Many thanks to all at MAF for the invitation to run a Storyboarding Workshop and the super cool badge! I had a great time.
It took a while to get back into gear after the Christmas break, but things are progressing full steam. By the end of the month, the crew will be double what it is now. We so need more biscuits!
Voice records have started in New York. Our cast is amazing! Next step is dropping the real dialogue into the animatic in place of the scratch track.
Also in the news our studio is in the top 50 creative companies in England.
And Ive even started on my Animex talk. No pressure.
That was quick! Christmas already!. The show is moving very fast and we are well into animatics. Brown Bag Films is building an amazing studio in Manchester with an awesome international crew. We have a new art director all the way from L.A, and a Spanish animation director due to start in the new year. We also have another American staff writer in house AND a studio dog called Jack.
Also in the new year I'll be speaking at Animex . My first public talk. Gulp!
A few months on and things are really kicking into gear at Brown Bag. While the show must still remain nameless the team continues to build. There's over twenty of us now installed in the Manchester studio with many more to come. We're very lucky to have attracted some truly amazing talent from all over the world.
With boards and voice records in the U.S about to start we are entering into a very exciting stage. And myself, I'm about to get very busy. I'm so proud of the guys at Brown Bag Manchester and feel very lucky to be directing such a big show.
Today I started as Director at Brown Bag films in Manchester. I can't say what show yet but I'm sure the name will be released shortly. Sad to leave the amazing guys at Mackinnon and Saunders after a great year making Wanda and the Alien, and excited to start work on a new show and team.
Something related to a thing I directed, (I think I'm safe saying that) ... Our beautiful maquette's made it home safe for their photo shoot.
We've just wrapped up the pilot film we were working on. Very short deadline as they often are. We completed animation about a half hour before going to online at Flix Facilities in Media City Manchester.
The chaps did an amazing job, using Anime Studio for the first time. A very funny show that I hope gets picked up. Over to you money guys! :)
I'm back from New York where myself and Kendra were married. I can't describe how lucky I feel. Trying to remember what I was doing before our trip. Some very exciting projects lined up this week, that I apparently can't talk about for at least two years. Hopefully some of the teasers me and the guys at the MSD dev team have been working on will start to be leaked. Also have to finalise an alternative animatic for my own little show. Maybe Ill get to make that this year. I say that like its a new year, but this past week has kind of been like Christmas. Lucky lucky me!...
Just received the final Wanda and the Alien Production Report from our Production manager Steve Levinshon. We've finished! Thanks of course to the whole team and especially Steve and Ellie for keeping us on track.
As the last Wandas roll through Im getting to work on some development stuff from home. Always fun. It's a joy to get drawing again. Self portrait warm-up from this morning. Testing out a few new brushes.
A great last pic of the Wanda team before most of them depart. January will see a smaller group of us seeing the last few shows out the door. Ive been so lucky to work with these guys.
Before the episode goes to the storyboard artist I always draw thumbnails of the whole show. This helps me work out the business of the episode, and get what we need from our storyboard team. At the beginning of production these thumbnails can be pretty detailed but usually get lighter as everyone gets to know the shows style and limitations better.
I also often drop in little colour ideas to push an idea or design. Heres a handful.
Final animation brief with team leads from left Graig, James and David and animation director Claire. Amazing bunch!
We've had the wrap party and the bulk of the team will be breaking up at end of the month. Always a sad time but what a great job the guys have done. The shows have gotten better and better thanks to animation director Claire Grey and our leads Craig Knowles (@Knowlio), David Ridges (@david_ridges) and James White (@Jimbo_Designs). A core team will be working on through to the new year, seeing the remaining Wandas through and developing a couple of very fun projects.
The past week or so I've been making the teaser for my own little show. Im so lucky to have the backing of the guys at Mackinnon and Saunders. The three animation leads on Wanda.... David Ridges, Craig Knowles and James White are animating. Music Composer Heather Fenoughty is also onboard. As is dubbing editor Robin Cowap at Flix Facilities.
The timeframe has been very short, but it will be done ready for MIP. It looks great and I think its original and exciting. I think I might burst if anyone picks it up.
Wanda has a few short months of production left. It seems to be doing really well in its weekend slot on Milkshake. Its also generating a lot of interest in the studio. For anyone down under you can see it on Nick Jr from Monday 15th September at 7:45am.