The Call of the Wild is a vibrant story of Buck, a big and kind-hearted dog, a crossbreed of a St. Bernard and a Scotch Collie, whose carefree life of leisure was suddenly upset when he was stolen from his home in Santa Clara County, California, and deported up north to be sold in Skagway, Alaska. Buck was then taken further north, to Dawson City, Yukon, during the late 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand.
As a newcomer to the dog team delivery service – and not before long their front-runner – Buck, a dog like no other, who had been spoiled and who had suffered, but could not be broken, is having the time of his life. Forced to fight to survive, eventually taken by his last owner, John Thornton, to proximity of the Arctic Circle, somewhere between Yukon and Alaska, he progressively depends on his primal instincts, sheds the comforts of civilization and responds to ‘the call of the wild’, as master of his own destiny.
Director: Chris Sanders
Duration: 1h 40m
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Owl and the Pussycat set sail with their few precious possessions on a journey in which they learn nothing and lose everything except each other.
This four minute film by Mole Hill has been made using an innovative ‘waximation’ technique to mark the 150th anniversary of Edward Lear’s evergreen nonsense poem.
‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ is a long-gestating project developing the waximation technique first used by Mole in ‘The Fat Cat’. Having repeatedly drawn on Edward Lear’s poem as a subject for paintings and drawings the occasion of the 150th anniversary of its publication gave Mole the impetus – and deadline – to turn the images into a film.
With most of the world under COVID lockdown restrictions Mole took to his garage and began the task of etching the film into a thin layer of wax one frame at a time. Shot on Dragonframe and edited in After Effects and Premiere the filming took about three months to complete. ‘Making of’ clips are available to view on Mole’s Instagram account (hill.mole).
BAFTA Film Awards 2021 – Winner – Best British Short Animation
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