Friday, May 04, 2007

CLYDE HENRY


Well, the Clyde Henry train has finally pulled into the station and arrived with a suitcase filled with menace and particularities! Madame Tutli Putli, I have been awaiting your visual haunting for what seems an eternity now. Not that anyone is reading this blog anymore but the impending clickety clack of this film is enough to break my stopped motion and begin to turn the hamster wheel again!! Here is the synopsis of the film:

Madame Tutli-Putli boards the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past.

She travels alone, facing both the kindness and menace of strangers. As day descends into dark, she finds herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure. Adrift between real and imagined worlds, Madame Tutli-Putli confronts her demons and is drawn into an undertow of mystery and suspense.

The Clyde Henry's are the team of Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski. You wouldn't know it to see it but this is their first professional film. The trailer alone reveals beautiful animation, the sets meticulous and the music will no doubt be epic ( as it was composed by David Bryant, who was one of the founding members of Godspeed You Black Emperor). This film has been an epic in itself as it has taken at least 5 years to make. To see it you can go to Annecy this year or just go and collect the snippets of isolated mementos and details at the Official NFB site and watch the trailer and the interviews. But I am sure this film will be making it's way through a festival town near you!

Also, there is actual news on the Clyde Henry site about their future projects which include 'The Seige of Quebec' with Momentum Theatre for a t.v. mini-series. And, they are working with Bruce MacDonald's production company to adapt Chester Brown's, Ed the Happy Clown, to film.
Great STUFF!! So go my lemmings and wait for the Northern train to take you over the surreal cliff and into the desolate landmindscape of Madame Tutli Putli.

UPDATE: Cartoonbrew post
Drawn! post
and better still: Jason Walker's site (who worked on Madame Tutli-Putli)

8 comments:

Esn said...

Hey, I'm reading. :)

From time to time.

I agree that it looks like an impressive film, though I'd have to see it to really judge. What strikes me most is how physically worn out the directors look... I really think they've earned a nice vacation; maybe a hike somewhere. Nova Scotia has some very nice places. :)

Check out my website, by the way... I'm planning to post some things from time to time, though perhaps it's best to do it in another place (eg. create a "community" and post there). I haven't really decided on the best place to post things for now.

Esn said...

In fact, it looks like Amid from CartoonBrew.com is reading as well, since he mentioned you as a source:
http://www.cartoonbrew.com/shorts/madame-tutli-putli

jeff said...

Thanks ESN! Things are a little off-track here in this tiny bunny hole of mine but I am slowly gathering steam.

Yes, I hope the story is as good as the visuals just like in any film. But it is already successful in it's addition to the Canadian independent landscape. And by that I mean an independent scene with an artistic vision and not just some people in a basement trying to catch the attention of Teletoon. Added to that for me is that they chose stop-motion and not CG. Everyone is complaining about the State of the industry and here is a good place to look at how it is getting better. (Even if it did take years off their lives!)

jeff said...

BTW, I only briefly checked out your site but I am going to definately sidle alongside it with a hot cup of coffee. Great to see that you are posting as you have a lot of insight into the animation world.

esn said...

I'll be going away for a week tommorow, but meanwhile...

Here's one of the most impressively-directed animated films I've ever seen:
http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=2717941286977874486&hl=en-CA

I've been translating it into English for the past month or so. It came out in 1988 in the Soviet Union and is criminally obscure; few people in Russia know about it, and I'll bet nobody outside of Russia has even seen it.

It starts out a little slow, but if you keep watching past the two-minute mark... it gets interesting.

jeff said...

That is больш! I just sat down and checked out your site...very sweet. I think there has always been a strong interest in Russian animation so keep on posting!! Thanx again and I hope to hear back from you when you return!

j.

TempleDog said...

Hey! TempleDog here, from the TAIS blog. Madi Piller, TAIS head-honcho, had a chance to visit the set and meet the filmmakers, and yeah, they look that tired for a reason. Check this link:

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=webmasternfb

They've posted a few docs on the making of, inspiration, production process, all that good stuff. They've gotta be screening this in Ottawa this year, really lookin' forward to seeing this one. Hey, If yer at the Auberge this year, mebbe I'll run into ya.

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