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Nov
1st

7digital film

I recently produced this film for 7digital as part of their brand refresh.

I had intended to write a bit more about the new brand itself and and how it had been carefully crafted by the good people over at Moving Brands, but they’ve done a much better job of that over on their site, which is worth a read. They also produced this film showing how the process evolved, so check it out.

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Sep
12th

Bookshare

I’ve recently completed a film to promote a new initiative called Bookshare: a tool that helps people share books with others in their local community.

Hopefully, watching the film will give you a good idea of how Bookshare works, but more information can be found over at NESTA, and you can read a good description about the software from the developer, Adrian Short, here.

The film, produced by the good folks at Rattle, was split into two parts: the first aimed at people who may wish to share their books, and the second at people who would like to set up a Bookshare in their own community.

It was the social side of Bookshare that inspired the story behind the film. Rather than just produce a literal demonstration, we wanted to tell the story of two people brought together through using Bookshare (and I have to be honest, the hint at a possible romance was intended).

As the subject matter concerned books, it felt natural to tell the story as if it were in one. Each scene was played out across the pages of an open book, with the bind providing a nice divide to split the screen between the two characters’ stories, and the turning of each page then becoming a nice way to cut between each edit.

In creating the film I worked closely with illustrator and friend Chris. We wanted to retain the natural hand-drawn look to all the elements so, rather than recreate the characters and scenes digitally, we scanned Chris’ original drawings, and then, through the magic of Photoshop, adapted the sketches so I could animate each element in After Effects, to finish the story I also produced the music for both films.

If you’re interested in setting up your own Bookshare, you can grab the code here at github.

Animation, Film, Motion, Music, Work

Jul
20th

The friday walk to work

As promised in my previous post, here’s the first film produced by myself and Chris under the pseudonym of Foxboxx. We hope you enjoy.

Animation, Film, Work

May
12th

FoxBoxx

Recently I’ve been having numerous discussions with my good friend Chris about doing more with all the random ideas and small stories that often develop during our (mostly daft) conversations. The majority of the time these ideas only ever serve to offer us some amusement at the time of creation and never become anything more tangible. However, that is hopefully now going to change as we’ve started to develop an online home for our creative thoughts. It’s still a work in progress at the moment, but the one thing we’ve decided is that, simply, this site is there for us to display work that we enjoy and which,  hopefully as a consequence, others will too. I’ll keep you updated on any developments.

N.B. The picture in this post is from a recent story I’ve developed with Chris which I’ll post about here soon.

Animation, Art, Inspiration

Jun
16th

The sound of success

It’s always a good feeling when your hard work pays off, and on that note congratulations to Bombardier and everyone behind the winning pitch to build the TWINDEXX trains in Switzerland. Working alongside the designer David Gordon and the teams at Mediasphere and Boxframe I composed and recorded the music on the animated film used in the €1.3 billion winning bid.

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Apr
30th

Drumming up support

This month the Derby County season ticket campaign film was featured in the Creative Review feature of The Drum magazine. Writing the review, Shaun Cooper, Marketing Director of Bray Leino, had this to say:

“This is a strong ad that will resonate well with Derby County fans. Really emphasising the anticipation and excitement of the new season and portrays the subject as seriously as the fans take it. The black and white art-direction accompanied with silhouettes add to the drama and provide an almost operatic quality, adding gravitas to the copy. Nicely done. 9/10″

Thank you Shaun.

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