Some photos from this week’s painting progress on The Bird & the Whale.
Pádraig Fagan’s The Rooster, The Crocodile and The Night Sky is this week’s Irish Film Board Friday Short!
Funded by the Irish Film Board’s Frameworks film funding scheme and produced by Barley Films in 2007-2008, The Rooster was created using cardboard, crepe paper, tinfoil and dreamy Super 8 footage of a glittery blue velvet Night Sky.
Below are some concept images and photographs from the making of the film:
Night Sky & Dawn sequence
Pádraig and Eimhin did a bit of travelling with the film too:
Pre-production is going on in earnest on Carol’s Frameworks funded film The Bird and the Whale!
Below you can see the paint on glass animation test we created for our pitch this summer:
This test clip was created using one of our small scale multiplane setups, with three sheets of glass: the animation of the whale and the splash occurring on the topmost layer, the sea on the the middle layer and the sky on the backmost layer. For the full scale production of the film, we shall be using our large format multiplanes, with multiple layers of animation happening at once.
As a little treat for any newcomers, here is the animation test we created for our initial pitch of Pádraig’s Frameworks funded film An Gadhar Dubh:
Our interview with the Thin Air is online! We have a three page spot, with photography by Aidan Kelly-Murphy. Many thanks to Loreana Rushe for getting us on board! You can read the full issue here: LINK
In other news, we tested out one of our screens during the week and today the shirts finally arrived from our supplier, so we’ll be be getting into our first run of 25 shortly.
Be sure to check out our Shop, and by all means let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Our PURE Project environmental workshop films are featured in this recent piece on Tinahely’s PURE Exhibition which took place last month! Our segment begins at 6m 40s:
You can view the PURE Project funded films along with the rest of our student’s work on our Workshop Home Theatre page, enjoy!
Below are some examples of our method in planning and executing the lipsync for An Gadhar Dubh.
Working in Flash, we build up a rough pass of the mouth shapes required, then start building up the forms of the face, keeping in mind the structures, both hidden and visible, which are creating the mouth shapes, and using a combination of tweens and keys extend it out to a sophisticated enough collection of mouths for the acting of the piece. Once the key mouth shapes are done for one angle, they are then duplicated, altered and generally edited to create a full compliment of jaws for the rotation of the head.
We use a similar method for the other characters in the project too, along with some slightly more straightforward top-lip/bottom-jaw animation for some of the other characters:
After the animation plan is done, these vectors are imported into our die-cutter and broken into the required layers (e.g. back jaw, tongue, teeth, top jaw) and are then cut out on Fabriano stock.
We’ll be sharing some more of the practical builds of these mouths once we get around to photographing them!
Be sure to check out the previous posts on the film here: An Gadhar Dubh
It is screening in the Way Out West short film programme at 1200PM on Wednesday the 8th of July in the Radisson BLU Hotel, in Galway City.
Bog Standard was created during a week-long environmentally themed animation film school in Tinahely Co. Wicklow, and was funded by the PURE Project
Congratulations to the creators of the film: Dylan Cuffe, Ardan Cunningham, Aoife Duffy, Joshua Hanrahan, Conor Ryan
Here’s hoping its journey is only just beginning!
You can watch the film here:
To celebrate #WorldEnvironmentDay here are two of our environmentally themed workshop films, created during the PURE Project‘s PURE South Animation Film School in 2012!
First up is our noir crime drama:
Mason Phelps: Private Eye
A suspicious crime has gone down by the old graveyard, and it’s up to Mason Phelps to outmanoeuvre the suspects and get to the bottom of this awful mess…
Created by Danielle Norman, Nicole Smith, Shannon O’Reilly, Karl Wynne, Leah Byrne, Jamie O’Neill, Conor Halpin, Evan Thompson, Leah Menton, Dylan Hillary and Jessica Reddin of Collinstown Park Community College, Dublin.
And now our magick-fueled rap opera:
MC TRA$H: Transformation Revelation
While cooking a nice organic broth, Rita Red Eye the Witch is shaken up by MC Tra$h and his wasteful ways. Now it’s time for her to show him how it feels to be dumped on…
Dean Dillon, Richard Roche, Darragh Singleton, Anthony Brennan, Daniel Kulis, Tyrick Tschuma, Daniel Oladeji, David Oladeji, Shane Leech and Miracle Olowu, participants of Foróige Tallaght’s youth project.
Special thanks to Ian Davis of the PURE Project!
Here is a little description of the process we’re using for designing and building characters for the film.
The characters are designed in the regular fashion, using pencil and paper. Then they’re brought into Flash, where the breakdown positions, segmentation, and turnarounds for the different cut out parts are made up. This allows us to cut at different scales and replace out worn parts that will match up accurately with the originals.
These are then spread out as a layout document in Illustrator and outputted to our die cutter.
And then begins painting and piecing together!