Gigglefest 2012!

I spent a brilliant morning at the amazing Gigglefest in Birmingham Centre for the Child (part of Birmingham Central Library) last week (take a look at their blog here). Around 40 children dropped in during a three hour period, and here’s what they did below – very quickly!! Big up to Amanda Cadabra and her team for a wonderful event.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everybody from Small World!

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2011 was a big year in lots of ways here on Small World Island (in Bristol, in case you were wondering..), and we made some great animations with lots of fantastic people, including the lovely  and talented Year Ones at Upton on Severn and Great Barr primary schools, some wonderful grown ups at Change the Record, more lovely children at Shambala and the always extraordinary kids and staff at Acorns Children’s Hospice in Birmingham. If you want to see the films we made they’re all on here, either on the Showreel page or scroll down through the News section below.

2012 is looking very creative already, and I’m very excited to have been commissioned to run an animation project for the brilliant Misfits Theatre Company in February. Sam Owen and Max Simpson of Pram will be working on the sound & music, which will be fantastic.

Small World is also extremely chuffed to be working for Welsh National Opera‘s Max team (WNO’s outreach and education dept) later this year on a community animation project- more about that to come soon..

Other new projects include animation workshops at Gigglefest at Birmingham Central Library, and projects for Acorns and the CBSO; an animated music video for the amazing Dog Face Sockets, and my own animation “The Library”, which I’m very excited about (go to http://clairesianevans.tumblr.com/ for more info)…

Wishing everybody a lovely New Year and a happy and creative 2012!!

Vernon the Sweet-Toothed Vampire

Vernon the Sweet-toothed Vampire

Here’s the latest brilliant offering from the animation whizzes at Acorns Children’s Hospice in Selly Oak, Birmingham!! It was all made (including figures and background) and filmed over two afternoons in October – thanks to all the children involved and the brilliant contribution of staff and volunteer helpers! The project was funded by Starlight children’s charity, go to www.starlight.org.uk for more information about their great work with seriously and terminally-ill children.

Shambala Kids Animation 2011

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Here’s the animation we made in the Kids Field at Shambala this summer!! Well done everyone, and see you all again next year!

Change The Record!

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Here’s the animation we made in July at Access Events’ Change The Record shindig at the Trinity Centre in Bristol, a brilliant inclusive event held for people with learning difficulties. Thanks to everyone who took part in making the wonderful characters and animating them, and big thanks also to Hubert for helping out, to DJ Rubbish for supplying the track ‘Good Good Times’ by Mr Rigsby, to Peter Dixon for supplying electricity and to Sophie, Fran and Bunny for putting on such an amazing event!!!

“Where the Wild Things Are” CBSO Animation Project

Over the past few weeks I’ve been involved in making an animation with Year 1 children from Great Barr Primary School in Birmingham, as part of the CBSO‘s “Where the Wild Things Are” arts education project. Orchard School and NICE (National Institute of Conductive Education) are also involved in the project and are making music, songs, art and dance. It’s been excellent fun and we’ve all had a very interesting and enjoyable time making our films based on the story. On Monday 27th we’re having a big performance day at CBSO Centre with parents and friends coming to watch what we’ve made. The Great Barr children have been working with me to make the films and also with orchestra members Sally Morgan and Ian Ludford to make the musical accompaniment – which they will perform live on the day!

One of the things the children enjoyed best was making their Wild Things and Max characters, and they made some fantastic stuff, but they were also extremely good at animating and filming so very well done to all of them – looking forward to seeing you on Monday!!

And here’s the final film, with sound which we recorded at the performance… Well done everyone!

I’ve taken the photos down, but if you’re from Great Barr school and you’d like to see the photos back up get in touch via the Contact page. Thanks.

Upton Primary Gala Premiere!

Wow! What a great turnout for our Gala Premiere of “Storm on the River Severn!” by Year One of Upton -upon-Severn Primary School! Thanks for coming, friends, family, and everyone, but especially a big thanks to Year One for making SUCH A GREAT FILM and being such a lot of fun to work with!!! You all worked really hard and Bridget, the Creative Agent, said it was the best quality work she’d seen in a project. So very, very well done you guys!! And so that you can enjoy it again, or watch it if you missed the premiere, here it is…