This was such a lovely project to work on - an anthem to taking life slowly and just being. Watch the music video I made for Tom Rosenthal's song 'World's Greatest Sleeper' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axnESLwqznA
'Calon Rew' is a spooky Welsh language Christmas tale written by the musician and Welsh children's poet laureate, Casi Wyn, about a creature who's heart has turned to ice. We have made a little story book which has been published by Code Pais and is now available to purchase in the link below, and we have also made a short film which will be broadcast on S4C on Christmas day at 6:25pm.
A short poetry film which I made in collaboration with the poet Hanan Issa. The poem is inspired by the story of ‘Blodeuwedd’ from the ancient book of stories called The Mabanogion. In this folktale, a wizard punishes Blodeuwedd by transforming her into an owl and forbidding her to show her face in daylight again. Traditionally, the story is told from the perspectives of the men, with the Blodeuwedd and her mother-in-law, the goddess of the moon, characterised as ‘bad’ and not conforming to societal expectations of women. As a result, both meet sorry ends. The film is set in a modern-day city at night and follows a woman’s journey through the dark streets alone, until she becomes aware of being stalked by a shadowy figure.
New Creatives is supported by Arts Council England and BBC Arts.
New Creative Artist – Efa Blosse-Mason
Producer – Emma Lazenby
Poem by – Hanan Issa
Animator – Sophie Marsh
Link to watch on BBC iplayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0b5lp9c?fbclid=IwAR3KWfcpxK6UPxri52cjAlJ-6xZTa3jQdsorsbc0ZNSy19lxvpVXe8UevvA
Spring has sprung! And I have had the pleasure to work once again with the Welsh musician Casi Wyn on a very short film about enduring hard times and keeping the seed of hope safe in your heart. It feels very poignant right now as we have endured a whole year of on and off lockdowns, and especially the winter months have been hard to endure without the comfort of family members and friends around us.
The short film is available to watch on instagram on Codi Pais' page or on the Chapter Arts Centre website.
I have now created an etsy to sell high quality prints of my illustration. Please follow the link:
Today is the Welsh Valentines day so I've made a drawing of the two characters from my short film 'Cwch Deilen / Leaf Boat.'
'Dawns Y Ceirw' a short Christmasy Animation film is now available to watch on BBC iplayer.
Y Nadolig yma dwi wedi cael y pleser o cyd weithio gyda Casi Wyn ar ffilm fer fydd ar S4C ar noson Nadolig. Yn ogystal a hyn rydym wedi creu llyfr stori bach sydd yn defnyddio delewddau o'r animeiddiad ac hefyd sketches concept art. Mae'r llyfr hefyd yn dod gyda link i versiwn audiobook sydd yn y Gymraeg a'r Seisneg. Mae'r llyfr wedi cael ei gyhoeddi gan Codi Pais ac ar gail meen shopiau llyfrau lleiol neu alle chi archeby fe dros y we wrth dylyn y link isod.
This Christmas I have collaborated with Casi Wyn on a short animation witch will be screened on the Welsh TV Channel S4C on Christmas eve. As well as releasing the animation, we have made a little story book using images from the film as well as concept art sketches. The book also comes with a link to an audio book version with is in Welsh and English. The book is published by Code Pais and is available in local book shops in Wales or you can order it online by following the link below.
Cwch Deilen (Leaf Boat) is now available to watch on iplayer
Follow the link to watch: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000mpl0/beacons-short-films-from-wales-series-1-6-leaf-boat
"Love is also a driving force in Blosse-Mason’s Cwch Deilen, a Welsh-language animated short tracing the excitement, emotional obstacles, and anxieties of a new relationship. Cwch Deilen opens with Heledd and Celyn, watching the day pass by in a seaside town. The town, they decide, would be too small for them to live in. That, or their wings are too big – an observation that could serve as a salient commentary on how same-sex desire necessarily breaches the moorings of heteronormative culture. Like Rupi in Pasotra’s I Choose, Heledd and Celyn refuse to accept their environment as it and, instead, carve their own space in the world. Selecting elements within their reach – a leaf for a boat, a lamppost for a mast, and a blanket for a sail – Heledd and Celyn build their aquatic vessel and take to the seas.
Their journey is not always smooth sailing, with the escalating waves reflecting the delight and tumult of getting to know another person, a process which leads to the revelation of insecurities which threaten to capsize the relationship. Monsters rise from the watery depths, but, luckily, they’re easily placated with a cuppa. Discovered in the teapot some time later, the monster is small and timid, signifying how early disputes become endearing, cute even, despite how monumental they might have seemed in the greener years of a long-term relationship. Life might be wobbly and uncertain at times, but Heledd and Celyn are together and, like Rupi and her daughters, their love equips them with all of the strength and resilience that they could need." - Rosie Couch reviews Beacons, a selection of short films created by Wales-based filmmakers which explores themes of bereavement, familial tension and love.
Read all the reviews of the beacons films here: https://www.walesartsreview.org/films-the-beacons-series/?fbclid=IwAR2FBEelNUtYAX3ES9KZaccVJKL6BMTFBvoCfC8tzSP1HvH0qSQw1U_iEQA
Read an interview with Efa Blosse-Mason on the BFI Network here: https://network.bfi.org.uk/news-and-features/industry-insights/meet-beacons-filmmakers-efa-blosse-mason
Here's another quirky music video I made for Tom Rosenthal, it's a song about two characters from the American Office, Jim and Dwight who both love and hate each other.
I am an animator and film-maker from Cardiff, I speak Welsh and am part of the LGBTQ+ community. I studied animation at Bristol School of Animation. In 2019 my film 'Earthly Delights' won the Royal Television Society Award for best undergraduate animation.