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!
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
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b039c8s6/eight-minutes-idle I helped out for a couple of days back in 2011 on this great micro-budget feature film, Eight Minutes Idle directed by Mark Simon Hewis. It's currently showing on BBC iPlayer so have a watch.
Or at least skip to the third minute to see my stunning performance of a receptionist.
Great memories, oh what fun.
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.
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!
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!
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
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
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.