I saw this at one of the animated encounters film festivals at the Watershed in Bristol quite a few years ago now; it was one of those rare moments where a chink of sunlight breaks through an otherwise grey day. I almost pissed myself laughing (PMSL for you nerds out there) when this gem came on:
Surreal, check. Cartoon violence, check. Funny as hell, check. Proper old-school 2D animation, check. What more could you want! This film had a massive influence on me and was possibly the main driver for creating my film ‘Mouks‘. I see this film as very much an animators film, for animators… which is probably why I like it so much! But still, it gets me every time… thanks Don *tips hat
I’ve been fascinated (and equal parts horrified) by Nuclear testing in the 1950’s since I discovered old movie footage in the brilliant Prelinger Archives. Of particular interest were the American Nuclear tests Operation Ivy and Operation castle in the pacific Ocean on Bikini Atoll and Enewetak Atoll. So this animation was born! I had great fun also doing the sound design (another growing interest of mine) for this spot. Its made out of 6 separate sounds: A jet plane, a firework, a large caliber weapon shot, a cannon shot, a fat bass drop, and a thunderclap – nice.
I’ve been thinking about resurrecting this bit for a little while now. When I first started out using twitter for my company Evans & Finch I posted a daily feed of animation classics, both for my own amusement in tracking down great forgotten films and to provide a bit of light entertainment to anyone following our stream. I recently found this list of animated gems that I posted and I’m feeling saucy, so I’m bringing them back! It won’t be daily as before, but certainly regular. So to kick things off I’m going to start with my 3 top favourites of all time – the first being, ‘The Cat Came Back‘ – by Cordell Barker
I remember vividly the very first time I ever saw this cartoon. I used to religiously watch ‘Rolf Harris‘ cartoon time’ as a kid in the 80’s. I absolutely loved it. My dad even built me a drawing board just like Rolf’s, took me to WHSmith’s in Boston 10 miles away to track down some big fat marker pens and I used to draw along with Rolf! Read on…
I’ve been painting. Which is good. I’m also finally starting Life Drawing again tomorrow, which is the main reason I’ve been wanting to start a Blog for so long so I can get my stuff online and seen. *Heart* Life Drawing. More about the that to follow, today we have paint.
I’ve got one of those crazy burst blood vessels in my left eye at the moment which is frankly a bit embarrassing. Its called a subconjunctival haemorrhage but looks more like a rage infected monkey eye from 28weeks later. This is how I feel about it, in paint. Will photo in good light when its properly dry. Painted on white box canvas roughly 8″x 8″
This is the last professional animation showreel that I put together before starting EvansFinch Ltd in Summer 2008. I got sick of seeing so many dull showreels that I thought I’d try and do something a little bit different – a concept showreel if you will! :D I took AC/DC’s Rock classic ‘Back in Black‘, edited it to 1 min 30 secs and went to town!
I re-branded my freelance animation business as ‘Fishboyfilms‘ after the leaving the kids animation industry in 2007 to move away from traditional Broadcast media into the online world… and the rest is history! :D
This is still probably my favourite independant film I’ve produced to date. It was created in 2 weeks flat from artwork that took me 5 years to make! I’m a big lover of video mashup culture and this is my homage to the likes of Hexstatic, Coldcut and all those cut-up artists out there keeping the freak flag flying…
The soundtrack is a white label bootleg called ‘In and Outta Space’ – No clue who its by but its a breaks mix of Prodigy’s ‘Outta Space‘ that samples the legendary reggae cut ‘Chase the Devil‘ by Max Romeo. Incidentally its from a 70 minute party breaks mashup mix called the ‘Mouk Town Mashup‘ I created under my DJ/Producer pseudonym ‘DJ Cropmaster Flex’
Everyone has a labour of love in their life – this was mine! 5 years in the making (!) and weighing in at a girthy 3 whole minutes. Created in my spare time to keep me sane from animating teddy bears waving day-in-day-out in my day job! This really is what years of working in the kids animation industry does to someone. Officially deemed ‘too strong for Aardman‘ – not sure what to make of that little claim to fame… enjoy (I did!)
It was fully animated from start to finish in Traditional 2D, then scanned and traced in Adobe Flash. It is what it is, but I can’t tell you how much this stupid little film means to me. The SFX and music was a joint effort from Darren Lambourne (who came up with the gruesome baby noises and visceral crunches) and Robin Stout who dragged it up from the gutter!
Again, I had lots of fun making this spot. It was a very quick turn around, created in under 5 days using Adobe Flash. I really enjoyed hooking up the 2D animation/Live action mix, and the SFX supplied by Robin Stout at Medinasound (who also created the SFX and Music for ‘Mouks’) rounds it off a treat. Short and sweet!
Meet ‘Dennis’ – he’s trying to catch Hepatitis C! I designed, storyboarded and animated this spot for Rubberductions in 2007 using Adobe Flash. I really loved this job, it was the first project that I managed to get off the back of my independant film ‘Mouks’. Everyone from the agency right the way through to the Hep C sufferers who saw the film loved it! Big piles of win all round :D