Monday, November 17, 2008

Frankenstein's Cat wins at BAF '08

Just got the news through the televisual grapevine that we won Best TV Series at the Bradford Animation Festival! Great news for everyone who worked on the show - I'd have been there for gong collecting myself if it hadn't coincided with my son's 8th birthday party and I wasn't going to miss that :-) Bradford's a great festival, and Alan Gilbey gave a great acceptance speech by all accounts, saying that as neither myself nor Jackie or Sara, the show's producers, were present he was going to keep it for himself.

Very encouraging to see so many animation festivals in the UK now - as well as Animex and BAF, we have Showcomotion, Exeter which I visited at the beginning of the year, and my most recent new addition was Canterbury Anifest which I attended for the first time a couple of weeks ago. All the festivals are run by a bunch of terrific, enthusiastic and super-passionate people. If you haven't been a long to one yet... what are you waiting for?!?!

Off to Cinemagic in Belfast tomorrow evening to hold some workshops in schools over there, and really looking forward to it. Lots of school appearances lately also, including the rather splendid Barnard's Castle Prep School in Co Durham. I stayed in a reputedly haunted Bed & Breakfast the night before my workshops and although I didn't encounter a ghost my filling fell out of one of my incisors. Paranormal or dodgy dentistry? You decide!

Off to open the Farlington School Christmas Fair in Horsham this weekend and then down to Burgess Hill School a couple of days later to open their new hall. If you're in that neck of the woods, be sure to come along, especially to the Farlington Fair on Saturday 22nd - I'll be holding talks and workshops as well as signings.

Just finished writing a second draft of my (name under wraps) novel manuscript. Clocks out at 105,000 words currently, 33 chapters averaging 10 pages to each. And no, the font isn't 48! I'm really pleased with it and just hope the publishers who I'm presenting it to get it as well. I'll always love working in picture books and animation, but there's been something tremendously exciting about working alone on a book of this size. Ideally it's part of a series of books but I'll just be happy to get this first one off the ground. It's gothic horror fantasy. No. No more. I've already said to much. You have to die, now, you do realise?

Bada Bling!


Joel said...

Yes! We are mighty! Obviously you had rather more of a hand in it than I did but I'm happy with my 2% of the award. Hopefully this won't go to the character's heads, or the possible next series will suffer from severe Second Album Syndrome and be about signing autographs and going to Groucho's or something.
Incidentally I'm writing a novel too, part of National Novel Writing Month. Mine's a satirical conspiracy thriller mystery adventure. Obviously. Good luck with yours!

dragonhead said...

Hurray! Glad to hear about the award. :D

Sounds like you have a full schedule ahead of you.

Gordon Fraser said...

Congrats all round mMr Bling!

Alan said...

I should point out that after I made my speech there was a horrible silence, like maybe none of the three hundred people there realised I wasn't being entirely serious!

They also clapped when I presented the student award later and said 'I believe students are the future. Teach them well.'

It's the end of my stand-up career!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Congratulations on the award, and well deserved it is too !!! :)

paulhd said...

Congratulations Sir! Good job on the novel too, do feel free to sleep every now and then though.

Chris Kennett said...

Congrats on a show well done.

Jo Bling said...

Joel - you, as with all the writers, rightfully claim a large part of that trophy. The possible second series looks very promising, with or without Pipsquawks ego, as the Beeb have asked for more!

Dragonhead - thanks man

Gordy - bless you my Derren Brownalikey chum!

Al - if you'd burst into song MAYBE they'd have got it then! :-D

Glazey - thanks buster

Paul - sleep! Pah! That's for wusses! ;-)

Chris - thanks matey, much appreciated!

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