Did you watch The Snowman and the Snowdog shown on Channel 4 at Christmas time? It was wonderful. The amount of detail and hard work that went into producing the animation was mind boggling, and the result was outstanding. I particularly loved the journeys around London’s landmarks, the transitions were so smooth and flowing. To accompany the sequal to The Snowman, Channel 4 aired a documentary entitled, How The Snowman Came Back to Life showing the planning and background work of the animation along with an interview with Raymond Briggs. I didn’t have Raymond Briggs’ books as a child, and I think I was missing out so I purchased The Snowman and also Ethel & Ernest. The latter is a graphic novel Briggs’ published in 1998 telling the life story of his parents, from the moment they met in the 1920’s to their death in the 1970’s. It is so sweet, and humorous whilst being extremely sad. The novel truly makes you realise the power of pictures. I found it to be very inspiring.
You can still watch the documentary by following this link to 4oD: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-snowman-and-the-snowdog/4od#3458877
There’s only 8 days left so get watching!
Just been listening to Drew Roper on BBC WM, talking about “At-issue” - a six minute animation he is creating at Yamination Studios, at the Custard Factory, Birmingham. The animation will be a clever mix of stop-motion, 2D and CGI. Today is the big reveal of the main character, Bartholomew.
“An unemployed puppet has the chance to audition for his dream job, following in his father’s footsteps, but a bizarre affliction strikes him, and unless he can learn to be himself his dream will not come true.”
I am very excited, as I am fortunate enough to be part of this, assisting with some research and inking!
To find out more about “At-issue”, and other productions by Yamination Studio, visit http://www.yamination.com/
A short animation for the use of contract catering company, Bartlett Mitchell. It is a simple animation linking with the company’s own logo of pear in two halves. Modelled and animated using Autodesk 3ds Max 2012, and all artwork was designed and created myself usingAdobe Photoshop CS5. Music and foley, provided by the company’s own media department.
I attended Visual Effects Society’s Global Visual Effects & Technology Expo, based in London, on 16th June 2012. There were also fairs in Los Angeles and New York on the same day. Was a bit nervous about going, but it was a brilliant day, so informative and helpful! I got to speak to representatives of many leading visual effects companies, such as; Walt Disney Animation Studios, Prime Focus and Double Negative . Even though I have just completed my degree, and am not just yet up to the standard they require, the companies were more than happy to give me advice and critique my work, in a constructive manner. The experience has given me a clear insight into what steps I need to take to get into the animation industry, and how I can improve my skills and gain experience. I would recommend all students studying animation to visit one of these fairs, and already I can’t wait for next years!
As an obsessive user and lover of post it notes, this animation caught my attention. It’s relevant to myself, as it reflects upon an animators career from the beginning to present day. A journey I myself shall soon be hoping to embark upon.
(sorry, link works now!)
Hey! Been very busy recently, preparing my work for the final major project, ‘The Magic Trick’. I submitted the work today, so it’s time to upload it! This was my first traditional piece of animation, and working frame by frame was definitely an experience. I am pretty pleased with how it has turned out. I used Indian ink, to draw the images, and then applied different hand made paper textures to the images using Photoshop CS5. The wonderful voices were provided by my friends, Adam Beverley, and Lauren Gamble. Lauren is an Illustrator, and you can find her blog at http://laurengamble.tumblr.com/. And foley and sound effects were provided by Richard Wilcox, http://richardwilcox.wordpress.com/. At the moment this piece is part animation, part animatic, however over time I’m hoping to transform more of the still images into animation.
Hope you like it!