Cúl an Tí: Cill Aodáin


Pádraig’s short film Cill Aodáin is premiering today, Sunday the 11th of February!

Tune in to TG4​ tonight at 9.30pm to see Pádraig’s short film ”Cill Aodáin’ with music by Kíla​ & vocals by Danny of The Coronas​!

The show will be a repeated on Monday the 12th on TG4 at 7.30pm.


Produced with Cartoon Saloon​ as part of Cúl an Tí, a documentary series on some of Ireland’s most iconic songs and poems, ‘Cill Adoáin’ focuses on the work of Antoine Ó Raifteirí – the last of the wandering bards.

img_9981Designed, directed, & animated by Pádraig Fagan

img_9978Featuring designs as well as model-making & set construction by Niamh Brennan

img_9990Additional animation by Kristina YeeBrigette Heffernan and Olly Blake. Graded by Alec Moore.


Find out more about the series here: http://www.tg4.ie/en/programmes/cul-an-ti/

Full Credits:

Designed, Directed & Animated by (Dearthóir, Stiúrthóir & Beochantóir) - Pádraig Fagan.

Additional Character Design, Model-making & Background Construction (Dearadh Carachtar Breise, Déanamh Samhaltán & Tógáil Cúlraí) –  Niamh Brennan

Additional Animation (Beochan Breise) –  Kristina Yee, Brigette Heffernan & Olly Blake.

Technical Consultant (Comhairleoir Teicniúil) – Eimhin McNamara.

Colour Grading (Grádú Dathanna) : Alec Moore.


Produced & Developed by (Arna Fhorbairt & Arna Léiriú ag): Ross Murray & Éamonn Ó Cualáin.

Production Co-ordinator (Comhordaitheoir Léiriúcháin) – Nicole Storck.

Creative Supervisors (Maoirseoirí Cruthaitheacha) -  Tomm Moore & Tod Polson

Executive Producer (Léiritheoir Feidhmiúcháin) –  Gerry Shirren.


Musical Director (Stiúrthóir Ceoil) – Colm Ó Snodaigh.

Singer (Amhránaí) – Danny O’Reilly (The Coronas).

Traditional Arrangement & Music (Ceol & Cóiriú Traidisiúnta) – Kíla.

Sound Engineer (Innealtóir Fuaime) - Michael Manning, Paul Finan & Kevin Lowery.

Studio (Stiúideo) – The Cauldron Recording Studios, The Meadow & EdenVella.

Mixed by (Meascóir) – Shea Fitzgerald.

In Collaboration with: St. Louis Community School, Coillte Mach, Maigh Eo.
(I gcomhar le St. Louis Community School, Coillte Mach, Co. Mhaigh Eo.)

Special Thanks (Buíochas Ar Leith do): Geraldine Molloy & Cahil Doherty, Carol Freeman, Pat & Bernadette Fagan, Tom Coffee-Lawton & Nasrin Khandoker.


The Fox and the Wild!

 Our semi-annual collaboration with Clive McFarland has another instalment!

Fox and the Wild is in shops in the UK and US right now:  http://clivemcfarland.com/fox



We’re very excited to announce that a project we worked on last summer with Titmouse is now out:
Eimhin directed a 1 minute stopmotion segment for the Netflix Original Disjointed!
Raw in camera footage from a scene
Raw in camera footage from a scene, incorporating a cutout character and 3D set
You can check our contribution to the series here: https://www.netflix.com/ie/title/80117694
Part 2 Episode 4 - Weed of Fortune
Part 2 Episode 4 – Weed of Fortune

Thanks to
Simon Wilches Castro for inviting us to take part in this little experiment, Megan Love for her support through all the saw dust covered emails from Eimhin, as well as Will Feng’s cheerleading and the rest of the Titmouse team for their generosity and time! Be sure to check out the other episodes to see the other great animations they produced!

Ciara & Lana on the last day of fabrication, putting the finishing touche to the house set
Ciara & Lana on the last day of fabrication, putting the finishing touche to the house set
For this project Eimhin put together a regular who’s who of Paper Panther All Stars, carving puppets and props out of an oak couch, painting miniature matte backdrops, building tiny lights into tiny astronauts, giving an elephant a pedicure, bending loads of wire, and in general getting covered in dust – only the most glamorous work for such an elite!
Thanks again to Svetlana Sobcenko, Ciara Daly-Nolan, Niamh Bennett, Clare Carroll, Leigh Arthur, Sarah Walsh, Tom Lawton, Frank Prendergast, Katie Sherlock and Carol Freeman & Pádraig Fagan!
Escorting our actress from her trailerEscorting our actress to the set
A special thanks goes out to A4 Sounds, without whom we could not have got this project off the ground. Thanks to their facilities as well as the expertise of our fellow members we made it happen! If you’re considering giving studio life a go, we couldn’t recommend them enough: https://a4sounds.org/studiomemberships/
We documented the process pretty thoroughly, so over the next few weeks we’ll be releasing more shots from the building stage, as well as animation timelapses and other wee peeks behind the scenes, so stay tuned!

Dogs in Space!

Dogs in Space #1: Laika


Dogs in Space #2: Leroy


We’ve updated our print shop with some space themed prints!

You can pick them up here: http://shop.paperpanther.ie/product-tag/dogs-in-space/

These are part of an ongoing series that Eimhin’s been working on the past few years, so stay tuned for more!



Wild Horses Poster


Delighted to announce that Rory A. Stewart’s new film WIld Horses, will be premiering at Cannes this year. PP’s Eimhin provided the illustrations for the poster.

Be sure to check out the rest of Rory’s work here: http://rorystewartfilms.co.uk

Here’s some process from the illustration:


An initial charcoal study while becoming familiar with the actor


A timelapse of the pastel portrait


Completed portrait of the lead


Horses, sketched in a cave painting-ish style
These guys were pretty rough and ready, in order to feel loose and not over worked I would just spend about 20 seconds on each, with varying levels of success



After selecting the horses that worked best I popped them in with the head study, giving a good degree of flexibility for Rory to lay things out for text


Dialogue Timelapse

Here are two timelapses we set up for some dialogue scenes from An Gadhar Dubh.
In the second video you can see the jaw substitutions on the bottom of frame, alongside the dialogue X-sheet.

We used a similar method for all characters with dialogue, many of which needed multiple angles; so for Peadar, the main character, we have 25 mouth shapes (9 key mouth shapes with softer variations for nuanced performance) and 25 heads in a full rotation. Thankfully the heads viewed from the back don’t require jaw substitutions (we’re not that mad), but we ended up with about 440 different jaws for just that one character.

Characters setup for a scene showing the parts required for a rotation


The jaw substitutions for our lead character Peadar


Jaw substitutions for two secondary characters


There are more posts on the processes and techniques we’ve developed for An Gadhar Dubh here: LINK

An Iascaire

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:


Rough character study of the fisherman
Final colour model


A little bit of research for this scene’s location:

Kilmurvey Beach, Inis Mór




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:tobar_bg_25

And here is the completed background by Robin Hoshino and Eimhin




Caterpillar Dreams book Trailer!

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!


Henri has a dream.
It’s an amazing, impossible-seeming dream.
And to chase it, Henri will have to leave the safety of his garden
And embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
This is the story….
of what can happen when you dare to believe in your self.



Happy Post-Christmas!

Here’s our festive little card for this year!

The characters were based off some sketches from last year:

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I redesigned them a little, cutting the raccoon for the sake of simplicity, and laid them out. Below you can see the animation and colour process for the Fake Chrismasman:

Ubiquitous GiF loops


An tEarrach Thiar – BG Process

We were very generously asked to contribute to an anthology of Irish language songs, produced in collaboration with Sónta Films, the Cartoon Saloon and Kíla.

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!

- E.


The sun setting over the Aran Islands, as viewed from Fanore, Co. Clare.