Monday, 17 December 2012

About Festival Premiers Plans D'Angers

Hello all!
Super epically excited to announce that Bird World has been selected for the animated film category of Festival Premiers Plan D'Angers!
This is an excellent festival for 'Bird World' to be in, and am very much hoping to be there come January.

Bird World from Alastair Mccoll on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


Click for full-size...

Artwork from 'THE NEWS & THE WEATHER'

Think Robert Anton Wilson's 'Illuminatus' Trilogy crossed with breakfast television in the UK from the eighties...

#Animation #Illustration #Illuminati #TVAM

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

About a Bird World update

Hello all!
Such a long time since my last post, simply because 2012 has been a roller-coaster of insane and brilliant!

The response to Bird World has been amazing, with official festival selections so far including
Bristol International Film Festival (UK), Anima Mundi (Brazil) and Fresh Film Fest (Prague ) and more news on festivals coming soon!

More information on Bird World can be found on the new Bird World tumblr, which will feature artwork, articles on Bird Worlds singular production technique, as well as features on cast and crew.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

About BirdWorld

So its been a long time coming, but I can finally announce the imminent release of BirdWorld, my National Film & Television School grad film. It's been an amazing and crazy year, and I've been absolutely privileged to work with such an amazing crew!

And here is the trailer:


2012 6 mins 30 secs Colour Dolby Digital
Mixed Rotoscope & Key Frame Animation

SPARROW is struck by a plane and lands wounded in a mysterious city inhabited by anthropomorphised birds.

With the chaos of urban life all around him, Sparrow goes on a heady journey of self-discovery and is faced with a choice: should he follow his natural instinct and flee, or adapt his nature and embrace city life.

This animated short with its distinctive illustrative style is a seductively immersive experience about our unnatural love affair with the city. A film for anyone who has ever lost him or herself.

Laura Swan -Sparrow
Miranda Barrie -Dancing Bird
James Thompson -Paramedic/Tramp/Bouncer
Jamie Stone -Sushi Bird

Alastair McColl -Director
Len Rowles -Producer
Ingeborg Topsøe -Writer
Arthur Mulhern -Cinematographer
Thalia Eccleston -Production Designer
Esteban Frost -Production Designer
Arttu Salmi -Editor
Maria Anne Aburn -SFX Supervisor
Robin PW Blick -Online Editor and Colourist
Sarah Byers -CG Supervisor
Jonathan Hill -Composer
Steve Bond Sound -Designer & Re-recording Mixer
Louisa Thomas -Costume Designer

(c) National Film & Television School 2012

Thursday, 20 January 2011

About Happy New Year!

Hello all! Hello 2011! My NFTS grad film is now well into pre-production, more information coming soon!

Saturday, 6 November 2010

my latest animated film; 'Reunion'

Reunion from Alastair Mccoll on Vimeo.

This is my NFTS Directing Animation MA project 2 film 'Reunion'.

Monday, 1 November 2010

about NFTS project 3

Some shots from my last NFTS year 1 film 'Lulu and Tallulah'. Nearly done!

Monday, 20 September 2010

about NFTS project 3

I'm well into pre-production on NFTS animation project 3, where im creating an animated film to accompany a haunting soundtrack by Vicente Villaescusa. More to come soon...

Monday, 6 September 2010

about a science lesson part 2

Lunacy number 2 CLICK TO SEE BIG

Friday, 27 August 2010

about a science lesson

Part one of a series of illustrations explaining the term 'lunacy'.
CLICK THE PIC TO MAKE BIG part two coming soon.

Monday, 2 August 2010

about a man

hello hello.
I did this the other day while waiting for a phone call, i'm not sure who he is.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

about my NFTS Character of Place Workshop film

Going Out, my pixilation film for the NFTS Character of Place workshop!

Done in a week a few months back, was lots of fun!

Pixilation/ stop motion film
Starring Miranda Barrie
Stylist and Costume Leanne Broadway
Photography by Chloë Thomson
Gaffer Mattias Pilz
Production Design by Jaime Fernandez-Castaano
with Eleonore Cremonese

Directed by Alastair McColl

(c) National Film and Television School MMX