As you may recall I spent much of last summer creating a Silhouette Stop Motion Animation as part of my artist residency at Halsway Manor. Luckily, the final film was seen by the Somerset Heritage Trust who then commissioned me to create a film for them to support their exhibition 'The Art of The Potter' with the focus being upon the lives of the Donyatt Potters.
There is a blog post on the South West Heritage Trust website which explains the process in some depth and I hope you will take a look at it to see a little more about the project. However, the film itself focuses upon the last pottery in Donyatt, Pit Potter, which was run by the Arlidge brothers.
The commission has been a real treat for me as it has seen me move into vertical 4K film making which has been an enormous challenge. However, the greatest compliment (and terror) has come from the sheer size of the screens that the film is being shown on. If you look a the image below you can see a shot of the animation with the doorway to the pottery exhibition included to give you an idea of scale.
I was really lucky to be asked to speak to BBC Radio Somerset about my work so went to the studios last night to talk to Darren Daily.
Sitting in the studio was quite a strange experience but the process really reminded me how far I have come since graduating in 2014.
The interview is available for the next 28 days available if you follow this link www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07j9mf9 but I will try to upload it to the website in the next couple of days.
I thought it would be quite a good idea to develop my computer skills, using adobe after effects, to work with the sound files from the Levels and Moors sound recordings. I am trying to give the unseen voices structure or a physical presence.
Unfortunately the resulting film is a little underwhelming but it took me 2 days to develop the program so I am showing it to you any way! Do you detect a note of irritation? surely not.
Great news Memory Archive has been selected to appear in the First Impressions 2014 exhibition at View Gallery in Bristol which runs from 4th - 21st September.
I am really pleased to be selected and can't wait to see the film in a gallery setting.
I have finally gotten around to publishing part of the finished Memory Archive on Vimeo and thought I would share it with you. So here is Penstowe Manor, a country house in Cornwall, which is now a holiday park
I am very excited to tell you that I have been selected as one of the candidates for the Somerset Art Works Emerging Artist Bursary.
I will be developing an animation in response to the theme 'The Levels and Moors' and am
I am now starting my research so will be collecting stories and experiences from members of the public in the area and I will be posting updates on my blog and on the Levels and Moors website.
If you want to find out more or look at the other Artists taking part click here and don't forget to take a look at the link to my work by clicking here
I often tell people that I am in my 'cave' animating but it occurred to me that this probably doesn't mean a lot to anyone else. So I thought I would add a couple of images to show you what the cave looks like.
I am largely self taught when it comes to stop motion animating, although recently I have been very lucky to receive help from the Animation Department at Uni.
You may notice from the images that I am not exactly state of the art but I will pass on a little knowledge every now and then to help new animators. Those of you who know what your talking about please look away now!
My animation set up comprises of 3 light sources (two desk lights, and the camera), the drawing is registered to a peg bar flat on the desk (this eliminates movement in the film). My DSLR camera is suspended in a fixed position over the drawing.
Unfortunately iStopmotion, which is a low cost animation package does not give live previews with my canon so next to the camera is a webcam which allows me to see what I am shooting and lets me do lots of other great things like onion skinning, rotoscoping etc. and is previewed on my mac which you can see on the left of the image.
All light has been removed from the room, which makes it cold and dark but stops flickering in the animation.
I will post more about this set up later!
I am looking at the next section of my animation which will involve the narrators hands moving whilst sharing memories with the viewer. I think there should be a social element involved so I have undertaken a study of hands playing cards. The images are fairly dark but once run though the animation they should look better.
I have finally posted my first video on Vimeo (it's a big day for me). Unfortunately the sound isn't good and iMovie really doesn't do the resolution any favours so I am going to get some advice on how to resolve those issues however, for now, here is my first test of 'Memory Archive!
Just looking at some more animators and stumbled across giphy.com where there are some amazing Aleksandr Petrov gifs. Unfortunately, embedding the code on my blog caused lots of problems but I recommend following the link I have posted for giphy (just click on giphy.com above) or you could have a look on YouTube for Petrov's 'Dream of a Ridiculous Man'
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