I was very chuffed when Pram asked me to make an animation for a track from their new LP Across the Meridian. I took some pictures while making, so here they are below…
The whole process from a-z was great fun, even when everything fell over :), and it’s a brilliant track too.
Pram’s new album is out on Domino Records on 20th July and available for pre-order here
I had a blast making this animation for Shimmer and Disappear from Pram’s upcoming LP Across the Meridian 🙂 Will post “making of” pics soon.
I’ve got fourteen keen-as-mustard comic artists this term, and they are already coming up with some wonderful ideas, including a graphic novel and a very exciting joint project featuring a story told from three different points of view. This is a degree of sophistication I came across in works of authors and filmmakers only when I went to university, so I was a bit blown away when they announced what they were going to do. In fairness all three are super-creative, bright kids – am very excited to see how this works out.
This was a lot of fun – a projection/animation/digital music drop-in workshop for Daisi’s “Machina” project at the Phoenix in Exeter. Participants made a cutout musician character, attached it to the projected background and then, using Bare Conductive technology, gave it a sound – which could be played just by touching the character (gasp!)
It worked brilliantly as a fully interactive workshop, and musician Rachel Thame and I are definitely going to roll this out more widely. Get in touch for more information. 🙂
Some mini-films the kids made at last night’s animation club, using all their own characters and backgrounds. Animation is so good for unlocking children’s imaginations. We use Stop Motion Studio Pro on my iPad mini – it’s a brilliant free resource. We’ll be adding sound next week (all in the app) 🙂 Smart!
After a jam-packed session at TAAG on Tuesday, next on the bill is Animation Club at Teignmouth Library, kicking off next Monday from 4-5pm. See below for more details 🙂
Our theme will be Mythical Creatures (aka monsters!) and the kids will get to create and animate their own special mythical creature, making up unique, individual stories.
We still have places available, so please get in touch if you need more info and to book!
Although we’re all familiar with them, animal characters are a pretty strange idea really. Animals who dress up, eat, speak and generally behave just like humans…? Paddington is a great example, and there are so many to choose from: Mr Toad, Top Cat, Dangermouse, Roger Rabbit, the list is (almost) endless.
So during the past couple of sessions we’ve been inventing our own at Magic Carpet, and then making them into little 3D cutouts, with their own “environment”.
I’m a massive fan of both “How to Train Your Dragon” films, mainly because the characters are so well developed, entertaining and believable, and character design and development are an important element in the animation and comics workshops I run. So I found this interview with Simon Otto, head of character animation at Dreamworks, really fascinating. Have a look if you want some tips on how to create fantastic characters, and find out how Toothless was inspired by his cat and baby boy!