I took part in Brighton Film School’s 3 week summer course this year and really enjoyed it. The highlight for me was devising and making a short film called Sack Head. It’s a kind of comedy of manners about the horrors of dating. Production involved designing and creating a movie monster in the mould of 80s slasher horror films. It was a great challenge and lots of fun.
I wasn’t expecting to have the opportunity to see my own ideas come to life like that. It was a great experience. We were only a small group and had to pull together to make it work but we’ve produced something we’re proud of. Now we’re submitting Sack Head to short film festivals and hoping other people will enjoy it too.
I decided to take some of my drawings from my character doodle sketchbook and see what happens when I bring them into Adobe Illustrator. I started with these faces that seemed to lend themselves to geometric shapes and vector-based drawing. These characters reminded me of plasticine or claymation characters and that seemed to inform the colour palette – which was fun to use.
This is an animated music video combining rotoscoped elements with hand-drawn metamorphosis, photographed textures and digital effects. We wanted it to feel like an animated performance video – with the movement and energy that comes with that and with Flowdan performing to camera and to an audience in animated form. I was also interested in taking visual cues from Flowdan’s previous videos and other grime videos – which included an urban setting, tower blocks, dogs, cars, dance, fire – and seeing how these might be transformed by animation. It turned out like this.
Below – the concept image I sent with my initial proposal for the project and some other sketches and designs.
In October I completed a lyric video for the song ‘Escape’ by Jamie Berry featuring Jemio for Flak Records. I’ve produced some motion graphics and text animation work in the past but this was my first full lyric video and I really enjoyed the process. We started by trying to work out a storyboard that featured story elements that related to the song and could accommodate the lyrics and then the imagery grew out of those ideas. Although the text is always prominent when it appears, we also wanted to feature animation with characters and setting which could maintain interest for the sections without lyrics. We’re quite happy with how it turned out.
See the video here…
Escape by Jamie Berry feat.Jemio
I was also asked to create the record cover for the single which turned out like this…
I wanted to be doing more drawing in my spare time so a few weeks ago I started a new sketchbook. I decided to give this sketchbook a character-based theme and this has really helped overcome the ‘what do I draw’ dilemma and focused my drawing. It has brought back my appetite for doodling in my spare time. Here are some pages…
My project, The Animators of Pre-Cinema & Their Demons, has been included as part of Fabula’s ‘Many Ways to Tell a Story’ exhibition at Hove Museum. Fabula is a collective of graduates from Brighton’s MA Sequential Design/Illustration and Design by Independent Project courses, who explore visual storytelling through collaborative projects, workshops and exhibitions. This exhibition, which runs until 9th May 2017, includes work in the form of picture books, films, textiles, puppets and a ‘story cabinet’ as its centre piece. I’m very happy to contribute my books, which tell the story of the development of moving images in victorian times, and praxinoscope optical toy to the display (images below).
You can read more about Fabula and the exhibition here – http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/alumni/2017/01/09/meet-our-graduate-collaborative-who-put-their-hearts-into-art/
Photographs from Clara Wei Fu
The Unfinished Dream is a collaborative project between myself and writer Sally-Shakti Willow. The project explores the idea of the book as an invisible object in the act of reading. We have used a series of exercise books as a starting point for interactions between fragmented cut and paste poetry and drawings that mutate from one version to the next.
We have also staged live performances of the work involving looping film projections with hand-drawn animations projected onto Sally-Shakti as she reads.
To find out more about The Unfinished Dream see Sally-Shakti’s post here