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PRESS AND AWARDS

Walt Disney Family Museum Teen Animation Festival International

Best of Show and Best Digital Animation for The Gift of the Woods

Gift of the Woods

entertains as well as runs the emotional range and for anyone who has ever loved something so dearly and feared so much of losing it, this short will frighten, tug and melt your heart.”

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Jay Kay

Nightmarish Conjurings

Irish International Film Festival

Winner, Best Animation: Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness

Hollyshorts Film Festival

Official Selection: Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness

Brick World Chicago

Best International Film: The Adventures of Kentucky Jackson

Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness

“If you’re looking for a three minute cross between Lovecraftian horror, the cart escape from Temple of Doom, and some Scooby-Doo-style wackiness, this is just the thing.”

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Ben Pearson

Geek Tyrant

FilmQuest

Nominated for Best Animation for Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness

LEGO Jurassic World: A Jarring Encounter

“This short captures everything that is charming and iconic about Lego stop motion animations – quirky, slapstick comedy with unexpected punchlines in a recognizably Lego environment. This is what Lego animation should be.”

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David J. Nolan

Pixel Spawn

ScreenCraft Short Screenplay

Semi-Finalist Short Screenplay Competition

CINE GOLDEN EAGLE

Animation Finalist:  Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness

CineYouth (Chicago Film Festival)

Best Animation for The Gift of the Woods

2017 Toy News 30 Under 30 to Watch in the Toy Industry

Kurtis and Kris Theorin

Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness

“This super adorable little short film managed to make a dog transforming into a tentacled eldritch nightmare into something rather cute, which is quite the feat.”

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James Whitbrook

Gizmodo

Chicago Horror Film Festival

Official Selection: Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness

Gift of the Woods

“Macabre, heartfelt and mysterious, this less than four-minute short tells a very true tale we can all understand.”

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Jay Kay

Nightmarish Conjurings

SPARK Animation Festival

Official Selection: Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival

Official Selection: Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness

Kris and Kurtis Theorin’s Interview with Big Little Filmmaker

“Doing stop motion animation taught me about set design, lighting, staging, and shot composition. With LEGOs, you’re able to create whatever crazy story you can imagine.”

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Montreal International Animation Film Festival – ANIMAZE 2017

Official Selection: Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness

Applause!

  • Winner Best Animation Irish International Film Festival
  • Nominated for Video of the Year and Best Animated Video by Tongal 2017
  • Nominated Best PA filmmaker, Best Student Film, Best Animation at the West Chester Film Festival 2017
  • Presidential Scholar in the Arts Finalist 2016
  • Latino Arts Beat Film Grant Award 2015
  • Best Art/Experimental Film West Chester Film Festival
  • WHYY Special Achievement in Film Making Award 2015
  • Best Student Film Clean Shorts Film Festival 2015
  • Best High School Film Holly Shorts 2015
  • Best Youth Film FilmQuest 2015
  • Best Student Film Maryland International Film Festival 2015
  • Winner Jury Award Best High School Film Cinequest 2015
  • Best Short Screenplay International Family Film Festival
  • Semi-Finalist Shriekfest Film Festival Screenplay Competition
  • Quarter Finalist Fresh Voices, Screencraft and Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competitions
  • Winner Best Special Effects AAHSFF 2014
  • Winner Best Teen Film Silent River Film Festival 2014
  • Finalist Young Arts Foundation 2014
  • Winners three gold keys, seven silver keys Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2014
  • SAG Short Film Showcase selection 2014
  • Winner, Best Animation Fresh Takes Film Festival 2013
  • Winner First Glance Philadelphia- Best Student Film 2012
  • Winner WHYY Youth Media Awards- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places, Judges Award (2011,2012,2013, 2014)
  • Winner Off Shoot Educational Film Fest- 1st Place Student Animation 2012
  • Winner Audience Choice Award National Film Festival for Talented Youth 2013
  • Winner Brickfilmer’s Guild Brickfilmer of the year 2012
  • Winner two Golden Brick Awards from LEGO 2012
  • Nominated for Video of the Year and Best Animated Video by Tongal 2017
  • Nominated Best PA filmmaker, Best Student Film, Best Animation at the West Chester Film Festival 2017
  • Presidential Scholar in the Arts Finalist 2016
  • Latino Arts Beat Film Grant Award 2015
  • Best Art/Experimental Film West Chester Film Festival
  • WHYY Special Achievement in Film Making Award 2015
  • Best Student Film Clean Shorts Film Festival 2015
  • Best High School Film Holly Shorts 2015
  • Best Youth Film FilmQuest 2015
  • Best Student Film Maryland International Film Festival 2015
  • Winner Jury Award Best High School Film Cinequest 2015
  • Best Short Screenplay International Family Film Festival
  • Semi-Finalist Shriekfest Film Festival Screenplay Competition
  • Quarter Finalist Fresh Voices, Screencraft and Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competitions
  • Winner Best Special Effects AAHSFF 2014
  • Winner Best Teen Film Silent River Film Festival 2014
  • Finalist Young Arts Foundation 2014
  • Winners three gold keys, seven silver keys Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2014
  • SAG Short Film Showcase selection 2014
  • Winner, Best Animation Fresh Takes Film Festival 2013
  • Winner First Glance Philadelphia- Best Student Film 2012
  • Winner WHYY Youth Media Awards- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places, Judges Award (2011,2012,2013, 2014)
  • Winner Off Shoot Educational Film Fest- 1st Place Student Animation 2012
  • Winner Audience Choice Award National Film Festival for Talented Youth 2013
  • Winner Brickfilmer’s Guild Brickfilmer of the year 2012
  • Winner two Golden Brick Awards from LEGO 2012

NEWS

Even More Film Festivals

While we have been busy filming, our resident screenwriter Nik has been equally busy working on short films and stageplays- congrats to him for his recent festival successes!

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Hot Wheels Music Video Series

Hot Wheels and music may not seem like an obvious association at first, but with the growing trend of shareable MTV music-inspired videos online it is only natural that a fun and exciting brand like Hot Wheels take the next evolutionary step of music-inspired video...

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Fall is Film Festival Season!

Fall is film festival season!  We are happy to be a part of so many wonderful festivals this year.  If you are in Seattle, Chicago, New York, Provo or Hollywood be sure to attend these fine festivals to see our films and so many other fabulous productions!

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Something Awry’s Awards

Here's a little list of the love we've received from the industry. Winner Best of Festival and Best 2D Animation Walt Disney Family Museum Teen Animation Festival 2017 Winner Best Animation CineYouth 2017 Nominated for Video of the Year and Best Animated Video by...

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Success Story: LEGO Yellow Submarine

Working with Tongal, we came up with a storyline that was fun and reminiscent of the movie The Yellow Submarine. Combining stop motion animation and psychedelic 2D elements drawn by Actuality Films gave the visuals a suitably ‘trippy’ feel.

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Success Story: LEGO Jurassic Park – A Jarring Encounter

Working with Tongal we came up with an engaging and humorous storyline involving the park rangers and the T-Rex. The video received over 3 million views in just a few days with several major blogs such as i09 picking up and reviewing the film. After a year, the film has over 17 million views online.

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Premiere of Gumball and Alien Communications

Our two new films premiered this Sunday at Theater N in Wilmington, DE. Thanks so much for coming out and joining us! Also thanks to our special guest artists Emma Cullen, Felicia Maziarz and Liz Krov for sharing their art with us! Here are a few pictures from the...

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YoungArts Master Class week for Kris

Last week Kris headed to Florida as a YoungArts finalist in Cinematic Arts!  Chosen as one of five Cinematic Arts students nationwide to attend National YoungArts Week, which takes place in Miami each year,  allowing YoungArts Finalists in the visual, literary, design...

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