Just for laughs we’ve compiled a clip reel of our projects where we’ve worked with traditional puppetry, featuring marionettes and/or rod-controlled and hand-controlled puppets. It makes a great change when we can shoot with these, combining all the best bits of modelling and miniature set building but meaning we can shoot 17 takes if we want to like all the live action people. Featured here are the Diet Coke ‘Love It Light’ Facebook films, The Crocodile Trap, A Shark Who Swallowed The Sea and a music video for Goodnight Lenin for their track Wenceslas Square, co-produced with Prime Objective and Nice Monster. Plus there’s some other bits and bobs featuring traditional puppetry in some guide. Enjoy.
The Manchester Animation Festival has selected ‘The Race In The Sky’ to screen as part of their Commissioned Films category this autumn. We completed the film in September 2016, as our sixth animation for CiTV’s Share A Story competition for young viewers, written and read by 11-year-old Jenotha Seenivasan. The story is a cosmic tale of how the sun and moon had a race to decide who ‘owns’ the sky. The models used in the film were crafted from recycled materials and given a bit of magic using ‘light writing’, long exposures created with torchlight and bare light bulbs. Special thanks go to Nina Noon, Andrea Haenze, Chris Mair and Leah Hadley for getting stuck in with us during the production. The film will be screening on Tue November 14th at 12;10 and Wed 15th at 15:40.
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!
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.
I happened to be scrambling over some ancient ruins in Little Petra (a site of animal sacrifice to be precise) when my phone trilled. Louis Hudson, lead character animator on ‘The Mechanical Musical Marvel’ had just sent me a message simply saying, ‘BAFTA Nominated!’ The film was down to the last four in the highly competitive Animation category.
Picture, if you will, the confusion on the face of our trail guide while I jumped up and down like a lunatic. Aside from putting the icing on the cake of an already fantastic trip, I later discovered the names of the other nominees. As a friend of mine put it, our short film that teaches children about the inner workings of pipe organs was in some ‘pretty august company.’
Our film shares the category with the hilarious The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers. the delightfully nutty The Amazing World Of Gumball, and the beautifully rich visual world of The Gruffalo’s Child.
It’s fair to say that myself and Julie Boden, with whom I developed the story for ‘Mechanical Marvel’ and who wrote the rhyming scheme for the film’s narration, are pretty over the moon to be nominated alongside these landmark productions. Not bad when you consider that the subject matter of our project is often viewed by some as obscure and esoteric. It’s a nice reward and testament to the 40 or so drafts of the script that we wrote.
A special mention must go to Katie Banks at Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham who first entrusted the project to this studio.
As a bonus, CITV’s ‘Share a Story’ from 2011 is also nominated in the Best Short Form category. Second Home’s contribution to this body of work comprised of ‘Brainfood’, a story about a teacher who is also a mad scientist, written and read by Jack Land.
Now in its third year, Share A Story is a CITV success story. It was created by the incredible Corrinne Averiss as a competition for 5-12 year olds and keeps going from strength-to-strength. This year is the second time Share A Story has been nominated for a BAFTA in the Short Form category.
The BAFTA awards ceremony takes place on Sunday 25th November.
Now on air – ‘Oh No! Where’s Zero?’ made for CITV’s ‘Share A Story’ competition. The story was written by 11 year old Alfie de Brito. We took his 6 panel storyboard and expanded it into a 1 minute film. The plasticine number characters were filmed on a rostrum camera with ‘checker-boarded’ mattes and then composited together. Photos courtesy of the very talented Cassidy Wingrove who worked on the models.
Share A Story is into its third year and is a CITV success story. As a competition for 5-12 year olds, this year saw the biggest response from a CITV audience with over 5000 entrants. This more than tripled the total entrants in 2011. It has collected 2 BAFTA nominations in the Short Form category and is nominated again this year. It also won a Promax / BDA Design award this year in the Interstitial / Short Form Campaign Category.