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:

Life Style Sports: SPARK

We were recently commissioned by FLTR to produce animation for Life Style Sports. Above you can see the raw animation. We also provided compositing for the spot, with FLTR doing some final finetuning for the client.  The finished piece can be view here: LINK

Below are some select stills from the project, which were particularly fun coming up with:

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Vacu-former!

We built a miniature vacuum former for a project which is currently in production. It ain’t pretty, but it works!
Looking forward to exploring this method more in future!

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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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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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

Art In Ireland Feature!

Our studio A4 Sounds was recently featured in this special for Art In Ireland by Culture Fox TV’s Niamh Gibbons.

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!