Monday, 28 December 2009


Hello and merry Christmas.

Here's another post and a little something we did in the last few weeks.

It's an ad we made for FrenchColwell and as you can see it gave Craig and David a chance to try something nice and fifties looking.
I'm really happy with it and surprised it only took the three of us ten days.
There's another ad coming in the New Year from Christian Johnson, but in the meantime we're trying to think up plot lines for a character Craig has designed.
I'm really into 'Six Men of Fortune ' by the Brothers Grimm, but as Terry Gilliam used it in 'Baron Munchausen' I'll have to keep looking.
The script weekend went really well. We were taken through the mechanics of scriptwriting by a script editor called Andy Ross.
He showed us how to work out what kind of script we had rather than writing one to a formula.
The most enjoyable part was probably the 90 minute speed pitching session.
On the downside I realized pretty early on that I didn't have a working ending, but on the upside that everything else did exactly what was needed.
If I timed the pitch just right I could finish before the none ending and leave on a huge cliffhanger. Which was lovely.
I think we've fixed the ending now and added a few more twists, but I'll find out in mid-January.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Here's another post and something we worked on recently. It's called 'Age of Heroes' and was a pitch for MIP in October.
After Firestep took 'Akhenaten' over there last year they were asked to do something biblical and something classical too. They decided to work up tests on 'Theseus and the Minotaur' and 'David and Goliath'.
This time everything was put together at Newton st, apart from the sound which was added at Hullabaloo.
Working from Steve Maher's designs, Kilogramme, Christian Johnson and John Hedley modelled, textured, composited and edited the two pieces. Chris and John took on the majority of the animation.

We think they look pretty good and like what Vray and Z Brush can do.

Other news:

We've put in for next year's Digital Shorts through NorthWest Vision and made it to the next round.
There's a script development weekend on the 6th and 7th so I'm looking into riddles, old children's rhymes and The Golden Bough in order to firm up a tricky middle section.