We’re delighted to release the trailer for ‘Caterpillar Dreams,’ a new picture book by Clive McFarland and HarperCollins Children’s Books, featuring music by the excellent Chris McLoughlin, with animation produced by us!
The book will be available in shops soon and is available to pre-order right now: clivemcfarland.com/caterpillardreams
We previously collaborated with Clive on the trailer for another lovely book of his entitled A Bed for Bear, which you can view here: LINK
Special thanks to David Linker, Rachel Zeger & Deirdre Foran!
Also, here are the very important GIFs of the scenes too, enjoy!
A little character exploration, animated blind using a NIkon DLSR in 2010, made with: cardboard, foil, acetate with glue to create the telescope lens, and a sandwich bag tie for the quill.
Isaac Newton was born when the calendar system changed from the Julian to the Gregorian, which means: he’s got 2 birthdays.
Here’s a little taste of Eimhin’s contribution: An tEarrach Thiar
Based on a poem by Máirtín Ó Direáin, with an original arrangement by Kíla and lush vocals provided by Lisa Hannigan, the film takes place in that golden hour, as the sun sets on a spring day on the island of Inis Mór.
You can view a previous post, featuring photos taken on a research trip to Inis Mór here: LINK
Here’s how I went about putting together one of the early shots:
Initial storyboards, roughly laying out the pertinent elements and actions involved in the scene
Layout drawing, locking down the details, and adding in the foreground element to help with framing
Timelapse of the background being painted
Final painting. The addition of some cliffs in the BG, helped to delineate the brightly lit ‘steps’ from the sky
And here it is comped in with the characters (character animation by Katie Sherlock)
Within each scene the BG painting was separated into different layers, with some clone-stamping to cover any overlap. This allows some repositioning, and addition of cloud movement in the sky, or wave movement on the water. In addition to these digital edits, some other BGs required more lighting in comp, but as this one is one of the introductory shots it wasn’t as extreme in terms of photoshop work to reign in or emphasise the painted elements.
Here are some photos of our brilliant animation crew at work:
Our singer, Lisa Hannigan, with crew members Katie & Ciara
Thanks for reading, I look forward to sharing more of this project with you in the coming months!
The sun setting over the Aran Islands, as viewed from Fanore, Co. Clare.
In this spooktacular workshop, children will be introduced to the dark art of hand drawn animation. They will design an unassuming character, and then transform it into a fantastical monster over the course of 5-8 drawings. They’ll also create some animation in a flipbook which they can bring home.
Participants will work in groups to create spine tingling scenes of animated horror, limited only by their own squeamishness. This workshop will no doubt be suited to animation enthusiasts of an unwholesome disposition. Paper Panther’s workshop facilitators hope that through engaging with the craft of plasticine animation, they might once again become moral and upright members of society.