ceremony at Soho House, London, the CAMEOS are a collaboration between London Book and Screen Week and the Publishers Association to recognise the integral role books play within the creative industries as an inspiration for plays, film, TV and games. The award was presented by David Nicholls, the award-winning author of One Day and Starter For Ten.
Picking up the award on behalf of Lupus Films, producer Ruth Fielding said: “We are thrilled that We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has won this prestigious new award. The film was a labour of love for the production team that brought Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s wonderful work to life and this is a tribute to their hard work and talent”.
Walker Productions’ Julia Posen said: “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt only aired for the first time at Christmas and yet in that short space of time has gained a legion of fans and had so much positive feedback from children, parents and critics alike. We are all incredibly proud to receive this award, a wonderful acknowledgement of a much-loved picture-book story brought beautifully to life on a new creative platform”.
About Lupus Films
Lupus Films is one of the UK’s foremost producers of high quality films and TV series for children and families, set up by Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding in 2002. They have worked with all leading UK broadcasters and are known internationally for beautifully crafted animation and stylish film adaptations of classic children’s literature.
About Walker Productions
Walker Productions is part of the vibrant, international Walker Books Group that includes Walker Books UK, Candlewick Press in America and Walker Books Australia. Walker Productions develops Walker content for other media platforms with current on-air projects including Henry Hugglemonster for Disney Junior, CBeebies’ Tilly and Friends, CITV’s Fleabag Monkeyface and Hank Zipzer for CBBC.
Wow! Not just one but two Lupus Films productions have been selected for this year’s prestigious Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, which will take place from the 2nd- 7th of May.
One of the most important events in the animation calendar, the festival was attended last year by over 80,000 visitors.
‘Ethel and Ernest’ will feature in the AniMovie competition for best animated feature films, while ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ has been selected in the Tricks for Kids competition.
Joint-managing directors Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding have also been invited to lead two workshops as part of the festival programme. In the first workshop, Camilla will guide people through the hand-drawn animation techniques used by Lupus Films. In the second, Ruth will take them behind-the-scenes at Lupus Films as part of the festival’s ‘Meet the Studios’ event.
Tickets are now available at: http://www.itfs.de/tickets/
Happy World Book Day 2017 !
We had a great time last year working with some of the UK’s leading authors and illustrators to turn their well-loved classics into beautiful animated films. To celebrate World Book Day 2017, here’s a bit more about the process involved:
Ethel and Ernest, Raymond Briggs
Based on Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel, Ethel & Ernest depicts the story of the author’s parents’ relationship, set against a backdrop of immense social change. The book won Best Illustrated Book of the Year at the 1999 British Book Awards and is considered by many to be his masterpiece and by Briggs himself to be his greatest achievement (Guardian, 2007). It is so close to Raymond’s heart that he was initially reluctant to give up the filming rights. With this in mind the producers, Lupus Films, felt a huge responsibility to do the story and characters justice.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
First published in 1985, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ is a family favourite that has sold over 9 million copies worldwide. Children around the world are able to recite Michael Rosen’s catchy refrains off by heart. While Helen Oxenbury’s atmospheric illustrations continue to immerse readers as they follow the characters through swirling, whirling snowstorms and dark, gloomy forests in search of bears. The book was even the subject of a Guinness World Record for “Largest Reading Lesson” in 2014, with a book-reading attended by 1,500 children, and an additional 30,000 listeners online.
Last Christmas, working in collaboration with Channel 4 and Walker Productions, we brought this classic picture book to screen, where it was watched by over 8 million people becoming Channel 4’s most watched programme for the past four years. The hand-drawn 24 minute animated film featured voice talent Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams, music from George Ezra and 100,364 drawings and 288 painted backgrounds.
Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury were involved throughout the entire production process, both the narrative and visual aspects of development, with Michael joining the voice talent as Bear (and the hedgehog!).
We’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction to Ethel & Ernest which has been watched by an incredible 4.7m viewers since it broadcast on BBC 1 on the 28th of December. It was watched by 3.9 million viewers on the night it was broadcast alone, 20.8% of the audience share.
The film continues to receive a glowing reception from journalists and across social media. By the time it had drawn to a close on BBC1 #EthelAndErnest was trending at No. 1 on Twitter and there were even calls from viewers for it to win a BAFTA and an Oscar!
A massive thank you to everyone who tuned in and for all of the wonderful reviews.
If you missed it when it went out on TV, the DVD is now on sale. You can also learn more about the cast and crew and find great teaching resources on the Ethel & Ernest website, from tutorials in creating a 2D animation to learning about the history of World War 2.
What a start to the year! Channel 4 have announced We’re Going on a Bear Hunt as their highest rated programme of 2016. 6.7 million viewers tuned in on Christmas Eve, a 23.5% share of the audience and a further 1.4 million watched on the Christmas Day.
Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt said: “It’s wonderful that so many families enjoyed Channel 4’s magical animation of a true children’s classic. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was a real Christmas treat.”
We’ve been overwhelmed by the reception so far.
The Bear Hunt soundtrack featuring George Ezra’s specially composed song ‘Me and You’ along with Stuart Hancock’s beautiful score is now available to download at: http://smarturl.it/bearhunt_rt.
The DVD of the film will go on general release on 6th February 2017 and is available to pre-order at: http://amzn.to/2hQLNCo
We’re Going On a Bear Hunt is a Lupus Films Production in association with Bear Hunt Films, Walker Productions and Herrick Entertainment for Channel 4 Television Corporation
With the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union
We are delighted to announce that acclaimed British singer-songwriter George Ezra has written and recorded the theme song for Lupus Films’ much anticipated adaptation for Channel 4 of the classic storybook We’re Going On A Bear Hunt for Christmas this year. The 23-year-old, whose debut album Wanted On Voyage was one of the UK’s best-selling of 2014, has penned a distinctive song called Me & You for the film’s soundtrack. Me & You marks the first time that George has composed a bespoke song for film or television.
Speaking at Abbey Road Studios, where the film’s score was recorded, George Ezra said: “Growing up this story was one of my absolute favourites and my mum read it to all of us for many years. In fact she still reads it to her class at school. But this animation is so much more than just a Bear Hunt and I cannot wait for everybody to see it this Christmas. Ho Ho Ho.”
The original score for We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is composed and conducted by the multi-award-winning Stuart Hancock (Atlantis, Crazyhead) and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with City of London Sinfonia. The 53-piece orchestra was joined by 50 young singers from the London Youth Choir.
Stuart Hancock, composer, said: “It’s been a real thrill to create the music score for We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, and I’ve loved helping tell its story and capture all the new emotions that the animators have brought to it. Recording with City of London Sinfonia and London Youth Choir has been a blast and I can’t wait for the world to see this at Christmas!”
Lupus Films’ co-founder and producer Ruth Fielding said: “Once again I am delighted that we have attracted world class British talent to work with us here at Lupus on this wonderful animated film. George’s and Stuart’s work just adds to the festive magic of Bear Hunt and gives us another reason to count the days until Christmas!”
The official We’re Going On A Bear Hunt soundtrack featuring George Ezra’s Me & You will be available from Friday, 23rd December.
With the cold and cosy winter months approaching, it’s the perfect time of year to relive the magic of The Snowman & The Snowdog.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Snowman’s first ever broadcast, Arts University Bournemouth will be home to Reanimating the Snowman, a pop-up exhibition of never-before-seen archives of the beloved children’s classic.
Curated by Skwigly’s Steve Henderson, the exhibition explores the journey through animation with original artwork, cels and pre-production material from The Snowman and Lupus Films’ 2012 sequel The Snowman & The Snowdog. Reanimating the Snowman will run from 14th November 2016 until 14th January 2017.
During that time, Foyle’s bookshop will be holding a special children’s screening of The Snowman & The Snowdog at their flagship store in Charing Cross, London on Sunday 11th December 2016. With an afternoon of Christmas themed activities and workshops, we can’t think of a better way to get you and the little ones in the Christmas spirit.
Visit the official website at www.ethelandernestthemovie.com to watch behind-the-scenes videos, meet the cast & crew, look up cinema listings and to find out more about the heartwarming story of Raymond Briggs’ parents.
We’re delighted to announce that Lupus Films, Walker Productions and Union Media have sold We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to leading French broadcaster Canal+ and its pre-school channel Piwi+.
Lupus Films’ very own Camilla Deakin has been selected to join 24 other film makers from around the globe to take part in a special Producers Lab for emerging feature film producers at the Toronto Film Festival. Camilla will be invited to pitch feature films that Lupus currently has in development and take part in various sessions on funding and co-production possibilities, networking events and one to one meetings.
Now in its seventh year, the initiative is run by European Film Promotion in collaboration with Ontario Media Development Corporation and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and will take place from September 6-9 at this year’s TIFF. The successful networking platform has facilitated the development of several trans-Atlantic co-productions, such as the Canadian-Irish co-production Unless by Irish director Alan Gilsenan, which was originally presented at the Producers Lab 2011 and will celebrate its world premiere at TIFF’s 2016 edition.
The Producers Lab is supported by Creative Europe’s MEDIA programme in association with Screen Australia, the New Zealand Film Commission, the participating EFP member organisations, Eurimages, and Telefilm Canada.
To celebrate the completion of Ethel & Ernest, we held a special crew screening at the National Film Theatre on London’s Southbank. We are thrilled to see years of hard work come to life on the big screen and would like to send a huge thank you to everyone involved.
[photo credit: Amandine Gutierrez]
We’re delighted to announce that Toot the Tiny Tugboat’s ‘Melt Down’ episode has received a nomination for Best Short Film at Love International Film Festival!
It’s been a great year for our small but mighty tugboat so far. Sail over to Netflix to watch our nominated episode and many more: http://bit.ly/1UfOgZa
Heave ho, let’s go to bed! Asda are now stocking our lovely Toot the Tiny Tugboat summer pyjamas.
You can purchase a set for your little ones via the ASDA website in sizes ranging from 1.5yrs – 6yrs by following the link: http://bit.ly/25NqoBH
To celebrate the launch, our friends at Milkshake! are running a competition until June 22nd. If you’d like the opportunity to win a set of Toot pyjamas along with more exciting prizes, follow @TootTinyTugboat on Twitter to find out how you can enter!
We are delighted to welcome a new set of Creative Skillset trainees to our satellite studio on Holloway Road, North London. With support from Creative Skillset, the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, the talented Trainee Animation Assistants are learning the art of in-betweening whilst training on our 2D animated feature film, Ethel & Ernest.
For Ethel & Ernest Animation Supervisor, Isobel Stenhouse, Animation Assistants are the unseen heroes of the hand-drawn animation industry. “Although the assistants’ drawings are the ones that are seen on the screen, and so require an exceptional level of quality, the role is usually perceived as just a stepping stone to a job as an animator. Many people however have made a great career of it.”
Trainee and recent Animation graduate (Portsmouth University) Oliver Pike has two internships and a bit of freelance work under his belt, but working as an Animation Assistant on Ethel & Ernest is his first professional industry experience. “Working on Ethel & Ernest means a lot to me as I am helping create a feature length film which is something that I’ve always wanted to be a part of. Being in an environment with others who share a passion for creativity means I enjoy coming to into the studio each day.”
Here on Ethel & Ernest, we are using animation software, TVPaint, to create our 2D feature film in a style that feels hand-drawn. Ethel & Ernest Animation Supervisor, Isobel Stenhouse says that “TVPaint is the best animation software I have used in terms of being able to create realistic brushes, with the use of a functional lightbox, and a great user interface. Most animators who have made the transition from paper are delighted when they realise what they are able to achieve using this software, such as instant playback, and of course, the ability to undo, whilst creating a sketch-like image that closely matches their traditional drawing style.”
On Ethel & Ernest, there are two teams of Animation Assistants. The senior team draw in the keys, which requires them to go over the Animators’ main drawings, ensuring that they are on model, that the line is to style and consistent, and that there’s a smooth flow from one drawing to the next. The junior team creates the in-betweens (these are the drawings that fit seamlessly between the key drawings), putting the images on 25 frames per second. This requires a real eye for detail and very precise handy work. So when viewers watch the final film, it is the line-work of the Animation Assistants that they see, along with the acting, timing, and movement of the Animators.
Oliver feels that by training as an In-between Artist he is improving every day. “I feel it has helped me to develop my understanding of the human form and has shown me the importance of making sure the tiniest of details are perfectly in-betweened so that the animation runs smoothly.”
Fellow Animation graduate (Westminster University) and Trainee Animation Assistant, Sadif Bhatti struggled to find work in the animation industry after graduating during the beginning of the recession, so became a graphic designer and illustrator in the interim, although the passion for animation never left. “With in-betweening I am constantly learning, and pushing my skills as an artist. The training has also helped me to have a better understanding of timing of action, and the use of time charts”.
We are delighted to be able to train a new generation of Animation Assistants on Ethel & Ernest and help them to develop the artistic and technical skills necessary to work in the animation industry.
If you’d like to be kept up to date with Ethel & Ernest news, make sure you follow Ethel & Ernest Director, Roger Mainwood’s fantastic blog and the Lupus Films website for more news. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and connect with us on LinkedIn.
This scheme is funded by Creative Skillset’s Skills Investment Fund.
We’re delighted to announce that we raised £70 in the Lupus Films Sport Relief Bake Off! The current total of funds raised for Sport Relief is a whopping £56,984,007!
Shout out to Sally Dodd for baking such delicious cakes! We’re pleased to say we demolished your Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Apricot and Chocolate loaf and Rose and Almond loaf. Thanks to all those who donated.
This St Patrick’s Day, Joint-Managing Director of Lupus Films, Camilla Deakin is at Animation Dingle, part of the annual Dingle Film Festival in southwest Ireland.
Camilla will be one of the industry professional speakers taking part in the ‘Making Movies’ panel on Friday 18th where she will be sharing her thoughts on the art of developing, financing, and producing animated feature films. In additional to the conference sessions, the festival will screen over 120 shorts and features from Ireland and around the world over its two days.
Click here to find out more Animation Dingle.
We would like to extend a huge congratulations to two of our Trainee Assistant Animators who are working on Ethel & Ernest, Alice Guzzo and Ludivine Berthouloux.
Trainee Alice Guzzo won the Best Student Animation Award at the Royal Television Society Southern Centre Awards last weekend for her film, ‘Riflesso’.
We are delighted to announce that our preschool animation TV series, The Hive (Series 1) has an additional home on Latin American TV channel, ZooMoo! ZooMoo is the world’s first children’s channel devoted entirely to the Animal World. This fully interactive channel has puppets, cartoons, games, music, puzzles and activities designed to create a unique television and educational experience for young viewers.
ZooMoo broadcast the first Hive episode on 3rd March 2016. To be kept up to date with all Hive related news, make sure you like The Hive’s Facebook page.
We were delighted to welcome the illustrator of We’re Going on A Bear Hunt, Helen Oxenbury, to the studio last week to review the progress of our upcoming film of the same name. Here Helen is (centre) pictured alongside co-directors Joanna Harrison and Robin Shaw.
Last month, the author of the children’s book, Michael Rosen also stopped by the studio.
To keep up to date with all things We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, check back here for more news items.
Lupus Films’ joint Managing Directors, Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding are currently in Lyon, France at animation industry networking event, Cartoon Movie. Both Ruth and Camilla will be talking to producers, distributors and new media platforms about 2D animated feature film, Ethel & Ernest as well as other exciting new projects in the works!
Make sure you check back here for more information about upcoming productions.
Congratulations to Mark Williams Ardington, animation director on the first series of The Hive, for being part of the Ex Machina team who won the Oscar for VFX last weekend.
Securing a job in the creative industries may seem daunting at first, but there are many different routes you can take to get your foot in the door in the film, TV and animation industry. Through Creative Skillset, the the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, our Production Assistant, Danai Katopodi and Accounts Assistant, Elin Hill were both able to gain an entry-level position at Lupus Films whilst being paid a training bursary, having been recruited through Trainee Finder. Lupus Films’ Production Coordinator, Clare Hernon and Production Manager, Adam Jackson-Nocher both started in training roles with Lupus Films and are now an integral part of the company.
Creative Skillset’s Graham Russ and Max Green spoke with all of them about their journey in to the animation industry and the day to day runnings of a busy production studio. You can watch their interviews here;
Adam Jackson-Nocher, Production Manager:
Clare Hernon, Production Coordinator:
Elin Hill, Accounts Assistant:
Danai Katopodi, Production Assistant:
Trainee Finder is funded by Creative Skillset’s Skills Investment Fund.
We shared the ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ animatic (filmed storyboard) to a group of children today as a half-term treat, but also to get some feedback on the story. We’re pleased to say they enjoyed it.
Our animation trainees are working hard on our 2D animated feature film, Ethel & Ernest. Based in our satellite animation studio on Holloway Road, Islington, North London, the team is led by Ethel & Ernest Animation Supervisor, Isobel Stenhouse. With support from Creative Skillset, the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, the talented Trainee Junior Animation Assistants were recruited through the Trainee Finder scheme, and have since been creating quality work whilst learning on the job.
Isobel feels extremely proud to be able to both train and nurture up-and-coming artistic talent, “It’s a privilege to train our Junior Animation Assistants on Ethel & Ernest. It feels that we are part of a resurgence in 2D animation in the UK, and our film has provided the ideal platform to bring developing artists up to the high standard required of beautiful projects such as this one.”
Trainee Junior Animation Assistant, Iona Menzies echoes the sentiment of pride, “Training with Lupus Films has been an awesome opportunity to learn from experienced professionals whilst getting to work on a beautifully animated film. Being in this friendly studio surrounded by talented animators is a dream! Excuse the cliché but it’s true.”
Danielle Bethel, fellow Trainee Junior Animation Assistant values the learning-on-the-job experience she is gaining in such a short amount of time, “Working as a trainee for Lupus Films has given me the invaluable opportunity to push my work to a high professional standard, which would not have been possible without the training and feedback of industry professionals.”
“With a structured approach to teaching and the hard work of the trainees, their skills level has shot up in a short time, and they’ve contributed greatly to the film.” – Isobel Stenhouse
Lupus Films’ holistic approach to up-skilling and training which couldn’t happen without the vital funding from Creative Skillset is at the heart of our company ethos. We strive to maintain our talent and create quality content led by talented artists who truly understand, learn and grow with our company.
Isobel hopes Lupus Films’ efforts will help ensure a bright future for all of Lupus Films’ trainees, whilst increasing the talent pool across the animation industry. She says, “On a personal note, the team’s energy and the pleasure I’ve had coaching them has brought a whole new level of enjoyment to my work.”
If you’d like to be kept up to date with Ethel & Ernest news, make sure you follow Ethel & Ernest Director, Roger Mainwood’s fantastic blog and the Lupus Films website for more news. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and connect with us on LinkedIn.
Trainee Finder is funded by Creative Skillset’s Skills Investment Fund.
Meanwhile, ‘Wilde Stories’ is showing on All 4 through 4oD:
And lastly you can watch ‘Little Wolf’s Book of Badness’ on All 4 through 4oD.
Toot the Tiny Tugboat will be setting sail for Albany, California, USA.Find out More
Toot the Tiny Tugboat will be setting sail for Albany, California, USA. He has been selected for the Epic ACG Festival 2015, which takes place 7th-8th November.
Toot the Tiny Tugboat will be screened at Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.Find out More
Toot the Tiny Tugboat will be screened at Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) 23rd October – 1st November 2015.
This year CICFF received over 800 entries and we are delighted to be among the 245 films that were selected.
Toot the Tiny Tugboat has sailed onto Netflix in the UK.Find out More
Toot the Tiny Tugboat has sailed onto Netflix in the UK.
Toot is our beautifully animated preschool series which was originally adapted from Sebastien Braun’s picture book, Toot and Pop!
We are excited at the progress Toot has made since the series started to air on Channel 5’s Milkshake in October 2014, closely followed by its Welsh debut on S4C after which he splashed onto Cartoonito in March 2015.
We are delighted at the positive response the series has received so far and we hope our audience will enjoy the on demand experience Netflix has to offer. To find Toot simply search for Toot the Tiny Tugboat on Netflix or Netflix Kids.
We teamed up with Picturehouse Cinemas to bring episodes of The Hive and Toot the Tiny Tugboat to the big screen as part of Toddler Time.Find out More
This year we teamed up with Picturehouse Cinemas to bring episodes of The Hive and Toot the Tiny Tugboat to the big screen as part of Toddler Time.
Toddler Time is a cinema programme aimed at younger children, screening several episodes from popular TV series in Picturehouse Cinemas all across the UK. Toddler Time is a great for introducing young children to the cinema experience, screening animated shows that children know and love, and we are thrilled that our productions were included.
We are excited to announce that Channel 4 have commissioned our 30 minute hand-drawn animated special.Find out More
We are excited to announce that Channel 4 have commissioned our 30 minute hand-drawn animated special, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, co-directed by Joanna Harrison and Robin Shaw. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is adapted from the classic children’s book with the same title, written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.
The story follows a young family and their adventure as they search for a bear, overcoming different obstacles along the way. It’s a fantastic journey you won’t want to miss.
We are delighted to be able to offer a year long, paid internship for a trainee Production Assistant.Find out More
We are delighted to be able to offer a year long, paid internship for a trainee Production Assistant to work on a 2D animated feature.
You will be trained in how to assist the Line Producer and Production Manager with all aspects of animated feature film production management. You will also learn how to manage schedules, budgets, cost monitors and will be trained in a production management software package called HoBSoft.
The internship is supported by Creative Access and Film London. Please note this opportunity is only open to UK nationals from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background.
Deadline: Tuesday 21 April.
A major training initiative that will provide a range of professional development opportunities for 55 trainees.Find out More
Leading animation company Lupus Films (The Snowman and The Snowdog, The Hive, The Pinky & Perky Show) is implementing a major training initiative that will provide a range of professional development opportunities for 55 trainees carving out a career in the animation industry. The initiative is funded by the Skills Investment Fund (SIF), which is managed by Creative Skillset and supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Lupus, one of the leading lights in the UK animation industry with a growing reputation for producing quality animated family entertainment, currently has three major projects lined up – feature film Ethel and Ernest, pre-school series The Hive Series 2 (78×7’) and Toot The Tiny Tugboat (52×11’). The grant – part of Creative Skillset’s Challenge Fund which helps employers in animation, games, film, TV and VFX boost skills and develop talent in their companies – will allow Lupus to support their growing production needs by developing their existing staff and giving opportunities to new talent looking to break into the industry.
Split between their current and upcoming productions, the initiative will provide more than 30,000 hours of training to the individuals involved, with more than 20 people based in Cardiff under Cloth Cat Animation and 30 people based in London under Lupus Films benefiting from the opportunity to develop their creative and business skills. A key element of the initiative is to increase people’s skills and confidence in using essential animation tools such as CelAction2D, TVPaint Animation, and Autodesk Maya 3D software packages, including staging bespoke training courses during the training programme. The funding also offers the opportunity for cross-production training relating to Lupus’ present and future productions and the growth of the company.
The training includes the first ever formal TVPaint Animation software training in the UK and courses will take place at Lupus Films’ London studios and at Cloth Cat Animation’s production studio in Cardiff. The 36 trainees will then have the opportunity to apply for a variety of full-time positions on Lupus’ upcoming feature film Ethel and Ernest which has been developed with funding from the company’s BFI Vision Award.
After the success of last year’s storyboard training, Lupus Films is also planning to bring storyboard guru Frank Gladstone back to the UK this summer to present two day-long masterclasses and to run his acclaimed 4-week storyboard course. Last year’s storyboard trainees found the training invaluable to the development of their skills and their careers and most found employment in the industry soon after the completion of their training, including three who found employment at Lupus and are now working on Toot the Tiny Tugboat.
Joint Managing Director and Lupus Films co-founder Ruth Fielding says: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant which will help us to make a significant contribution to the animation training offered in the UK. Our courses will provide animation graduates with the opportunity to improve and master new skills, and as the benefits from the UK Tax breaks start to filter through we believe our training programme will help to fill a significant skills gap which currently exists within the industry. ”
Hannah Green, Partnership Manager Animation at Creative Skillset says: “Creative Skillset are very pleased to be supporting Lupus Films with this project based in Cardiff and London. It provides a fantastic opportunity for individuals to receive structured training in a live production environment. With their outstanding reputation for quality animation, this project will deliver a long lasting legacy for not only Lupus Films but also the wider industry.”
Notes to Editors:
About the Skills Investment Fund
The Skills Investment Fund (SIF) is managed by Creative Skillset and funded by industry contributions with Government match funding to support skills, talent and business development in the film, TV, animation, games and VFX industries. Every pound invested by industry into the SIF will be matched by Government until March 2015. www.creativeskillset.org/sif
About Creative Skillset
The UK’s Creative Industries make a significant contribution to our economy and its growth and are celebrated across the globe. Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent; it does this by influencing and shaping policy and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow. As the industry body for the Creative Industries, it works across film, television, radio, animation, visual effects, games, fashion, textiles, publishing, advertising and marketing communications. www.creativeskillset.org
About Lupus Films
Lupus Films is a London based production company set up in 2002 by Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding. Lupus Films specialises in producing films and TV programmes for children and families, working across all genres and techniques including 2D and 3D animation, puppets, live-action drama and factual entertainment. They have produced shows for the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV, Disney Junior, France 3 and WDR Germany, and their productions have been seen in over 150 territories worldwide. www.lupusfilms.com
About Cloth Cat Animation
Cloth Cat Animation is a Cardiff based studio and one of the largest animation production companies in Wales. They have a multi-skilled and experienced team of directors, producers, artists and technicians who have come together to share their passion for great design and engaging storytelling. Cloth Cat specialises in creative, inventive, design-rich projects with a strong technical grounding, for all audiences via broadcast series, film, commercials, game and web content. Their broadcast work can be seen on BBC, Disney, PBS, S4C and RTE. www.clothcatanimation.com
For further information:
Tel: + 44 (0) 7889 666594
We are beaming with pride today as the The Snowman and The Snowdog received five Kidscreen Awards last night.Find out More
We are beaming with pride today as the The Snowman and The Snowdog received five Kidscreen Awards last night, in the following categories:
Programming – Kids Category: Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
Creative Talent Category: Best Design / Best Animation / Best Directing / Best Music
To see the list of winners in full, follow this link.
We’re very happy to announce that The Snowman and The Snowdog has been nominated for a Broadcast Award, in the Best Children’s Programme category.Find out More
We’re very happy to announce that The Snowman and The Snowdog has been nominated for a Broadcast Award, in the Best Children’s Programme category.
To view the full list of nominees, follow the link below:
Fingers crossed for the results, announced on 5th February 2014!
We had great fun recently working with Penguin Books, putting a Raymond Briggs inspired Facebook App together.Find out More
We had great fun recently working with Penguin Books, putting a Raymond Briggs inspired Facebook App together. Head over to the site, and see how many clues you can find to classic publications from Penguin Books!
We’re all very excited to hear that The Snowman and The Snowdog has been nominated for the upcoming Kidscreen Awards.Find out More
We’re all very excited to hear that The Snowman and The Snowdog has been nominated for the upcoming Kidscreen Awards, in the Kids Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie category.
We would be very grateful for your support in the voting process, so if you are subscribed to Kidscreen please keep an eye on your inbox for the invitation to vote, and give us a thumbs-up!
To view the full list of nominees for each category, visit the following link:
Fingers crossed for the results – announced 24th November.Find out More
We’re very excited that The Snowman and The Snowdog has been nominated for a Children’s BAFTA Award. Fingers crossed for the results – announced 24th November. To see the full list of nominees, follow this link:
Channel 5 has commissioned 52 episodes of Toot the Tiny Tugboat from Lupus Films.Find out More
Channel 5 has commissioned 52 x 11’ episodes of Toot the Tiny Tugboat, a new animated series for 4-7 year olds from Lupus Films.
Adapted from the book Toot and Pop by Sebastien Braun, published by HarperCollins, the series is set to transmit on the channel’s Milkshake! strand in 2014/15.
We’re really excited to begin work on Toot the Tiny Tugboat, so in the words of the tiny tugboat himself, “Heave Ho! Let’s Go!”
Read the press release from Televisual via the following link:
An excellent FREE training opportunity for storyboard artists.Find out More
Lupus Films and Creative Skillset have teamed up to provide an excellent FREE training opportunity for storyboard artists. We’re running two courses in 2013 – an intensive four week program for experienced professionals, and also a one day introduction to storyboarding.
Click to enlarge the below images for further details on how to apply.
We’re delighted to have received a BFI Vision Award, which will enable us to continue developing a number of feature film projects, including an animated adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ Ethel & Ernest – which you can keep up to date with here:
For more information on the BFI Vision Awards, visit the BFI website:
We’re absolutely delighted to receive the award.Find out More
The Snowman and The Snowdog has won the Televisual Bulldog Award for Best Children’s Show!
We’re absolutely delighted to receive the award and would like to thank everyone who voted for us!
We’re very pleased to announce that The Hive playsets are now available!Find out More
We’re very pleased to announce that The Hive playsets are now available!
The playsets can be purchased from Hamleys, Smyth’s and Argos in UK & Ireland. They will be soon be rolled out worldwide also!
We were delighted to attend the very glamorous Radio Times Covers Party for 2012 recently.Find out More
We were delighted to attend the very glamorous Radio Times Covers Party for 2012 recently.
Last year’s Christmas edition of Radio Times saw The Snowman and The Snowdog (not to mention Billy!) take pride of place as the featured image for the highly-coveted front cover. The publication proved to be the best-selling magazine across the UK for 2012, selling over 2.2 million copies in the build-up to Christmas.
We’re delighted with the overall viewing figures for The Snowman and The Snowdog.Find out More
We’re delighted with the overall viewing figures for The Snowman and The Snowdog, having reached over 11 million people in the UK the show proved to be Channel 4’s most-watched Christmas Eve programme for over a decade. Here’s a breakdown of the viewing figures across all Channel 4 platforms:
– 7.1 million viewers on Christmas Eve
– 2.2 million viewers on Christmas Day
– 1.7 million viewers across all platforms
The Snowman and The Snowdog game for i-Phone/Android also proved to be a hit with over 1 million downloads across all platforms, topping the i-Pad charts and coming in a very respectable third in the exceptionally competitive i-Phone market.
The e-book of The Snowman and The Snowdog reached fourth in the childrens download charts, and thirty second overall.
The Snowman and The Snowdog game is now available on iPad, iPhone and Android – and it’s free!
Follow the links below to join The Snowman and The Snowdog on your very own interactive adventure:
Lupus is 10 years old this year! Animation Magazine wrote this great article about us. More celebrations to come later in the year….
The Hive Activity Centre is now available as an app for iPad and iPhone!Find out More
The Hive Activity Centre is now available as an app for iPad and iPhone!
Here are some screenshots of just a few of the fun-packed activities on offer:
Channel 4 have released the first official images from our upcoming film.Find out More
Channel 4 have released the first official images from our upcoming film The Snowman and The Snowdog – a sequel to Raymond Briggs’ animated Christmas classic, The Snowman.
Doesn’t it look lovely – we are very proud:
We’ve been busy developing a new series for 4-7 year olds – Toot The Tiny Tugboat – an adaptation of the the book Toot and Pop! by Sebastien Braun.
We’re very pleased to announce that Toot The Tiny Tugboat has been selected for inclusion at Cartoon Forum 2012, and we can’t wait to pitch the show to potential investors.
Here are a few stills from the pilot episode, entitled Toot’s Big Race:
Toot makes his way out to sea.
Blue Claw and Gus squabble over a tasty snack.
Bethan and Caleb practice for their school sports day.
Directed by Kitty Taylor (Angelina Ballerina/Gaspard & Lisa/Charlie & Lola).
Written by Ian Carney (Bob The Builder/The Cramp Twins/The Hive).
Developed with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
We’ve been beavering away to compile a series of 30 animated Random Acts for Channel 4.Find out More
We’ve been beavering away to compile a series of 30 animated Random Acts for Channel 4.
It’s been great fun commisioning and curating all the films with the help of the vastly experienced Chris Shepherd, and we’ve been delighted to have the opportunity to work with some tremendous talent across the industry. From the bright sparks studying at Kingston University to the likes of David Shrigley, Emma Lazenby, The Brothers McCleod, Frank Eddie, Sandra Slater, Stephen Irwin, Milo Waterfield and Simon Swatman, not to mention the brilliant minds of the creative teams at 12foot6 and Animate Projects. Random Acts has allowed new filmmakers to break onto the scene, whilst keeping the older hands busy at what they do best!
Each film is up to 3 minutes long and they are generally transmitted at around 11pm each evening midweek on Channel 4. If that’s a bit late for you then fear not, the films are also available to catch-up online here: http://randomacts.channel4.com/
We’re very pleased to announce that Lupus Films are producing a sequel to Raymond Briggs’ animated Christmas classic The Snowman.Find out More
We’re very pleased to announce that Lupus Films are producing a sequel to Raymond Briggs’ animated Christmas classic The Snowman, for Channel 4.
With lots of the original team, and some fantastic new talent working on the production we’re delighted to be playing host to some of the UK’s finest 2D animators, and flying the flag for traditional animation within the UK.
Seventy eight episodes later, and we’ve now finished production on The Hive!Find out More
Seventy eight episodes later, and we’ve now finished production on The Hive!
Bee-boppers at the ready, the team in London head out for a spot of bowling and karaoke to celebrate a job well done…
The Hive has its first festival outing at Cartoons on the Bay in Rapallo, Italy.Find out More
The Hive has its first festival outing at Cartoons on the Bay in Rapallo, Italy from 7th – 10th April this year. It has been selected to be screened as part of the International Panorama. The episode that will be shown is called ‘Musical Bees’ which is Ray the director’s favourite episode so far. We’re sorry we won’t be there as it’s a lovely laid back festival by the sea!
We’re very pleased to announce that Lupus Films has been included in the Production 100 survey.Find out More
We’re very pleased to announce that Lupus Films has been included in the Production 100 survey, compiled by Televisual to give a breakdown of the UK’s leading independent production companies for 2011.
CLICK HERE for the full report and supporting article.
The Hive will be screening at the 2011 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.Find out More
The Hive will be screening at the 2011 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. With almost 1000 entries to the festival this year we’re delighted to be amongst the 240 films selected for screening. The episode to be shown is called ‘Babee’s First Word’ which deals with the concept of doing things at your own pace.