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Chessmaster Theatre

Chessmaster Theatre is a short stop action animated film.

Written, Directed and Animated By John Wardlaw
Cinematography By Michael Wilcox
Shot on 16mm film using a Bolex

1995 Santa Barbara International Film Festival
1996 Spike and Mike Festival of Animation
1996 Winner of Bronze Telly Award
2011 Ventura Film Festival
2012 Faux Film Festival, Portland Or.

A censored version is featured on Spike and Mike Festival of Sick and Twisted Animation Volume Four VHS. Spike used the wrong tape source and the words "gang bang" are replaced with "gang up".

Based on the films originally written and filmed by Philip Haynes and John Wardlaw in 1982 called "How To Play Chess".

Chessmaster Theatre II - Bloody Revenge

Chessmaster Theatre Bloody Revenge is a short animated film.

Written, Directed and Animated By John Wardlaw
Cinematography By Michael Wilcox
Shot on 16mm film using a Bolex

1997 Spike and Mike Festival of Sick and Twisted Animation
2011 Ventura Film Festival
2012 Faux Film Festival, Portland Or.

Also based on the films originally written and filmed by Philip Haynes and John Wardlaw in 1982 called "How To Play Chess".

After Spike saw Chessmaster Theatre he asked John and Michael if they could make a second one, but a little more sick and twisted.

Reviews

Chessmaster theatre

Press for Chessmaster Theatre

Review: "Chessmaster Theatre," a parody of PBS "Masterpiece Theatre," ..... wins on originality - it is by far the funniest short in the whole program,(Referring to the Spike and Mike Festival of Animation) and the most memorable. By Vladimir Zelevinsky, Friday, May 1, 1998  Staff Reporter, The Tech, Volume 118, Number 23



Chessmaster Theatre

Press for Chessmaster Theatre II Bloody Revenge

Review: While attending the Animation Festival, some might have trouble deciding which shorts to applaud...They cheered most loudly...following "Chessmaster Theatre," (Bloody Revenge) in which the film concluded with one of the opposing chess players urinating on the checkered board ... standing ovation material, apparently. By ROB COLE, HORNET STAFF WRITER
Cartoons come to Sacramento March 20, 1998 Volume 50A No. 41



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