Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Check out this fantastic short film which I was lucky enough to work on as an effects animator. Ignacio Ferrara’s hilarious film, made at Tandem Films for Channel 4 television and has won numerous international animation awards. How To Cope With Death is showing alongside Riffs of Rage and Vernic in the Super Shorts Film Festival.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
I've just got some photographs developed from bonfire night. I went to York, home of Guy Folks. I expected a great firework display and street entertainment. What took my breath away was York Minister, bathed in coloured light by lighting artist Patrice Warrener who has won awards for his work in painting buildings with light in the French cities of Lyon and Marseille, combined with the sound of all the churches ringing their bells in unison. As you can see, it looks staggering.
It was the Bradford animation festival this week and I managed to make it up on Saturday. Fantastically, they had a touring display of models and sketches from Tim Burtons "Corpse Bride". Equally great, I caught up with some good friends over animation and curry, including my good friend Matt Stephenson who gave a talk on doing animation on the Wallace and Grommet computer game. Of course the shooting of the police officers so close to the venue dampened the weekend. It reminds you there are things more important than animation.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Being remembrance Sunday yesterday I found myself looking through some of the animation artwork we did for the short film "Wilfred" for Duchy Parade Films, based on Wilfred Owens poem 'strange meeting'. I made it back in 1999 for my graduation film at Ballyfermot Senior College in Dublin so it's old work and a little strange to look at. The smoke billowing around the soldier looks crude now, but it's an interesting film I'm still proud of. The beautiful colour keys are the work of Irish artist Michael McGraw, based on my storyboards. His artwork really helped to give the animation its look. You can see further information about the film on my film links.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
I thought I'd put some stills up from this basketball animation by the brilliant Jonathan Davies (JD) who worked on Vernic with me. In exchange, I provided storyboards, did the edit, provided some character concepts and did the camera animation for Shooting Hoops. JD did everything else. We were keen to make the camera angles dynamic and reflect popular street culture.