Welcome to Yorwick Castle, the official website of Katherine Blakeney. Explore the surrounding links to see some of my work, take a look at my News and Announcements, or get in touch with me through the Contacts and Links page. For the latest updates on my current projects, check out my blog, Thorvald, by clicking here.
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Click on one of the posters below to learn more about my films, and view cast and crew lists, galleries, and updates on festival screenings.
A Thousand Slimy Things and I, 2012
The Dreams of Kings, 2010
November 12, 2013
Preproduction is underway, and the world of the film is slowly becoming 3-dimensional! Check out the latest updates on my Production Blog
October 19, 2013
The funding campaign for The Burglar With Yellow Hand has been successful! In addition to the funds generously contributed through IndieGoGo, the film is now officially supported by The Arts Trust Scotland and the IdeasTap Ideas Fund Innovators grant. I am now deep in pre-production and will be posting updates on my progress soon!
July 13, 2013
It's been a while since I posted any updates, but that's only because I've been keeping so busy! I have just submitted a pitch for the new Bombay Sapphire script competition and have launched a crowdfunding campaign for my upcomming stop motion short, The Burglar with the Yellow Hand.
It's a dark but funny story about a burglar who gets more than he bargained for when he steals an enchanted painting and realizes that true art really can stand up for itself. The style is inspired by Silent Era German Expressionist films, so there will be a great deal of foreboding shadows, ominously distorted sets, and explorations of inner duality and the line between reality and illusion. Come and check out the campaign at the link below. Help us out by contributing and get special rewards for contributions starting at $5, learn more about the project and take a look at photos and video, or spread the word through your social networks. We only have until September 10th to raise our budget!
October 14, 2012
My latest short, A Thousand Slimy Things and I, has finally been completed! Click the poster to the left for more details.
January 25, 2011
I am now a writer for art blog ArtCorner, writing essays and short stories inspired by art. Come and check out some of my posts at http://www.artcorner.com/author/katherine-blakeney/
April 17, 2011
Calling All Stop Motion Animators!
Are you a stop motion animator or an animation student? Are you struggling to raise funds for your independent animated films or stuck bringing lattes to obnoxious studio executives? How many sleepless nights have you spent coming up with ways to counteract “mystery wind” or experimenting with ways to animate water? Do you spend your days pouring your twisted, misunderstood soul into 12” tall creatures with aluminum bones or obsessively memorizing every frame of Nightmare Before Christmas? Are you looking for film festivals to submit your latest short to, or still reliving the trauma of mainstream rejection? Are you looking for a haven to vent your frustration and share your vision and discoveries? There is a place for you out there!
My name is Katherine Blakeney. I am an independent stop motion animator and I feel your pain. I have recently launched a blog called Thorvald to share the stresses and tribulations of making my own latest animated short and I want you to join me. I want Thorvald to become a community of stop motion animators, coming together to share their experiences, knowledge, discoveries, dreams, and nightmares. Join me, and tell everyone about your latest project, your job search horror stories, your favourite film festivals, your excuse for being insane enough to dedicate your life to the most time-consuming filmmaking technique on the planet, and your plan for conquering the universe with the sheer power of your animation brilliance.
As in most aspects of independent filmmaking there is no money in this for anyone, but there are certain useful benefits. Every regular contributor will have their own profile on the blog with a headshot (of you or your favorite animated character), a bio, and links to your work. You will also have the opportunity to share videos, photos, and bits of animation wisdom with a passionate community of like-minded people and benefit from their knowledge in return.
Also, I am planning to start up a festival that will run in Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the world-famous Edinburgh fringe, and will be dedicated entirely to edgy, underappreciated stop motion films, and as a contributor you will have a guaranteed place.
You can see the blog as it looks now at http://thorvaldandthestoorworm.blogspot.com, but it will of course be redesigned as soon as I get some new contributors on board!
If you want to join Thorvald, or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you!
April 16, 2011
Although Thorvald's Kickstarter project has closed without being funded, we are not ready to surrender that easily! The project has been relaunched with an updated video and a new deadline, so you still have a chance to show your support by pledging to Thorvald's cause! Come and join Thorvald on his journey, and get a reward for any pledge of $5 or over by clicking on the link to the right.
February 21, 2011
You can now see a brief "making of" video for Thorvald and the Slimy Things and show your support by making a pledge at Kickstarter.com! Every $5 can make a huge difference, and best of all, you can get a fun reward for any contribution you make, as well as the warm, fuzzy feeling of knowing that you have contributed to Thorvald's epic journey.
January 17, 2011
I am now working on a new short (working title "Thorvald"), inspired by folktales from the Orkney Islands and Norse mythology and I have started a blog to share the process. Click the link below to find out more:
November 27, 2010
The Dreams of Kings has been nominated for a Knight Award at the 49th Golden Knight Malta International Short Film Festival. It has also been included in the Official Catalogue of the Expotoons International Animation Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
October 4, 2010
The Dreams of Kings has been accepted by two more festivals! It will be screened in November in Wissembourg, Fance and Salford, UK. Click the picture to the left for details and links.
July 1, 2010
The Dreams of Kings will be screened on August 27 in the Best of Animation Attack section of the Atlanta Underground Film Festival! See the official film page for more details.