Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Little Leap Forward - Opening Sequence

So this is what I have been working on for the last couple of months. This film will be projected as part of the opening sequence of Little Leap Forward. It is quite difficult to see the detail on here as I had to shrink the film to fit to a standard format. I think it works a lot better when it is being projected. Once the production begins touring I will hopefully be able to film the projections which I will then post online.

If there is a show near you then you should go and check it out. :)
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28 May - 13 June - The Studio, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
16 June - The Rose Theatre, Ormskirk
18 June - Wolverhampton Arena
20 June - Sherman, Cardiff
25 June - Salisbury Arts Centre
27 June - Croyden Clocktower
28 June - Pavilion Theatre, Brighton Dome
29 - 30 June - The Carriageworks, Leeds
2 - 4 July - the egg, Theatre Royal Bath
8 July - Garforth Arts Festival
10 July - Unity Theatre, Liverpool
11 July - Clitheroe Grand
12 July - Square Chapel, Halifax
15 - 17 July - the Boo, Rossendale

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Blogging from my phone

I'm just testing posting to my blog from my phone... Lets hope it works.

[EDIT] Yes it does work, and yes that strange mermaid toy used to belong to me and now lives in my Nonna's garden amongst the pot plants. ^-^

Papercutting #1 - Elsa Mora

I love Elsa's work. Her cuts are so delicate and carefully crafted. She usually creates small girl figures mixed in with trees and plants which I just love! As well as cuts based on old nursery rhymes and fairy tales. In her most recent post on Mary had a little lamb she gives a brief history of the rhyme and origins. For each piece she explains her personal meaning behind the work as well as leaving it open for the readers to give their own opinions.

She also has created these great 3D paper sculptures which look amazing!

Her beautiful paper cuts can be seen on her blog allaboutPapercutting.

Papercut Artists

A large paper cut I photographed in a Chinese supermarket

I am completely in love with paper cuts right now and I just wanted to share some of the work of my favourite paper cut artists. I was going to post one huge post full of all the work I loved but instead I have decided to give each artist their own post. My obsession with paper cuts is a recent thing... and began during my research for my graduation film. I came across the art of Chinese paper cutting and just loved what could be achieved with a piece of paper and a knife.

I haven't had a chance to create much of my own paper cut work but I am hoping as my workload is slowing down now that I will finally get a chance to try my hand at some really cool cutting. I will be updating this post with new artists every time I find something I like and will post links to the individual posts full of lovely images etc...

#1Elsa Mora
#2Kate Slater

Monday, 27 April 2009

Pixar in jokes...

I love Pixar ^-^ Can't wait for their latest film to be realeased :)
Here is a cool blog post about all the in-jokes and self-contained references Pixar tends to make in all of their films :) I love it.

Friday, 24 April 2009

The Making of Little Leap Forward

My time working on Little Leap Forward has come to end. I put this film together last week to give everyone a sneak peak at the production process. During my visit I was able to see the set fully constructed as well as handle all the puppets and masks (all which have been beautifully made by Alison). I came back from watching rehearsals this week and I must say everything is looking great! The masks and puppets are now pretty much finished and being able to watch the actors and puppeteers putting the show together was brilliant. We tested the animation and film sequences together with music and the end sequence in particular looked great!
I am really looking forward to the opening night and can't wait to see the production!

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Animators Survival Kit

Pretty much every animator I know owns this book. It is exactly what it says on the cover and I have found it to be one of the most useful books I own. As I didn't have much time to learn all the basics of animation this book was essential in helping me get through my degree. I highly recommend it to everyone and anyone who is already animating or just starting out.

I have been dipping in and out of it for the last couple of years. Learning what I need to for certain projects. Ideally I would love to just sit down and learn everything in it from start to finish, unfortunately I just don't have the time.
More recently I have come across this:

Animators Survival Kit - DVD

A DVD box set full of Richard William's lectures to accompany the book. (You can preview his lectures on the link above.) I think it is essential for all animators to learn the very basics of animation. I have often found myself struggling when animating and just a simple look over of the basics just brings everything into place.

I am sad to say the price tag on this box set is quite high. It is understandable... but much too high for me to buy at the minute. I hoping that perhaps in the future I will be able to add them to my collection. For now I'll be just sticking with the book. :)

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Flash Alphabet Zoo

I'm not normally into Type (which I think I have mentioned before...) but this website is so much fun! :)
Bembo's Zoo

It's a kind of alphabet zoo... helps children learn about letters :) I just like how the letters make up the different animals :) very clever.
I realy want to get into Flash again. I'm planning on re-designing my website so I think that will be the perfect learning opportunity. :)

Sorry for the lack of updates I have been extremely busy working over the bank holiday weekend. Now I need to get back into my normal work routine. :) Should have the LLF promo film completed and online by next week.
Updates coming soon ~~~

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Thursday, 2 April 2009

LLF Animation almost complete! :)

I have pretty much finished ALL the animation for the Little Leap Forward sequence now. :) I just have to finish it off and clean up some of the frames in the bird sequence. I don't want to post the finished piece online yet... not until it is completely finished and the show is on tour. Which will be from the 28th May :) It is such a short sequence and I think it works a lot better when it is projected.

As well as working on the clean up I am also about to start work on editing together a short collection of footage and images showing the making of the production. I haven't done much video editing before so it should be interesting. :) I have a nice piece of music to edit to written by Loz Kaye (the composer and musical director for the production).

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Katy Davis - Stay in my Memory

I love this <3

Katy is a past NSAD graduate as well and I really loved her graduation film Gobblynne. You can see it here on her website as well as being able to see all her latest work.