Taking Pictures

Sorry for the absence – I’m running about a bit at the moment –  but I just wanted to highlight a new short film that I saw recently. I present to you all Taking Pictures. This is a lovely short that was written, directed and animated by Simon Taylor, a very talented animator that I was fortunate to study alongside when I was at Animation Mentor.

I really like the style of the animation, and that pigeon rig is fantastic. I might see if I can get Simon to answer some questions on the process of putting it all together.

I’ll be back soon with some more inspirations and a new showreel.

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A city … in a suitcase?

Here’s a really lovely spot that was brought to my attention via the people at CreativePool. It’s called City In A Suitcase, and was done by A+C Studios – they do a lot of stop-motion work, and so were a good fit for the project.

There’s also a great ‘making of’ video that can give you an insight into how it was done. There’s a really lovely feel to the paper craft look, something that director Dan Richards was particular interested in using, with the integration of the live action footage into the piece using a process called ‘pixellation’ – not a term I’d come across before, but essentially shooting the live action footage on fours so that you get the choppy feel to the movement of the hands, so it’s less jarring when integrated with stop-motion shot on twos. There’s a little vfx magic going on, with elements like the planes added from blue screen footage, but the vast majority is in-camera. Really great piece.

Musically addicted

Music is an enormous part of my life. Not the creation of it, but most definitely the appreciation of it. I love music. I especially love this:

I love the blending of different tracks, the creativity that goes above and beyond merely slamming two songs (or albums for that matter) together.

You can find him on SoundCloud and on Twitter; only seventeen, but I would expect to have a bright bright musical future in front of him.