Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I collected three awards on behalf of the young people and the Animation Station for Best film, Best special effects and Special achievement award!
You can see the "best film" and "best effects" films animated by 9-12 years olds below. Congratulations to all the young people who worked together to make such great films!
Oxfordshire 2007 celebrates the county's 1000th birthday through a year of special events, festivals and anniversaries, turning the spotlight on the wealth of talent which exists in the county today.
Friday, December 14, 2007
This resulting collection of films, which we edit next week, is the personal artistic vision of young people with Aspergers syndrome. From the spoken word to animated artwork, the result is a collection of short but powerful personal experiences; social, emotional and scientific, that paint a picture of a life with Aspergers. The breadth of materials used, from paper cut-outs, paint and sand to digital techniques match the spectrum of human experience, from the humorous to the serious. This has been a true collaboration, with artistic and medical practitioners imparting their artistic knowledge, empowering young people to explore their experiences though the boundless power of animation. Special preview screenings take place at Lime Trees next week.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
DREAMS IN SALFORD
Venue: Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Community Gallery, Peel Park, Salford
Dates: 5th November 2007 - 3rd February 2008
Launch: Wednesday 7th November 5 - 7 pm
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I'm really excited about this....! BioMation is a pioneering science and youth arts project in York. It involves artists and clinicians working with young people at York Hospital to explore health issues. These projects show how powerful animation can be as a communications medium. I missed the first phase due to a heavy workload and am delighted to join the team for the Aspergers project. These tests, produced by young people with Aspergers aren't about the condition. That's all to come! They are fun explorations of animation for animations sake. Each test was produced during a two hour workshop. Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The National Media Museum is certainly where the action was at! The air was electric for the Co-operative Young peoples film festival. I’ve never seen so many young filmmakers under one roof! As well talking about animation, I did a couple of fun workshops. Lots of people had a go making flipbooks. Here they are!
Monday, October 22, 2007
I always knew Mr Richards was the best headmaster you could possibly ever have. Now everybody knows! Read the full report!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I'm a bit biased, but this is a great film!
Nicola Dixon, Project Manager
Your Dreams are worth living for! Peruse them!!!
Paul Arrowsmith, writer
You all made writing the music very easy - the film was brilliantly acted and put together. Well done and all the best for the future!
Dave Bainbridge, composer
Great fun great film! Thanks you.
Dave Robertson, actor (Ships captain)
As Chaplin said: “ ! “
Paul Vates, Genre advisor
It has been an absolute pleasure working with this group of people and I hope they will all feel proud of themselves as we do of them. xxx
Madeleine Frost, Performance director
This is only the beginning! Never stop discovering! Never stop dreaming! Never stop Believing! Gook luck!
David Bunting, Producer/Animator
Only you have the power to make your dream a reality. The future is yours to own. To a great team one and all. All the best and until the next time. Good luck & good furtune.
Peter M Kershaw, Producer/Director
Sunday, October 07, 2007
From left: me, Pam Evans (Peace Mala founder) and Delia MacNamara (Managing director, Imagine dpm) at Peace Mala HQ.
I traveled to Cardiff for the awards ceremony at The Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Temple of Peace in Cardiff for the most colourful and lively celebration of peace and faith I've ever seen!
The animation was premiered during the occasion, and it was really overwhelming to hear appreciation come from so many influential people. I've been told it even made some people cry. I've included photographic highlights from the event and stills from the animation.
The premiere takes place at the National Media Museum in Bradford this Wed. I can’t wait!
Friday, September 21, 2007
So many people contributed to making this animated piece. On Sunday, the Sunday school at Wesley Chapel, Harrogate gave the production a big push forward with stunning colour rendering.
Also deserving special mention are Graphic Art and Design graduates, Sophie Truelove and Debbie Harman. Debbie was my animation apprentice on Goole Silent Movie and Sophie is a talented artist from Debbie’s course at Leeds met. Both contributed hugely to the traditional colour rendering. Sophie also animated a beautiful shot of Sufi whirling dervishes.
Sophie majored in film and Debbie in film and photography. They are both taking as much work experience as they can get to enhance their careers and I wish them every success. I recommend them unconditionally!
I thought it might be interesting to show some of the production stages in the opening shot, which proved to be the most challenging technically to produce.
The storyboard Imagine DPM provided underwent significant changes as we crafted the sequence. However the first shot remains largely unchanged, with the dove flying down to Earth from space, creating a rainbow as it swoops over the planet.
Using the storyboard as a guide, I produced a CGI shot in Softimage XSI, of the Earth and Sun.
Once the camera move was approved, we copied the computer sequence onto registered animation paper, which Debbie traced by hand to obtain a good hand drawn quality to the artwork. At the same time I animated the dove using the animation plates as reference. You can see the line test in the last post. It took a whole week for a team of young people in Hull to colour the 121 drawings of Earth needed for the scene in pencil crayons. I rendered the dove onto a separate layer. To composite the two images we also needed to produce hand drawn animation matts, to separate the dove and Earth. You can see the results of all of this work below.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Check out this rough edit for an amazing project I’m currently working on with Imagine dpm, to promote the work of the charity Peace Mala. I’m directing the animation sequence with features the charities mascot of a dove flying over symbols of religious faith around the world. Finally, the dove drops the Peace Mala bracelet it is carrying onto the hand of a child. Peace Mala contributes to education for global citizenship through promoting understanding, respect, tolerance and peace between communities, cultures and faiths. Each coloured bead on the Peace Mala represents a spiritual path or faith and carries the universal peace message known by many people as the Golden Rule. This rule encourages us to treat others as we wish to be treated. By focusing on the Golden Rule, people of all faiths can cooperate with one another without having to participate or believe in each other's particular belief system.
It’s an incredibly powerful and captivating message and I had the pleasure to meet the charities founder, Pam Evans, and talk over her vision for the sequence. To draw attention to the charities work with young people, all the backgrounds, animation and final rendering, except the dove and childs hand, have been drawn and animated by children and young people. I animated the dove which I hope will give it an ethereal quality.
All the animation is compete in this rough edit. You will see some computer fly over’s which will be transformed into hand rendered drawings. This edit is the first time we’ve brought in the music and you will hear a gap in the sound. Of course the biggest element missing is the colour, all lovingly added with coloured pencils.
The animation will be premiered at the Peace Mala youth awards at the United Nations building in Cardiff later this month. Stay tuned for updates!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
A big thank you to all our animators who worked tirelessly to finish animation on "The Lost Princess." After a big push, the drawn animation is complete and the cells have been painted! Debbie and myself are finishing off the last few remaining title cards and I now have a big stack of artwork to film at the close of the week. Check out the behind the scenes video when I somehow got roped into tracing lots of drawings on the last Saturday of animation!
Aboive: Sam animating the final sequence in the Lost Princess.
Animating Lost Princess
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
On Monday at St Andrews Primary there was a 'coming together' of the 3 schools involved in the project. Representatives of the local Yemeni community, Yusuf and Mohammed from the Yemeni Community Assoc. also came and were so impressed by what the children had achieved and how respectful they were to them as visitors, to the school and during the poetry reading in particular.
I've just completed the edit for the animation. News on the Dreams exhibition soon.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
After a hugely popular animation flipbook tent last year, I am pleased to be back for a bigger than ever Festival ‘07. Thursday 5th July is aimed at secondary school children, Friday 6th is aimed at primary school children and Saturday 7th is Youth Arts Festival day. I'll be in my tent for the full three days. Saturday is open to everyone - you can find me from 5-10pm.
There is also an opportunity to see some of the films I've produced over the last year with children and young people in the film tent between 12-6pm.
The films being shown are:
"Flipbooks 06" (The best flipbooks from Festival 06)
"Jack and the Beanstalk", Stepney School & Creative Partnerships Hull
"How Wilberforce Stopped the Slave Trade", Stepney School & Creative Partnerships Hull
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar", Bricknell School, BBC Hull
"Around the World in 80 Days", Animation Station
Last year, the festival attracted 900 Secondary Students, 1000 Primary Children and 2500 Young People!
Hope to see you there!