Howie B's latest album 'Down With The Dawn' is due for release on 7 April. Run animated the title track 'Down With The Dawn' during the early stages of his illness, and this music video, which turned out to be his last, documents his emotions at that moment. Run saw this piece as optimistic; at the close, the screen fills to black, representing the unknown and the unknowble reality of life, not death.
The film was premiered on Vibe.com on the 24 March, where you can also read an interview with Howie B.
Down with the Dawn is released on April 7 on HB Recordings. For more info: howieb.com
by: Lisa Wrake
Memorial Screening 9th October 2013 at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore
Please join us at the RCA to celebrate the life of this unique and amazing english animator. There will be a selection of his films, with guest speakers, a small exhibition of his print work, animation frames and sketchbooks, and afterwards in the bar, Howie B will be playing records from Run's large and eclectic collection. The event is unticketed so a first come first serve babsis, please email email@example.com for more info or visit their site www.onedotzero.com
+++++Shop news / 04.02.2013+++++++
Posted by : Lisa Wrake
Please note that any orders placed after the 4th of Feb 2013 will not be posted untill the 11th of March. I am travelling to China with our two children so there will be a delay in your delivery untill our return, my apologies for any inconvenience caused, but do feel free to keep placing your orders.
Run Wrake / 24.11.1963 - 21.10.2012 : Run died suddenly on Sunday morning as a result of cancer, which had been diagnosed in November 2011. He endured surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the course of the year but despite the initial positive prognosis, in April 2012, it was diagnosed as incurable. He spent his last day in good spirits, working on a newly commissioned piece of animation, surrounded by his beloved children Florence 6, Joe 3, his wife Lisa and sister Fiona at the Pilgrims Hospice in Ashford Kent. He wished that any donations be made to this outstanding and exceptional charity - Pilgrims Hospice
The funeral will be held on the 5th of November 2pm at St Bartholomews Church, Maresfield, East Sussex
Family flowers to be sent to funeral directors C Waterhouse & Sons, High St, Burwash, East Sussex, TN19 7ET by 9.30am 5th November. Donations by cheque made to the Pilgrims Hospice may also be sent to this address.
We miss you Run.
: Much more water under the bridge since February, plenty of
blood, sweat and tears too.
It has been a summer of mixed emotions here in Kent,
while in East London, "Jukebox" featured as part of
the Canary Wharf Screen project and new artwork was
made available via animate projects CEL initiative.
"Down With The Dawn" gets its theatrical premiere at next
week's Ottawa Animation Festival, which also features a
Run Wrake retrospective, amongst many other delights
Autumn now brings with it a sense of inevitable change.
: Much water under the bridge since the last entry. "Down
With The Dawn" is now online on my youtube
and vimeo channels. A very personal piece, featuring music
from Howie B, the title track of his forthcoming album "Down
With The Dawn".
: I have been adding work to my youtube
Lots of unedited short films, promos and other bits and bobs
from the archive, and more to follow....
: Just completed another piece for U2 to accompany
Miss Sarajevo , making it's debut in LA tonight.
: To the Barbican Art Gallery last night for the
opening of the Watch Me Move exhibition, which is brilliant,
and I am delighted to say features my short film 'Rabbit'.
A really innovative way to see some of the best animation
from the entire history and spectrum of the medium.
: Just returned from 3 weeks on tour with U2
across the Americas, creating new pieces for the final
leg of the 360 tour. A message from Aung San Suu Kyi,
a new, site specific intro to Get On Your Boots and an intro
to Beautiful Day by Commander Mark Kelly,
currently orbiting the earth aboard the International Space Station.
: It is 18 years since a featureless Meathead
first emerged, shivering on a pavement in 'Jukebox'. To
mark this coming of age, take a look here at some of their
best bits....so far...
I recently completed an
edit to accompany Sunday Bloody
Sunday on the latest leg of U2's 360 tour in South Africa,
images of the recent protests in Egypt replacing those from
last summer's uprising in Iran.
Also completed a couple of trails
for the 4music series,
'Real Stories', which I will be putting up in Recent Work soon...
: Back from holidays, before which I was out
in Turin for the return of U2's 360 tour. Couple of new
pieces in the mix, including the introduction of "Hold Me,
Thrill Me" by some Meatheads and the Zooropa baby.
Click here for a taste or watch it live from Turin or
Frankfurt, and here's what the fans have been saying.
What the Cabbage!
: Alas, it seems that screenings of The Control
Master are to become a rarity due to issues of ownership
of the images used in the film. This is entirely out of my
hands, and very frustrating, but I am hoping that I may
be able to negotiate some exceptions. Watch this space.
Issue 15 of .cent
magazine is out now, click here
taste, an article on the collision of music and moving
image by Howie B, illustrated by me.
01.02.10 : 2010
begins as 2009 ended with another
award for The Control Master, namely the Grand Prize
at the Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival in
Merry Christmas everybody. A vintage year
draws to a close with news that The Control Master
has won the award for Best Sound at the Sapporo
Short Film Festival in Japan. Big shout to Jon Newman!
Recently completed a short TV promo for The Guardian
coming soon in Recent Work, and I'll be hitting the
ground running in the New Year with development
work on a film in collaboration with writer Neil
Jaworski, and illustrations in a forthcoming issue
of .Cent magazine. Have a large one...
: I have finally got around to updating the site
after a busy summer and some time out in Corsica (Thanks
Andrew) and New York (Thanks Mark).
The Control Master continues to tour the
world with screenings coming up in Germany, Norway,
Mexico, Denmark, India, Australia and Ethiopia.
: As U2 start on the US leg of the 360º
tour, a new piece put together for 'Your Blue Room'
gets its first airing in Chicago, take a look here.
I have just completed a trail for
Channel 4's new
show "The Big Food Fight", click here for a
Also recently finished
a 20" ad for The Daily Mirror,
to promote their football photo archive. Produced at
Th1ng in London, take a look here.
: With the new series of 'Just A Minute'
now airing, take a look here at my interpretation of
Paul Merton's 60 second delivery on the subject
The Control Master
has been awarded
the prize for best animated short at this year's
Fantasia Film Festival.
: More work for the U2 tour completed
last week. Take a look here and here.
Take a look also at the
Tutu piece completed in Barcelona, playing
in Amsterdam and Paris.
: Just returned from nine days at
the Nou Camp in Barcelona finalising
visuals for U2's epic 360° world tour.
First show last Tuesday
was magnificent, catch it if you can...
Coming soon to BBC Radio
4's website are
a selection of animated interpretations of one
minute deliveries from the classic series 'Just
A Minute'. Mine features Paul Merton taking
on Sudoku. Details when I have them...
: The Control Master has been
awarded the Audi Award at this year's
Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, and will be screened
along with other award winners in Paris on the
14th and 15th Feb, details here.
Rabbit has been awarded
an honourable mention
at the forthcoming Fargo Film Festival
: The Control Master continues
to tour the world and is in competition at :
Glasgow Film Festival
Stuttgart Animation Festival
The film is also playing
as part of a Soho Shorts
programme at Born Shorts Festival, Copenhagen
and at what sounds like a great night at the Tresor
club as part of the Berlin Film Festival.
: Lisa and I are very proud to announce
the arrival of baby Joe Wrake, who was born this
morning and is a right little beauty.
: A new, limited edition set of
Christmas Cards is now on sale in
the shop.....CLICK HERE
Don't forget, the goose is getting fat.
The Control Master has picked
up the RTP Award at this year's CurtoCircuito
Festival in Spain.
: The Control Master will be
featured in the forthcoming tours of both
onedotzero and Future Shorts, as well as
the following festivals :
San Francisco Animation Festival
Winterthur Short Film Festival
Rabbit is showing at the
V & A in London
as part of a weekend of events to mark
the opening of the Sackler Centre for Arts Education,
I will be showing work
both old and new
and talking about it on October 30th at
Christ Church University in Canterbury,
Powell Lecture Theatre at 7.30 pm as part
of the Canterbury Anifest 08.
Finally, watch out for
a new series of hand-printed
Christmas Cards for 2008, in the shop soon...
: Rabbit is being screened this
coming weekend as part of The National
Theatre's 'WATCH THIS SPACE' festival.
It will be projected on to the Iconic Flytower,
and be visible from the bridge and from
across the river.
The Control Master has been shortlisted for
the Animation Award at this year's Soho
Shorts festival, and will be in competition
at the forthcoming Ottawa Animation Festival
: The Control Master is featured
this Thursday night at 11.20 pm on BBC2
as part of The Culture Show Uncut. Turn on
and Tune in. Great performance from The
Raconteurs amongst other delights...
For the film's debut on
a bigger screen, check
out the Animation programme at the forthcoming
Soho Shorts Festival, which runs from 23-31 July.
Other festival dates coming soon.....
03.05.08 : "THE CONTROL MASTER" is online
: The Control Master will be going online on
3rd May at Veer.com, whose CSA archive provided the
images for the film.
: After a heads down three months I have
completed a new short. 'THE CONTROL MASTER' will
be hitting various screens soon, stay tuned for
Rabbit has been nominated
for a webby award,
in the Experimental Film & Video category...feel
free to vote for it in the People's Voice Award
: The Rabbit keeps on running, collecting
awards this Autumn in Kiev and St. Louis, big thanks
to the respective juries. The film also features on the
latest DVD from Cinema16, a fine selection of the
best in European Short Film, available in the US only.
: Remember, remember....we have moved,
and I am now enjoying the arcadian pleasures of the Kent
countryside as a backdrop for developing a new film...
the Meatheads are coming.
As its November, time to start thinking about all things
festive, so take a look at the Christmas Cards and
other delights available in the SHOP.
New T-shirt designed for
Animate Projects too, available
at their forthcoming spangly new website.
: Can it be that summer has finally arrived?
Hope so, as I will be at the Big Chill this weekend
re-mixing the past in the Media Mix tent as part of
the Halloween programme. Rabbit also showing
at the festival in a bicycle powered cinema...
Despite this year's monsoons, it stayed dry and
sunny for my wedding to Lisa on 21st July.
Hooray!! We had a glorious day and owe a big
Thanks to all who were a part of it....
Thanks also due to the Platform Animation
Festival in Portland, who awarded Rabbit
the prize for best film under $50,000.00.
: Festival time is here once again, and those of
you lucky enough to be going to Glastonbury can enjoy
Rabbit in the back of a solar powered London taxi in
the Green Field, courtesy of the Wreck Collective.
Also showing in Lost Vagueness as part of a
programme by Future Cinema. I wish I was going...
I will however be going
to the Big
Chill, where I'll
be stirring the past once again on the Friday night.
Full details to follow...
: Just finished work on visuals for the Genesis
anthem 'Follow You, Follow Me' coming to a stadium
near you soon, as part of the Turn It On world tour...
If you find yourself in Paris in the coming
week, check out the Pockets Film Festival at the
Pompidou Centre, where the mobile ringtones I made
for DMove in Tokyo will be screened, on mobile phones.
Rabbit is being screened
in Brooklyn on June 29th
courtesy of Rooftop Films, and this week at the
Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Finally, a recently recorded interview is now online,
courtesy of Chief Magazine.
Spring is sprung today as the light returns.
Rabbit collected the audience award for animation
at the recent San Francisco Independent Film Festival
The film will be featured at a forthcoming show at the
Monster Truck gallery in Dublin, as well as screenings
coming up on 13th and 15th April in Philadelphia and
June 6th and 8th in New York. More importantly than
all that though, Florence is walking.
Happy New Year, well new-ish
Rabbit picked up another award in January at Flickerfest
in Sydney, a rare victory for an Englishman in Australia
this winter. It is also now touring the US as part of
The Animation Show and showing at forthcoming festivals
in Finland and Germany. There are screenings lined up at
The National Gallery in London, Museum of Modern Art
in New York, and Victory Arts in Dallas, details coming soon.
Previously unavailable artwork from various
productions is currently available to view and buy at
the DVA gallery in Chicago.
: Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells...and its that time of
the year once more. Happy Christmas to one and all,
a big thankyou to all those who have helped
make 2006 such a great vintage for me and here's to
2007 being even better..........
I am taking part in an animate! event on 6th January,
part of the Halloween Short Film Festival, should be
good, aaaaaaaaand Rabbit is now online at Atom Films.
I promise I will update
recent work and biography street
as soon as I can......
: Just back from a few days in the tropics as a
guest at Resfest Singapore, thanks to everyone there for
making it such a great trip.
Prior to that I was in
Europe, firstly as part of
in Utrecht, and whilst there I attended the Holland Animation
Film Festival, where Rabbit was awarded the Grand Prix.
Also had a few days in
Leipzig, as a guest of the
Rabbit again honoured, this time with the festival's
Golden Dove for animation.
Thanks to the teams behind all three events.
: Rabbit wins the Grand Prix at the Imago
Film Festival in Fundao, Portugal and is awarded a Diploma
at the Balkanima Festival in Belgrade.
Recorded an interview for abc news last week,
CLICK HERE to view
02.10.06 : At last, the shop is now OPEN
: Arrived back in London on Sunday after
a fantastic 3 weeks criss-crossing Japan and Taiwan
with the family, big shout to Andy and Rumi at Creative
Hybrid in Tokyo for being such good hosts.
Big thankyou also to all at Hiroshima Animation Festival,
where Rabbit picked up a Special Jury Prize and
to the Taiwan Animation Festival in Taipei, who made us feel
so welcome. Thanks also to SCV in Shizuoka City.
While I was away, Rabbit collected
the McLaren award
for Animation at the Edinburgh Film Festival and Best
Animation Award at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival.
Look out for the forthcoming issue of RES magazine,
featuring a Run Wrake front cover and interview.
A good party in Soho last
winning the best animation award at the Rushes Shorts
festival, handed over by David Soul! Lovely.
Have just completed commercials for Triaminic through
Saatchis in NYC, and illustrations for UK Film Council
diversity website, both will be in recent work soon....
I am off to France tomorrow
to read books and catch
fish, and then off to the far east for festivals in Hiroshima
and Taipei. Other screenings coming up at Telluride,
Palm Springs, Madrid, and Edinburgh.
Stocktaking in the shop
is nearly complete, and we'll be
open for business on October 1st. A limited edition DVD
of Rabbit is among the delights available. Have a browse now.
: Rabbit will be screened on August 4th
on a giant 50 foot open-air screen in Hyde Park,
as part of Time Out's 'Park nights' at the Serpentine
Gallery. It will be shown before the main feature, which I
believe is the 1970 classic, "Performance", should go together
well, and in a great setting.
Also showing at forthcoming festivals in Ireland, Portugal,
New York, Brazil and Australia.
More awards in the shape of a diploma of
honour at the Cracow Film Festival, and a special
distinction at Annecy, thanks to the relevant juries.
23.05.06 : Rabbit now available to download (UK
PCs only I'm afraid) at BBC film network, all comments
gratefully received. Also selected for forthcoming
Onedotzero World tour, kicking off at the ICA in June.
It has also picked up a couple more awards
at Lisbon Independent Film Festival and Cartoons on
the Bay in Positano.
Rabbit wins one of the CFX
Film awards, and will soon exist as a shiny 35mm print.
Forthcoming screenings at festivals in Poland, Germany,
Australia, Croatia, South Korea, France, USA, and
BAA Vol 6 DVD has been released,
featuring a selection of winners from this year's
awards, including Rabbit.
: Rabbit picked up awards for Best Short
Film and Best Film at the Cutting Edge at the British
Animation Awards last night.
February has been quite a month. Little
Florence Wrake entered the world on the 15th, 8lb and
perfect in every way. Lisa & I are proud as punch.
Rabbit is currently available to download
for a limited period only, at Lovefilm! and has received
more nominations, for Best Film and Best Film
at the Cutting Edge, at the British Animation Awards,
Best Film at the Dresden Short Film Festival, and
Cartoons on the Bay in Positano in Italy.
The shop will be opening soon with a selection of original
artwork from Jukebox available for the first time.
Watch this space.
31.01.06 : Just
back from a flying trip to Rotterdam
where Rabbit received a Tiger Award for best short.
: Happy New Year.
2006 gets off to a flyer
with 'Rabbit' receiving a nomination at this year's
BAFTAS, in the best animated short film category.
The ceremony takes place at the Odeon Leicester Square
on Feb 19th.
Also shortlisted for the Tiger Short Film Award at the 2006
Rotterdam Film Festival, 2006 CFX Short Film Award, and best film
at January's Halloween Film Festival.
Channel 4 have announced
that "Rabbit" will
be screened on December 6th at ten past midnight, so
brew up some coffee and set the video.
22.10.05 : And so, as the parasol mushrooms disappear
for another year, the new website arrives...tell your friends.
"Rabbit", my new short film, completed in August with
funding from the animate! scheme, has received it's first
screenings : at FACT in Liverpool, at the Norwich
Animation Festival, and at the NFT and outdoors in Trafalgar
Square as part of the London Film Festival.
It will be airing on Channel 4 in a month or so, details here
as soon as I have them...check recent work for a taste.