Thursday, 31 December 2009

I am now on Vimeo!


www.vimeo.com/stefflee

Ok so I have been on Vimeo for a while now but am only just getting around to uploading all my work. ^-^ There is now finally a good quality version of my graduation film online. Hooray! If you are also a member then please do add me as a contact. I am always looking for new friends! ^-^

I am currently working on updating the content on my site and will hopefully have it online next week. I have added lots of stuff from my latest projects as well as a much needed up to date showreel. :)

Happy New Year to everyone!
See you all in 2010!

Monday, 28 December 2009

Alma


This was recommended to me by a friend. A great short film directed by Rodrigo Blaas. See more info at www.almashortfilm.com

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Toy Story 3 Clip

Check out the latest Toy Story 3 Clip.

I am loving Pixar so much right now! I have recently bought some great books on the company and am planning to post some book reviews in the new year.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

New Ghibli Movie!



Karigurashi no Arrietty

Summer of 2010 Ghibli are releasing a new feature film called Karigurashi no Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty) which is going to be an adaptation of Mary Norton's 'The Borrowers'.

"Unlike the original novel, which tells a story about tiny people who "borrow" things from normal humans during the 1950's in Enland, Studio Ghibli have transferred their version to Tokyo Koganei in 2010 (Koganei is where Studio Ghibli is settled) and tell the story of 14-year-old little Arrietty"

I have just found this out now and I absolutely love everything Ghibli so naturally I am extremely excited about this! ^-^

Friday, 18 December 2009

Snow Day!


It has been so snowy today! ^-^ We built a very strange looking snowman this afternoon and now I am working on a new showreel. Will update with more soon! ^-^

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Ataque de Pánico!



I read this BBC news story this morning which I thought was pretty cool. The producer of the short film above posted his work on You Tube and then got offered a contract to make a Hollywood film.

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. Work is quite slow at the minute and I am very busy in the run up to Christmas. I promise more updates soon!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Back to work...

I am finally in the new house and have sorted out the most important things that needed to be done. This of course included the office which is now full of all my computers and books. We had a bit of a mad shopping spree at Ikea and bought quite a few bookshelves....


It looks pretty awesome though and we still have room for plenty more books and dvds. :) We did discover that we have quite a lot of Chinese language books... at least 20. Which is quite sad as our Chinese is still so poor :( We desperatly need more hours in the day so we can do all the things we want >.<

Anyway it is back to work this week! :) I am going to be putting together the full length DVD of Deep Time Cabaret. I'm quite looking forward to seeing the show again on tape. ^-^ So it should be an interesting week.

We also have a new project coming up involving the group CtrlG. Members of the group will be working together to create online content for the Adrenaline Alley skate park. I will update about this in more detail soon.

I will leave you now with something I saw today that made me very excited! A sneak peak at the new Harry Potter film!

From theremembrall.org

Monday, 23 November 2009

Busy. Busy. Busy

Sorry for the lack of updating this week, I have been off visiting friends in Norwich and my sister in Birmingham. Very very busy! It was nice to take a break from work though and fit in some social time. However during my visits I was a bit sick :( This makes me very sad as it meant that I couldn't really eat anything! :( Very frustrating when we are visiting lots of restaurants with yummy food! My tum still feels a bit sickly but I am hoping it'll be gone this week so I can back to pigging out! ^-^

Delicious food I didn't get to finish

Yesterday I went to Birmingham to the BIG Chinese supermarket and stocked up on the essential rice bag and many many packs of noodles for the big move this week. We also went to eat at this little place in Chinatown and got a really good lunch deal! It was £5.50 for drink, meal and dessert. Of course I could barely eat mine as my stomach seems to be rejecting everything right now but the small piece I did eat was delicious! I will definitely be going back there when I can eat properly!

We also visited the Christmas market which was great! Everywhere looked so pretty all lit up and the stands were full of lots of cool things and delicious food. I bought myself a glass nail file to "last a lifetime" (I hope) and some flower shaped fairy lights to go in my new studio area. ^-^ Here are a few photos I took whilst walking around. I love the little chocolate hedgehogs, they are so cute!





Anyway I am finally moving house today! I am so excited about it! ^-^
I have bought many things in preparation for the move and I need to do a bit more shopping today to buy some essentials like pans.... so we can actually cook.
So just a warning that this blog may be once again absent from posts until I am settled and back into my usual routine. :)

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Lyveden New Bield - Photos by Warren Shaw

Video projections created as part of the workshops

Warren Shaw, a member of our art group ctrlG has posted up some brilliant photos he took during the Lyveden Bonfire Night Extravaganza!

You can see some of Warren's other work on his site here.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Real Human Interface



This is pretty cool.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Deep Time Cabaret - Resource Pack *download now*


Download as a PDF here
For all things Deep Time Cabaret!

This is another piece I worked on for DTC. Check it out and learn all about the production, what went into making it, what inspired and what it all means. This also includes Paul Hawken's speech, 'You Are Brilliant'.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Un Tour De Manège





My friend Martin sent me this film and I really loved it! :) It has a dreamlike quality to it and the colours are so pretty. I love how it has been created as a 3D animation but with all the textures of something traditionally animated. ♥ This is just the kind of thing I am hoping to see with the new Disney film, Rapunzel.

Monday, 9 November 2009

HAFFTube 2009

My Graduation Film was shortlisted on the web competition being run as part of the Holland Animation Film Festival. You can see the details of the competition on HAFFTube's Channel. I didn't win but I hear I was listed in the festival guide which is pretty cool! ^-^
See the rest of the shortlist here.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Lyveden New Bield - Gunpowder Treason and Plot

The event was amazing! Everything went according to plan, the performers looked great, and the music, audio, lighting, projections and fireworks all fused together perfectly! Well done to everyone who was involved!

I managed to get a few nice shots last night but I know that other memebers of our group took some much better images so I will post links to those soon. Andy E is also going to be editing together a short film of the event which will hopefully be posted online. I will leave you with some of my photos from the night...

Ryan - Camera man #2 Well protected from the rain


Opening Scene on the Spiral Mound


The Architecture Scene


The video sequences created as part of the video workshops


Lyveden as it is today


Fireworks

The performers take their bows

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Lyveden New Bield Project: Coming to an end...

So we are only two days away from the Lyveden Bonfire Night Extravaganza! The people from Watch this Space are working very hard over at Lyveden setting up and making the final preparations for Thursdays event.

I was unable to attend the final workshop last Saturday as the deadline for the blueprint animation was just too close but I heard it went down pretty well and that everyone finished off their films on time. So they are all rendered and ready to be projected!

The FINAL Workshop

A GIF has been put together by members of the group of the HUGE stop motion piece we created during the first workshop. Using red ribbon and wool we attempted to create an image of Lyveden New Bield and filmed from inside the building itself. Pretty good for half an hours work I reckon. ^-^

ctrlG
Large stop motion GIF

On the other side of things Andy E and myself visited Lyveden last week for projection tests which was very cool (see previous post for images). We also all visited yesterday to hand over the final versions of our films and to see the set up for the event. It is all looking pretty impressive, I can't wait until Thurs night! Now we just have to wait until the full building projection test happens to be sure that the film can be ticked off completely! Fingers crossed!!

Lyveden New Bield Project: Images

Just a few images from the Lyveden project I thought I would share...

Blueprint Still

Projection Tests

Setting up

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

2010 Releases

Following my previous post on all the things I am looking forward to this year I decided to do a post on a few things I am getting excited about due for release next year!

Toy Story 3


The trailer says it all really... :) I am so excited for this! Especially after seeing 'Toy Story' back on the big screen again.

Alice in Wonderland
I think pretty much everyone I know is getting excited for this movie. I didn't even know it was in production until the promo stills were released. I have been so busy recently that I am just finding myself completely out of the loop with certain things. The visuals for this film look stunning. Tim Burton is never a let down. I loved his version Charlie and the Chocolate and his last film Sweeny Todd was great! It might be because I love Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter so I am expecting big things with this one.

Rapunzel
I made a blog post about this back in 2008 and I am still really excited for this movie. Although there hasn't been much news about it recently hopefully by the end of the year we will be seeing more stills and perhaps a trailer :)

And now for a couple of television releases.....


Futurama
new season!


Even though the Futurama movies filled my Futurama hole over the last couple of years I never found them as satisfying as the original series. They were just too long!! This is why I am extremely excited that they are making another 26 episodes! I don't know how many times I have watched the old 5 seasons over and over and am really looking forward to this new season!


Caprica
Caprica is being made by the creators of Battlestar Galactica and is a prequel to the series (one of my favourite series of all time btw). The pilot for this was brilliant and even though there was a lack of sci-fi-ness about it I still really enjoyed it. I found it very visually pleasing and the small links to the Galactica universe make it so satisfying! I can't wait to see how this series pans out and find out more about the beginnings of the cylon.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Lyveden New Bield Project: Workshop Two

This Saturday we held the second workshop for the Lyveden project at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden. Everyone picked up the video editing software really well and were soon off editing images and footage to the soundtrack.



Photographs from Saturday's Workshop

The video they are working on is currently known as the 'Timeline' sequence. This is a 5 minute video piece that will be projected onto the 4 window panes at Lyveden New Bield. It is a bit of a history piece explaining how the Church of England and the persecution of the Catholics began and how it links with the Tresham family. We have a collection of old portraits which will be edited together with the footage the group filmed in the first workshop.

Andy E took charge of the workshop this week whilst Andy R and myself worked on the animated 'Blueprint' sequence. This section explores all the different secret codes that Tresham included in the design of Lyveden New Bield. We have been working on this for the last week and it was good to get some feedback from the rest of the group on what we were doing.

Back to some traditional animation

Animated blueprint sequence

The deadline is now approaching fast with a week and half to go until the event itself. Hopefully we will be doing some projection tests next week to check that everything is working properly. Then we have the final workshop next Saturday where we need to finish everything off. Wish us luck! ^-^
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On a side note I thought I would mention that our group previously known as 'Art Group (name unknown)' are now called:
ctrlg!

It took us a while to get there but everyone agreed we needed to come up with a name and fast. So we went back to some very old ideas and just picked one. :) We now need members of the group to now come up with some logo designs. We are thinking of running a mini design competition for this. Could be a lot of fun! ^-^

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Be Happy :)


I felt grumpy the other day so I drew a picture myself smiling. Now when I look at it I feel really happy. ^-^ I am such a simple creature... but being happy = positive = productive and this is something I like very much.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Deep Time Cabaret - Gravity




I put together this film sequence titled Gravity for Deep Time Cabaret.

This is the longest projection sequence in the production and explores the ideas of deep time and our place in the universe. Images of the Book of Hours and tarot cards represent the ways in which humans have tried to understand the purpose of their existance. The egg, symbolic of life, is being measured in an effort to understand it and microscopic elements hint at our origins. The eye looking in on everything represents ourselves examining the vastness of the universe. Everything is then pulled into the galaxy, reminding us how small and insignificant we all are on the larger scale of deep time.

Deep Time Cabaret is opening tonight at the Clearwell Caves, Gloucestershire www.clearwellcaves.com. It will be showing there until the 25th before it moves on. See my previous post for a full list of the tour dates.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

My DS & Me - Professor Layton and the Curious Villiage

Professor Layton on DS

I might be a little late with this game as it was released AGES ago but I really liked it and wanted to share. It is such a simple puzzle game but I loved it!

You follow Professor Layton and his assistant Luke on their quest to solve the mystery of the Golden Apple. The game is set in the village of St. Mystere which is full of quirkly characters who all want you to solve their puzzles. The style of the game has a Ghibli feel to it with beautiful painted backgrounds and great character design. The story is told with traditional animated cut sequences throughout which adds a nice a touch to the game.

I am not normally a big puzzle fan but I found the look and the plot of the game so appealing that I ended up really enjoying the puzzles. Most of the puzzles are quite simple although there were the odd few that gave me quite a headache. I personally found the ones that involved numbers particularly difficult, but then I have never been very good at Maths. >.<

I have completed the story part of the game and am now trying to complete the more difficult puzzles. There is also a bonus mode which have some much more difficult versions of the puzzles I have already completed. I have had a lot of fun playing this game and it is the first game I have actually completed in ages. I think the fact I can just dip in and out of it has been quite good as I don't have much time for games these days. :(

I really recommend this game! Especially if you're a puzzle fan but also if you want to play a game that feels a little different. The traditionally animated cut sequences really made it something special for me. When I have finished on my current project I am going to buy the recently released sequel 'Professor Layton and Pandora's Box' as a present for myself. ^-^

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Deep Time Cabaret Preview and a Rossendale Weekend


I went to the friends and family preview night of Deep Time Cabaret last Friday and spent the rest of the weekend in Rossendale, Lancashire.

The show was great! After worrying so much about how my films would look and how everything was going to come together I can honestly say I am 100% pleased with the final result. There was added narration making it much easier to understand and some added comedy which was brilliant. Educational piece that will encourage students to ask lots of questions. Sonya's singing was beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed the puppet shows and the egg dance. The paper cinema came together nicely as well, I am hoping to get a video of this online in the next couple of months. I will be making a DVD of the full production in about a months time when the shows have been filmed. They start the tour Friday evening at Clearwell Caves!

I had a lovely weekend, we stayed at the Number 678 Guesthouse which was lovely. No one else was staying there so we had the whole place ourselves. They had the comfiest beds ever and the most yummy breakfast in the morning!


We spent the Saturday at Hebden Bridge where we did some shopping and sat by the river with all the ducks. :) We found a great shop there called the Yorkshire Soap Company. It was lovely smelling shop with lots of gorgeous looking soaps. I bought a couple of the bath truffles and they are great! My favourite thing in there were the HUGE soap cakes decorated with candles. (see below) They don't do online orders yet but the man in the shop said they were trying to sort it out. :) I hope they do it soon!


On the Sunday before we left we went to visit Rossendale Museum and I managed to draw these little fellas from the stuffed animal room. ^-^ Hooray for some kind of life drawing!


Could have done with some more sleep but all in all I had a nice weekend. I have a busy couple of weeks now with the Lyveden project in full swing! The second workshop is this Saturday and I have already started animating for the blueprint sequence. Will update with more soon!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Deep Time Cabaret Promotional Film


My latest edit, a promotional film for Horse + Bamboo Theatre's new show 'Deep Time Cabaret'.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Going to the Movies!

I feel like I have been a bit of a movie go-er the last couple of weeks. I am enjoying seeing lots of films but it really is burning a hole in my pocket. I can't believe how expensive the cinema is these days! Especially for the 3D movies! Nearly £10 a ticket is ridiculous! You can buy the movie on DVD for that!

ANYWAY....

Yesterday I went to the cinema to see 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs'. It was pretty funny :) Lots of action and silly things for the kids but also a lot of funny dialogue between the characters. I loved all the crazy inventions Flint had invented. My favourite being the spray on shoe! Lovely and glittery! I also really liked the animation on the end credits. Having some nice textured 2D animation at the end is always good!


Last week I went to see Toy Story 3D. My friends little boy had never seen it before which I thought was a disgrace! So I HAD to take him! It also gave me and my friend a chance to see it again. What a classic pixar film it is! I hadn't seen it for years so I had forgotten how funny it was! Especially Rex and Mr Potato Head, those guys are hilarious! I am really looking forward to Toy Story 3 now and I will still get to see Toy Story 2 3D at cinemas in the new year. :)


Toy Story 3D Feature

Next week I am finally going to see 'Up'. I have no idea why it has taken all these months to get to the UK but I am really looking forward to it! I have spoken to a couple of people who have seen it and they have loved it so I am hoping I will too! :)

Oh and one last film... I recently saw the original Japanese version of 'Ponyo' which was great! Like every other Ghibli movie I absolutely loved it! I might even go to see it when it is released in UK cinemas even though the English dialogue always sounds kinda weird. It looked amazing though! The colours of the undersea world were brilliant and the character animation was perfect! ♥ I loved every single bit of it!

Seeing all these animated movies really makes me want to get animating again. Especially after seeing Toy Story as it was the early Pixar films that first inspired me to get into animation. The next chance I am free I need to start planning my own little animation masterpiece!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Watch This Space: Workshop One - Lyveden New Bield

Introduction to the project with Dave from Watch This Space

The first of the workshops for the Lyveden New Bield project kicked off this weekend. Luckily the sun was shining all afternoon so we could really enjoy being outside. Overall it was a pretty fun day! In the morning we introduced everyone to the project and did some photography on site.

We then attempted to make a HUGE stop motion piece using ribbon and wool to create an image of the Lyveden New Bield. For half an hours effort I think we did pretty well. (see image below) If this film ever makes it online I will be sure to post it here. :)

Huge stop-motion piece

After lunch we had a look at everyone's photos and created a mock up of the final scene. We recorded an audio track of everyone in the group giving their first impressions of the space and created a slide show using their images to go with it. It turned out pretty good and was a great way to see the photographs everyone had taken.

Checking out the slideshows

After giving everyone the script and listening to the soundtracks for the event we all had a chance to get creative and record some footage for use in the next workshops. Part of this involved dressing up in funny hats with stick on beards... we didn't quite look like Guy Fawkes but never mind. :) We also lit some fuse wire which Andy had bought and recorded some fireworky footage.

And that was the end of Workshop One! I think it went really well! Everyone has been introduced to the project and we captured some really good footage and photographs which can be used in the films. I am really looking forward to next session where everyone can get stuck into making the projections!