A selection of work made during my time at Kingston University Illustration/Animation BA
Grad film progress America, I Think? On Thin Ice Royal Opera House - La Boheme Tate Modern character animation Cordite - War Horse Typography animation Penguin Books - Vintage project
That Yorkshire Sound Pre-School Poets Mealwiz Advert
A selection of projects I have worked on while in the animation industry.
Clients include E4, Google, Lloyds TSB, Facebook
Studios I’ve worked at: Studio AKA, Moth, Strange Beast/Passion Animation
Nice Catch - Google
Animation: Matthew Armitage
We collaborated with Droga5, Hornet and Google to create a series of films highlighting the interconnectivity of the G-Suite platform.
Directed, designed and animated by Moth Studio
Ident | E4 Rebrand
2D line work and colouring: Matthew Armitage
Hell or Habito - Piranhas
Directed by Andy Baker
Produced by Strange Beast
My role: Animation cleanup, colour and shadowing
America, I Think?
America, I Think? is an experimental animation constructed completely from memories of a trip to Orlando, Florida.
From beginning to end the animation is a stream of consciousness that narratively follows my trip from arrival to return, in many ways it became an animated itinerary of my time there. It observes the characters and iconography that combine to make Florida such a uniquely chaotic landscape.
Made entirely on sheets of tracing paper, the idea was to first and foremost capture an atmosphere before any consideration of the narrative arc or the clarity of animation. That would all be constructed afterwards in the editing process.
My final film at university BRASS looks at the rich culture of brass banding and its response to social and natural disaster.
Taking place in New Orleans and Britain past and present, the narrative depicts the events of hurricane Katrina and the miners strike, both disasters that crippled a community. I have chosen these specific areas as they both have a history in brass music and coming from a brass banding background myself I wanted to make a film that dealt with a culture familiar to me (British brass present day) and also one fairly unknown (New Orleans), to see what comparisons could be made.
My aim with the film is to represent what British brass has become now in the present day, a much more stagnant and forgotten industry to what it once was. I do this by having multiple narratives playing out at once and choosing when to cut between them in order to bring my message across.
Digital line animation
Royal Opera House
An animation selected by Royal Opera House to promote their production of La Boheme. I was the director and animator on this project working with a team of Illustrators, the brief was to re interpret and subvert what a viewer would expect of an opera. Taking the ever growing popularity of the UK grime scene, I observed the cinematography and body language in music videos and in combination with the Phone aspect ratio, aimed to capture the atmosphere of a modern love story juxtaposed with the soundtrack of La Boheme.
I initially animated the whole film digitally and then handed the frames over to the illustrators to work as a guide, so the illustrations would still hold the same energy as they had as still images when put in sequence.
An audio-driven animated documentary covering a day of life in Yorkshire. This is a rhythmical glimpse of the diverse life and culture that exists in this varied landscape. It captures the sound of Yorkshire, from its multicultural bustling cities like Bradford and Sheffield to the delicate sounds of birds in the countryside and the hypnotic rhythm of the motorways and train tracks. The narrative was developed to encapsulate the varied experience across a cross section of England's largest county.
Marcus grew up in Pontefract, West Yorkshire and wanted to reflect his experiences of the diverse landscapes and cultures on his doorstep. Over several months he worked with animators Ana Stefaniak and Matthew Armitage to produce the animation using a mixture of watercolour, oil pastel and digital techniques. Thousands of drawings make up this two-minute documentary using colour and sound to move between many different perspectives. Marcus recorded sound from multiple locations in Yorkshire focusing on different landscapes and the rhythmical aspects of life in Yorkshire. Working with sound designer Marian Mentrup they edited these recordings into a piece that moves quickly between locations and people living life throughout Yorkshire.
ON THIN ICE
On Thin Ice is a short film that represents the change in Inuit culture over the last century
With more exposure to Western culture, the Inuit people have seen a dramatic change in their way of life, the introduction of technology and tourism has made it difficult to retain tradition
The animation is constructed with Lino cut which is reminiscent of the Inuit art scene, which is heavily based on print and sculpture. I combined this traditional style with modern visuals such as snowmobiles and buildings to create a juxtaposition that speaks of the blend of tradition and modern that the Inuit culture has become.
I am currently looking to fund this project. If you are interested, get in touch!