Press Kit

Press Kit – Neck and Neck

Genre:                                         Animation

Year of production:                 2016

BW / Colour:                             Colour

Running Time:                          5 minutes (00:05:00)

Screening Format:                  DCP
Pro Res HQ 4096×2160
Pro Res Lt 4096×2160
Pro Res HQ 1920×1080
Pro Res Lt 1920×1080

Aspect Ratio:                           4096×2160 1.9:1
1920×1080 1.78:1 (Letterbox)

Sound:                                        Stereo

Director and Distribution:     Shaun Clark

Company:                                  Mew Lab

Address:                                     Mew Lab, 100 Bradshaw Road, Watford, WD24 4DF, England.

Telephone:                                (+44) 7985 596070

Email:                                          shaun@mewlab.com

Website:                                    www.mewlab.com

Production Company:            Th1ng “Film Club”

Contact:                                      Sue Loughlin

Address:                                     199 Wardour St, London W1F 8JP

Telephone:                                (+44) 20 7439 7966

Email:                                          sue@filmclubproductions.com

Website:                                    http://th1ng.com

Film Website:                           https://neckandneckfilm.wordpress.com

Film Trailer:                               https://vimeo.com/163567434

“Neck and Neck” Short Synopsis:

Behind the marital bed curtains Othello and Desdemona are disturbed by the poisonous words from Iago leading to detrimental consequences for the lovers.

“Neck and Neck” Medium Synopsis:

In the marital bed the surreal sensuality enveloping Othello and Desdemona is disturbed by a dangling telephone. As the phone pours poison into Othello’s mind he transforms into a different entity with detrimental consequences for Desdemona.

“Neck and Neck” Long Synopsis and Treatment:

In the marital bed the surreal sensuality enveloping Othello and Desdemona is disturbed by a dangling telephone. As the phone pours poison into Othello’s mind he transforms into a different entity with detrimental consequences for Desdemona.

The film is inspired by Shakespeare’s “Othello” and is a dark surreal take on the relationship between the deceived Othello,  the innocent Desdemona and the mendacious Iago. The film focuses on the neck of the characters, a common theme throughout the play which acts as a symbol of love, fragility and death.

“Neck and Neck” is a digitally drawn animation with juxtaposed shots of live action to represent the character Iago. The drawn characters are animated onto the darkness inside the marital bed where time is joyfully forgotten until the outside world interrupts the lovers.

Production Credits

Director:                                                       Shaun Clark

Assistant Director:                                    Kim Noce

Producer:                                                     Sue Loughlin

Animator:                                                    Shaun Clark

Voice Artist:                                                Melvyn Ternan

Editor:                                                           Michael Ho

Composer:                                                   Alex Harwood

Sound Designer:                                        David Pringle

Soprano:                                                      Lucy Hall

For Film London:                                  Head of Artists’ Moving Image: Maggie Ellis

Senior FLAMIN Manager: Rose Cupit

FLAMIN Project Officer: Marta Michalowska

For King’s College London:

Professor of English and Director of London Shakespeare Centre: Gordon McMullan

Head of Programming, Cultural Institute: Leanne Hammacott

Research Student, Department of English Language & Literature: Sally Barnden

Still Shakespeare is inspired by original research by Sally Barnden

Animation Technique:                     2D Drawn Animation
After Effects Animation
After Effects compositing
Live action 

Neck and Neck Dialogue List

1
00:00:32,00 –> 00:00:42,00
How should she be murdered?

2
00:00:42,12 –> 00:00:45,00
She’s like a liar gone to burn in hell

3
00:00:45,12 –> 00:00:47,00
she was a whore

4
00:01:33,00 –> 00:01:36,00
O beware my lord

5
00:03:18,00 –> 00:03:22,00
I’ll pour this pestilence into his ear

6
00:03:32,00 –> 00:03:35,00
she was a whore 

Shaun Clark Filmography

2016        Neck and Neck                                                                               (DCP, Pro Res, 5min)

2015        The evening her mind jumped out of her head                  (DCP, Pro Res, 8min)

2013        The Key                                                                                           (DCP, Pro Res, 7min)

2012        Lady and the Tooth                                                                      (Digi Beta, Pro Res , 8min)

2012        High Above The Sky                                                                    (HD Cam, Pro Res, 3min)

2011        Looking Glass Music                                                                    (Pro Res, DVD, 3 min)

2011        Unearthing Shadows                                                                   (Pro Res, DVD, 6 min)

20008      Home?                                                                                            (Pro Res, DV, 6 min)

2007        Origin                                                                                                (8mm, Pro Res, 3 min)

2006        Philophobia                                                                                     (Pro Res, Mini DV, 1 min)

2005        Lightman                                                                                          (Pro Res , Digi beta,7min)

Shaun Clark Biography

Shaun Clark is an award winning Filmmaker based in London. He studied animation at the National Film and Television School in the UK. In 2016 he won the London Short film festival and has also won prizes at Clermont Ferrand. Retrospectives of his work have been screened in South Korea and Greece. Shaun is a Director at the animation collective Mew Lab

 

 

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