Animation

School animation project

For the past few months, I’ve been working with a group of students and an English teacher at a school in North London to create a small animated film. The students were set the challenge of coming up with a story that reflected something about the school and the students within it. The school is very diverse, and they created a story about a girl who comes to London as a refugee, and is miserable at school because she doesn’t know any English yet, and can’t understand anything or anybody. However, she soon starts to learn the language, and becomes far happier once she can understand and make friends. The animation deliberately has no music or sound effects other than the voice-over, because the music teachers are planning to use it as a composition project in class.... Read More...

Tea Party

This is something I had to make in a short period of time at work recently. Invitation cards for an after school event for kids who volunteered for a specific thing earlier in the term. It was nice to have something I could actually draw. Last week I was sorting out endless posters of geometry equations. There's not a great deal you can do with those in terms of illustration . . ... Read More...

The wonder of cardboard: making animation with school children

Since just before Christmas, I have been doing a weekly animation workshop with kids at a school in North London, working with one of the English teachers. The brief was to create a short film which told a story that represented the school and the experiences of the students in some way. The students range from 12-18, with the younger ones being the art assistants, and the sixth-formers being the producers. They came up with a story themselves about a refugee girl from an unnamed country who flees from a war to London, but is then unhappy at the school because she doesn't speak English (quite a common real story at this particular school). Gradually however she starts to learn and understand, and feel happier and make friends. In the initial sessions, some of the inspiration clips I showed them included Persepolis, The Science of Sleep, and my own Erika Pal's the House.... Read More...

Making Tracks- live cinema

A little while ago my friend Erika Pál had the animation she made for our MA show in Whirligig Cinema's Making Tracks festival. She made recordings of the students describing dreams they'd had, and painstakingly created the animation with oil paints on glass and time-lapse photography. Here she describes how she made it. She doesn't have it available to view online at the moment, so here are some stills from her website.... Read More...
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Amoebas

For the last two weeks, I’ve been doing work experience at an animation studio. I know I don’t want to be an animator (too much minute adjusting of other people’s artwork!), but it’s been good to do anyway. I’d much prefer to design things, and then hand them over to some animating wonder, who would do a much better job than me. I made some minor contributions to an advert for Canadian tv (I’ll probably link it when it’s been on later in the year) and did costing for getting some promotional gifts made, but the most valuable thing has actually been just talking to people. Everyone is very friendly and helpful, and has insightful things to say.... Read More...

Siren song

I made a test animation for one of the puppets from my uni project. The movement's pretty rough, I'll refine it later (I also need to clean up the masking). I just wanted to see if it worked. I've been rereading James Joyce's Ulysses, and in the sirens section the barmaids are constantly described as "bronze gold", so I made my sirens bronze coloured. Might as well.... Read More...

Nothing to Do With Dionysus

The title's a lie. Here's Dionysus minus his arms and legs, and looking surprisingly cheerful. I've been making the paper puppets for this today. I was originally going to use split pins for the joints, but I've been reading Oliver Postgate's autobiography (highly recommended by the way) and he just used sewing thread stuck on with scotch magic tape for easy removal, which is a much better solution, as nothing sticks out then. The puppets have interchangeable heads for different expressions. Hopefully I'll get the film finished by weds the 26th when I have one of the dreaded Review of Work days at uni.... Read More...

Pentheus & the Bacchae film- proposal for my next uni project

I wrote this proposal for my next project at uni to send my tutor. I'm doing an MA in Sequential Design. Basically I can do anything I like, as long as it's based on storytelling in art, and after the term I've just finished, you have to set yourself your own projects. So here's what I'll be working on after Christmas (subject to any changes suggested by my tutor)... Read More...