UK FILM COUNCIL
WRITER / DIRECTOR:
FLO RICHER / VIKTOR BERG / TOM TENNANT
/ PETE BAXTER
/ MEITAL MISELEVICH
/ LEWIS DARBY
/ VIKTOR BERG
/ STUART FORTUNE
/ RAVI VISWAMI
LEE CLAPPISON - LIPSYNC
KEVIN PHELAN - LIPSYNC
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR TH1NG:
EXECUTIVE TO UK FILM COUNCIL:
Made with support from the UK Film Council's 'New Cinema Fund', JUNK tells the story of a boy with an obsession for junk food and the importance of following your gut instinct.
After premiering at the Annecy International Animation Festival in France, JUNK has had official selections at over 100 film festivals around the world. It has gone on to win numerous prizes along the way including The Creative Circle Awards (Most Promising Newcomer), Festival du Film Merveilleux et Imaginaire in Paris (Best Screenplay and Best Music), The Pentedattilo Film Festival in Italy (Best Animation), as well as nominations for 'Best Short Film' at the British Independent Film Awards, British Animation Awards, Rushes Soho Shorts.
Interview about JUNK with Flip Magazine -
FLIP: What's behind the story?
Kirk: Well, I guess it stems from living in cities my whole life being surrounded by concrete. How virtually every part of daily life seems man-made or pre-packaged. It's no big social statement, more that some part of my genetic memory craves mud and green things and when it does, my daily surroundings seem completely insane. It's as if my genes have adapted reluctantly.
FLIP: Why did you chose to tell the story in silhouettes?
Kirk: I had previously made a film called Round that was made entirely with hand shadows, so was a big fan of the drama of silhouettes. I had made the animatic for 'Junk' without tying it to a particular style. Then I saw The Adventures Of Prince Achmed by Lotte Reiniger. After seeing Achmed, I got excited about doing that cutout/lightbox style with computers. It became an exercise in lighting that has been very useful ever since.
FLIP: How did you create the film? It has a mixed media look to it.
Kirk: That's right, it is a mixed media film. Thrown in there are silhouette cutout characters, live-action effects footage shot against black (snow, sparks, rain, milk-in-water-clouds etc) thousands and thousands of cut out photographs, 3-d models, miniatures, all set up in 3-d space and made to look like it was shot in-camera. That was the goal anyway. Even though it is mixed media, I think the blend is convincing enough that it doesn't feel like collage. That seamless blend of mixed media is something I think is very exciting about the future of animated films. To move beyond them being either simply hand drawn, stop motion or CG. They can be anything now, with charming new styles coming through driven as much by accident as by the inventiveness of the film makers.
Interview with French magazine Khimaira.