Friday, August 10, 2012

Dear Diary - My First Post

In 2010 Ronald Searle, the creator of the anarchic St. Trinian's school girls, granted me permission to make an animated film with his iconic characters. I had shown him a short animation test and he was so impressed that he gave me 'carte blanche' to develop a story based on his cartoons, as long as it would stay true to his original vision and, very important to Ronald and myself, his vivid graphic style.
The promise to Ronald was to create a fully animated film in the classical sense, hand-drawn, with pen and ink, and not a single wacom pen in sight.



It has been my mission since to raise the finance for a half hour featurette and whilst following the traditional route I quickly learned that Ronald's unique sense of humor, even though loved by everybody, does not comply with wholesome family viewing guidelines of today. Here is why; a fitting quote from one of the St. Trinian's books:

"Drinking, smoking, violence, drugs, amateur torture and foul play have been on the curriculum at St. Trinian's school for Young Ladies since 1946, and show no signs of abating. Since the first drawing of the conditions at Britain's most famous school appeared, Ronald Searle's anarchic scenes from this nightmarish institution have caused international concern and merriment."

Many well-meaning voices have suggested that unless I clean up the murderous school girls' act, this film might never get made. But please, you can't be serious (excuse the shouting). If you take away the essence of what makes St. Trinian's what it is, you end up with...well...not St. Trinian's.

Ronald has in the meantime sadly passed away. I think often about the times when my friend Matt Jones (without whom I would have never met Ronald) and I would visit the master and his wife Monica in the South of France. I am more determined than ever to fulfill my promise. Ronald Searle was one of the most influential graphic artists of the 20th century and this film needs to be made, in his honor and to celebrate his memory. I mean that.

Luckily, today there are alternative ways of raising finance and to that very end we will start a "KICKSTARTER" campaign in the next few months. Producer Jamie K. Bolio will be organizing it from Los Angeles but the production of the film will take place at Uli Meyer Studios in London, UK.
With the help and support of all fans of Ronald Searle, classical, hand-drawn full-animation and spine-chilling humor, we hope to get this film started.

Please, spread the word and do come back here frequently for further harrowing updates.





20 comments:

Matt J said...

Alright! Let's make this happen!

tomm said...

Hooray! I cant wait to see it!

nellabarca said...

looks promising. worth to be supported

Electric Egg Animation said...

Count me in

Ben Whitehouse said...

I'm down, downer then down town!! This has to happen!

Nigel said...

... don't change a blessed thing - and people will support it!

SW-H said...

If the story is as good as the animation, it will be an unbeatable combination....of course the intent of the books must not be messed with. Great to see such resolve to do this properly.

Andrew Brooks said...

Uli .. that sounds like a dream project...!

Alex Moore said...

oh man, this looks cracking! i'm glad to hear you're going to do a kickstarter for this- will deffinatly be keeping an eye peeled for that.

Maƫl Gourmelen said...

Thank you Uli. For going on.

Going on what animation should be...

Aly Fell said...

This looks great! It really needs to be made!

Crystal(RB) said...

RHAA-HA HAA SO Lovely! Oh, this is GREAT!!! I will be spreading the word...So glad to hear about this!!!

Michael Sporn said...

I recommend you use Indiegogo rather than Kickstarter. Indiegogo allows you to take the money you've raised even if you don't meet your goal; Kickstarter does not.

Please let me know when this has begun and I'll promote it on my blog throughout the money raising campaign to keep the word out.

This film has got to be made, I'll help in anyway you think I can.

Uli Meyer said...

Thank you all for your encouragement. Please come back often for updates and news.
@Michael Sporn - I sent you an email, thank you for your terrific offer!

Laura Weston Art said...

This is such a remarkable and refreshing project, I cannot wait to see it brought to life with the level of artistry and care that you will bring to each drawing. I will certainly tell my students and alumni to promote and support it - best of luck

Uli Meyer said...

Thank you Laura, that is very much appreciated. I hope your students will enjoy this blog and also spread the word. Best wishes.

Bronwen Barry said...

This is fantastically exciting!!(Given my lifelong love of Mr Searle's work and my Grandfather's personal connection to him,I'd give my eyeteeth to work on this!!)
Wishing you ALL the best...P.S.! Congrats on your producership, Jamie!! proud of you!!..:)

Katy Hargrove said...

Oh wow! This is super duper exciting! I'll be promoting this production as best I can!

Vince Vassallo said...

This just blew me away!! I absolutely love it! I just posted the youtube link up on my fb wall. Can't wait to see more! Keep up the amazing work:)

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