Really nice post about me on Charlie Swinbourne’s website 🙂
This film was produced and funded by the Channel 4 Mesh scheme, back in 2003. I’m still proud of it.
A young girl’s adventures through how I imagined the Russian Far East to be. This, being before I had managed to go there in person, it’s a fairly embellished artist’s interpretation of what the Russian Far East could be.
I made this film all the way back in 1998, when I was an animation student at Farnham, Surrey.
The idea behind the film was my own frustration at being deaf, and having to keep up in social situations full of hearing people, and the way that hearies just don’t, or can’t understand. It won an award, you know; The Royal Television Society Best Student Animation 1998, Southern Region.
This, having been made back in the days before I corrupted myself with After Effects and hence subsumed into the almighty CG Borg, consisted of just over 3000 individual ink and chalk-pastel drawings. It was then shot at 12 frames per second, onto 16mm film, via a camera mounted onto a special rostrum. Then, due to the usual art school lack of funds, I had to transfer from 16mm film to VHS, and do my final edit and sound dub on that. On VHS! How embarrassing.
The ambient sound was recorded onto a DAT which I had smuggled into a real pub, that I worked at the time.
This was my RCA graduation film. Made in 2001. Thats ten years ago. TEN!
Anyway, it’s based on the old fairy tale of the same name. This was my first foray into 3D animation, and I had to teach myself 3DS Max. I used my old PC with a Windows 98, which I remember liked to crash an awful lot. Everything had to be stored in a shoebox full of re-writable CDs. I don’t think we had re-writable DVDs in those days, and hard drives were pitifully small.
The ancient legend, retold through the traditional medium of second-hand television.
It was one of my student films at the RCA, and also one of my first attempts at computer animation. Strangely enough, I didn’t use After Effects for this; I used Photoshop to create frame-by-frame animation, and then compiled it all in Premiere. The second-hand TV clips were grabbed and digitised from VHS tapes.
Ah, the comedy of naivety and inexperience.
The first pen and ink drawing I’ve done in a while… Now the summer is here, I’ve decided to make it my mission to draw as many trees as I can during my lunch breaks, before the weather goes all rubbish again. Here is the first tree of probably not that many…