Go Radiate is Melissa Culhane – artist and animator

A Quack Too Far

A Quack Too Far animation short

A fox settles down to sleep for the day, listening to the beautiful birdsong in the forest. However, a noisy duck moves in next door and won’t shut up. What does the fox have to do to get some peace?

A Quack Too Far was made during my BA (hons) Animation in Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education/University of Wolverhampton. I created the backgrounds in Adobe Illustrator and developed the characters in Photoshop. The animation was done in After Effects with the help of a Duik Rig for the fox. Final compositing was completed in Premier Pro.

A Quack Too Far Screenings:

  • Nenagh Children’s Film Festival, Ireland, 2021 – get tickets here (online June 13th) and watch my Q and A here:
  • Brussels Independent Film Festival, Belgium, 2021
  • Palm Springs International Animation Festival, USA, 2020/21
  • Whose Wood These Are: A Festival of Trees, Ireland, 2020
  • Athens Animfest, Greece, 2020
  • Irish Film From Home, London Film Festival, UK, 2020
  • Amsterdam Independent Film Festival, the Netherlands, 2020
  • Semi-finalist for New York Animation Awards, USA, 2020
  • We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival, USA, 2020
  • Cambodia International Film Festival, 2020
  • Moscow Irish Film Festival, Russia, 2020
  • Chicago Irish Film Festival, USA, 2020
  • Bucheon International Animation Film Festival (Oscar Qualifying), South Korea, 2019 (plus Q and A)
  • Anim!Arte – International Student Animation Festival of Brazil, 2019
  • Culture Night at The Dock, Ireland, 2019 (plus a “Making of” presentation).
  • BRUKIVKA International Film Festival, Ukraine, 2019  
  • Semana Por La Soberania Audiovisual, Argentina, 2019  
  • 31st Galway Film Fleadh, (Oscar Qualifying), Ireland, 2019

Keep Going, Little Snail

Keep Going, Little Snail, my new animated short, is now in production, with the assistance of The Arts Council of Ireland, Donegal County Council and Creative Ireland, and Westmeath County Council. I have completed the pre-production stage and am now animating! After I wrote the initial story and did the initial development, I gathered a dream team to collaborate with – Patrick Culhane worked with me for script and storyboard development, Matthew Jacobson is creating the soundtrack, and Dom Lawrence from Ear of The Dog is doing sound effects and sound design – the final film will be presented in Dolby Atmos spatial sound. Can’t wait to share it with the world when it’s finished!

Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal out now

Number one best seller!

A dream project for me as a life long nature lover, Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal were a joy to illustrate. I got to work on researching and drawing Irish wildlife throughout the seasons and I’m so happy with the result. The books were co created with the writer Michael Fewer and published by  Gill Books. Naturama came out first and is a beautiful introduction to Irish wildlife, regardless of whether you live in the countryside or in the city, there’s lots of things to learn about and get you started as a nature enthusiast. It was so cool to see it become a number one bestseller and meet loads of wonderful children who were loving the book! My Naturama Nature Journal has projects for children to do outside and field guide notes sections to write and draw in. It gets everyone outside turning rocks upside down looking for worms :) Click here for all the latest Naturama related news…. 

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