Saturday, July 31, 2010

More official film festival selection success for Duchy

We will be screening this month in the USA and in RUSSIA, UK and S. Korea.

Winning short

Duchy's music video 'Club Mix 2' was awarded the Gold Award in Santa Fe's SFMUG, June 2010.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How to use the IndieGoGo site

Greetings from New Mexico!

We've just launched a new short comedy/drama film - 'WHAT? or A ROAD TRIP TO EUROPE' on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. An innovative way to raise funds for arts projects. This site is a place where you can find out more about the project, follow its progress, and show support by recommending the project to your friends, put it on your facebook page, and spread the word through your social networks.

Indiegogo is also a way for people to help support by making a contribution and getting some fabulous film perks in return for yourself or as gifts for friends! Donations start at five dollars, but the sky's the limit, ever fancied being credited as an Associate Producer on a film? - just one of the perks we offer. It's also possible to support the film in other currencies, especially British sterling.

So what we're hoping you will do is:

1) visit
2) explore the site and learn more about the project - tabs at the top and links at the bottom of the page lead to lots of information
3) watch Peter's pitch video on the first page!
4) share the site with your social network - lots of ways to share are on the first page
5) have a look at the perks in the green box on the right of the screen
6) support the film at whatever level you can by clicking on the '$' or 'fund our project'
7) make sure you come back to see what's happening on a regular basis!

Thanks for your support and encouragement. Enjoy being a part of making this film with an important contemporary debate be made here in New Mexico.


Sunday, July 25, 2010

New film is now live

Go to Indiegogo to view our new social comedy:
It is easy to become a supporter by clicking on the green button right of frame on the Indiegogo site and in return there are some great film perks by way of thanks for your support. Crowd funding works by word of mouth - so pass this link on.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Duchy is trying out something new. We've joined the crowd funding experience by launching a pitch to raise production money through Indiegogo.

Go to the link below to learn more. This works by getting the word out there - please pass on the link, add to facebook, your social network sites, pass on the link to 3 friends today.

A comedy with a social heart. Up a mountain go a man, his family, a donkey and a chicken, where they meet a border guard!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Astronomer's Sun

Reviewed By: Andrew Robertson

A stop motion figure enters an observatory, its skeletal dome stuck into the heavens, panels missing from its frame indicating age, neglect, a clear sense of abandonment. Inside there is a mechanism, an orrery fantastical which gleams with mechanisms and markings uncanny. Through a flashback, the eyes of a clockwork teddy bear, we see the orrery engaged, a man inside, with a comet in the sky, the terrified face of a child.

That same child now adult, the same bear hidden in the same chest, the same comet in the sky. With character design that recalls the stylised yet hyper-real figures of Eastern European animation, the ridges and quirks of nature before the rounded edges of Aardman, this is a visually exciting film. Served well by David Aston's sound work, the machinery and the small quantity of voicework, and by Peter Wright's music, it's technically excellent.

Written and directed by Jessica Cope and Simon Cartwright, it conveys a lot simply, and strikingly concludes with an ending that is almost equally maudlin and joyful. With its focus on machines arcane, even magical, this piece is phantasmagorical, recalling perhaps His Dark Materials before Tik Tok of Oz. The trick to short animation is to do just enough, and as the planets and gears of the orrery combine to wondrous effect so too do the elements of the Astronomer's Sun.

Producer's David Bunting and Peter M. Kershaw for Duchy Parade Films

Friday, July 9, 2010

Film goes down under in selection

Screening madness! and festival selections

Film to play in Rome

Film goes down under

Films - Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)
The Astronomer's Sun. A young man finds the answer to humanity in the stars, ... Peter M Kershaw WS Duchy Parade Films L no dialogue TD digibeta/2010 ...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

London screening details

Rushes: Animation
Venue: Institute Of Contemporary Arts (The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH)

Screening Dates: 22, 25 Jul 2010

Cost: £9 / £8 Concessions / £7 ICA Members.

Showing for two days only, Rushes: Animation showcases a fantastically eclectic selection of both new and established talent, UK and international, working with a broad range of techniques. (2 hours

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Playing in London

Visit the following link for the latest news on The Astronomer's Sun playing in Rushes, London film festival.'s%20Sun.pdf

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