Here is a little bit more from Eimhin’s upcoming project An tEarrach Thiar, featuring a fisherman character who appears towards the end of the film.
This fisherman featured in the 1932 documentary Aran of the Saints, courtesy of the IFI Film Archive, was the basis of the below design:
A little bit of research for this scene’s location:
Here’s the layout sketch with annotations. This layout sketch went through a few iterations before getting the right level of ‘shape’ in the strata of limestone rocks on the beach.
Below is an earlier, more generic looking beach:
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.
As part of the upcoming Animation Art Show PP’s Pádraig is also hosting a series of workshops:
Animation Workshops for Ages 8-12
Sunday 10th April @ 1pm & 3.30pm
In this workshop you will work in groups with other children to create animation using hand drawn and pixilation techniques.
• In the hand-drawn animation, you will start by inventing and drawing your own character onto paper. You will then be shown how to morph your character into another one from the group via a series of 5-7 drawings. This will create a loopable animation of shape-shifting characters.
• To explore the technique of pixilation (derived from the word ‘pixie’), you will be part of animating real people and objects (including yourself) in front of a camera. The workshop will give you a hands-on understanding of how animation can be created. This is your chance to work with a professional animator and be introduced to two very different techniques. Free entry on a first-come, first-served basis, voluntary donations welcome.
We also have some upcoming workshops in the Ark:
Our first workshop is being hosted by PP’s Pádraig at the Ark as part of the Animation Art Show, with a more in depth series of workshops beginning in June and continuing into August which you can check out HERE, HERE, & HERE We’ll be posting more information on those workshops once final details are all confirmed!