The Renter SOUNDTRACK now available for DOWNLOAD / Oct, 2012
You can now download Jeff Shiffman's amazing score and soundtrack to The Renter. Get the file here: http://soundcloud.com/jeff-shiffman/sets/the-renter-soundtrack
THE ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS / Sept, 2012
The newest edition of The Animation Show of Shows will be available in a couple of weeks. I pleased that The Renter has been included! ou can learn more or purchase the box set here: www.filmporium.com. I'll post more when the set is available.
THE RENTER goes ONLINE! / Sept, 2012
The Renter will premiere online on September 19th in all it's glory. You can see it here or at some of your favorite sites including cartoonbrew, shortoftheweek, motionographer, vimeo, youtube, etc. If you haven't seen the film in a while, or have never had the opportunity, here's your chance! Tell your friends!!!
STILL GOING STRONG / July, 2012
The Renter has screened at more than 85 festivals around the world and received numerous awards and accolades. We've had a lot of fun attending festivals and making new friends. We'd just like to say THANKS! Thanks to everyone for all the support and to the festivals for showcasing our work.
BEST ANIMATION at CLARE VALLEY/ May, 2012
The Renter not only went to Clare Valley, that's in Australia, for a film festival... but it won Best Animation! That's right. Woo hoo! We're so excited! Thanks to everyone at the festival for the award. We had to send an acceptance speech on video. Being in front of cameras makes me nervous, but don't tell anyone :)
MEO AWARD at Festival MONSTRA/ April, 2012
At first I thought it was MEOWWWWWW, but there's no W. It's still a lot of fun though! The Meo Award is for the Best International Student Animation at Festival MONSTRA in Portugal. I love Portugal. They've been so good to us. The Prize is a huge honor and another I wish we could have accepted in person.
THE BRONZE JABBERWOCKY!/ March, 2012
The Bronze Jabberwocky has arrived. What's a Bronze Jabberwocky you ask? It's a tasty prize from Etiuda & Anima, a wonderful animation festival in Poland. No you can eat it, but "tasty" is such a nice adjective, it's just hard not to use sometimes. Now we have something pretty to put on the shelf.
2 BIG AWARDS. 1 NIGHT. / December, 2011
Last night, The Renter won the Grand Prix at Cinanima (Portugal), and the coveted Special Jury Prize at the Bradford Animation Festival (UK). It was an exciting evening with a flurry of emails, messages, and a late night call from a friendly group of excited Portuguese. We're excited too!!!
The Renter QUALIFIES for the 2012 ACADEMY AWARDS / November, 2011
The Renter won the Grand Jury Award for Best Animation at the Atlanta Film Festival last April. Now it qualifies for the 2012 Academy Awards in the Short Animation category. We just submitted our application in Beverly Hills. Wish us luck!!!
GRAND PRIZE at OTTAWA!!! / September, 2011
That's right, this weekend The Renter won the Grand Prize for Best Student Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in Canada. This is so awesome. It's a tremendous honor an one we are eternally grateful for. I just wish we could have been there to accept the award! Thanks to everyone at the festival.
INTERVIEW in ANIMATION REPORTER / October, 2011
Here's a great article about The Renter in India's premiere animation magazine. It covers some different ground than the one on Cartoon Brew. Well worth the read!
LOOK! MORE AWARDS / September, 2011
It's been an exciting few months. The Renter has been busy out on the festival circuit. We've pulled in a few new awards: "Best Student Animation" at Animation Festival Tindirindis, "Best Student Animation" at Anifest Rozafa, "2nd Place" at Computer Space 2011, and "Best Animation" at Cabbagetown FF, just to name a few.
Check out the awards page for a full update.
FINALIST for STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS / August, 2011
The Renter is in competition with 8 other films for the Student Academy Award in Animation. We never really thought of it as an "academy" type film, so we're pleased it's made it this far.
FESTIVALS + FESTIVALS / April, 2011
The Renter won has been accepted to a bunch of new festivals. Check out the Festivals & Awards page for an update. If we could only go everywhere with it. It's currently on it's way to Australia, Germany, Israel, Scotland, Russia, Greece, England, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Japan, Canada, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, and a number of other places. Can you say wanderlust?
INTERVIEW @ CARTOON BREW / December, 2010
Hot off the Annie Award Nomination, Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew did an amazing interview with me about The Renter. He's an incredible writer and it was an honor for him to ask me so many questions. It's a great read. We talk a lot about the background of the film, how it was made, and the difficulties of creating independent animation in the States. Read the interview here.
ANNIE? / December, 2010
The Renter has been nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Short. What an honor! We're thrilled to be in consideration against the likes of Pixar, WB, and Bill Plympton. The award ceremony is early next year in Los Angeles. Come out and support us. We need all the help we can get.