The Weapon in the local TV4 news

Markus did an interview (starting at approximately 6:10, it’s the last segment) with TV4 at the premiere screening of The Weapon in Gävle. Some details got mixed up, the news presenter says it took us one year to do the whole film while the segment itself says three years; the latter one is of course correct. Also, out of maybe five minutes of interview material, the editor managed to pick out the most boring pieces. Well, that’s life. We still appreciate a whole lot that TV4 visited the screening and did a piece on us. Here is a transcript of the segment in English:

Presenter: After one year of hard work, the political science fiction film The Weapon is finally ready for the screen. Last night was the premiere at Kulturkiosken in Gävle.

Markus: It is a puppet animation made in stop motion-technique, which means you take one frame, then move the characters slightly, take another picture, and at twelve frames per second you get movement.

Voice-over: Work on the film commenced in late 2006 when the trio behind the film moved from Stockholm to Sandviken to isolate themselves in an apartment for the production. Almost three years later they can finally show the film, after thousands of hours of hard work.

Markus: We’ve chosen not to think anymore of how exhausting it was to work on the film, you always have mixed feelings for a project that runs for this long.

Photography and editing by Robin Persson

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The Weapon featured in “Preparations”

Gävle is a candidate city for the title European Capital of Culture 2014, and a promotional short film called Preparations was made last year. Various makers of art and culture throughout Gävleborg are featured in the film, including Markus and Sandra during the last few days of recording The Weapon in September 2008.

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Interview with “Castlegardener’s animated life” from last year

Sandra did this interview with the blog Castlegardener’s animated life in July last year. As you may notice, the tone is a bit stressed, which in many ways conveys an accurate record of the situation at that time. Since we finished recording things have settled down a bit, and you could almost say the project is under control now.

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Gothenburg screening

Comic fans are gathering in Gothenburg during next week (23rd-28th of March), for the annual comic con Serieveckan. Sandra will be there talking about The Weapon, and the film will also be screened. If you are visiting, be sure not to miss this screening!

Date and time: Tuesday 24th of March, 19:00
The auditorium of the City Library of Gothenburg

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No one can be told what The Weapon is

Augustine, Lorenzo and Lydia in the kitchen
We’ve decided to start this blog as an official channel of information on The Weapon – A Tale of Passing Time, our animated short film that has been in production since the autumn of 2006. It would be an impossible task to sum up the various stages of production, most importantly the film is completely finished now and we are planning the release and various screenings. Hopefully we’ll publish a more throughout documentation of the whole process; from screenplay and sketches, through character design, set design, recording and animation, to post production, sound and special effects.

(I am tinkering a bit with this blog for a few days, don’t mind bits and pieces out of place, everything will settle in the end.)

Why is this blog in English?

A good question, since the film is in Swedish and we are a Swedish production company. Well, there has been quite some interest in The Weapon from abroad, especially in the international stop motion animation community. Instead of having to do unevitable translations later on, and having to answer questions in two languages, it is easier to just do the whole thing in English from the start.

What is happening at the moment?

We finished post production early in March this year, which means that the whole film (after almost three years!) is finally complete. Our first official screening will be on the 19th of March in Gävle, Sweden, at the X9 Anime & Shortfilm monthly festival. This is quite an important event, since most of the film was made in Sandviken near Gävle. We got more support than we could hope for from Film Gävleborg, IDKA and other members of the local Gävleborg film community. This means we are finally showing the film to those who have followed us and supported us from the start.

The screening starts at 19:30 on the 19th of March, at Kulturkiosken, Nygatan 41, Gävle.

Be there if you live nearby, we will be there too, introducing the film and probably answering questions afterwards.

And then?

Some kind of release party (including a screening) in Stockholm is planned for early April, although no date is set yet. Keep an eye on this blog for more info on this. More screenings will follow. We are currently designing and manufacturing a DVD that will be available for sale here and in other places. You will also be able to download The Weapon in high quality with subtitles in several languages. We’ve also got some press coverage, it will be available at this blog as soon as the material has been digitalized.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail.

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