On 7th November we had the launch of our animation for the great organisation, Fair Trials. Isabel Bondy and I co-directed this animation with a mix of live-action footage and rotoscoping. The launch went really well and we’re super grateful to have worked on such a great project and cause. Really enjoyable.
During the Summer of 2017 I worked on a project with eOsphere, a remote monitoring company. They were looking for interesting visuals on the subject of how satellite imaging can assist in fighting, in this case, forest fires.
This became a short film called “Standby” featuring painted landscapes, abstract interpretations of satellite data and flickering fimo textures.
“Standby” was screened as part of The New Horizon of Space Technology exhibition at Modern Art Oxford in October 2017.
Two of the animations I made with the BDI are now online. These were made with the idea to inform people who are involved with public heath of the benefits of using genetic data in malaria control. The people at BDI were truly lovely to work with and were very open to letting me use as many bright colours as possible, so I thank them. There will be one more to come in the series, but for now we attempt to answer the questions:
“What can genetics tell us about malaria?” and “How does resistance happen?”
This showreel shows sections from different short films I have made including So I Danced Again... (2017), Of The Apple (2016), Objectify (2016) and The Blood of the Bear (2013).
Here is an updated showreel that concentrates on character animation. I've used a Gold Panda track that I love, he's so great I hope he doesn't mind. Mr Panda, if you find this please let me make you a music video. Thanks!
This Autumn I will be joining the friendly team at eOsphere, a remote sensing company based in the Space Cluster at Harwell Science Campus. eOsphere use satellite imaging to monitor environmental factors such as ice flow, droughts, deforestation and oil spills. I am very interested in the crossover of science and art and I look forward to seeing what the collaboration can achieve. And also to using the expression "Space Cluster" as often as possible.
Thanks to Nick and Dominic at eOsphere for taking me on and for trying out something completely different! I can't wait to see what comes out of the project.
I recently made these lyric videos for dub artist Alpha Steppa using the beautiful album artwork of Eve Woodbridge.
The bird aside, this is perhaps not my most intricate animation ever but maybe already the most viewed. Great music, important lyrics and a fun project.
Now that our time at the RCA is over, I have the pleasure of finally releasing the trailer to my graduation film "So I Danced Again...".
The film embraces the act of listening. It is a search for meaning; a dance through our chaotic world of meaningful/meaningless sounds.
I began the project with an experimental documentary methodology, researching and interviewing people about their relationship with music and dance. This included a researcher into movement, dance and empathy, a music therapist, a researcher into the psychological effects of drumming groups, a spiritual dancer and contact dancer. It seemed to me that all these people were studying something intrinsically human. This non-verbal language that we all naturally speak became my focus.
My intention was to remain open to change as the project developed. I found that the project took the form of a search for meaning, and just as I was trying to work out what the film was about, so were my interviewees trying to work out what it was about music that effects us so strongly.
My uncertainty in the quest became a large element of the film. I started to think that perhaps if we were able to listen closely enough, the non-verbal voice of music and sound might become verbal, and that this voice would be able to tell us the answer. As I continued to research and experiment, I realised that I don't believe there is any answer, and also that it doesn't bother me much at all. Music is wonderful and dancing is fun so even if there are no answers, let's just enjoy it!
I experimented with the visuals in order to encourage a way of listening that is non-verbal. I used visual rhythms in pattern and editing to highlight repetitions in the speech. This was to draw the viewer away from the cognitive experience of the words and into a freer enjoyment of the musical nature of the speech.
As part of our exhibition I created a separate website to display and explain some of my research:
My first year film from the RCA, Of The Apple, was played at MIAF (Melbourne International Animation Festival) as part of a screening named "Nudity in Animation" which I appreciate greatly. Something else I appreciate greatly is the film being played alongside beautiful Alice de Barrau's Lying Belly. A truly talented woman that the world misses. Other extremely talented RCA alumni Josh Saunders, Oscar Lewis, Joana Silva and Sophie Markatatos also had their graduation films screened at MIAF. It's great to think how far away our films can spread. Hopefully they will make their way home too one day.
Thank you very much MIAF!
Of The Apple was recently screened as part of the student programme at Monstra Animated Film Festival, alongside my incredible classmates Yuriko Ogawa and Marta Reis Andrade. This is my first year film from the RCA. Were it not for the second year film sapping all the time and life out of me I would have definitely gone to visit Monstra Film Festival - there was so much great stuff being screened.
Thank you so much Monstra, I'm very grateful for Monstra being the first official festival screening for my film Of The Apple!
The last two years at the RCA have been as exciting and stressful and rewarding and painful as I could have hoped. It is strange to be describing it in the past tense already, as it seems so recent that I was going to WHSmith and getting my new scholastic pencil case ready to begin the course. It is difficult to get across what a great time I have had. I have learnt so much and I'm so pleased to have had the opportunity to spend time with our tutors and the other amazingly talented students on our course. I am going to thoroughly miss it and I'm extremely grateful that I was able to go. I love you lovely animation Animals!
I've had some fun putting together a showreel, this time with only things I've directed and animated myself. This means it's mainly work from this past year at the Royal College of Art. Oh, it's been fun and there's still most of a year to go! Time flies. https://vimeo.com/193075794
Tonight at 7pm we will be screening our beloved short films from our 1st year on the animation course at the RCA. I made this showreel for the event to present our work in the context of the community in which they were made. Although many of us are now getting stuck into the 2nd year work it was great fun to revisit last year, jump in face-first and roll around in our own films.
https://vimeo.com/183032046 I went along to the Factual Animation Film Fuss last year just before I started studying at the Royal College of Art and it really inspired me towards the use of 'creative non-fiction'. This year my short film Entrevista/Interview is being played as part of the festival, which is really exciting. About half a second of it can be seen in the festival trailer above.
Do go along to Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel, next weekend (30th Sept-2nd Oct) and maybe I'll see you down there!
Thanks a lot FAFF, I hope to meet you shortly!
More information here: Factual Animation Film Fuss
This July I went to visit a London primary school film club with a couple of lovely ladies from Into Film. This wonderful project supports schools and helps teachers to set up film clubs, providing them with everything they need to get kids interested and involved in discussions about films.
This film club had been doing some sessions on my short film, The Blood of the Bear, so when Into Film asked if I'd go along and answer some of their questions I was delighted to take them up on the offer! After re-watching the animation we did a Q&A with the kids, which is always one of the most inspiring things to do. The subject of the film is potentially tricky to discuss with young children as it is about the death of a parent. Despite this, it was clear from their questions that they understood the premise and engaged with it emotionally. It is never more rewarding than watching the kids' reactions to the film; when they went silent and when they laughed. The teacher said some of them had to cover their eyes at the scary bits on the first viewing (although they fervently denied this in front of me!).
There was then a film poster competition, which I had to judge. They created beautiful drawings for my film and it was terrible to have to pick who won the chocolates.
Thank you Art Conway Primary School and Into Film for having me at your event! It was a genuinely inspiring experience and I'd be back any time.
Here is a short film I made recently as part of a documentary project at the Royal College of Art. The idea of "Entrevista/Interview" is pretty simple. My aim was to create My Honest Version of something - in this case a conversation.
The conversation is about people migrating to America, but the film is more about intimacy.
Here's a bit of character animation done in Photoshop. This was part of a lip sync exercise at the Royal College of Art this term. https://vimeo.com/150555911
(If you see this lady in real life, please don't tell her I've put her on the internet.)