Thursday, 11 January 2018

News from Rusty Bolt Theatre!

Filmmaking is a time-consuming craft, which is why this blog hasn't been updated in a least that's my excuse!

"Espressivo: A Love Song to Coffee" has been chosen to be screened at the 3rd annual Classical Arts Film Festival at the Jarvis Conservatory in Napa, California! We are so honoured to be part of this event! We (meaning the rats, the robot and me!) will be in film block four. Here is a link to the event:

 This little film has also won two awards since last I posted - Best Animation at the Women Over 50 Film Festival and Best Music Video at the 300 Seconds Short Film Festival!!! As Well, "The Voyage of the Golden Hind-er" won Best Animation at the SeeMor Film Festival! A great season for Rusty Bolt!

Now, new releases!
 "Essentially Alys" is completed, a humorous adventure story of a strange little being in search of herself. Here's the trailer:

Essentially Alys - the Trailer from Deborah Ethier on Vimeo.

And here's the finished film - mixed media animation, Seat of the Pants Film Lab style:

Essentially Alys from Deborah Ethier on Vimeo.

I have also finished a one-minute mixed-media elegy to those seafarers who did not return from voyages of discovery throughout history, "Requiem for the Lost":

Requiem for the Lost from Deborah Ethier on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Updates and exciting news!

Updates are far overdue here at Rusty Bolt! Let's see:

"A Bolt from the Blue" screened at "We Like 'Em Short" film festival in Oregon in late August. Then it was accepted at the Soo Film Festival and will be screening there on September 16th! Info here:
Soo Film Festival.

"Espressivo: A Love Song to Coffee" has been accepted to screen at the Women Over 50 Film Festival in Brighton, UK on September 17th! (That's going to be a busy weekend for Rusty Bolt). More info here: WOFFF . Here's the great poster from the event (you can see me with the girls in a coffee cup if you look carefully):

...and, "Titania Sleeps" was accepted as a finalist by the Shakespeare Shorts: Crossing Borders festival and will screen there on September 23, actually in Stratford-upon-Avon! "The Voyage of the Golden Hind-er" was also an official selection.

The Berlin Flash Film Festival selected "Titania Sleeps" and "You Are here" and the Barcelona Planet FF chose "Titania Sleeps", "You Are Here" and "Gonna Roll them Bones". (These two FF are online fests chosen by jury).

Whew! Things are getting exciting! Stay tuned - I will do my best to update more frequently, honest!
Meanwhile, to give you a Yorick fix, here's a pic of him in a new hat given to me by my 8-year-old niece. He's all ready for winter!

Two new mini films

These are a bit of a departure from my "Anachronaut" films in that they are visual/musical ultra-mini films dealing with our relationship with wild places. "You Are Here" is a meditative take my youthful summers at a remote lake in Northern Ontario.

You Are Here from Deborah Ethier on Vimeo.

The other, "We Have Passed this Way Before" takes our backcountry travels in the Southwest as its inspiration:

We Have Passed this Way Before from Deborah Ethier on Vimeo.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Titania Sleeps

Have just finished a short (2:43) animated musical/visual homage to Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", at least the parts of it concerning Titania, Oberon and Puck. It's a slightly different take on parts of the story, but one that uses some of the words and phrases from the original. I loved making it; figures, backgrounds, little detail animations, everything! I've kind of settled into a mixture of stop motion and motion graphics as my medium, at least for now. At any rate, here is the film, followed by production stills. I hope you enjoy it!

Titania Sleeps from Deborah Ethier on Vimeo.

Here are some stills:

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

New Film Completed!

"Gonna Roll Them Bones" is done! Here is an embedded version of the film on Vimeo. I'll put up production stills in a separate post. Enjoy!

Gonna Roll Them Bones from Deborah Ethier on Vimeo.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Origins Film Festival!

Just back from a long weekend in Columbus to attend the Origins Films Festival, associated with the Origins Game Fair. It was a great event and I was able to watch a really wide variety of films, meet some great people and see my first two little films on a big(ger) screen in front of a real, live audience. They have screened elsewhere but too far away for me to attend, so this was my first experience actually being in the audience as they screen. I am happy to say that they didn't blow up the projector and the audience laughed at all the jokes. What more could you want? The Film Festival organisers took good care of us and were wonderful people. The initial email communication was prompt, thorough and detailed which isn't always the case with festivals. I learned a lot this weekend, coming from my isolation as a hermit-filmmaker.

My films were in the Saturday at 1:00 block.

The Game Fair itself was incredible as well; so many new games and endless opportunities to test out new releases or revisit old favourites. There were thousands upon thousands of attendees milling about hundreds and hundreds of booths at the Fair and it got a bit overwhelming at times. One word of advice: pre-register!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Gonna Roll Them Bones

Work is hurtling along on the newest Anachronaut adventure wherein Yorick and his crew become involved in the world of gaming....involuntarily. Here is the trailer, with the film's projected completion date "sometime late June-ish into July". Enjoy!

Trailer for "Gonna Roll Them Bones" from Deborah Ethier on Vimeo.