High Above the Sky

A short animated film by Kim Noce and Shaun Clark

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Screening at the BFI for Birds Eve View Festival

As part of Bird Eye View Film Festival, High Above the Sky will be screened at the BFI on the 13 April at 2.pm  amongst 7 other short films including Joanna Quinn’s BAFTA-winning, Oscar® nominated FAMOUS FRED.

The screening will be preceded by a ‘MAKE-YOUR-OWN ANIMATION’ WORKSHOP – a unique chance for kids to bring their own animations to life, with a WORLD PREMIERE OF THE RESULTING FILM showing on the BIG SCREEN! The event will also feature more great animated shorts for children and a chance to speak directly to filmmakers in a Q&A SESSION.

Spot a clip of High Above the Sky in the festival Trailer

One day Leo screams and screams and screams, his Dad takes him shopping and so the journey begins through the isles and high above the sky.

Even a journey in a supermarket can be magical.

Directed and animated by Kim Noce & Shaun Clark
A Short Animated  Film by MewLab , produced by SPID THEATRE, funded by BFI, Kensington & Chelsea Borough and First Light.

You can  Book Tickets Here.

More information can be found at http://birds-eye-view.co.uk/film-festival/events/famous-fred/


Chicago International Children’s film festival

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High Above the sky will be screened at the Academy award qualifying Chicago International Children’s film festival in  Chicago USA on Sunday 23 November at 11am in the Section “Family 4 Ever ”

This year’s CICFF features the absolute best in world cinema — hundreds of films that will inspire and delight Chicago families. From October 25 through November 3, kids will take charge of cinema as they become the next generation of Chicago cinephiles and world citizens. The Festival features 288 films from 43 countries, selected from over 9000 entries. At the Festival, you and your family will explore new cultures and traditions with exceptional quality films and media, and take an amazing journey with a wealth of character-driven stories, painterly and cutting-edge animation, and thoughtful resolutions. The CICFF engages kids of all ages with post screening Q&As with filmmakers, interactive workshops with special guests, peer-to-peer dialogues, filmmaker-led seminars, and the CICFF Children’s and Youth Juries.

The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America, welcoming 25,000 Chicago-area children, adults, and educators each year, and featuring over 250 films from 40 countries. The Festival screens a wide range of projects, from live-action and animated feature films to shorts, TV series, documentaries, and child-produced works. One of the most unique festivals in the country, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival showcases the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value-affirming new cinema for children, and is one of the only Academy Award qualifying children’s film festivals in the world.

For more than 30 years, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival has set new standards for what children’s festivals can achieve. As the largest and longest running children’s film program in North America, the Festival discovers the best in world cinema and continually raises the bar for quality children’s programming.

It is the mission of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival to set an internationally recognized standard of excellence in film, video, and television production for children. It is further our mission to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers by awarding prizes, by showcasing international films of the highest quality, and by providing a professional forum through which quality children’s film may gain increased distribution and access to wider audiences. The Festival is also committed to engaging young viewers with positive media images and to using media as a tool to stimulate critical thinking

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Adelaide Kids Film Festival

“High Above the sky” will screen at Adelaide Kids Film Festival on the 23rd November.

Animae Caribe Festival

“High Above the sky” will be screened in the competition section at “Animae Caribe Festival 2012”. Here are a  few words from the festival director:

“Once again we gather to Celebrate the beautiful artform of animation. We have hosted over the last 9 years, Oscar winning and nominated animators like Daniel Greaves, Erica Russell and Disney experienced directors Like’ Proud Family’ Bruce Smith. This year we are proud to have the infamous Bill Plymton visit our shores and celebrate and share with us in the Caribbean. Together with a host of other Celebrated animators and professionals in the field we once again make this journey. We at Animae Caribe strive to dive deep within, to empower to entertain and to expose this wonderful artform.”

Official Selection KinoFest

Kinofest, the international digital film festival in Romania will screen “High above the sky” in its 6th edition. Kinofest is the first digital film festival in Romania. Kinofest features a selection of the most awarded short films and has the explicit goal of promoting independent film-makers, artists and their work. Kinofest was founded by Valentin Partenie . 26-28 October Bucarest, Romania

Colchester Film Festival

We are delighted to announce that ‘High Above the Sky’ has been selected for the Colchester Film Festival 2012 official selection.
Colchester Film Festival is an international short film festival showcasing the best short films from the UK and around the world. The festival will take place at the Firstsite Arts Gallery from the 5th to the 7th of October 2012.

Screenwriter Julian Unthank who is currently writing NEW TRICKS for the BBC will be running a master class during the festival. 

In the last year, Julian has written a short film LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, starring JOHN HURT, which has won over a dozen major awards including the ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY’S BEST SHORT FILM AWARD, the RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL’S AWARD for BEST FILM as well as making the 2011 OSCAR SHORT LIST for BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Witney Film Festival

We are delighted to announce that  “High Above the Sky” has been selected for this years Witney Film  festival.  The festival takes place between the 23rd-26th October . “High above the sky” will screen on the 26th October in the grand finale of the festival which will also contain the “creme de la creme of short films submitted to this years festival”.

Winner of Best Animation


“High above the sky” won best animation at WIFF on friday evening. The screening took place at the BFI and films where judged by David Jenkins, film critic for Little White Lies, film producer Kate Vogel and local film director Barry Bliss.

The film was won second prize in the best film of the festival. Judge Kate Vogel, who produces films for the Tate, praised the simple storyline, beautiful illustration and joyous tale.



“High above the sky” will screen at this years Animage IV festival internacional de animacao de Pernambuco (brasil). The film is part of the official selection and will be screened between September 26th to 30th in Recife.

Walthamstow International Film Festival

We are pleased to announced “High above the sky” will screen at Walthamstow International Film Festival. The film was co-directed by Shaun Clark and Kim Noce and has been short listed for the best animation award with a screening and award ceremony taking place at the BFI (British Film Institute) on The Southbank in Central London on Friday 7th September at 4pm. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges including David Jenkins, film critic for Little White Lies, film producer Kate Vogel and local film director Barry Bliss. One of the Director (Kim Noce) and the Editor (Fiona De Souza) will present.
The festival continues with further screenings on Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th September at the Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow Village from 1pm to 5pm and Sunday 9th and Sunday 16th September from 1pm to 5pm at Lotolie Family Hairdressers in Walthamstow Village in the basement.

Australian Première AIFF 2012

Mew lab are pleased to announce The Australian premiere of “High Above the Sky”. The film will feature in the Auburn International Film Festival.

For the full official selection follow this link: http://cinewest.org/welcome/?p=4309


And we have finished!

Just making DVDs copies, digibetas, postcard still … and soon we will send the film to festivals


Perfect day mixing in the darkness  at Art4Noise with David Pringle ( Sound Designers),  Chris White and Hutch Demouilpied (Composers) , Kim Noce & Shaun Clark (Directors at MewLab )

At the mixing desk with David, Hutch and Chris

Behind the mixing desk Kim , Shaun and Chris (photo by Hutch)


Getting closer to completion: a fantastic day editing with  Fiona De Souza

Recording the Voices

We had a lovely day with the actors Cian Waites (as Leo) and Paul Mundell (as Dad) and the sound designer David Pringle recording the voices for the animation.

Recording Sound Effects

Superb day recording Sound Effects with David Pringle and the children at SPID THEATRE. In the film all the sound effects have been created by  children. They were really eager to create  loud noises…


While the film start to shape up, our wonderful composer Chris White and Hutch Demouilpied are currently creating some fabulous music track



Compositing the Animation

Here working in AFX to composite all the shots together.

And now into Space

Animating the spaceship

Stop motion animation of the spaceship flying

Sweets ready

A bit of  green screen for the sweets and the supermarket. All the props for the supermarket  and the space were created by the  wonderful and talented youths at SPID Theatre


The Sets

After many months trapped in a dark dark dark room, we are finally getting closer to finish our commissioned short ”High Above the Sky”

They are taking over…

Half way through the constructions of the sets and we are starting to run out of space… Half of the supermarket, the bed room, the interior of the ship and still missing the moon, space and the hills…

Building the set

A dark sky, Paint, Cardboard and Coffee… it is all you need to prepare the sets

Testing Characters

We are testing shapes, clothing, colours and personalities…

LEO, the first steps

Storybord and Animatic

Slowly building the story and the narrative

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