Alpha Steppa - 3rd Kingdom Lyric Videos

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.

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Introducing: "So I Danced Again..." Trailer

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.

https://vimeo.com/220640225

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:

https://soidancedagain.wordpress.com/

 

"Of The Apple" screened at Melbourne International Animation Festival

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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!

http://miaf.net/2017/thursday/

New Director Showreel

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

Alpha Steppa - Rooted and Grounded (Promotional Music Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql82Tbwkvww&noredirect=1 Rooted-animated-2

The dub/bass artist Alpha Steppa recently released his album Rooted and Grounded and I was asked to make this promotional video and animated album cover to celebrate. Visit the shop, take home a record and see if the albums animate in real life.

http://www.steppas.com/

Music Video for 'Blackbird' by The Coach House Company

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqYtNSEJnJ4 I have recently been making this music video for a lovely folk band called The Coach House Company. They wanted something 'abstract' so I departed from my usual style and went geometric. To my ears, the Sea Shanty style of the song reminded me of a shipwreck. The narrative of the video follows the falling leaves, stones and ship parts as they descend into the deep in the aftermath of the wreck. There's also some magical stuff going on down there.

It was a lot of fun and best of luck to The Coach House Company!

Screentest Student Film Festival 2015 - Director's Panel

screentest Me pretending to talk interestingly.

The other week I was invited to be on a panel at Screentest Student Film Festival. The Meet the Directors Panel included me and 3 short live action directors, all of whom had different experiences of film making. It was really interesting to hear the contrasts between the live action and animation processes, and also the similar struggles in funding etc that can't be avoided. Although I felt somewhat of a fraud being up there, (Director? Me?) I think some of the audience found it interesting, and it was nice chatting to them afterwards too.

Good fun all round, thank you so much Screentest! We need things like you!

"The Blood of the Bear" at Chester Film Festival 2015

At the beginning of March, The Blood of the Bear was screened at this year's Animation Showcase at Chester Film Festival. I would have loved to go and the venue looked amazing - go check it out on the website, absolutely beautiful. Thank you Chester! http://www.festival.chesterfilmfans.co.uk/?page_id=227

New Showreel for 2015

My showreel was in definite need of an update, so here it is. An exciting new showreel for exciting new 2015. https://vimeo.com/116200545

The Blood of the Bear at 'Into Film Festival'

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 20.59.24 1 The great people at Into Film Festival approached me to ask to include 'The Blood of the Bear' in the Primary School compilation of the Into Film Festival this November.

It has always been a wonderful experience for me to have children watch my film. I'm often delighted at how much young kids understand of the themes, and all the better if they actually enjoy it.

Also, it was wonderful to be alongside some other great films that I recognise from Encounters Festival last year, including A Productions' 'Sun'. I really love that sun.

Thank you so much Into Film and the British Council, what a great opportunity.

Hand-drawn posters

While I was volunteering in Guatemala I made some simple hand-drawn posters. They promote hikes for the charity I was working for. If you happen to visit Xela, you might see some on the walls around town.