To start off, and used as filler in between different sections throughout, was episodes from he fantastic Panique au Village. If you've never seen this series, I suggest, no, I demand you hunt it down (I hear they screen it on Nickelodeon sometimes). Animated in stop-motion using little toy cowboys and Indians (and a horse with a great sounding voice), it hard to describe other than the fact that every single moment is enough to have you stitches. Even just he way the characters wobble about when they walk is enough o crack you up. If you don't laugh out loud watching this at least once, you have no soul. Great comic timing, and despite being in French you really don't need to know what the characters are saying: it's visual gags translate into any language.
Moving on to how my films went down: I did write up some stuff to say for my introduction, but didn't end up actually using it and just stuttered along, missing out most of the things I was going to say! My films went down pretty well, I think. People clapped and laughed through RabRab, so they can't of been that bad! Thanks to everyone who turned up! =D
Chris Shepherd, who came down from London, had some sausage and mash, then came in to talk about his films, was brilliant, a real nice guy. Quite a few of his film's were screened, including one of his first ever pieces of animation, a funny little clay short called 'Jungle' that was very Trap Door-like. After that he moved on to 2D animated work he produced for Channel 4, which featured some fantastic acting and movement, especially in the film 'Broken Jaw'. His more recent stuff, when he really found his "voice", as he put it, such as 'Dad's Dead' and 'Silence is Golden' are far more darker than his previous works but just as funny (in their own twisted ways) and even more imaginative, which just about anything coming to life around he often live-action acting. Breathtaking stuff, I tells ya, his films have you on the edge of your seat.
The Eco Shorts competition films were short and sweet, including one from my mate Euan (which you can see here, actually) and another from classmate Steve, who turned out to be the winner! For some daft reason, the guy running the competition was supposed to give away a Sony Camcorder and Playstation (can't remember if it was a PS2 or 3), seeing as they sponsored the thing and all, but apparently he already gave them away on something else involving his class, so Steve just got a little Stills camera instead! I smell something wrong afoot there! =Y
In total the Pod was hardly packed with people, but for how little advertising the thing got it didn't do too bad. By the evening there was only me and the people who set the thing up though, as most people didn't hang around for the whole day! Still, the evening when it was just us, Chris Shepherd and Yousaf Ali Khan (a short film maker who showed two of his films, Skin Deep and Talking with Angels, both very well directed yet depressing films) having a long chat, was very laid back and a really enjoyable get together. Chris gave me a DVD copy of Silence is Golden too, which is nice!