Catching the Moment: Film Club Productions Matches Animation Talent to Creative Need to Bring Kiss The Water Documentary Film to Life

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Animation sequences revealed at the film’s Tribeca world premiere, New York

Film Club Productions is proud to announce that the animation sequences it created with animation director Em Cooper have helped ‘Kiss the Water,’ an independent documentary from director Eric Steel, to become a hotly anticipated feature at the Tribeca Film Festival 2013.

KTW has its world premiere as part of the new 'Viewpoints' category, which includes international independent cinema and documentaries of interest.

It tells the story of Megan Boyd, a Scottish maker of fishing flies, who died in 2001. Working alone in her cottage in Brora in the Scottish highlands, Megan created a legend: she spun feather, hair, fur and silk together to create beautiful but lethal flies, which are acknowledged by the fishing cognoscenti as the ultimate weapon against the tricky Scottish wild salmon, and made her flies collectors’ items. Her skill, her imagination, her magic and the underwater world of the salmon are captured in this film, in a combination of live action and stunning animation sequences which look beneath the surface of both the story and the water, at the life and death match between man and fish.

Part of th1ng Corp Ltd., New York and London based Film Club Productions, applied its skill in matching the right animation director to the brief for this mesmeric and impactful film. The production team wanted something special and different. Sue Loughlin, executive producer of Film Club, fulfilled the request by understanding the nuances of the creative brief but also looked further and matched Em Cooper to the need.

She says: “It is important to provide accurate creative solutions as well as, when the opportunity arises, offering something surprising, different, but perfect. As soon as underwater sequences were discussed I knew that Em could do something that no other animator could achieve for this production. We showed the producer a range of clips including several of Em’s examples – these really conveyed the technique’s impact. When they were passed on to the director it was clear that this technique, combined with Em’s masterful ability to communicate meaning through her expressive control of her medium, was perfect for the project and it has contributed to a wonderful, magical documentary film with vivid undertones.”

Em Cooper works with oil paint over live action, creating powerful animated images which use colour and expressive oil paint brushwork in order to convey mood and meaning. Em says: “I created this technique to bridge the gap between live action and animation. Kiss the Water shows how it can be used to convey experience, imagination and fantasy powerfully in a way that live action never could. We were telling a fairy tale, and showing a highly personal journey – we talked at length about each scene, then I would work to portray the narrative differently, to evoke and illustrate feelings and emotions that would make the story live. Megan lived through many battles during her lifetime – even her own sexuality, which had both very feminine and very masculine aspects. She certainly became central to the battles that take place under the water and on the banks of rivers around the world.”

KTW is presented in association with BBC Scotland and Creative Scotland, by Easy There Tiger and Slate Films. It will air on BBC Television later this year. It will be screened at TFF2013 between 22 and 28 April.

Kiss the Water: Tribeca Film Festival Screenings
Monday, 22 April (7:00pm)    Chelsea Clearview Cinemas 5
Wednesday, 24 April (5:30pm)    Chelsea Clearview Cinemas 4
Thursday, 25 April (12:00pm)    Chelsea Clearview Cinemas 7 (press & industry)
Saturday, 27 April (7:30pm)    Chelsea Clearview Cinemas 9
Sunday, 28 April (7:00pm)    AMC Village 7 Cinema 2
Running Time: 80 Minutes

About Film Club Productions
Film Club, sister company to th1ng, is an animation commercials production company which specialises in creative, art-based, hand-crafted animated commercials and short films. It is run by executive producer Sue Loughlin, formerly an award-winning animation director in her own right. Film Club helps advertising agencies and producers to find the perfect fit of animation talent, creativity and experimentation to represent brands and convey messages, desires and emotions in fresh and exciting ways.

Film Club represents and supports both established directors and emerging talent, including some of the world's most highly respected, multi-award-winning animation film makers and commercials directors. It is committed to identifying and fostering emerging creative talent: the award-winners of tomorrow. It helps producers to create fantastic and beautiful animated commercials and short films which surprise, innovate and inspire.

Film Club is based in Soho, London and in SoHo, New York. It is part of th1ng Corp Ltd., which also includes th1ng, th2ng and Flux, spanning live action, animation and broadcast design. Film Club can be found on Twitter @FilmClubProd. For more information, visit

Media contacts

  •     Film Club PR: Julian Heathcote (julian(at)potionpr(dot)com) - Telephone:+44 (0) 203-137-8165 or +44 (0) 7765 407 352
  •     Eric Steel/KTW production PR: Weiman Seid (weimanseid(at)fatdot(dot)net) and Jenny Lawhorn (jennylawhorn(at)fatdot(dot)net) – Telephone: +1 212-691-4224

Notes to editors
Film Club Productions executive producer Sue Loughlin is available for interview throughout the Festival.

High resolution stills and animation film clips are available from the Film Club media contact.

Production notes and interviews with director Eric Steel should be pursued via Fatdot.

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