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Beware of Trains in the news

Beware of Trains is doing well and got great press reviews from being shown in Annecy, here are a few:

two versions of the woman sit in a large therapy room.
In the psychotherapy room

Variety

“Annecy’s official short film competition is one of the festival’s centerpieces. Many years, at least one ends up snagging an Oscar nomination. Every year, Variety watches the shorts in Annecy’s main competition selection and picks 10 of our favorites.

If the word “dreamlike” might be the single most overused adjective in all animation, in this case circumstances force our hand. For there is no better way to describe Emma Calder’s mixed-media tour through the subconscious than to call it a particularly masterful nightmare. Mixing sex, violence, memory, and guilt as it explores the various obsessions supercharging a poor woman’s anxieties, “Beware of Train” fuses diverse textures and visual styles, jumbling theme and image together in a propulsive montage. BC

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Put on Your Shorts: Annecy 2022

“AWN’s Animation Pimp and Ottawa Animation Festival artistic director Chris Robinson takes a look at seven intriguing short films competing at this year’s Annecy International Animation Festival, which runs June 13-18.

Emma Calder (The Queen’s Monastery) returns with this brilliant, timely, and unsettling take on the mental health of a woman suffering from anxiety, obsession, and some general personality disorders.

During a therapy session, the woman recounts her main obsessions: a dying father, a chance meeting with a stranger on a train, her daughter’s well-being, and a murder she dreams she committed. Her preoccupations are so strong that they are seeping into her reality to the point where she’s losing sight of what’s real and what’s imagined.

Calder beautifully mirrors the woman’s fragmented inner state through a magnificent blend of collage, cut-out, objects, and live-action. This freewheeling mix of techniques creates an unbalanced viewing experience, injecting us into the woman’s confused state of being.

Calder has crafted not just a bold and empathetic take on an individual’s torment, but also an apt reflection of a society struggling to keep it together in the face of overwhelming anxiety, uncertainty, and paranoia.”

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Animation for adults

https://animacionparaadultos.es/2022-beware-of-trains

Links to some Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10226593150030378&set=a.4028449545041

https://www.facebook.com/emma.calder.16/videos/559716065650827

Beware of Trains

Beware of Trains poster
Beware of Trains poster

‘Beware of Trains’. Dark, thrilling and funny. Full Press Release.

Pearly Oyster Productions, is happy to announce the completion of Emma Calder’s latest animated film Beware of Trains, funded by the British Film Institute’s Film Fund. 

“One-night I dreamt that I had murdered someone, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. The next day I wrote a stream of conscious story triggered by this nightmare.” Emma Calder.

A woman with extreme anxiety is devoured by four major preoccupations – the man she met by chance on a train, her dying father, her daughter’s safety and the murder she dreams she has committed.

Award winning animation director Emma Calder takes you on an emotional rollercoaster through a world vision collaged from traditional pencil drawings to complex colourful digital manipulation of models and photographs.

Festivals and Screenings to date:

All films are in competition unless followed by OOC

  1. Animafest, Zagreb (World Premiere) June 2022
  2. Annecy International Animation Film Festival. France. (French Premiere) June 2022
  3. Anibar Animation Festival. Kosova (Kosovan Premiere) July 2022
  4. Animafest Cyprus (Greek Premiere) Aug 2022
  5. Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK Premiere) Aug 2022
  6. Concorto Film Festival (Italian Premiere) Aug 2022
  7. Fantoche Animation Festival (Swiss Premiere) Sept 2022
  8. Sydney Underground Festival (Australian Premiere) Sept 2022
  9. Ottawa International Animation Festival. (North American Premiere) Sept 2022
  10. Sardinia Film Festival. Sept 2022
  11. Canlandıranlar Film Festival (Turkish Premiere) Oct 2022
  12. ANIMARIO 2022 International Short Film (Spanish Premiere) Oct 2022
  13. Bit Bang Buenos Aires (South American Premiere) Oct 2022
  14. Philadelphia Film Festival (US Premiere) Oct 2022
  15. Warsaw Animation Film Festival (Polish Premiere) Nov 2022
  16. Norwich (English Premiere) Nov 20220 (Now)

Coming Soon:

  1. POFF Shorts (Estonian Premiere) Nov 2022 OOC
  2. London International Film Festival (London Premiere) Nov 2022
  3. Animateka (Slovenia Premiere) Nov 2022 OOC

Roger Ballen’s Theatre of Apparitions Trailer

Directed by Emma Calder Ged Haney 5mins animation Black & White

Roger Ballen commissioned Emma Calder and Ged Haney from Pearly Oyster Productions to animate and direct Roger Ballen’s Theatre of Apparitions. The film is based on a large series of photographic drawings made in collaboration with Marguerite Rossouw which feature in his forthcoming book The Theatre of Apparitions to be published 29th September 2016 by Thames & Hudson.

Short Synopsis of the film

Roger Ballen’s famous photographic work has been concerned with the interior architecture of standing structures, playing on the metaphor of the mind as a house of secrets and buried narratives. He has created a series of images inspired by the drawings and marks which people make on their environment that link his unique aesthetic to theatrical performance. Emma Calder and Ged Haney have used 2d computer animation and a brilliant music score by composer John Webb to turn these images into a film reminiscent of an old music hall or circus. In the theatre dismembered people, beasts and ghosts, dance, tumble, make love and tear themselves apart, plunging the audience into the nightmarish world of Roger Ballen’s subconscious.

 

Pearly Oyster premiere Roger Ballen’s Theatre of Apparitions at Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) 2016

Roger Ballen watches the show

Roger Ballen in The Theatre of Apparitions

Pearly Oyster premiere Roger Ballen’s Theatre of Apparitions at Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) 2016 ‘The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2’, Thursday 23 June 16:15 Filmhouse 1

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The 70th EIFF will take place from 15 to 26 June 2016. Full program can be found here.

Emma Calder and Ged Haney have created the new short animated film: Roger Ballen’s Theatre of Apparitions using images from the renown art-photographer Roger Ballen, that plunge the audience deep into his mind. An animated theatre of dismembered people, beasts and ghosts, dance, tumble, make love and tear themselves apart, a nightmarish subconscious world, in black and white.

Emma Calder and Ged Haney have used 2d computer animation and a brilliant music score by composer John Webb to turn these images into a film reminiscent of an old music hall or circus.

Dog eating man's head

Act 2

The film coincides with the publication of Roger Ballen’s new book A Theatre of Apparitions on September 29th by Thames & Hudson.

Emma Calder Workshop and Exhibition Cakovec

I have just returned from running an animation workshop with Zsusanna Szabo at the School of Animation in Cakovec (SAF).

Emma Calder Exhibition Poster

Emma Calder Exhibition Poster

The workshop this year was part of the 40th anniversary celebrations. So I was honored to have been invited. Even better I was asked if I wanted to have a small exhibition at the near by Cultural Centre.

Emmas Exhibition

Emma in Cultural Centre

See below a quick snap shot of the private view,

The Workshop runs all year round for children between 8 and 15 years old. It’s current leaders are Edo Lukman who founded SAF in 1975 and Jasminka Bijelić Ljubić. Jasminka joined SAF in 1998. More info on SAF can be found on their website.

The high light of the trip was the closing night ceremony, where we were treated to some of SAF’s vintage films and their latest 40 min film from 2015. SAF is unique in the world, the quality and the volume of children’s animation, over 250 films and 150 workshops produced over the years. I would love it if someone could set up something in the UK like this, but with the state of current funding, there doesn’t seem much hope of that.

cut out spider

Linda’s Laughing Spider age 11

We showed our workshop film at the ceremony. Our film was created by each child picking two different words from a Hat and creating a tiny film from that. The kids got stuff like Laughing Spider, Winged Carrot, Party Baby etc…It was quite ambitious for the time allowed, but still showed what can be done in a short space of time, with talented and keen participants.

SAF teens filming

SAF workshop children, filming the title sequence in Cakovec Castle

We also got the children to do some pixelation on the first day, as a fun way to get to know each other. The children came from the UK, USA, Romania and Croatia.

“Everyone is waiting for something to happen ” – Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival will be screening the World Premiere of Emma Calder’s new film “Everyone is waiting for something to happen “.

Emma’s facebook friend Richard had an annoying social media persona. Then he vanished.

The Film was commissioned as part of a competition “Reellives” to make a film exclusively based on a chosen person’s social media data. It is part of a EPSRC UK research project being delivered by The University of Birmingham, The Open University andThe University of Edinburgh Informatics.

The film will be part of the Mclaren Award: New British Animation Section screening 2 and will be shown on the 24th June, 16:00 at Filmhouse 1.

It’s great to have a film in this festival again. The last time was in 1993 when our film “The Kings of Siam “. Won the Mclaren Award.

Madame Potatoe Cookbook

It’s 32 years since I finished my film Madame Potatoe, made at the Royal College of Art 1983, whilst a student of Graphic Design.

Emma Calder standing by Royal College oOf Art wall

Emma Calder, Royal College Of Art 1983

I have been trying to collate all the materials relating to this large piece of work. Which included a film, a post modernist piece of fiction, room with wall paper, life sized Madame Potatoe sculpture, t-shirts, greetings cards and a cookery book.

 

The Madame Potatoe Cookbook was made after I finished the film. I designed it in less than a week and hated it. The printer gave me the plates and artwork back, which I binned before the show. The R.C.A only printed 100 and sadly they sold out the day of the MA show. So people had to go away disappointed.

The most popular recipe was for Poteen. (Irish potato brandy). Which was a bit worrying, as I couldn’t find any recipes to base mine on, so I just made it up!

Sad that I didn’t like it, but I am quite fond of it now, in the scheme of things.

 

More on Madame Potatoe to follow.

Mud Larking Brooches

Boudica

Making my Boudica A Norfolk Story animated film was such fun, that this weekend I thought I would make a set of Mud larking Brooches in the style of Boudica to sell, wear and give to my friends..

birthday card for coco

Brooch Card for Coco’s 19th Birthday

I was in a manic collage sort of mood. Most of my best work has come from this kind of creative play, you never quite know what you will discover. Maybe another film or a book who knows?

I had almost run out of suitable bits of broken pottery so on Sunday, my partner and I went down to Vauxhall Embankment to find some more.

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Emma Calder at Vauxhall Beach

The very first thing I found was this.

Pottery Treasure

A Grand Find

How Grand is that!! Immediately putting us in a fantastic mood.

We were also lucky as it was almost the lowest tide of the year revealing to us for the first time, the first known London Bridge, built 3500 years ago in the Bronze Age around 1500 BC. This was first discovered in 1993 when the remains were uncovered by erosion of the foreshore.

Original London Bridge discover in 1993

Original London Bridge near Vauxhall Bridge

Here are a few of my best Brooches. More coming soon from my shop!

Flower Grirl Mudlark Brooch By Emma Calder

Flower Grirl Mudlark Brooch by Emma Calder

Brooch: Houses Hat by Emma Calder

Houses Hat Mudlark Brooch by Emma Calder

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Tiny Soldier Mudlark Brooch by Emma Calder

Rasta Hat Mudlarking Brooch by Emma Calder

Rasta Hat Mudlark Brooch by Emma Calder

 

Purple Girl Mudlarking Brooch by Emma Calder

Purple Girl Mudlarking Brooch by Emma Calder

Brown Patternl Mudlarking Brooch by Emma Calder

Brown Pattern Mudlark Brooch by Emma Calder

Stripy Hat Man Mudlarking Brooch by Emma Calder

Stripy Hat Man Mudlark Brooch by Emma Calder

 

 

 

GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years

To celebrate the Graphics Royal College of Art 50 year Exhibition on now. This was the poster that Emma Calder, designed for the Royal College of Art show the year she graduated.

R.C.A poster by Emma Calder

Royal College of Art Poster designed by Emma Calder 1983

Each character included in the poster was a collage of different students work, from different departments in the college. Emma was quite naughty because, before checking with anyone, she found the technician who was printing up photographs of student work for the degree show catalogue, asked him for all the reject prints and also got others out of the bin, then she cut them up, drew into them, photocopied and then coloured them. When she had finished the poster she tracked down the relevant students and got their permission. More about this on Emma Calder’s Moody Days blog.

Miss Louise Goes To Berlin

As it is twenty five years today that the Berlin wall came down, I thought I would put the rough cover illustration that I did for Miss Louise Goes To Berlin that I worked on with Miss Louise goes to Paris author Carolyn Hink.

Miss Louise Goes To Beriln

Rough Cover Illustration Miss Louise Goes To Berlin

It’s very sad that no publisher was interested in 2010, perhaps there is someone more enlightened around now? It was a very good story, even better than Miss Louise goes to Paris but, slightly more serious because of the subject matter. It’s time will come.

I can’t imagine what a city must feel like that has been cut in half and put itself together again. But I think it must be an adventure to go and find out.”

As with most of my books a penciled out storyboard of the whole book exists so if a publisher was interested, It is ready to go. Contact my agent Caroline Michel at PFD if you are interested.

E-mail: cmichel@pfd.co.uk

or tdavid@pfd.co.uk

Telephone number: 020 7344 1084