A short film developed as part of a novel experiment in film education at the University of Portsmouth will be shown at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in the summer. The film has been accepted for the 2018 Short Film Corner.
‘Uncle Griot’ has been produced to showcase ‘Stina and the Wolf’, a feature length CGI film created by Foam Digital, a collaboration with University staff and students, industry, alumni and pupils from the Gregg School in Southampton. The aim is to provide a learning experience not available at any other UK university and to increase the employment prospects of the students.
Paul Charisse, a lecturer in Animation and lead producer of the Stina project, along with Alex Counsell, Principal Technician for Creative Technologies, will attend the Festival (8 to 19 May) to pitch to producers for further funding for the continued development of the project.
Paul said: “"We're thrilled to be able to show off our film at Cannes and feel it really does show off the hard work, talent and dedication put in by everyone involved.”
Stina and the Wolf uses modern production techniques to match those currently used in the film industry. These range from established filmmaking techniques, such as extensive production design and storyboarding, through to the latest techniques in pre-production, performance capture and animation. In combination with this, Foam Digital are using state of the art visual effects, rendering and compositing techniques to ensure that students receive a realistic experience of working in the industry.
Watch a trailer for Stina and the Wolf below: