Things that move

Apple Tree, 2019

‘Apple Tree’ is an ode to outsiderdom, put to the excellent visuals of the stop-motion music video directed by Dann Parry. The contrast of the colourful flowers against the maudlin grey of everyday life is as haunting as it is sharp.

LET IT HAPPEN.

An animated music video for Another Sky’s single, ‘Apple Tree’.

A feminine young man spends his days sketching and talking to the flowers, much to the misunderstanding of his masculine peers.

I found myself really resonating with the song and so the film was inspired by my own past growing up and how it could be seen to be reflected in the lyrics.

As a young teenager, I would often climb trees and go for walks by myself in the woods where I grew up rather than hang out with the other kids who would play sports and so I tried to show this contrast between the two worlds in the animation.

I felt it important to show the character’s femininity as strength, rather than something to be pitied or mocked; when he is threatened and misunderstood his gentle personality and love for flowers rises up and protects him, while also breaking down the barriers between them in the process.

All of the characters, sets, and backgrounds were hand painted in black and white where the only real colour came from the flowers to really enhance the beauty and uniqueness of both them and the lead character in an otherwise sharp and aggressive world. And it’s when the softer natural side collides and grow with the masculine one that they become even more visually interesting.

Universal Music, 2018

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Directed and Written by Dann Parry

Produced by Roger Walker and Theo Broughton

Music by Another Sky

Background Artwork and Illustrations by Laura N-Tamara

Costumes by Andrew Dhesi

Production Assistants Hakim Ismail and Vincent Vaughan

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Without Fair Trials, 2016

An animation for a charity campaign that explores what would happen in a world without the right to a fair trial; created with my collective, Tripstitch.

Visit withoutfairtrials.org for more information.

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Fair Trials is a human rights organisation that works to uphold fair trial rights around the world. Our vision is a world where every person’s right to a fair trial is respected.

Directed By: Dann Parry, Patrick O’Mahony, Rachael Olga Lloyd

Lead Model Maker: Rachael Olga Lloyd

Animator: Patrick O’Mahony

Lighting Designer: Dann Parry

Sound Designer and Foley Artist: Morgan Muse

Composer: Segun Akinola

Co-Composer and Guitarist: Ben Quinn

Special Thanks: Jago Russell, Alex Mik, Johnny Lillis, Georgia Greenfield, Evangelos Papadakis, Birgitta Hosea, Joe King, Mike Wyeld, Guy Nesfield & David Dixon

PRESS

2016:

Animation Students Imagine a World Without Fair Trials, RCA News
A Powerful Animation On A World Without Fair Trials, Rights Info

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Love and Papercuts, 2015

A lonely man, struggling to find romance, finds love in origami.

A disturbing piece of work for an adult audience with an advanced concept and a level of execution which elevates it to the level of art.

–  Royal Television Society

Contains Mature Content

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Directed and Written by Dann Parry

Screenings

2015:

Short Sighted Cinema: With or Without You, London. 21st June
Guildford Fringe Festival: Fresh from Farnham, Guildford. 9th June
Puppet Place Festival: New Visions, Bristol. 26th Aug – 6th Sep
Post Mortem: International Horror & Bizarre Short Film Festival, Aguascalientes, Mexico. 1st – 4th Oct
Dorking Film Festival: Adult Short Films, Dorking. 17th Oct
2016: Ozark Shorts: Monthly Film Festival, across USA. April

Awards

2016:

Nominated for the Royal Television Society Southern Central Student award in Animation, Guildford. 4th March

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The Waiting Room, 2014

A girl waiting for the doctor becomes trapped in a forest of her anxieties and the buzzing is getting louder.

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Directed and Written by Dann Parry

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Birds of a Feather, 2017

An emotionally wresting animation that packs as much punch into its four and a half minutes as most features do in two hours

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest.

Birds of a Feather is an animated short film that follows a man and his struggle with his identity, projected anxieties and relationships over the course of an evening. He has to contend with his insecurities with being seen with another man and his fear as feathers start to grow from his body.

The film explores the worries and upset a person can face from both internalised and externalised homophobia. Ultimately, it draws on current events, such as the horrific attack in the Pulse bar in Orlando, and explore how even now the LGBT community can still find itself under attack and where that fear and hatred can come from.

Royal College of Art, 2017

Contains Mature Content

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Directed and Written by Dann Parry

Soundtrack Composed by Mau Loseto

with Maria Gîlicel on Violin;
Nazil Erdogan on Viola;
Carolina Bartumeu on Cello;
and Lucia Polo Moreno on D.Bass

Costumes by Kate Peachman

Production Assistants Jack Brown and India Stewart

Awards

2018:

WINNER: Best Editing. CINEVERSATIL, International Short Film Festival LGBTIQ+ , Buenos Aires, Argentina. June
WINNER: Best Music. CINEVERSATIL, International Short Film Festival LGBTIQ+ , Buenos Aires, Argentina. June
NOMINATED: Best Student Short Film. Taichung International Animation Festival, Taiwan. October
WINNER: Best UK Film. Camberley International Festival, UK. June

Screenings

2018:

CINEVERSATIL, International Short Film Festival LGBTIQ+ , Buenos Aires, Argentina. June
Taichung International Animation Festival, Taiwan. October
B-Movie, Underground and Trash Film Festival, Netherlands. August
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico. July
Rio Festival de Gênero & Sexualidade no Cinema, Brazil. July
Camberley International Festival, UK. June
Cefalù Film Festival, Italy. 1st May
33 Lovers Film Festival – Torino LGBTQI Visions:International Iconoclastic Competition, Italy. 20th – 24th April
Out & Loud – Pune International Queer Film Festival, India. 6th April
BFI Flare: Revelate, London, 29th – 30th March

2017:

Pride Friday Film Festival, Leeds Queer Film Festival, Leeds, UK. 4th August
ARS Independent Festival, Katowice, Poland. 28th September
Flux Screening Series, Hammer Museum, California, USA. 8th October
Sunday Shorts Halloween Special, London, UK. 29th October
Palm Springs International Animation Festival, California, USA. 9th – 11th November
FliQs Queer Film Night, Montreal, Canada. 13th November
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, London, UK. 14th November

Press

2017:

Interview with The New Current

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Bound, 2016

Struggling to escape a desolate forest of his own making, a man is being followed by the creature he is bound to.

Royal College of Art, 2016

Contains Mature Content

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Directed and Written by Dann Parry
Soundtrack Composed by Mau Loseto
Additional Foley by Patrick O’Mahony
Costume by Andrew Dhesi

Reviews

2016: ShortPole, London IFF:

Dann Parry’s production is a real success: it grips your hand as rigidly as the shadowy figure grasps the central character, and holds tight until the very end. Watching this film is like taking a ride on one of those horror tunnel carts – it’s short, sweetly disturbing, and leaves you wondering what is really was that you actually saw in the darkness.

Read the full review here.

Screenings

2016: Sunday Shorts, Peckham. 12th June
Drunken Film Festival, Bradford. 28th July
Short Pole London International Film Festival, London. Summer Selection.
BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York. 3rd – 6th November.

Awards

2016: Semi-Finalist in the Elche International Independent Film Festival, Spain in Animation. July
Best Student Film: Nominee; Shortpole IFF, London. Summer
Best Animation: Nominee; Shortpole IFF, London. Summer

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Subject 16 | Matija Cop, 2016

Directed shoot of Matija Cop’s garment. Shown on loop beside the garments on display.

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Honourable mention:

Museum of Arts and Crafts Zagreb | September 13 – October 16
Exhibition of Croatian Design 1516

Designer: Matija Cop

Director: Dann Parry

Assistant Director: Patrick O’Mahony

Model: Felicity Taylor

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The Boy and His Monster, 2014

A boy finds himself awoken late at night to the invitation of tea but a figure is watching over him and he’s not all that he seems.

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Directed and Written by Dann Parry

Screenings

2014:

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, Bristol. 18th September
Green Horn Short Film Festival – Animation Freakatorium, London. 16th November

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