The ZEN PENCILS short film!
Holy crap, someone has turned my AROUND THE CORNER comic into a short film! I was squealing like a school girl while watching it. The film was made by Sahel Takal, a recently graduated Film and TV student from Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge UK) and he is entering it in the 2013 London Sundance Film Festival short film competition. Sahel asked my permission to adapt the comic at the start of January and I completely forgot about it – it was such a pleasant surprise to actually see the finished product.
“The main theme of the competition was time, when I saw this comic I immediately fell in love with the simplicity of it. I could not help but to visualise all the images in my head. It showed time in different ways: as a kid you have all the time in the world to hang around with your friends, but as adults you have almost no time, because of work and family. This inspired me a lot and I really wanted to adapt this into a film. I wanted to bring the still images to life and tell the story through a different art form. When I got the permission from you to adapt the comic into a film, I started working on it as soon as possible. I was really blessed with the crew members and everyone else who helped. I am very happy with the end result and I hope everyone else enjoys it as much as they enjoyed the original comic.”
This is such a thrill for me. I’ve often imagined what some of my comics would look like as a film and now I actually get the chance to see one – it’s like a dream come true. A huge thank you to Sahel and I wish him the best of luck in the competition.