Shoebox Stop Frame Animation

November 2017

So I needed to start promoting my comic book, “Myth of the K’inti”.

I’ve made posters, I’ve sent Instagram images, I started Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, but I need more off the wall ideas to get some interest, I thought  animation might attract some.

It seemed like a nice quick easy thing to do... It started well, just use cutouts maybe, do it all in Apple Motion, simple 3-D camera moves, bit of smoke maybe. Then I thought why not do it for real!

Two weeks later, two sets of sharp blades blunted and dozens of sheets of foam card, I get to create the shoebox animation.

The idea is to get a simple shoebox that magically turns into a theatre. Travelling through the box reveals the World of my comic book and we just track through it, ending with the eyes graphic that I use on the comic promos.

It took quite a while, but went reasonably welL, but then I realised that you couldn’t tell it was a shoebox.

A new section, creating a whole new scene involving Dom, who graciously agreed to step in and be the character who throws the box on the table and then watches it transform. Considering Greenscreen filming is something that I do for a living, you would think that would’ve been the easy part, however, as is often the way when you just create stuff on a whim, common sense goes out of the window. My first mistake was not considering what was on the desk on the second pass, so it took quite some time and Black Magic Fusion to Rotoscope the box and the extra pieces that were doubling up in the shot. Still it works very well and I’m reasonably pleased with it. Let me know what you think.

Comics away!

It took a while, but creating a comic book with just two people is quite a task.

Dom has pulled out all the stops this time and the story kicks off with new drawing styles for each section of Myth of the K'inti: Timo Part 2.

We have created a cover for Part two, which aligns with Part one to create a continuous image. Eventually all five books will create one huge poster. Well thats the plan anyway!

Comixology are reviewing part two, so it can join it's other half in the virtual world.

2017 kicks off

I was intending to be so efficient and complete a section every month. Well that didn't happen!

the time does rather fly by. The end of the year up to the present, i've been shooting the usual mix of content with my adorable clients. A title sequence for 35 days, the S4C mystery filled drama, an effects motion control shot for Stella, and in depth interviews with the always delightful Aled Jones.

I have gravitated towards stop frame animation following a commercial for OSP / Gocompare. Wanting to experiment more, I worked again with BBC promos to trial an idea for christmas bumpers, featuring a Cyberman and a casualty ambulance on a feastive dining table. Bizzare, but good fun.

this month is devoted to generating a hybrid animation style for a new client, and working on part two of my comic book, "Myth of the K'inti". Check out youtube and instagram for updates.

Cardiff Comic Con 2016

Dom setting up the display

Dom setting up the display

Thanks to all the people who swung by the stand at Cardiff Comic Con 2016 this year.

It's great to meet you all. If you were one of those lovely chaps who purchased a copy, thanks so much! Do drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Part two is in the works. check back February next year and I will keep you in the loop for it's release.

Comic Con Adventure

Comic Con 2016 San Diego

Comic Con 2016 San Diego

What a laugh Comic Con 2016 was. You have to get used to queuing though. It started with a two hour stint to not get a ticket to the IMAX Star Trek. Worth a try though.

San Diego was such a chilled friendly environment, embracing the eclectic bunch which descended on it for a week of mayhem. The place is massive. I attempted a planned approach. That lasted about an hour. What followed was two days of darting from room to room, catching as much as I could.

It was great meeting publishers and fans to share thoughts and ideas with. The comic was handed out here and there, so I hope to get some feedback from the readers in the future.

On my return to London, I popped by Orbit comics and left a copy of "Myth of the Kinti; Timo" part One with them. Hopefully they will share it around and help spread the World.

Finally I also handed a copy of the comic to Gosh comics and hope it may fit in somewhere within their catalogue in the future.

Part Two well on the way!

The Comic goes on sale!

Timo steps out into the World of the Comic book!

Timo steps out into the World of the Comic book!

 

At last, my comic, Myth of the K'inti; Timo, goes on sale as a full colour comic book and as a Kindle book.

All very exciting and so new to me that it is a bit daunting. Every step of creating this comic has been eye opening.

Still wrestling with Comixology formats and the Apple store ibooks site doesn't appear to recognise my banks existence in Penarth, so struggling at the first hurdle here. Who'd have thought the IRS were in involved in a selling a comic as well? Turns out a rather baffling form requires filling in for everyone to prove you are a resident in the UK. The passport and the home address should be a clue. But that's much to easy.

Onwards to Comic Con in San Diego next week to get up to speed on the whole Comic thing and to see if I am on the right track. Hoping to meet as many readers as possible to spread the word.

 

Spread the word it's July

Spread the word it's July

Life is a varied as ever. July kicked off in Bangor, North Wales, in it's beautiful cathedral.

A scramble ensued with Orchard to assemble multiple cameras, rig and light the whole thing before Aled Jones arrived for the evening performance. Being the last night of a massive tour and it being his home venue, Aled pulled out all the stops and the show was packed out.

The new animation rig is being pressed into action for OSP, for a series of stop frame animation sequences. Using the Dragonframe software, purchased from Animationtoolkit has made the job a whole lot easier for crew and client, especially being able to view progress in real time. All great fun. More info to come.

Saturday was the homecoming for the Wales football team and I was lined up in the press pen to welcome them back at the Cardiff Castle event, filming for Orchard, destined for the lovely chaps at Visit Wales as part of their year of adventure.

The sun shone and we all basked in the glory... although, not being that clued up on the sport, I was a little baffled by the whole thing. Lovely Lemon drizzle cake at Pettigrew's though, which helped the crew along! Poor Mirella had many more hours to put the thing together. What a trouper!

Trev, Mirella & some enthusiastic supporters

 

 

June in the Attic

Soo. Print has been pressed for the first part of my new Comic Book, "Myth of the K'inti: Timo".

Originally a short story called Timo, I have started to create a much larger story. The name now covers the origins of a strange young Boy called Timo and his mythical World.

Rich Hardiman at comicprintinguk.com, has been really great helping me through this technical process. The whole printing venture is very new to me and I am learning something new at every turn.

Twiddly thumbs and excited to see the hard copy drop through the letter box!

Filming for Raold Dahl finished and off to post production at Orchard. Ruth Jones, Jamie Roberts & Alex Jones from the One Show were amongst the Celebs reading for the show. What a lovely bunch they all were as well.

The Utah truck survived a near scrape in a London underground car park with a ludicrously low ceiling height. Thank heavens for the slimline Isuzu. A VW transporter would never have made it!

May do.

April was just too busy to note anything down.

Location for Deep Purple in Toronto went well. The band are so generous and we had a few laughs whilst we were there.

The new Comic Book was finalised and print readied, thanks to help from Katie and Clare at OSPHealthcare.com

The 100 years of Roald Dahl is being celebrated in Cardiff next month, so we have been filming a few celebs reading excepts for a Gala show at the Wales Millenium Centre in June.

March on

Where did March go then? It's been full on with the comic this month. Just the colouring to finish. The printers are next on the list. (Take a look)

Rogue Jones

Just got a copy of the latest Rogue Jones Album, I shot the cover photo which was integrated into the Album artwork. Great CD. Get hold of one at http://blincrecords.com/roguejones/

We got a real soaking in Cardiff whilst filming the Cardiff Marathon with Orchard Media. 25 thousand crazy runners spread out over the City and around the Bay.

Eldest boy and his partner were in the thick of it and I accidentally captured them as they flew past me. As the F5 was running at 60fps, the camera saw them, but I was blissfully unaware until the replay!

Still smiling through the deluge!

February chill

So the graphic novel / comic is on track, the crayons are out and I am booking the flights for San Diego comic con to see if anyone likes it, assuming I can get it printed in time.

After filming and grading performances by the talented song writer Harry Philips in January, I pottered over to Nashville with the cool dudes from Coolhead Productions to shoot Deep Purple recording their new album. It is a real privilege to be tolerated in the rehearsal space and then (on the second trip out a week later!) in the amazing recording studio, The Tracking Rooms (thetrackingroomstudio.com).

We were well looked after and got a real insight into how the massive sound is created, working alongside talent that has been involved with some of the classic albums of our time.

Although some tracks are added to and refined, the main thrust of the tracks are performed as a group. It's rather odd filming with everyone else wearing headphones, Its so quiet until you listen in the control room and your ears are blown off!

Used the new prime lens sets for the whole shoot as there was little to no light on location. What a life saver. Working at f1.5 everyday is pretty challenging but the Sony F5 worked its magic for some good clean images. If only we could get some full resolution viewfinders for our £3,000!

 

The "Sick t" hoody (sickts.co.uk) was shown off in music city. I really should be on commission!

Howdy

Where to start? So its 2016 and I thought it was about time I actually got the website rebuilt. It's possibly the only time you ever get to rethink what its all about. The rest of the year there always seems to be something occurring to distract everybody. Although I have produced various types of videos and directed a couple of programmes over the years, its really content creation thats always been my thing. Its always engrossing trying to make someones vision come to life, whether its filming, editing or post production, or all these elements. There never seems to be one solution for each new job. Every day a new challenge emerges and thats just how I like it.

Last year found me trying to light and shoot very large locations with a tight crew and schedule, for the Only Boys Aloud documentary music items and interview setups transmitted on Christmas day for S4C with the lovely chaps at Orchard TV (thinkochard.com).

OSP Healthcare (OSPHealthcare.com) was commissioned to deliver a fascinating programme showing how samples from an infected wound and abscess are taken and then analysed in a microbiology laboratory. Some incredible prosthetics, make-up and a range of techniques were used to follow the process over the few days that it takes to produce the results. A Borescope was brought in for some extreme close-ups of Petri dishes. We decided to use the 4K option on the Sony F5, so that we are able to zoom even closer in post for some brilliant detail shots. We also used the new Osmo gimbal camera to try out this new device — and was really impressed by the output. It did rather distract us for a while however. Once you start running up and down corridors, you just can't stop. It’s such fun — as is a Petri dish full of MRSA!

Meanwhilst.. Over the last few months I have been working with talented up and coming artist Dom Tsoi (domtsoi.com) on a graphic novel (or comic, still not sure what to call it). Its still under wraps, but it will have its own page soon so watch out.

I've got the paints out now, so it could get messy for the new year!