Saturday, 23 April 2016

Alphabet Patch Background Development

I'm working this week to redesign and refine the backgrounds for Alphabet Patch's pilot episode. It's interesting to see how the background designs have changed since the beginning of the project, so here's some examples:

First design: lots of colour and depth but things have a hard time standing out.

Things stand out a bit more but the design is much darker and not in keeping with the atmosphere of the episode.

Lighter, more simple. The leaves are not very nice to look at. 

Close up view: the colours are not quite right and the leaves are quite bland.

Most recent design: making the leaves more interesting and lighter.

Close up view: softer and warmer leaves, more interesting to look at.

I'm happy with the most recent design especially when I look back at how it has developed. As we are getting quite close to the deadline now (1 month to go) this will probably be the final background design style, at least for now. With these backgrounds it has always been tricky making sure the characters stand out well (as they are highly textured) but also keeping the backgrounds themselves looking interesting and colourful.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Latest showreel!

I've updated my showreel again to include some more recent work from Alphabet Patch. See it here!

In other news, I'm meeting with my sound designer later today to see/hear how the sound is going for the episode which I'm very excited about. It's really amazing to start seeing the episode come together. Next month we'll start entering pitching events and film festivals with the episode so there's still lots of work to be done, despite the episode itself being nearly complete.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Nominated for an award

Exciting news, the short animated film I directed and produced last year for RJ Workings entitled 'Home' has been nominated for an award in the 'Cutting Edge' category at the Restorative Awards. I haven't been able to show the whole film online before now but now it is free for you to watch if you like:

I had a great team working with me to animate this film and it was an amazing learning experience which definitely helped me out this year with my producing and directing.
I've dug out an old blog post from when I was developing the original concept for this short, you can see it here

In other news, the pilot episode of Alphabet Patch is nearing completion! I have lots of ideas of where to go with AP after this, including several pitching events and festival screenings. Hopefully within the next month I can upload some more material from the project. 

Also, check out my new website if you have not already, I am really pleased with how it came out and feel much more represented by my website now.