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TOUR DU MONT BLANC GOT DONE

I’M IN A RUSH SO HAVE TO BE BRIEF. THE TREK GOT DONE THIS SUMMER AND THE VIDEO IS DONE! [WELL..THE FIRST ITERATION IS!]. FULL WRITE UP TO FOLLOW.
THANKS SO MUCH TO THOSE WHO DONATED AND HELPED MAKE THIS HAPPEN, WE RAISED OVER £30K COLLECTIVELY! THAT’S NUTS!
ENJOY…

MADE OF STONE

LAST NIGHT I WENT TO A GOOD ONE. NOW AND AGAIN THE APPLE STORE PUTS ON A ‘MEET THE FILMMAKER’ EVENT/TALK. THIS ONE WAS WITH SHANE MEADOWS [THIS IS ENGLAND / DEAD MANS SHOES] AND MARK HERBERT TALKING ABOUT THEIR NEW PROJECT ‘MADE OF STONE’, A DOCUMENTARY OF THE COMEBACK RENUNION OF THE STONE ROSES.
WE SAW SOME CLIPS AND WERE TOLD INSIGHTFUL STORIES AND ANECDOTES ABOUT HOW IT WAS TO PRODUCE THIS MONUMENTAL REUNION OF THE ICONIC GROUP.

SHANE AND MARK WERE GREAT DOWN TO EARTH PEOPLE AND IT WAS AN INSPIRING PRIVILEGE TO HEAR THEM TALK ABOUT THEIR WORK HAVING ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF MEADOWS’ PREVIOUS FILMOGRAPHY.

IT WAS FILMED SO WILL POST THE STREAM LINK AS SOON AS APPLE RELEASE IT FOR ANYONE INTERESTED.

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TO THIS DAY PROJECT…

HERE’S A VERY COOL ANIMATION I FEEL COMPELLED TO SHARE. TO AID WITH RAISING THE AWARENESS OF BULLYING IS THIS AMAZING WORLDWIDE COLLABORATION OF ANIMATORS. EACH ARTIST WITH THEIR OWN STYLE AND TREATMENT, CONTRIBUTED A SECTION OF THIS POEM BY SHANE KOYCZAN. GREAT NARRATIVE, SHIVER INDUCING VOICE ACTING AND AMAZING TALENT FROM THE ANIMATORS INVOLVED RESULTING IN THIS AWE INSPIRING VIDEO.

FIND OUT MORE HERE

To This Day Project from Giant Ant on Vimeo.

LOVEUROPE CHRISTMAS ANIMATION

SO AFTER MANY LATE NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS AND TEDIOUS HOURS MOVING THINGS FRACTIONS OF A CENTIMETER THOUSANDS OF TIMES, THE LOVEUROPE COMPANY CHRISTMAS ANIMATION I WAS TASKED WITH HAS BEEN SIGNED OFF AND RELEASED. IT’S A REINCARNATION OF ONE I DID A FEW YEARS AGO CALLED TEA FOR TWO, EXCEPT THIS TIME IT’S HAD A HEFTY DOSE OF FESTIVITY AND THE CUTE TEACUPS HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY HARDER SUBTANCES. HUGE THANKS GO OUT TO THE TEAM I WORK WITH WHO ALL CHIPPED IN AND HELPED, ESPECIALLY HETTY, SHE WAS THERE FOR EVERY SHOOT, COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT HER. ENJOY.

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…