STOP ANIMATION COMMISSION 2019 

Applicants with a stop animation background are encouraged to apply to be commissioned to create a 3-4 minute piece using our Moving Parts characters.

The commissioned piece will be screened at the Stop Animation Films Night on Thursday 11th April 2019 at Alphabetti Theatre as part of the festival and will also be shared online. The artist will receive two free tickets to the evening and a commemorative wreath plaque - both a physical copy and a digital copy that can be used online. We are unable to pay travel costs for the successful artist to attend the festival. 

COMMISSION FEE: £500

 

TO APPLY:

Please email us links of your previous work, an artist bio and a short summary of what style, ideas and materials you might use to complete the commission. Please include which of the two plot scenarios below you are most interested in responding to and how you might explore it further.

 

All applications should be emailed to:  info@newcastlepuppetryfestival.co.uk

Please do not send any raw film files to us - links only. 

DEADLINES: 

Applications - 10th January 2019

Successful artist selected - 15th January 2019

Finished piece to be completed if selected - 1st March 2019

2017 COMMISSION by Lesley-Anne Rose

PLOT IDEAS AND CHARACTERS:

Our Writer-in-Residence Caroline Hardaker has drafted some plot ideas for the commissioned artist to respond to. These storylines can be interpreted loosely and include more Moving Parts characters if desired.

1. PUPPETS MAKE A PUPPET  

Opens with characters loitering, until Beardyman appears with a ball. He bounces it, and passes it amongst the group. It lands in the middle of the group and they stare at it briefly.

 

Jackal has a ‘eureka’ moment, moves offscreen, and returns with an apple. She places the ball on top of the apple. Characters one by one bring in shoelaces, stationary, bits of food, etc, and create a puppet of their own. It comes to life, and they each interact with it. As they dance, the consumable parts of the new puppet rot or fall apart, and it falls to the floor.

 

The characters don’t understand and poke the fallen puppet. They try playing with the loose parts, but their efforts fall flat. Tudor offers one of her parts to the fallen puppet, and slowly they rebuild it with parts of themselves. The puppet comes back to life.

 

Characters all fly apart in pieces and spell out ‘Moving Parts’ across the sky.

2. LOGO MAN EATS THE MOON

Logo Man is alone, sitting on the side of a small mountain. It’s a lonely landscape. He sighs, looking up to the sky. He tries entertaining himself by tumbling rocks down the hill and he throws one into the sky, which then becomes the moon. He’s stunned, picks up a handful of dust and blows it from his hand to make the stars.

 

He rolls down the hill and stamps his feet. The ground shakes and a tree grows. Three buds grow on the tree and as they grow bigger they crack open. Tudor, Jackal and Beardyman burst from them as if they were eggs.

 

The new characters interact with this new landscape, adding bits and taking bits away, which upsets Logo Man. He tries to control the landscape by building ‘walls’ around things.

 

He swallows everything to protect from the characters, only left with the moon, which he swallows last. He is sad, and the other characters create a new world around him out of the air.

 

He blows a new galaxy of stars, which twinkle and spell out ‘Moving Parts’ as the characters look on.

LOGO MAN

TUDOR

JACKAL

BEARDYMAN

© 2018 Moving Parts Arts Ltd. (company number: 11035259) 

ILLUSTRATIONS: Rachael Horner     

WEBSITE DESIGN: Kerrin Tatman

POST: Moving Parts Arts, 5a Westgate Hill Terrace, Newcastle, NE4 6AS

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