Friday, 26 June 2009

TOPSHOP Oxford Circus - Solo Exhibition September '09

I just found out this week that I have landed a solo exhibition for 2 weeks at TOPSHOP, Oxford Circus, London! The exhibition will run from Monday the 7th September. It's super exciting! I will be showing some new 3D work, (more info nearer the time).

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Fantaspoa titles

Luca and I were asked to create a title sequence for this year's Fantaspoa fantasy film festival in Brazil. They had seen our award winning short Breaking the Mould and very much liked the aesthetic. So we set about creating a 3D world populated by characters representing the fantasy sci-fi genre, but in our style. 
Although Breaking the Mould was built in After Effects 3D, with a CGI character, this time we explored the potential of 3D cameras and space a bit more. However, like Breaking the Mould, the piece was created using both 2D and 3D animation and elements. We animated in Maya, After Effects, and Flash.
Once again the music is an original piece from (former Enid Blitz frontman) Barney Wade.

* For a higher res version of the video go here

Monday, 15 June 2009

Blur's comeback gig Wakes Colne

'As the small "friends and family" crowd gather when Blur take to their makeshift stage around eight-ish, more fans gather outside the museum's fence straining to peer in through the windows, catching the songs on the night breeze'.

Paul Stokes NME 27/06/09

That was us....The 13th June, our Nanna's 90th birthday, was a day that I will never forget. Having had a birthday lunch at the Angel Hotel in Bury St. Edmunds my brother Toby, my cousin Barney and I decided to take a trip back to Wakes Colne to soak up the atmosphere at Blur's first gig for 10 years, at the East Anglian Railway Museum Wakes Colne, near Colchester. Toby and I grew up in a house on that very same road, and it was where we first heard, and fell in love with Blur's music over 15 years ago. As we drove up the road to check out the situation at the museum, our hearts sank a bit as we saw people with neon yellow wristbands ambling happily down the road towards the pub. We didn't have tickets. After a few polite enquiries from some very nice official type people, we discovered what we already knew - there weren't any tickets available on the door. Feeling a little dejected but still determined to come back and listen to the gig from the outside later on, we headed down to the pub (to meet up with a friend of Toby's whom we'd seen when we arrived in the village).

Parking on the village green next to our old primary school, we went in and ordered drinks and a packet of crisps at the bar. I felt a bit jealous as we went out to join Toby's friend sitting in the courtyard. But as I sat down he said to me, 'You realize that they are in here don't you?' Blur were in the pub having dinner with their families. That was weird for me. The number of times I've been in that pub as a kid, I never would have thought that I would see my favourite band in there - it seemed quite incongruous. They looked really relaxed, and Alex was walking around grinning from ear to ear. As the start time of the gig approached, we were surprised to see Damon, Alex, Graham and Dave still in there until the last minute. As they left, we finished our drinks and headed up Station Road to listen.

It was a beautiful evening and as we heard the first chord of She's So High and the crowd's roar, we couldn't help but feel a surge of excitement and emotion. 'That's not a recording, that's real' Barney said. And it was. We ended up outside the fence listening to the gig with a few other fans and the sound was amazing. We'd been there for about 4 or 5 songs when suddenly one of Blur's entourage waved at us from the other side of the tracks. Then she said the magic words 'I've got some more tickets. I'm coming round'. We surged up the platform, and our hands shook as we attached our wrist bands. Running up the steps and across the railway bridge we were laughing, hardly able to believe our luck. And as the doors of the old railway shed opened and we heard the first few bars of Beetlebum we couldn't contain our joy....we were in!

The gig was amazing. They sounded great, and the energy in the room was electric. Popscene, Song 2, Coffee and TV, End of a Century... they kept them coming. Damon said that this would be the longest set they would play in the coming weeks. And as he waved to his dad, or shared a moment with Graham I felt almost tearful, they were just having fun. I got a couple of big smiles from Alex, and chants of 'We love you Dave!' carried over the buzz of an ecstatic crowd. But my best moment was when during Chemical World (I think - to be honest I can't remember much about that moment) I reached over and touched Damon's arm, and he grabbed my hand and held on to it. I felt his energy surging through my hand and, as the girls next to me screamed, I thought 'Wow this is the best gig I've ever been to!'

Whoever thought that the evening of my Nanna's 90th birthday could be so cool.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Breaking the Mould in Rushes Festival

I am pleased to announce that Breaking the Mould has been selected for this year's Rushes Soho Shorts festival in the Animation category.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Amelia's magazine illustration submission

On Friday I submitted my design for Amelia's magazine open design brief, in aid of the housing and homelessness charity Shelter.

The brief was to design a 2 of hearts playing card. The winning designs will be chosen and put together to form a massive patchwork quilt of cards in many different styles and designs. Said quilt will then be part of an exhibition that Shelter are putting on in the summer. Other designers and artists contributing to the exhibition include Stella Vine, Basso and Brooke and Rachel Whiteread. The final artworks will be auctioned to raise money for the charity.

My idea was to use artichoke hearts as the main imagery. I eat them a lot when I am in Italy and they are so yummy with olive oil and lemon! I used bright, yet organic colours, with a sunshine yellow to evoke the zingy flavour of the lemon.