A nice thing happened recently. The second edition of The Fundamentals of Animation was published and our ‘Legends’ film for Pilsner Urquell was covered in some great detail in the book’s ‘Design as Concept’ section, together with a feature on the studio in general. Enormous thanks to Samantha Moore and Paul Wells for allowing us to be part of this. It’s one thing to be ploughing your furrow, often in the dark (metaphorically and literally) and so focused on the aims of the storyboard, that you don’t think you’re ever breaking any ground. Being interviewed by Sam and having the Legends project broken down in such granular detail made me realise that we did actually try a few new things. We’re genuinely honoured to be featured in such a staple industry publication.
Our recent film produced for Bechtel, The Engineering Machine, produced with Iceni.co picked up a Construction Media Award for Best Social Media campaign. This represents the third industry plaudit for an ambitious collaboration between us, Andi Jepson and co at Iceni and the brilliantly energetic students at Birmingham City University. EVCOM are champions of the power and value of communication, so the award feels apt especially for all those undergraduates from the Visual Communication pathway who were such a pleasure to work with.
Earlier in 2015 we embarked on an ambitious animation project together with the creative gang at Iceni.co and the incredible undergraduate crew on Birmingham City University’s Visual Communication (Film and Animation) course. This collaboration was recognised this month at the Royal Television Society awards in the Best Production Skills category. The ‘Rube Goldberg’ machine was designed and built at Second Home Studios then transported an re-assembled at BCU’s Parkside studio where a team animated the machine building itself in stop-motion prior to all the kinetic trigger points being filmed live.
This award is real testament to the dedication of the student crew who sweated buckets with the rest of us to help build, manhandle and artfully destroy it!
Here they are again:
A Second Home Studios and ICENI.co production
Produced in collaboration with Bechtel and Birmingham City University (UK)
Thanks to: Carillion // Crossrail // Edmundson Electrical // Hilti // Network Rail
Producer for Bechtel: Leanne Bell
Designed by Chris Randall
Assistant Designers: Frances Rice // David Checkley
Modelmakers: Yossel Simpson Little // Sarah Crombie // Dan Hayward
Assistant Modelmakers: Jonathan Kiefert // Kieron Reilly
Lead Animator: Ian Whittle
Motion Control: Matt Cusworth // Arron Sheekey
Motion Graphics Supervisor: Fraser Ntukula
Compositing: Gareth Langford // Gareth Flavell
Sound: Craig Barlow
Edit / Colourist: Alison Huckett
Huge thanks to students from Birmingham City University (UK) Visual Communication School
Clara Chou // Daniel Coetsee // Luke Frangeskou // Andrea Haenze // Hayley Harrison // Al Hassan // Jack Mugglestone // Nina Parker Noon // Dilek Osman // Waheeda Rahman // Jan Rospond // Sam Holyhead // Mikolaj Kacprzac // Kent Lau
Chris Mair // Borislava Marangozova // Natalie Sergeant // Adam Scotford // Jake Wesley-Worrall // Kieran Wilson
Thanks to: Steven Chamberlain // Matt Cusworth // Lee Metcalfe Chase // Arron Sheekey // Matt Tromans // Hilary Weston Jones // Kelvin Wong from the Visual Communications School
Written, Produced and Directed by Andi Jepson and Chris Randall
Last year we produced My Motorbike for CITV as part of the Share A Story body of work. This month it picked up the 3rd BAFTA for Best Short Form category in the same month as winning the RTS Award for Best Production Craft Skills. Thrilled!
This month Second Home Studios won its first Royal Television Society Award for My Motorbike, produced for CITV’s Share A Story. This continues to be a creative highlight for all here at the studio, where the stories originate from eager young storytellers who are fans of the CITV channel. Not everyone who worked on the project was able to attend (as pictured) but thank you to all those lovely people who worked so hard on bringing this to life:
Written and read by 8 year old Alex Holt.
Directed and Produced by Waldemar Werbel and Chris Randall
Animation: Ian Whittle, Chris Randall, Waldemar Werbel
Production Assistant: Omari McCarthy
Modellers: Dominic Madden-Kennedy, Abbie Williams, Charlotte Clare, Amy Dodd, Ian Whittle, Omari Mccarthy Josh Taylor, Daniel James
Post-Production: Waldemar Werbel, Jardine Sage, Frank Mansfield, Chris Randall
Since making the BAFTA nominated The Mechanical Musical Marvel, Town Hall Symphony Hall commissioned us to design a new stage set for their educational Science Of Sound showcase. We designed a portal which is used to house the screen where all the key sequences are projected. The set features all manner of Heath Robinson-style musical gizmos akin to the film’s animated title sequence. Constructed by Acquis Media.
The folks at Televisual were kind enough to feature us in the storyboard section of their last issue. Big pictures, few words. Our kind of reading matter.
We’re delighted to announce that the body of work for ‘Share A Story’ 2012 picked up the BAFTA for Best Children’s Short Form again last month. Our contribution to this collection of films was ‘Oh No, Where Is Zero?’ about a wayward ‘0’ who leaves his calculator home in search of stardom in a donut lookalike competition.
We’re delighted to announce that Pilsner Urquell ‘Legends’ has been given an International Award for Animation by the Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu, China.
Founded in 1991, the biennial Sichuan TV Festival (SCTVF) is the leading international content market and awards in Asia. It is hosted by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) and Sichuan Provincial People’s Government and organized by Sichuan Radio, Film and Television Bureau and Sichuan Radio & Television.
Throughout the twenty year History of the festival, it has encouraged the participation of media companies, associations and cultural representatives from around the world. It has become one of the most reputable TV festivals and the most effective platforms to access the most updated TV and film marketing information in China and Asia.
History of The Awards for Animation
For more than 20 years, Sichuan TV Festival has promoted itself in structure, scale, branding and social influence. The fast-growing event has developed itself into one of China’s grandest and most influential TV galas. It not only witnessed TV media’s great reform and development in China, but also made important contributions to the communication, cooperation and development of the TV industry between China and the world. As the main event of Sichuan TV Festival, while enhancing its reputation and influence both at home and abroad, International “Gold Panda” Awards for Animation encourages China’s original animation production and promotes communication between Chinese and overseas animation. The entries’ number, quality and category as well as the number of entrant territories increase year by year, gradually developing itself into a reputed international animation awards of influence, authority and credibility.