animation

Last Sparks Of Sundown film titles




It was an honour to be commissioned to make the opening titles for the feature film The Last Sparks Of Sundown.

My work was completed in the summer of 2014, but I only got to see the film a year later. Filmed on a micro-budget, starring The Pajama Men, Miles Jupp and Emily Bevan, Empire magazine called it “A fast-paced country house farce with verve, invention and a good heart.”

Nothing beats seeing your work on the big screen but you’ll have to make do with Vimeo for now…

www.thelastsparksofsundown.com

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Paul Taylor-Mills whom I’d worked previously with on Honk! approached me to supply some more theatre projection for his production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Although I had already done a production at the Brideswell Theatre previously I was keen to work with Paul again so set about creating a new approach for this version. The play contains several dream sequence monologues for the chief, which I was to provide animated visuals for.

Re-reading the book I decided to go for a shadow puppet aesthetic which links to Kesey’s original imagery and allowed us to play a game with the blind on the nurses’ station, especially by incorporating the window panes into the shadows. The critical response was genuinely overwhelming.

This show is full of intelligent touches, including Tom Munday’s projection used to great effect when Dwayne Washington’s Chief Bromden tells his story. The London Magazine

Tom Munday’s animations are ingenious, beautiful and alternately delightful and unsettling. They operate as chapters, providing an alternative world to the grinding realism of the main action. Chief Bromden, the mute Native American, is given a voice in these sections as narrator and philosopher. He speaks beautifully and the overall effect is expertly augmented by the fantastical images of birds flying, the sun, moon and stars locked in a never-ending rotation. One Stop Arts

The highlight of the show is the use of animation. Designed by Tom Munday, these serene, simplistic images are projected onto a screen on the set and add a depth and delicacy to Chief’s memories. They add a mark of originality on production, which differentiates itself from the film or novel. Paul Taylor-Mills’s direction shows his ability to fully exploit the space and maximise the talent of the actors. Broadyway Baby

David Shields’ set is a grimly functional rendering of mental hospital recreation room, the subtle and pretty addition of origami birds clustered around the upper window a neat touch. Special mention to the beautiful projections, designed by Tom Munday, which punctuate the action and bridge the scene changes alongside soliloquies from the ward’s longest serving inmate. Gay Times

Effective too is Dwayne Washington, who as native American Chief Bromden delivers a series of monologues that pepper the play. While his dialogue all too often has to compete with some overloud music, they are accompanied by frankly beautiful shadow puppetry visuals by Tom Munday which are the visual highlight of the evening. Scott Matthewman

Tom Munday’s projections on the nurses’ blind are a beautiful visual narration alongside the monologue of the characters and capture our imagination with rustic shadow puppetry, before we are rudely awakened from our dream-like state by the institution’s harsh, clinical strip lights. A Younger Theatre

Hot Springs Chinese festival

Working with the now defunct Knifedge, I led a team creating projected content for a heliosphere at a Chinese Festival. Beginning in London and then finishing the work on-site just outside of Changsha, we were witnesses to an unbelievable Chinese spectacular, featuring hundreds of dancers, wire work, floating stages in lakes, miles of LED, and the most stunning fireworks I’ve seen by a long chalk (and I was in Naples when they got promoted to Serie A). You can see some of my storyboard stills below.

Guardian Films

I worked on a range of projects for Guardian films with a few different ones compiled above.  In order these are:

Building The Future – a series of short films on environmental architecture

The Observer Ethical Awards – online and live stings for the annual Observer event.  These ended up also becoming part of the set design

Green Streets – A documentary series on a street’s attempts to reduce their energy use and bills, illustrations by Sandra Howgate

Honk!

Paul Taylor-Mills approached me to design a fully projected interactive set for his Edinburgh festival musical Honk!  This was before I was aware of the many and varied ways of media servers and projection technology that would be the natural and best way of running the show.  So I built my own Flash-based interactive system to programme and control the show.

Playing to packed houses at the George Square Theatre it was a veritable Edinburgh success

Images to come

Ye Olden Days – nativity animation

A four episode series of animations for the Diocese Of London’s Christmas teaching packs.  Whilst other material taught an orthodox version of the nativity story, these animations were intended to be an irreverent take on those events and a light-hearted introduction to the lessons.

Used in hundreds of schools across London, each four minute episode was created by myself, including writing and recording the theme tune.  Vocals were provided by Jake Morley, character voices by Morgan Thomas and banjo by Jamie Munday.

Movie Rush – Film4

A complete branding and design package for the weekly Film4 movie show (now sadly defunct). The whole show was presented via a graphical interface which I was tasked to redesign and create a turnkey project for their future use.

Winner of an iTunes award for Best Video Podcast, Movie Rush was a pioneering multi-platform film review programme available online, via iTunes and broadcast daily on the Film4 TV network.

Described by Broadcast Magazine as the ‘Perfect Podcast’, Movie Rush was the first internet video show to be commissioned for TV in the UK and broadcast daily on the Film4 digital channel for nearly four years.

See more on Movie Rush

Famished The Musical

I provided some projected set and the animated grand finale in the world’s finest Victorian zombie comedy musical.  Written by Alex Genn-Bash with music by Jake Morley, it proved a runaway hit at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007, nominated for two fringe awards including best new musical.

Later adapted AROUND THE WORLD! (Well, Canada)

Riotous… could easily be expanded into a full-length West End spectacular, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since The Rocky Horror Show.
British Theatre Guide – 5 Stars

Some of funniest scenes seen on the Fringe in a decade
Broadway Baby – 5 Stars