Screen WM has announced this year's final six commissioned short films in their popular Digishorts contest, and a third of them are animated.Animation Forum WM members Nice Monster Studios and Dice Productions have been commissioned to produce Best and All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) respectively, with the latter currently looking to "expand it's rota of local 2D freelancers as work starts to increase."Work would be occasional and out of studio but it'd be nice to be able to give out work to as many local animators as possible," says Louis Hudson of Dice."We're looking for really strong traditional, frame-by-frame character animators with experience of working with thumbnails and action poses. Preferably able to draw straight into Flash and have an understanding of After Effects."The studio is also looking for 2D Flash and After Effects specialists, Clean Up Artists, Illustrators and Background Artists. Interested animators should email links to showreels/artwork/websites to firstname.lastname@example.org. More details will appear in the next AFWM newsletter to all members.
The final six films were selected from over 130 entries to the annual scheme, which offers funding of up to £10,000 per film, professional training and one-to-one mentoring.
Last year saw The Brothers McLeod's acclaimed The Moon Bird produced through the scheme, while there was special effects or post-production work for studios such as Eight Eyed Sea Bass, Big Button, Aquila TV, and Second Home Productions.
Best and All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) are joined in the scheme by Copier, Fifty, Luv'in the Black Country, and Rolling Steel.
A tester trailer for All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) can be viewed below: