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!
We were recently invited to Edenderry Youth Cafe to host a series of claymation workshops as part of the Hullabaloo Children’s Arts Festival programme this year!
Here’s the completed video:
If you’d like to book us in for an animation workshop with your school, organisation, or company you can get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org or using this contact form:
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.
There are more posts on the processes and techniques we’ve developed for An Gadhar Dubh here: LINK
Here’s a timelapse from Pádraig’s upcoming film An Gadhar Dubh, animated by Eimhin a few months back!
Below you can see some photos from past scene preparations and character builds too, along with a bonus little gif at the end:
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!
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
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
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.
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:
Check out their site below, along with the other talent on display here:
Many thanks to Julie and Samantha for bringing us on board!