Here is our 2009 Tagtool Christmas offering! We filmed it in our apartment during our recent skiing holiday in Livigno, Italy and Dima did the post production when we got home. We plan to email this video to all our friends with our best wishes for the New Year, so if you are reading this and you are not on our mailing list we would like send you also, every good wish for the New Year ahead – and lots of Happy Tagtooling in 2010!
The song which accompanies this animation is the 1989 single, ‘A Thousand Nights’ by the Swedish band Lädernunnan (The Leather Nun).
Here is Dima’s stop frame video made from footage shot during the first day of our filming in Amsterdam.
The soundtrack is from the album called Strømblocque Phantasieën by one of our favourite Dutch bands, Coolhaven – check them out at:-
We have lots more footage waiting for Dima to work on – so I hope that ‘Room of Ghosts II’ – the sequel, will be coming soon!
Canadian film maker Demetri Estdelacropolis had seen our ‘Tales from the Attic’ in Rotterdam earlier this year and invited us come to Amsterdam to do some Tagtooling for the film, ‘Nearly Departed’, that he is making there. The filming location was an historic canal house in the centre of the city, an enormous, beautiful and quite extraordinary building that is currently undergoing major reconstruction and restoration. Filming was to take place in the evenings and at the weekend when the builders were not working. It sounded like a great opportunity for us to work in such a prestigious location – and we were not disappointed!
Needless to say, we came home with lots of photos. At various points when I wasn’t actively involved in drawing I used my little camera to take some images specially for this blog and as usual Dima also documented our Tagtool sessions. He is making a stop frame video from his material but meantime I have selected some still photos to ‘set the scene’ for our work on this project. I will publish a selection in my next two postings.