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"The work is extraordinary. Simon Pummell combines live action with digital technology to create Gothic mysteries like 'Butchers Hook'." Time Out
"Stop frame animal skeletons, Virtual Reality and the New Flesh...Simon Pummell's short films 'Rose Red and 'Butchers Hook' follow a unique path." Starburst Science Fiction
"The film's story is simple, macabre and transfixing... told through astonishingly eerie effects. Post-produced at The Mill, a top London effects house, it's a combination of low-tech, moody, stop-frame animation and subtle digital effects." Wired
"...a tour-de-force engagement with aesthetics, re-defining 'animation' itself and, as the title suggests, inviting us to have a butcher's hook, cockney rhyming slang for 'look', in a different and challenging way." Paul Wells in Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal


Synopsis
A baroque revenge drama in miniature. A taxidermist and his animals.

Notes
This film used and developed the thinking of Secret Joy and many of the techniques. It maintained the approach of layering up translucent levels, but used more photographically originated material (again handmade puppets and the trusty Nikon to create pegged artwork, but also including live action.) Once it was all in a digital domain on a Quantel Henry, the layers were treated very much the same way as Secret Joy, with the digital post-production machine acting in the same way as the rostrum camera as the machine/process that could weld all the layers together into a picture that had some sense of mystery or depth.
Awards & Nominations
British Animation Awards: Best Use of New Technology.


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Financier
Channel Four Television

Website
www.pummell.com

Year
1996

Script
Simon Pummell & Simon Ings

Cast
Barrie Houghton

Cinematography
Curtis Radclyffe

Edition & Post Production FX
Ant Walsham @ The Mill

Music
Annabelle Pangborn

Producer
Keith Griffiths

Production Company
Koninck Films C/O
Illuminations Television
19-20 Rheidol Mews
Rheidol Terrace
Islington
London
N1 8UN
United Kingdom
T +44 207 288 8400
F +44 207 359 1151
E mail@illumin.co.uk
W www.illumin.co.uk

Distributor
Koninck Films C/O
Illuminations Television
19-20 Rheidol Mews
Rheidol Terrace
Islington
London
N1 8UN
United Kingdom
T +44 207 288 8400
F +44 207 359 1151
E mail@illumin.co.uk
W www.illumin.co.uk

International Sales
Koninck Films C/O
Illuminations Television
19-20 Rheidol Mews
Rheidol Terrace
Islington
London
N1 8UN
United Kingdom
T +44 207 288 8400
F +44 207 359 1151
E mail@illumin.co.uk
W www.illumin.co.uk

Length
7’

Butcher's Hook

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