Pukeko Pictures successful at MipCom Jr with Trooper Tom

21 10 2008

Trooper Tom

Trooper Tom


Children‟s television production and licensing company, Chapman Entertainment, successfully cemented a partnership in Cannes last week with Pukeko Pictures, with interest received in their new joint venture from 15 broadcasters over two days at MIPCOM JR.

Pukeko Pictures is the new children‟s television venture of Martin Baynton and Richard Taylor – five times Academy Award winning Creative Director and Co-Owner of NZ‟s Weta Workshop.

Trooper Tom (working title) is a state of the art CGI animated adventure series aimed at 6-12 year old boys. It is set on an epic stage with Shakespearean villainy, a wry sense of humour and breathtaking action. Half human, half robot, all hero – Trooper Tom is a futuristic Pinocchio, an experimental android infused with human DNA. The series is jointly led by Richard Taylor, Martin Baynton, and Chapman Entertainment‟s Creative Director, Keith Chapman. The production will be made by Weta Workshop at their New Zealand studios.

Chapman comments: “We are always looking for gaps in the market to fill, and this partnership with Pukeko Pictures provides an opportunity to do just that. We are really excited about this great new sci-fi series and even more excited about working with Weta Workshop, who are the best in the business in their field.” Richard Taylor, comments: “We are incredibly excited by our relationship with Chapman Entertainment and the first property that we have developed with them. The experience of presenting our show together in Cannes was nothing short of fantastic and the reactions to Trooper Tom was very rewarding.” This new 26 x 22 minute animation involves action, speed, heroism and some seriously cool adventures with the greatest battle machines ever invented.

Pukeko Pictures also unveiled their delightful new pre-school series The WotWots at MIPCOM JR last week, with great success. The WotWots follows the adventures of two small puppet-like aliens – a brother and sister – who come to explore planet Earth in their steam powered spaceship.Trooper Tom





Weta and Chapman Entertainment team up on Childrens TV project

29 11 2007

Jane and the Dragon
Jane and the Dragon

Two of the established creative forces in family entertainment, New Zealand based Weta Productions and Chapman Entertainment, from the UK, are forming a unique partnership to develop a range of childrens’ television properties. The first venture will be an animated comedy targeted at boys between six and nine.

The two companies host impressive track records in their respective fields. Chapman Entertainment is renowned for its hit international pre-school shows Fifi and the Flowertots and Roary the Racing Car, these follow Keith Chapman’s creation of the global phenomenon Bob the Builder. Fifi, Roary and Bob currently feature in the UK’s top six selling pre-school toy licenses and have enjoyed impressive television sales to over 200 territories.

Weta, is the multi Academy and BAFTA Award winning company acknowledged as a world leader in special effects following the global success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia. Weta has also recently ventured into children’s television, through Weta Productions, with the production of the animated series, Jane and the Dragon, which has received critical acclaim.

The development project will be jointly led by Martin Baynton and Richard Taylor of Weta and Chapman Entertainment’s Creative Director, Keith Chapman. They are working on a selection of 2D and CGI animated properties which will be presented to broadcasters and the licensing community in the near future, with pre-production expected to commence in 2008.

“Weta are the world leaders in their field and we are thrilled and extremely proud to be combining our respective skills to work on this exciting development,” says Keith Chapman. “This special new partnership takes Chapman Entertainment to an important new phase in the company’s history and will add a new age group to our portfolio of shows.”

“We have been fortunate to have worked with just brilliant film makers such as Peter Jackson, Andrew Adamson, James Cameron and Steven Spielberg”, says Richard Taylor “And we are once again fortunate to work with someone as renowned as Keith Chapman and the team at Chapman Entertainment. Weta Productions is looking forward to building on the success of Jane and the Dragon with these new properties”.





NZ film in running for World’s Best 60 sec film

19 09 2007

A new Zealand made film – ‘GRAHAM’ has made the 2007 Filminute Shortlist! 25 films have been chosen from 800 submissions from 45 countries to be presented from September 1-30. ‘GRAHAM’ is the only NZ submission to be selected which is pretty cool.

The film is a kooky mix of a animation and sound design conceived by sibling designers Paul and Kahra Scott-James. Paul’s past life in sculpture and visual design is personifed in the not so perfectly formed GRAHAM with Kahra’s sound design accentuating his anarchic yet comic world. Her 2-piece band O.D.D (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) complete the soundtrack with a cut from their aptly titled tune ‘quit’.

2006 attracted audiences from over 50 countries with 1.7 millions hits during the festival month of September and Head of Jury and Filminute co-founder John Ketchum has gathered an eclectic, contemporary, and international mix of luminaries from the filmmaking, literature, arts and communications industries. “I’m thrilled with the group we’ve assembled for 2007 and can’t wait to see how they judge what is bound to be an even stronger shortlist of
international films and filmmakers.”

Jury members include
Kevin Roberts – CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world’s leading creative organizations, employing over 7000 people in 83 countries. Also the author of Sisomo:The Future on Screen, a book that looks at the central role of sight, sound and motion and the impact these element have in accelerating emotional connections in the digital age.

Michael Ondaatje – Award winning novelist and poet whose Booker Prize winning work The English Patient was adapted into an Academy Award and Bafta-winning film by Anthony Minghella. Ondaatje is also the author of The Conversations: Walter Murch & The Art Of Editing Film, an invaluable non-fiction work that explores the uniquely powerful role of the editor within the creative process of filmmaking.

Samira Makhmalbaf – Award-winning Iranian filmmaker whose 1998 film Sib (aka The Apple) was accepted to the official selection at Cannes Film Festival making her the youngest director (18 years old) to achieve that feat.

Kenichi Kondo, The Mori Art Museum Tokyo – as a curator with a specialty in video art, Kenichi Kondo has been responsible for strengthening the Mori’s focus on contemporary art and culture through his various initiatives.

Klaus Eder – General Secretary of FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique), the international body of professional film critics and film journalists based in Munich. FIPRESCI awards carry great distinction and are given out at the world’s leading film festivals to films that advance the art of cinema.

Vot now on www.filminute.com





Flux Animation play their part in Academy Award win

27 02 2007

Congratulations goes out to Flux Animation Studio for their part in the award of best documentary feature at the Academy Awards™ for Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.

Flux worked on the feature film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, which documents Al Gore’s campaigning on climate change. The film is won best documentary feature in the glamorous annual awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood.

Flux created two animated sequences in the 90-minute film, and the same sequences have also been screening as a backdrop to Al Gore on stages throughout the world when he has delivered his highly-acclaimed environmental speeches.

Flux animator Fraser Monroe directed one sequence, which was based on the parable of the boiled frog in which a frog remains in water that is gradually heated until boiling. Andrew Newland directed the other sequence, which centres on the plight of a polar bear searching desperately for a scrap of polar ice.

“An Inconvenient Truth’ has grossed More than US$43 million (NZ$58.5 million) since in was released in May 2006. It currently ranks the United States’ third-highest grossing documentary in the past 25 years, behind ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ and ‘March of the Penguins’





A great animation clip

12 12 2006

While this is not from New Zealand, I think this clip is worthwhile adding to show everyone.

It is an amazing stop motion battle between two friends turned enemies.


Written and Directed by: Paul Cummings and Tony Fiandaca
Starring: Paul Cummings and Tony Fiandaca
Edited by: Paul Cummings
Music by: Chris Donovan