Tuesday, 23 August 2011

We make 'Jam'

Kilogramme were recently asked by our friends at Stardotstar to help out on a new and exciting project of theirs ' Jam'. In their own words …."We’re building a web platform that will make it easy (and fun) for not-for-profit organizations to build and run their own affordable, beautiful websites – enabling them to communicate with members, volunteers, beneficiaries, patrons, funders and the general public, and to do whatever they do…better."

We were asked to design and produce the logo. A simple, country fair-style jam pot design was decided upon and cloth textures and twine were used to give it a home-made, ‘crafty’ appearance, echoing the project’s ethos of a hands-on personal approach.

The project is funded by Nominet Trust http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/stardotstar

For more info go to http://wemakejam.org/home

Thursday, 30 June 2011



This is a film we've just made for a project called Sharp Futures. The aim of Sharp Futures is to encourage schoolchildren from underprivileged areas of Manchester to consider a career in the creative sector. Three schools were shortlisted to have their storyboard for a film about the environement animated. It was a close competition with all three schools producing some excellent ideas, but the winning pitch was decided as MCMA Boys school.

Sam Jones has been working with the students since the end of last year and did the majority of the work on the film's direction and animation. David Ridges animated Sharpie's pipe travelling scene with Jon Turner lending his 3D max skills to the project as a whole.

We think there's some really nice work in the film. The majority of the shots and content of the film were decided on by the students and they got a brilliant reception at it's premiere last night. Sam did a great job working up their designs and pulling everything into shape.

Hope you like it!

Tuesday, 31 May 2011


Kilogramme recently entered the literary world when they were commissioned by Firestep to help launch Unbound, a new digital publishing platform launched at the Hay Festival 2011 by writers Dan Kieran, Justin Pollard and Co –founder of QI John Mitchinson.
The revolutionary new approach allows members of the public to fund & influence authors’ works at the point of creation.
All illustrative design work and animation on the site was produced by Kilogramme’s Claire Grey and Creatively Directed by Steve Maher of Firestep.
After seeing the animated film that explains the premise of Unbound , ‘This Life’ creator Amy Jenkins requested a bespoke animated short to promote her proposed novel ‘The Art of Losing’.
To find out more and see the films go to…http://www.unbound.co.uk/

Monday, 23 May 2011

Forest Fire

We thought you might like to take a look at one of our latest films promoting fire safety.

It was commissioned by Richard Haywood of ViralFilms in Canada and our brief was to go for a ‘Yogi Bear’ design style.

Character design was by Craig Knowles, background design by David Ridges & direction by Claire Grey.

It was animated by all three of us over a week.

Hope you like it!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Kilogramme Easter 2011

Happy Easter everyone!!You can watch the animation here.

Check out our new Easter short directed by Claire Grey.
It was designed by Craig Knowles and animated by Claire Grey & David Ridges.
It was created using a combination of Flash, After Effects and 3dsMAX.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Ross Phillips

We are proud to say that one of our talented team here at Kilogramme has recently won the Greyscale Gorillia 5 Second Project competition with his snappy short "Reverse"!

Check it out here!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Bon Appetit


After a successful run on the animation festival circuit ‘Bon Appetit’ is now ready to make its full online debut.

A short film made by Craig, Dave and Claire in late 2009, it was designed by Craig & David, animated exclusively in Flash and composited in After Effects.

We’re proud to say it received a Special Commendation for the best use of Animation at the Big Chip Awards 2010.

We’re always keen to originate our own material here at Kilogramme and plans are already underway for the next animated adventure!