The final ‘craft’ in our The Craft of Film exploration is animation, discussed by animator Tomáš Luňák
Luňák joined us for a ScreenTalk with animator Jonathan Hodgson following a screening of Alois Nebel on Tuesday 28 February.
Tomáš Luňák studied animation at Zlín Film School, graduating with the short puppet film The Whisper. After attending FAMU in Prague, he made his next film Acrobat, which screened at numerous festivals including Annecy, Hiroshima. Alois Nebel, his feature debut, premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and subsequently won the European Film Award for Best Animated Feature in 2012.
Jonathan Hodgson is an independent animator based in London. He studied animation at Liverpool Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. His short films have won many international awards including a BAFTA for Best Short Animation. He has directed numerous music videos, advertising campaigns and features including the ground-breaking drama-documentary-animation hybrid The Age of Stupid, one of the first features to use the crowdfunding model. He was the animation director of Wonderland: The Trouble with Love and Sex, the first full length animated documentary on British TV. He has lectured extensively in the UK and abroad and since 2008 has run the Animation degree at Middlesex University. He continues to combine teaching with animated filmmaking.
About Alois Nebel
1989 in the Sudetenland near the Czech-Polish border. Alois Nebel is a solitary train dispatcher who becomes haunted by the ghosts from his and the region’s violent history whenever the fog crawls into the mountainous area.
Director Tomáš Luňák ’s dark and atmospheric film, adapted from a comic book trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99, uses rotoscope animation to transpose the striking visuals of the original to the screen. Alois Nebel’s distinctly noirish feel against a reduced palate of black and white, along with its eerie score pull us inside the story’s mysterious maze of past and present events.
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The Craft of Film takes place from 22–28 February
With support from the European Commission Representation in the UK.
Part of Film in Focus, a year celebrating the power of the moving image and its influence across the arts.