A lovely bit of news reached our ears today, all the way from Japan!
We recently had a little screening for our in-house crew and some members of A4 Sounds of Cill Aodáin & An tEarrach Thiar!
Below’s a little peek at the projects:
Cill Aodáin directed by Pádraig Fagan
An tEarrach Thiar directed by Eimhin McNamara
These projects were co-produced with the Cartoon Saloon & Sónta Films, and will be making their way to TG4 in the New Year!
Next week we’ll be releasing prints from these shorts for sale in our shop, so keep your eyes peeled and save up your shekels!
You can see some behind the scenes footage from our upcoming TG4 projects ‘An tEarrach Thiar’ & ‘Cill Aodáin’, as well as an ad which Carol recently completed featuring Alphabetti Spaghetti!
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.
We’re happy to announce that Pádraig Fagan will be teaching a 5 week course in A4 Sounds Studios titled ‘An Introduction to Experimental Animation.’
The course will be held on Tuesdays between 7 and 9.30pm from the 23rd of August to the 20th of September 2016. The cost is €125 and you can book your place here: LINK
The course will introduce participants to a range of animation techniques, including pixilation, plasticine, sand, and hand drawn animation. Relevant short animated films will also be screened for participants as examples of the techniques being used, and to enrich their knowledge of animated films.
Here are the results from the two ANI-Morph workshops!
The Animation Art Show is open for viewing on Saturday the 16th of April , with Auction on Sunday the 17th, at the Ark Children’s Museum in Temple Bar, Dublin City!
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 were recently asked to put together some illustration concepts for The Ark‘s upcoming event guide.
The main thrust was to create an image which showed stages in an action, or animation.
Here is what we cooked up for them:
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!