Thursday 18 January 2018

Trinity library gets animated for Pratchett film

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

THE library of Trinity College and other Dublin landmarks will feature in a new animation, which science fiction writer Terry Pratchett is collaborating on, along with Irish students.

'The Duel' is a production by the Animation Hub -- a collaboration between staff and students of Ballyfermot College and Trinity College, Dublin, animation studio Giant Creative, and Pratchett.

The short film, which centres around a duel between two wizards, received a huge publicity boost this week when Pratchett tweeted about it to his 63,000 followers on Twitter.

Pratchett, who was knighted in 2009 for his contribution to literature, has come up with the story for the production and will be writing the script.

"Most of the duel between the wizards takes place in Trinity College's Old Library which is one of Terry's favourite places. We expect lots of other locations in Trinity to be included in the animation film," Gareth Lee of Ballyfermot College said.

Pratchett's close relationship with Trinity College began in December 2008 when he was conferred with an honorary degree. Since then the relationship has deepened, with Colin Smythe, Pratchett's literary agent, donating a complete back catalogue of the writer's published translations to the college library in 2009.

Along with using Trinity as a setting, the project will give students from the university and Ballyfermot College the opportunity to work on the animated film penned by the writer best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series of comic fantasy novels.

Talking about the project, Pratchett said: "It's wonderful to see this type of project supported and made real -- and we intend to have a lot of fun while we're at it."

'The Duel', which builds on the success of the Animation Hub's first short, 'The Last Train', will premiere early next year as part of the Tercentenary Celebrations of Trinity College's Old Library.

Irish Independent

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