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7 items from 2009

An Animation Quintet

15 December 2009 11:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Tomorrow the famed Studio Ghibli is to announce their next full length feature film. Following up Miyazaki's Ponyo, will it be Paku-san's (Takahata Isao) long longed for comeback film? Or perhaps will it be by their new director about whom producer Suzuki told some time ago (rumoured to be Yonebayashi Hiromasa)? Well, the latter might certainly be the case as two days ago Suzuki noted the director is 36 years old and that his animating skill is the best in Studio Ghibli. He didn't expect to be become a director, but nowadays though Miyazaki often sits next to him to encourage him. Either way, more news tomorrow at, but for now it's a good excuse to spice up this Twitch-o-Meter with the animated flavor of five random works worth checking out.

Summer Wars

This ToM won't reside in the land of the rising sun though, as Hosoda Mamoru's latest »

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Ever Heard of the Paranormal Activity -esqe In Memorium ?

27 October 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

With the success of Paranormal Activity , you can expect to hear about another dozen or so similar projects. Just this morning, we did a news post on a UK project titled The Possession of David O'Reilly , which bares a resemblance to Oren Peli's sleeper hit. Ever heard of In Memorium ? The low-budget indie pic starring Erik McDowell, Johanna Watts, Levi Powell and Mary Portser dates back to 2005, a few years before Paranormal Activity . Written and directed by Amanda Gusack, this cinéma vérité film follows Dennis Wade, a young film student diagnosed with terminal cancer who decides to document his illness only to capture something else on tape. Have a peek at the teaser trailer below. Gusack recently directed The Betrayed starring Melissa George and »

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David O’Reilly Gets Possessed

26 October 2009 1:37 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

One of the many cool things about Paranormal Activity's success is that the supernatural subgenre is roaring back in a big way. I’m sure every major studio in Hollywood is looking through their scripts to find comparable material. Overseas the doors are opening as well with one such flick, The Possession of David O'Reilly, well under way!

The supernatural “mockudrama” follows a young couple in their London flat as they're besieged by some unknown entity. We don't know much else about this one yet, other than it's coming from writer/director Andrew Cull with Giles Anderson, Francesca Fowler and Nicolas Shaw in starring roles. Watch this space, though, as we'll keep you updated on the plight of poor David O'Reilly.

With the huge success of Paranormal Activity, my only hope is that filmmakers don't decide that every film has to be done in that

"documentary" style. I do want more supernatural horror, »

- Masked Slasher

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A New Shockumentary 'Paranormal' Inspired?

26 October 2009 11:07 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

With Paranormal Activity making a killing at the box office, the knock-offs have already begun production. One such film is the UK horror flick The Possession Of David O'Reilly, which is said to be based on actual events. The synopsis reads the following: "The film a terrifying supernatural shockumentary about a demonic presence in a young couple's home in London." Everything about this synopsis bleeds rip-off - a young couple? Really? Check out the art below from Andrew Cull's "original" film starring Giles Anderson, Francesca Fowler, Nicholas Shaw and Zoe Richards. Andrew Cull is the writer behind the UK TV series "Urban Gothic." »

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Brown Bag & O'Reilly Success at 09 Cartoon Forum

28 September 2009 7:28 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Irish animation company, Brown Bag Films, came away from the 2009 Cartoon forum with the title of European Producer of the Year while Irish born David O'Reilly was awarded the Cartoon d'Or prize for his cartoon 'Please Say Something'. Producers from all over Europe voted on Friday, September 25th at the festival, held this year in Norway. Over the past 18 months Smithfield-based Brown Bag Films has produced 20 hours of computer animation for international broadcasters. They presented their new 'Granny O'Grimm' series, based on the 2008 Ifta-winning short film, during the Cartoon Forum. They tell Iftn: "We were all delighted with the news, it's great for the Irish animation sector and demonstrates the important role that animation plays in the creative economy." »

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'Please Say Something' in Final Five for Cartoon d'Or Competition

14 July 2009 7:20 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

David O'Reilly's 'Please Say Something' has been chosen as one of the five finalists for the Cartoon d'Or 2009 competition as nominated by The European Association of Animation Film. 'Please Say Something' is a 10 minute short concerning a troubled relationship between a Cat and Mouse set in the distant future. The final film was completed in January 2009 and contains 23 episodes of exactly 25 seconds each. Written and directed by David O Reilly, the film won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film earlier this year at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. »

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'Please Say Something' Wins Berlin Golden Bear

19 February 2009 7:14 AM, PST | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

CG Filmmaker David O'Reilly has picked up the Golden Bear for the Best International Short Film at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival for his series of micro shorts entitled 'Please Say Something'. The short, which is designed for the web is made up of 23 episodes of 25 seconds, is set in the distant future and is concerned with a troubled relationship between a Cat and Mouse. David is also the animator behind 'Octocat Aventure' and 'Rgb Xyz'. The Silver Bear in Short category went to 'Jade' directed by Daniel Elliot while the short 'The Suffering of Herr Karpf The Birthday' by director Lola Randl was picked from the Berlinale short film nominees to go forward to the European Film Awards 2009. »

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