Happy Birthday Newton!


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.

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

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Cúl an Tí: Cill Aodáin & An tEarrach Thiar Screening!

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

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A beanna mbard ghoid an seó!

An tEarrach Thiar directed by Eimhin McNamara

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Fear ag glanadh cré
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Gach bóithre mar thoradh go dtí an fharraige

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!

 

Centra – Live Every Day TV spot


Earlier on this year we were invited by Russell Curran Productions to produce an animated segment for this Centra spot. You can see our work at about the 20 second mark!

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The animation was designed and created by Carol with lighting and technical supervision by Eimhin.

 

In this piece on our studio space at A4 Sounds, Carol can be seen working on an initial proof of concept too from about 3:20:

Many thanks to the Russell Curran team for bringing us in on the project:

Director – Stevie Russell
Art Director – Paudge Donaghy
Copywriter – Ted Barry
Agency Producer – Rosaleen Cullen

Introduction to Experimental Animation is back!

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Due to popular demand our Intro to Experimental Animation course has returned!

The course runs 7-9.30pm every Tuesday from November 1st, and provides a solid foundation in various forms of stopmotion and other experimental techniques!

You can book your place over at the A4 Sounds shop page here: LINK

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:

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Initial storyboards, roughly laying out the pertinent elements and actions involved in the scene

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Layout drawing, locking down the details, and adding in the foreground element to help with framing

 

Timelapse of the background being painted

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Final painting. The addition of some cliffs in the BG, helped to delineate the brightly lit ‘steps’ from the sky

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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:

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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.

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

Morphing Monster Animation Workshop

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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.
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Price: 20 EUR
Book your place here: LINK
When?
Sat 29th Oct
10.30am – 12pmWhere?
A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade,
Off Upper Dorset St
Dublin 1

Materials Required:
A4 will supply all necessary materials

Claymation Horror Film Workshop!

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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. 

Not for the fainthearted.

Price: 30 EUR
Book your place here: LINK
When?
Thurs 27th Oct
7pm – 9.30pm
Where?
A4 Sounds


St Joseph’s Parade,
Off Upper Dorset St
Dublin 1 

Materials Required:
A4 will supply all necessary materials

Oil Painting on Bird & Whale

Some photos from this week’s painting progress on The Bird & the Whale.

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The Ark Event Guide Commission

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:

A rough sketchy version

 

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Design wise, Eimhin was influenced by Roman Muradov’s work for this piece.You can view Roman’s work here: http://www.bluebed.net/

 

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A little rough animation using the above poses, showing them in situ

 

From here we provided another option, including animation drawings from Carol‘s film The Bird & the Whale:

 

 

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Animation drawings by Manuel Galiana, character design by Eimhin & Carol
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And here’s some of the scene moving

 

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!