DUMB WAYS TO DIE…

I JUST NEEDED TO SHARE THIS. POSSIBLY ONE OF MY FAVOURITE ANIMATIONS I’VE EVER SEEN. SUCH WELL DESIGNED CHARACTERS AND GREAT SHORT NARRATIVES WITH A GREAT SONG AND A FUN OFFBEAT WAY OF GETTING PEOPLE TO NOT BE AN IDIOT AROUND TRAINS.

IT WAS CREATED BY MCCANN AUSTRALIA FOR THE MELBOURNE METRO AS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT TO REMIND PEOPLE TO BE SAFE AROUND TRAINS.

XMAS STOP MOTION

WELL RECENTLY I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN TO WHAT INITIALLY GOT ME INTO ANIMATION. STOPMOTION. THE PROCESS OF MOVING AN ITEM INCREMENTALLY, CAPTURING A STILL IMAGE EACH TIME AND THEN PLAYING THE SEQUENCE OF IMAGES IN QUICK SUCCESSION TO CREATE THE ILLUSION OF THE ANIMATION OF AN INANIMATE OBJECT.

FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS I HAVE BEEN BUSY DIRECTING A NEW ANIMATION FOR THE LOVEUROPE CHRISTMAS CARD/VIDEO WITH THE DIGITAL TEAM DURING EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS DUE TO THE NEED FOR LOW LIGHT NIGHT SHOOTS AND FITTING IN WITH OTHER ACTIVE PROJECTS. IT’S BEEN FUN [ALBEIT TIRING] BUT THE RUSHES AND ROUGH EDIT SO FAR ARE LOOKING GOOD.

I’LL STOP TALKING FOR NOW FOR FEAR OF GIVING TOO MUCH AWAY BUT KEEP POSTED FOR THE FINAL EDIT COMING IN THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO.

NISHIKA N8000

I GOT A NEW FILM CAMERA. A NISHIKA N8000 35MM I FOUND ON EBAY FOR ABOUT £12. IT’S HAS A QUADRA LENS SYSTEM THAT BASICALLY WORKS IN A SIMILAR WAY TO THE ‘BULLET’ TIME EFFECT USED IN THE MATRIX [BUT OF COURSE ON A MUCH MUCH SMALLER SCALE]. IT CAPTURES AN IMAGE THROUGH EACH LENS FROM A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, SO THE PLAN IS TO TAKE THE PROCESSED IMAGES AND OVERLAY THEM IN AN ANIMATED LOOP PLAYING EACH FRAME TO GET THE FREEZE FRAME ‘ORBIT’ EFFECT. I NOW NEED TO FIND SOMEWHERE CHEAP TO GET THE FILMS DEVELOPED.

50p

A FEW YEARS AGO I STARTED A 50P COLLECTION [DON'T LAUGH]. I LIKED THE DIFFERENT DESIGNS AND EASE OF COLLECTING THEM. NOW AN AGAIN MY DAY WOULD BE BRIGHTENED SLIGHTLY [AGAIN DON'T LAUGH] BY RECEIVING A NEW VERSION IN MY HANDFUL OF CHANGE. ANYWAY, ONE DAY IN MY VERY DESPERATE STUDENT TIMES, I HAD NO MONEY APART FROM THIS SILLY LITTLE COIN COLLECTION [TOTALLING £7.50]. I WENT TO THE SHOP, SPENT MY TREASURE AND SINCE REGRETTED IT. I ALWAYS SAID TO MYSELF I WOULD EARN IT BACK AND NOW THANKS TO THE OLYMPICS, I HAVE AN EVEN BETTER HOARD.
IF YOU HAVE ANY THAT I DON’T, CAN I HAVE IT? HAVE I’LL BUY IT OFF YOU FOR 60P.

UNICYCLE

THIS CONTRAPTION APPEARED AT WORK THE OTHER DAY. I HAVE TAKEN IT UPON MYSELF TO LEARN HOW TO RIDE IT. IT’S QUITE PAINFUL TO LEARN THOUGH. MIGHT NEED TO GET A CUP. I DON’T HAVE GREAT BALANCE TO BEGIN WITH DO IT MIGHT BE QUITE TRICKY, BUT I’VE BEEN PROMISED A FIVER IF I CAN GET TO THE END OF THE OFFICE. WE’LL SEE…

BOAT DAY

HERE’S A HOME VIDEO I MADE ONE DAY WITH MY BROTHER.
WE BOTH TOOK THE DAY OFF WORK AND DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING FUN TOGETHER.
WE WENT TO REGENTS PARK BOATING LAKE, GOT A ROWER (NONE OF THAT PEDALO RUBBISH) AND DOCUMENTED IN VIDEO FORM WHAT WE NOW REFER TO AS ‘BOAT DAY’.

A NEW HOME..

WELCOME TO MY NEW SITE, A PLACE TO SHOWCASE THE THINGS I HAVE DONE.
IT’S ALSO TO SEE WHAT I’M UP TO, WHETHER IT’S A NEW PROJECT I’M WORKING ON OR JUST SOMETHING INTERESTING I’VE SEEN AND FEEL LIKE SHARING.
IT’S GOING TO BE UPDATED REGULARLY [I'LL TRY MY BEST] SO KEEP COMING BACK IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE AND FEEL FREE TO GET IN TOUCH.

THANKS,

DANDAN