We received a lovely email over Christmas from a very sweet Dad of two little girls, Mary and Louisa. He wanted to share with us the fantastic 3D model he made for them to play with. - I wonder if he could send us a bunch......
We have worked hard to combine all the best of the past few years along with some upcoming projects that are in the pipeline.
Some of the projects you will see include our feature films Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells. Also showing is The Ledge End of Phil (from accounting), Somewhere Down the Line, Old Fangs, Puffin Rock and possible upcoming projects Dorg van Dango and Ellie the Ace.
Animation Ireland, the trade association representing Ireland’s best animation studios, was formally launched today (8th September) in Dublin by the Director General of RTÉ, Dee Forbes. The association is the voice of the Irish animation sector whose core objective is to establish Ireland as a creative centre for Content and Technology by focusing on growth, developing an innovation culture and creating competitive advantage for members.
The Irish animation industry has witnessed substantial growth in the last decade. It is a central and important component of Ireland’s digital and creative economy, employing 1,600 full-time staff. The Irish passion for storytelling and the arts. They are the flagship of our folklore and have created a culture which is ideally suited for the creativity of world class animation studios.
Speaking at the launch Dee Forbes said: “Animation companies in Ireland are growing, attracting investment and ownership interest from overseas and, in turn, providing new opportunities for some of our most talented young creative graduates.The creation of Animation Ireland is an important step in strengthening the voice of the animation sector to communicate better and more coherently with policy makers.
She continued: “I am very aware that the sector would like RTÉ to do more. In late 2015 RTÉ announced a new three-year strategy for animation which included initiatives for developing companies, increased investment in content and support for international co-productions. This strategy runs until the end of 2018”.
Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland added: “Since 2005, Enterprise Ireland has partnered with Irish animation SMEs on a path of development and growth. The number of companies in the sector has more than tripled and is expanding with the emergence of new High Potential Start-Ups. We look forward to working with Animation Ireland companies as they scale internationally, creating jobs and growth at home in Ireland”.
Recently we worked on a project for Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin. The film, which is the only resource of its kind in Ireland, takes Temple Street mascots Ben and Tara on a fun guided tour inside the beloved children’s hospital as they prepare to have an operation. It will be used to help prepare younger children coming to the hospital for surgery and to explain in simple, understandable terms what is involved in every stage of the process. We were so happy and proud to work on this project and now you can get a sneak peek at what we created and if you want to learn more about
Cartoon Saloon and Butler Gallery's recent work for the Song of the Sea exhibition has been nominated for an Allianz Business to Arts award for 2016. The shortlist demonstrates the cultural, social and economic proceeds generated when the two collaborate for their own benefit and the benefit of society at large.
For the 25th year, the award sculpture has been commissioned by DAA and this year’s award was created by Northern Ireland artist Cara Murphy. ‘Destination’ consists of 25 silver birds in recognition of 25 years of the Business to Arts awards it shows the different flight paths of the birds that suggest business and the arts combine to work together, thus showing how creative ideas can grow and take flight often spreading and creating new opportunities and ideas.
Best Mid-Size Sponsorship – over €15,000 – €50,000 value
Cartoon Saloon & The Butler Gallery
JAM Media & Animation Dingle
A&L Goodbody & Suas Educational Development
Accenture & Royal Irish Academy
We are extremely honored to be shortlisted in this category and wish all our fellow nominees the best of luck. See you all at the Bord Gais energy theatre on September 19th.