The Missing Scarf, online!

Wahey! The Missing Scarf is now online.

I’ve been so focused on letting everyone I know about this to put up on their websites, that I completely neglected to put it up on my own damn site. Sometimes I seriously suck at this whole self-promotion bit.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m just going to go ahead and heap praise on everyone else involved.

Eoin Duffy – writer/director/animator
Who came up with a great story, let me help put it on a page, and then did an amazing job putting it on screen.

Jamie Hogan – producer
Who always saw how amazing this could be and made sure we focused on that big impact rather than getting stuck on mere details.

Tobias Norberg and Gavin Little and Joe McHugh at Echolab – music and sound design
Who blew my ears off the first time I saw it on the big screen, in the best possible way.

And of course George Takei – narrator
Who gave me the ego boost of my life by saying he liked the script and then saying yes to it.

Now given that I wasn’t thoroughly embroiled in all phases of production, I’m not nearly as connected to most of the people involved as I’d like. There’s the funders; Irish Film Board, The Arts Council, RTÉ. The post-production team at Windmill Lane. The wonderful crowd of people all listed at the end credits, you should watch the video now to get to them.

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The Continuing Success of The Missing Scarf

The Missing ScarfI’m finding the delayed response between working on a project, and that project going out into the world to be rather strange. It’s almost a year since the script for The Missing Scarf was finalised and my role with the project diminished significantly. It was a fun few months seeing the words on the page turn to scenes on a screen and sounds from George Takei. But now the film is out and it’s picking up awards like there’s no tomorrow.

I’m incredibly proud of my work on The Missing Scarf, inspired by the amount of work Eoin is putting in (the work of creating the thing was impressive, obviously, but the work he’s doing now on the festival run is equally impressive) and delighted to have worked Eoin and Jamie both.

Getting onto the Oscars Shortlist blows my mind. There are 10 films. Ten. And we’re one of them, to say it’s a career highlight would be an understatement. I’ve been writing articles on the Oscars for years, if I do one this year I can’t write about the animated shorts category because of extreme bias! Also, I can’t believe Pixar didn’t make the list this year. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Pixar, their track record is undeniably phenomenal, yet somehow, we beat them to a place on the list. We’re on a list with Walt Disney Animation and several other excellent shorts, some of which we’ve already bumped into on the festival circuit. There are all sorts of reasons to get tense or nervous about January 16th, when the final nominations are announced. But I’m too busy just being incredibly excited.

Of course, it’s not just the Oscars, the last few weeks and months have been incredibly exciting as The Missing Scarf is doing great on the festival circuit. Of the 8 Festivals which The Missing Scarf has been in that offer a prize for Best Animated Short, we’ve won 5 of them, and got an Honourable Mention in another. Plus, at Seminici, The Missing Scarf won Best European Short, which is the first time an animation has ever won this category, that win is also automatically a nomination for the European Film Academy Awards.

The Full List of Awards (and nominations) is:

The James Horgan Award For Best AnimationGalway International Film Fleadh
Best AnimationLos Angeles International Short Film Festival
Honourable Mention; (Best Irish) – Blackrock Animation Film Festival
Best Animated FilmNew Hampshire Film Festival
Best European Short FilmSeminici
Best Animated FilmSavannah Film Festival
Best AnimationIndie Memphis Film Festival
Best European Short Film NomineeEuropean Film Academy Awards

Next Festival is Cork Film Festival. The Missing Scarf screens at 3.30pm on Friday November 15th in Triskel Arts Centre. I’ll be down at the Festival from Saturday, and Producer Jamie Hogan will be there too.

And here’s some Press for The Missing Scarf, cos the seeing the coverage roll out has been a lot of fun:
RTÉ News
RTÉ TEN
Variety
Deadline
IFTN
The Irish Times
The Irish Independent
TheJournal.ie

The Missing Scarf wins Best Animation at Galway Film Fleadh

The Missing ScarfSo I’m just back from a great time at the Galway Film Fleadh. I was up for the premiére of The Missing Scarf which I served as script editor on. The audience reaction was great, we got the laughs we wanted and other less overt responses we wanted to other parts. My heart was pounding through the opening scene, but settled quickly. It was a true pleasure hearing George Takei putting such force behind words I had committed to page.

After the show there was a nice bit of buzz with friends and family who came for the screening. Unfortunately Eoin (Duffy, writer/animator/director) couldn’t make it from Vancouver but Jamie (Hogan, producer) was there in great form. Apparently he had been sitting right behind the judges for the screening and they seemed to react really well to The Missing Scarf.

That evening a I got a chance to attend an IFB mixer and had some good chats with a nice scattering of people up for the Fleadh. There was nice feedback for The Missing Scarf there and I also got a chance to chat with some of the people behind some of the other shorts which I really enjoyed.

I didn’t stick around for Sunday as I had stunt training and fittings for Vikings to attend, as well as my girlfriend’s birthday party, but I awoke to some great news this morning. Jamie got a call yesterday that he should make sure to attend the Fleadh awards ceremony, apparently his assessment of the judges reaction had been accurate, The Missing Scarf was up for something.

And not something small either, we won the big one! The James Horgan Award for Best Animation. Not only is this win supremely awesome in its own right, but it makes The Missing Scarf eligible for consideration in next year’s Oscars!

Eoin tells me that The Missing Scarf has a fairly busy touring schedule ahead of it and will be seen in a few festivals over the coming year. I’ll put up a full schedule when I see it but so far one that I’m fully aware of is the The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. This is the biggest shorts festival in the world and features over 200 short films from around the world. Like Galway, LA is another feeder festival to the Oscars. We’re delighted not only to have gained entry to that festival, but The Missing Scarf was selected as one of just six films to screen on opening night.

I really do wish Eoin and Jamie the very best of luck for the future of The Missing Scarf, and I’m looking forward to whatever project I can get my teeth into next.

The James Horgan Award For Best Animation 2013 - The Missing Scarf