// www.chrisgavin.com: 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

La Nuova Sardegna (Again)

There also isn't much else happening on the island on the 19th of September 2010, So La Nuova Sardegna again run with the Chris Gavin story :) Thanks to Nicolò Ceccarelli
for sending the clipping.

La Nuova Sardegna (Again)

The 18th September 2010 is a slow news day in Sardinia, so La Nuova Sardegna runs with Chris Gavin's visit to the AniMatti summer school. Thanks to Nicolò Ceccarelli for sending the clipping.

Monday, September 13, 2010

And in La Nuova Sardegna ...

La Nuova Sardegna runs with the upcoming visit to the island by Chris Gavin ;) Thanks to Nicolò Ceccarelli
for sending the clipping.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Lanzarote Holiday Photos

Just back from a week's holiday with the family and here are a few snaps from the trip.  I recently bought a 'new' lens for my Canon 350d stills camera. Loving this retro Pentacon 50mm f1.8. It's got a proper aperture ring  and manual everything; makes it fun to take pictures again
Several places here have the feeling of Bond film locations; burrowed out from the volcanic rock, then kitted out with pools and palm trees. This is the lagoon at the Jameos del Agua, only the King of Spain gets to swim in there.

The cave lagoon at the Jameos, featuring rare albino crabs.
El Golfo on the West coast, now a string of fish restaurants where the lava once met the sea.
There are a lotta cacti on this island. This specimen is to be found in the garden of the Fundación César Manrique; it's as big as a tree. The gallery was once Manrique's house, it's a modern building with rooms below hewn from 'bubbles' in the solidified lava: it's very impressive.
I liked this wrecked cargo ship so much, I came twice to take photos. The first time, a pesky hound was not keen to have me mooching about on its patch.

Sunset over Costa Teguise, our home from home for the week.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

TXT ISLAND The Interview

Way back last Autumn whilst at the Onedotzero festival (at the BFI Southbank) I was interviewed about TXT ISLAND. I must have had a lot to say; these folks have only just now finished the editing and it's July now ;) Hardly a scoop, but here I am on the Onedotzero Vimeo channel.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Annecy 2010

Just come back from the Annecy Animation Festival. My film TXT ISLAND was showing in the 'Out of Competition' selection and had three screenings. Could only make it for the long weekend, but worth the effort nonetheless. Lots of animated short films to see, met some fine people and made it to a few parties too.
Annecy is a fine old place, a medieval town by a lake, surrounded by mountains and a river there's a river runs through it...
Like any french high street there are lots of these animated neon pharmacy signs, I'm collecting these...
The foyer of the Bonlieu Centre is the epicentre of this huge and sprawling festival. As of this year it's been going for 50 years now. Somewhere under one of those umbrellas, Nick Park is signing books etc.

Tartiflette is the local dish here. Potatoes with runny cheese on top. Reblochon seems to feature heavily in the cuisine of the Savoie.

The Argentine Film Board threw a fine party at a local bowling alley / nightclub venue. Here we see an acrobat in an over-sized hula hoop.
Followed by a fine demonstration of Argentine tango.
Splendid impromptu music-making at the lakeside picnic. That's David Silverman (Simpsons director) on tuba.

It's the closing night ceremony. Prizes are given and the giant balls are released.

Last morning trudge down the hill from the campsite. Head for the TGV station and as  the town awakes we bid a fond farewell to this fine city of animated festivalness..

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Living the Brand

Our model wears the classic TXT ISLAND 'logo' T-shirt, seen here in black but available in many other colours at the TXT ISLAND shop.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Stuttgart Fantastisch

Back in the UK today after my long weekend at the Stuttgart Animation Festival. Had a fantastic weekend and met lots of interesting folk. TXT ISLAND was shown in the International Competition and a special 'British Shorts' programme put together by Kevin Franklin.

Stuttgart is a pleasant city. I had lots of fun shooting little video clips after discovering that Sam's little point and shoot Panasonic FX150 shoots 720HD at 24P!

A great view of the city can be had (for free) from the top of the tower above the Bahnhof.

The modern Art gallery on SchlossPlatz is worth a look too.

At the festival, TXT ISLAND was shown in competition programme 5 and the British Shorts showcase. I also did a directors Q&A and a 'making of' presentation too.

Bratwurst and beer. Festival food Stuttgarter style.

The final night party features an impromptu session from a fine sousaphone, melodica and rapper combo!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Thick's a Hit

I went to see Rick Bland's play 'Thick' last night at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington. I can honestly say it rocked and I'd heartily recommended it. There's another show at the same venue next Sunday, then the play has a run at the Brighton Fringe Festival thereafter.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The CG Fun Continues...

Back in Maya, the 'plastic' letters looking a bit better now with some fancy HDRI lighting applied...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Letters from America

Just bought a lovely new font 'Now Playing' from New York type designers Terminal Design.
I've got the urge to make some 3D 'plastic' letters in Maya... Just for a few tests at the moment; maybe a new project further down the road...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Journalistic Exploits

I wrote a couple of magazine articles for Digital Arts magazine recently. The editor Neil Bennett has sent me the back issues, this is how they turned out.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

TXT ISLAND In Shops Soon!

TXT ISLAND has been selected to appear on the 'Best of Bristish Animation Awards #8' compilation DVD to be released soon. Check out the BAA website for further details...

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Blogger WTF

Apologies that none of my pre-2008 posts are showing on this blog any more. I suspect this problem is down to Blogger's new 'Auto Pagination' policy to arbitrarily truncate everybody's main Blogger page. Unfortunately my simplified blog template has no archiving or 'older posts' interface, so for the moment the older posts will remain un-viewable. Rest assured that the posts are not lost: merely inaccessible.

I've only just come through the forced migration of this blog away from FTP hosting and now this!
Suffice to say many Blogger users are realizing the impact of the new policy and making their displeasure known to Google/Blogger.

TXT ISLAND 100,000+

TXT ISLAND just made it past 100,000 views on YouTube.
(And they're not ALL mine!) :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

TXT ISLAND to Stuttgart and Annecy

TXT ISLAND has been selected for Annecy Animation Festival! OK, it's going to be in the 'shorts out of competition screening' but Annecy it is. It's the 50th anniversary year of this fantastic event, I'd really like to go to this, but not sure yet if it's possible.

But... I am making plans to be at Stuttgart Animation Festival to support TXT ISLAND for the last couple of days (08th and 9th May). I'm hoping to go there by train...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Blogger Migration in Progress

Well, Blogger have announced May 1st as the FTP hosting switch-off date.
The tools and documentation for performing the move are all online now at www.blogger.com, so I'm emabarking on the migration now... I'll post again when it's done... Watch this space...

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Pain in the Blogs

Well, this blog has been up since August 2005 and is still running! What you are reading now is hosted on my own web space and maintained/updated using Blogger. For almost 5 years now using this 'publishing by FTP' approach has suited me well: allowing me to have an easily maintained blog working within my www.chrisgavin.com website.

However... Blogger have now announced they will be terminating the ability to work this way. Publishing to Blogger via FTP is soon to be discontinued. This entire blog will have to be migrated over to Blogger's hosting space where either a blogspot or Domain link will be used to address it.

Having to figure this out will doubtless take time and it's generally a pain to have to even think about it... Blogger have been promising a migration tool to help the process, but this has been postponed again. Thankfully the March 26th deadline for the switchover has been postponed to May sometime.
Anyone similarly affected by this news might like to check out the Blogger FTP migration blog for further details...


It's now official,the word is out. TXT ISLAND has been nominated as a finalist at this year's British Animation Awards.
The story so far has been covered by the Animation Magazine website and Forbidden Planet's website.
TXT ISLAND is one of three finalists competing for the Best Short Film Award, the other two are, The Black Dog's Progress (director Stephen Irwin) and Tad's Nest (director Petra Freeman).

Friday, February 26, 2010

'Hard To Trump'

The British Animation Awards Public Choice programme continues its extensive UK tour until February 28th. TXT ISLAND gets a nice mention in this article by Nick Bradshaw on the BFI website.

Special thanks again to Jayne Pilling at the BAA for passing on this link.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

'Impressive' & 'Spectacular'

A little mention of TXT ISLAND in London's TimeOut magazine. Thanks to Jayne Pilling for sending this cutting on.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Shoot 3D With One Camera!

If you're ever thinking about shooting stop-motion animation in stereoscopic 3D (and this is the kind of thing I'm often thinking about) you might hanker after one of these.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


For the last week or two I've been writing a couple of software reviews to appear in next month's issue of Digital Arts magazine. Well, I've 'filed my copy' hope the readers are interested, informed and entertained by my work...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

First TXT ISLAND Product Ships!

I placed an order from my SpreadShirt T-shirt Shop to check out the quality of their service. As a test I ordered the same T-shirt printed using their two different methods (one printed as the cheaper 'digital direct' print, the other a '3 colour flex' print). My order came within a week and I can report now that the quality is pretty damn good.

The T-shirts used are thick enough to not feel cheap and of a quality I'll happily sell. The cheaper 'digital direct' printing is obviously inferior to the '3 colour flex' printing, so I'll only be offering the better ones in my shop. So far as the better shirts go, the colour is more vibrant, the feel of the print is smoother to the touch and definitely worth the extra few quid.
Other designs are now available too! Go straight to The Shop and buy some ...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

www.txtisland.com Goes Live!

I've not posted anything much here for a while, but I've been busy(ish) at work, and been spending some of my evening time in a bit of a TXT ISLAND publicity push...
I decided now that TXT ISLAND has been out for a while, it was time to take stock of where the film has been and offer answers to some of the questions I get asked about the film sometimes.
To this end, I've put-together a new (and easy to find) online home for all things TXT ISLAND... I've created a site for the film at www.txtisland.com Add it to your favourites now people!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Shop Happens

Fans of TXT ISLAND can now live the dream and wear the T-shirt.
I've opened a shop!