NETFLIX & SAWDUST

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!
 
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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!
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The Bird & the Whale UK Premiere @ MAF2017

Carol’s oil paint on glass film The Bird & the Whale is having its UK premiere during this week’s Manchester Animation Festival !
 
Many thanks to Steve & crew for selecting Carol’s labour of love!
Unfortunately we won’t be in attendance ourselves, but it’s a very special feeling knowing that after all the years of teaching our film to walk and talk it’s finally out in the world and making friends!
 
Screening tomorrow at 1900 in Cinema 2:
 

Hullabaloo Children’s Arts Festival 2017!

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 halo@paperpanther.ie or using this contact form:

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.

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

 

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The jaw substitutions for our lead character Peadar

 

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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 Gadhar Dubh Timelapse

 

Here’s a timelapse from Pádraig’s upcoming film An Gadhar Dubh, animated by Eimhin a few months back!

 

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Below you can see some photos from past scene preparations and character builds too, along with a bonus little gif at the end:

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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

Animation Workshops for adults in A4 Sounds Studios

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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.

 

 

The Rooster, The Crocodile and The Night Sky

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:

The Rooster:

The Rooster in action
The Rooster in action

The Crocodile:

Final still of the Crocodile, using a special forced perspective build
A shot of the Crocodile and his Night Sky cutting machine, using a special forced perspective build



Night Sky & Dawn sequence

The Night Sky being hoovered
The Night Sky being hoovered

 

And the final Dawn scene in GIF form
And the final Dawn scene in GIF form

 

 

The Animals:

The Sea in action
The Sea in action

 

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Pádraig With Frank Kelly, the narrator of the piece.

 

Pádraig and Eimhin did a bit of travelling with the film too:

Whirligig!

SCREENSHOTWe’re delighted to announce that we are now being commercially represented by Whirligig!

Check out their site below, along with the other talent on display here:
http://www.whirligig.tv/

 

Many thanks to Julie and Samantha for bringing us on board!