Monday, 21 November 2011

A BB and his World Update

I've been an extremely busy bee working on the BB animation and the production phase is well under way :) Pretty much all my waking hours outside my normal job have been spent producing this project and I realised I hadn't even shared any of the content on my personal blog.  So here it is!  You can see the full process from the start on the production blog:

Character Design by Rachinta Platts

Butterfly Animation Test by Ryan Kyle

Style Test by Simon Hill

Storyboard for use in the production

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Quick Update

It's been a very long time since I was regularly updating my blog (I've only managed 6 posts all year!) and I felt like I owed an explanation to my regular followers.

I have had quite a heavy workload this year. My full time job and freelance work have been keeping me a very busy bee. Over half the year has whizzed by and I feel like I've missed it.

A couple of months ago I decided to take a step back from my work and reassess all the projects I am working on. I have managed to bring things together and my work schedule for the next year is pretty much laid out in front of me. Because of the large workload it is looking unlikely that I will be able to resume regular updates to this blog. My main priority for this year is running the BB film project which includes maintaining the BB and His World production blog. I will still aim to post monthly/bi-monthly updates on here and am going to start using my Twitter account for short regular updates. You can follow these on the feed in the right hand column or hit the button below.
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A year will be over in no time!  See you all then! :)

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

BB and his world update

A lot of things have been happening with the BB and his world project over the last few months. Ros Stoddart who originally commissioned the film has now been joined by Ros Patching and together they have created Bright Stream Arts. They are holding several events at the start of July that are inspired by BB. (I will post updates with more details soon). The animated film we're producing is just one of several pieces of work being created for the project. They have also commissioned work from Contemporary Storyteller, Jo Blake, Poet, Jo Bell and Visual Artist, Jo Dacombe, for events in October.

So I have been trying on some fancy new producer shoes this month and after some early stresses I finally seem to be getting on top of things. I have brought in my cousin Ryan, who is trained in film, to help with all the production type things I am not familiar with. We have also welcomed a collection of lovely artists onto the project to help move things along. :) These are Simon Hill, Andy Ralston, Rachinta Platts and Martin Falconer. We've all been very busy and are fully stuck into the pre-production process working on concept work and storyboards. To see some of their artwork and follow the production of the film you can visit the blog here. I am very excited about this project and even though this management thing is quite new and overwhelming I am still feeling good about it all! Just watch this space! :)

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Book Binding Saturday

I went to a book binding workshop yesterday with my Mum and cousin and made these little notebooks. It was really nice to take the day off from work and do something creative whilst relaxing at the same time.

The workshop was run by Andrea Taylor at the Bee Inspried Studio in Kettering. It was a basic workshop creating simple little A6 notebooks. We made cute button catches for them and spent some time making paper beads to use on ribbon bookmarks. Between four of us we made 10 notebooks all made from recycled materials. My cousin was the book making machine and created 4 in just a few hours. :)

Handmade paper beads
Books made between the four of us

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Corby Cube Clicks - Animation workshops

I will be working with Andy Eathorne and Andy Ralston at the Core's Urban Arts workshop, Clicks, at the Corby Cube. Ralston will be involved with the stop motion and myself with After Effects.

Clicks – Tuesdays – 13 May to 2 July
Edit, mix, flip, project, make movies.
This season, master the art of animation with After Effects and Stop Motion. Create characters and make them move. Bring flat images to life.  Produce an original soundtrack and edit together in your own short animation.
5pm – 6.45pm (ages 11-14) / 7.15pm – 9pm (ages 14+)

Friday, 1 April 2011

Lake District

Had a weekend break to the Lake District a couple of weeks ago and took a lovely walk down to Lake Windermere. :) Found it very inspiring for the BB project. :)

Sunday, 13 February 2011

BB and his world

I am excited to finally announce that I am working on a new project! :)  
BB and his world is a project being run by Rosalind Stoddart to promote the work of the local Northamptonshire author BB.  BB (real name Denys Watikins-Pitchford) was a British naturalist, children's writer and illustrator. Ros has commisioned Hannah Suppiah, Andy Eathorne and myself to create an animated film that takes on the 'spirit' of BB's love for the natural environment in Northamptonshire.  (You can read more about the film brief here)
I know I have been quiet for a long time but this project has been in the works for a few months and now finally has a home online.  Last month the group of us went on a little field trip and visited lots of places which featured in BB's life.  We have already started putting together mood boards and coming up with ideas for the film.  You can visit the BB and his world blog to follow the progress.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

** 2011 **

Happy New Year Everyone!