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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

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.

Welcome to the new Pearly Oyster web-site

Perhaps I can get back to Random Person now. I had just started the next episode, when I decided to re-design the web-site. It’s taken 3 weeks and still needs more work. Please leave comments on how it could be better. I am also going to add a better shop but I see that as another 3 weeks or so.

BIRDS

Dribbly Birds

Now I just feel like chucking paint around.