Pádraig receiving his SDGI award from Tomm Moore

Pádraig and our narrator Frank Kelly

Orla's paint-on-glass setup


Green Crocodile at his Galway Film Fleadh premiere
The Film

“The Rooster, the Crocodile and the Night Sky” is a tale of passion, loss, surreal comedy and explosive violence. The film is animated in a cut-out style and combines a variety of elements such as cardboard, tinfoil, paint on glass animation and super 8 film footage to create a dreamy, hand-made aesthetic.

It premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland on the 12th July 2008.

The film can now be viewed in full on The Irish Film Board website:
www.thisisirishfilm.ie/shorts/the-rooster-the-crocodile-and-the-night-sky

 

This film was produced under the FRAMEWORKS scheme with
the support of The Irish Film Board, The Arts Council and RTÉ.



Awards & Nominations

Annie Award nomination for Best Short Subject, 1 December 2009
“The Rooster, the Crocodile and the Night Sky” has been nominated for an ASIFA-Hollywood Annie award for Best Short Animation by the International Animated Film Society. The awards will take place in Los Angeles on February 6th 2010.

The filmmakers will be attending the Annie Awards cermony at UCLA's Royce Hall thanks to the support of Culture Ireland and the National Film School.


Culture Ireland is an Irish State agency that promotes the best of Ireland's arts culture internationally and assists in the development of Ireland international cultural relations.

The National Film School is a centre of excellence for education and training in film, animation, boradcasting and digital media.

Special Mention Corona Cork Film Festival - Claire Lynch Award for Best First-Time Irish Director of a Short Film, 20 October 2008
"This film’s anarchic sense of humour and fresh story-telling captivated both the jury and the audience. An innovative and impressive first film, this director is also someone to watch out for in the coming years."

Screen Directors Guild of Ireland Award, 19 September 2008
We are delighted to announce that "The Rooster, the Crocodile and the Night Sky" has been officially selected as the supporting animation film for the 2008 SDGI Finders Series. It was selected from all the animation shorts entered into the Galway Film Fleadh 2008 as the single film to support the winner of the Finders Series - the animated feature film "The Secret of Kells" directed by Tomm Moore from The Cartoon Saloon. The films were screened at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood on the 19th September 2008.

The Filmmakers on making Rooster

Director Pádraig Fagan:

“The Rooster, the Crocodile and the Night Sky' is the first professional short film I wrote and directed. It was a new experience to be paid money to make a short film, and as a result I became quite intoxicated by the extravagance and decadence of it all. Parts of it seemed very ridiculous. We discovered at one point that the cardboard from boxes of a particular brand of granola bar worked really well with watercolours. Of course we ended up buying boxes and boxes of them to make characters and backgrounds. The bars became a staple of our diet during the production.

We mixed super-8 film footage, paint on glass animation, and cardboard cut out animation (scanning the cardboard cut outs into the computer for animation). It was exciting not knowing exactly how the film would look in the end. I think that visually the film fits together quite well despite the media being so mixed.

The look is partly inspired by great Russian cut out animation, like the work of Yuri Norstein and partly inspired by wandering, voice-over driven Monty Python sketches. It's held together and condensed by the narration and much of the strange logic of the world is built on puns and wordplay.”


Technical Director/Animator Eimhin McNamara:

“To create an organic atmosphere in the film, we utilised tinfoil, cotton wool, pressed  flowers, corrugated cardboard and any other scraps we had lying around. The characters were created mostly using thin packaging cardboard, each part painted and individually cut out with a scalpel (for the Rooster alone there were over 980 separate parts). The animation was a mixture of cut-out on computer with hand drawn details, along with a painted-on-glass sea and sunrise. The character designs and styling of the animation was kept bold and dynamic. These elements were then digitally composited together, lighting and layering the scenes so they felt like a real set under an actual camera.

One notable shot, when the mouse is waking up, involved animating the character interacting with his pressed-leaf bedding; to accomplish this I first worked out the character’s poses, noting what shifts in form the leaf would need to make. I then scanned the pressed-leaf, bent the it a little and scanned it again, bent it a bit more and scanned it again, etc, until a thorough breakdown in its transition was attained. This back and forth between the analogue and the digital was a constant part of the animation process and the film production in general, and helped us to achieve a more effective integration of the components on screen.”

Credits

Writer/Director - Padraig Fagan
Technical Direction/Animation - Eimhin McNamara
Narrator - Frank Kelly

Additional Animation - Padraig Fagan & Orla McHardy


“Danger Music”
Composed and Performed by Pat Fagan

Francisco Tarrega’s “Study in E Minor”
Performed by Pat Fagan

Sound Recording - Kieran Horgan

Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9 in D Minor”
Excerpts performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Gerhard Markson
Licensed from RTÉ Performing Groups

Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9 in D minor,
Op.125  Choral: Finale – Presto”
Performed by the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Richard Edlinger
Record Label - HNH International
Licensed from e-classical (Sweden)

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty Op. 66a”
Excerpts from “Panorama” and “Adagio - Pas d´action”,
Performed by the Philharmonia Cassovia
Conducted by Andrew Mogrelia
Record Label - HNH International
Licensed from e-classical (Sweden)

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty Op 66a” – “Apotheose”
Performed by the Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Andrew Mogrelia
Licensed from Select Music UK

Final Sound Mix - Peter Blayney, Ardmore Sound

Production Assistant - Éamonn O’Neill
Associate Producer - Niamh O’Donoghue
Producer - Barry O’Donoghue
Irish Film Board Short Schemes Co-ordinator - Suzanne Keane

Thanks to
Brendan McCarthy & Fionnuala Sweeney (The Arts Council)
Fran Byrne Keaveney & Emma Scott (IFB)
Eilish Kent & Seamus Duggan (RTÉ)
Simon Perry & Louise Ryan (IFB)
Florence Brument (Filmbase)
Alan Collins (Ardmore Sound)
Gareth Costello (RTÉ Performing Groups)
Eliana Pulvirenti, Alexandra Hudd, Kelly Parsons
(Dolby Labs UK)

All the supportive staff at the Irish Film Board

Special Thanks to

Pat & Bernadette Fagan
Matt
& Ruth O'Donoghue

Festivals & Screenings

Portobello Film Festival
London, UK, 1-8 September 2011
www.portobellofilmfestival.com

London International Animation Festival
The Barbican, London, UK, 26 August – 4 September 2011
The film will be screening at a special focus session on the technique of cut-out animation.

www.liaf.org.uk

Melbourne International Animation Festival
Australia, 19-26 June 2011
Special Focus on Cut-outs: Screening at 4pm, Sunday 26th June
www.miaf.net/2011/cutouts.html

Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival
Gortahork, Co. Donegal, Ireland, 10-16 June 2011
www.guthgafa.com

Zaragoza Cinematheque
Zaragoza City, Spain, 6-9 October 2010
www.filmotecazaragoza.com

Culture Night Screenings
Filmbase, Dublin, Ireland, 24th September 2010
www.culturenight.ie

ANIMADRID - The International Festival of the Animated Image of Pozuelo de Alarcón-Community of Madrid

Madrid, Spain, September 23rd to October 1st, 2010
www.animadrid.com

20th Cairo International Film Festival for Children
Cairo, Egypt, 10-14 March 2010 (
Screening in competition)
www.cairofilmfest.org

Para Ninos – Animated Shorts for Children
Sala Parpallo, Valencia, Spain, 19th December - 31st January
http://www.salaparpallo.com/en__ficha_nnmm.html?cnt_id=2086

Capital Irish Film Festival

Washington DC, USA, 10-20 December 2009
www.solasnua.org

10th Edition of britspotting - the British and Irish Film Festival
Berlin, Germany, 13-15 November 2009
www.britspotting.de

23rd Braunschweig International Film Festival
Braunschweig, Germany, 10-15 November 2009
www.filmfest-braunschweig.de

1st Asheville International Children's Festival
Asheville, North Carolina, USA, 7-8 November 2009
www.aicff.org

The Samhlaiocht Kerry Film Festival
Tralee, Ireland, October 31st to November 7th 2009
www.kerryfilmfestival.com

7th Mumia Underground World Animation Festival
18-25 October, Betim, Brasil, Gloria Cine Theatre, local schools and suburb open air sessions
26th October to 1st November, Belo Horizonte, Brasil, Humberto Mauro Cinema, Art Palace and local schools.
The film is screening in competition at the 7th Mumia Underground World Animation Festival where 61 films from 27 countries will compete for the Best International Animation Award.
mumiainternational.blogspot.com/

August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 9-12 July 2009
http://www.augustwilsoncenter.org/home.php

Anima Mundi - 17th International Animation Festival
Rio de Janeiro July 10-19, São Paulo July 22-26, 2009
Screening in competition
www.animamundi.com.br

13th Edition Cartoons on the Bay
International Television and Multimedia Animation Festival

Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino, Italy, 2–4 April 2009
Screening in the INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE
www.cartoonsbay.com

9th Belfast Film Festival, Northern Ireland, 26 March – 4 April 2009
Jameson Short Film Competition,
Programme 3, QFT, Saturday 4th April, 2pm – 4.55pm
www.belfastfilmfestival.org

Redcat International Children’s Film Festival
Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theatre, Los Angeles, USA,
21st February – 8th March 2009
Screenings: Living Large - Folktales to Remember:
3:00pm, Saturday 28th February;
1:30pm, Saturday 7th March
http://www.redcat.org/season/0809/fv/childrensfest.php

Chicago Irish Film Festival, Chicago, USA, 6-11 March, 2009
www.chicagoirishfilmfestival.com

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival,
Cork, Ireland, 12-22 February 2009
Screening at the IFI: Irish Film Board Shorts, 18:30, Thursday 19th February
www.jdiff.com

4th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle,
Seattle, USA 23 January – 1 February 2009
Living Large: Folktales to Remember
www.nwfilmforum.org/go/childrensfilmfest/cffseattle.htm

53rd Corona Cork Film Festival, Cork, Ireland, 12-19 October 2008
Special Mention for "The Rooster, The Crocodile And The Night Sky" directed by Padraig Fagan.
Corona Cork Film Festival
Claire Lynch Award for Best First-Time Irish Director of a Short Film
:
www.corkfilmfest.org

Film Industry Night at Villa Lounge,
West Hollywood, USA, 30 September 2008
www.villalounge.com

Screen Directors Guild of Ireland Directors Finders Series 2008,
Directors Guild of America, Hollywood, USA, 19 September 2008
"The Rooster, the Crocodile and the Night Sky" was officially selected as the supporting animation film for the 2008 SDGI Finders Series. It was selected from all the animation shorts entered into the Galway Film Fleadh 2008 as the single film to support the winner of the Finders Series - the animated feature film "The Secret of Kells" directed by Tomm Moore from The Cartoon Saloon. The films were screened at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood for an industry audience on the 19th September 2008.
www.sdgi.ie
www.dga.org

Electric Picnic Art & Music Festival, Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland, 29-31 August 2008
www.electricpicnic.ie

Galway Film Fleadh, Galway, Ireland, 8-13 July 2008
www.galwayfilmfleadh.com

 

This film was produced under the FRAMEWORKS scheme with the support of
The Irish Film Board, The Arts Council and RTÉ.



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