What's not really new but ongoing is collaborating with Paul (voice of the shed) Baldwin on a new movie about- amongst other things - nostril hair, bathroom plumbing and existentialist dread. The drawings and animations are done, apart from tweaking the lipsynching, but we are still seeking the right voices for the unusually large cast including "Dad", "Small boy" "plughole monster" and "random grunting noises". Who said research can't be fun...?
What's now quite old is Painting being selected (along with Voice of the Shed) for Animated Exeter: Screen out Loud. And some Women and sheds going to Norwich Film Festival (One Minute Movie section)
Painting and Wee(d) are two short animations completed summer/ autumn 2011. For the first time I recycled a character (who doesn't have a name, because he is my avatar).
Is the fact he is a gay man significant? Like the green MAN on the crossing lights, people tend to read a stick figure as male... I didn't want to put breasts, skirts or big hair on the characters so both the avatar and "his" friend ended up being male.
This avatar doesn't speak, which makes characterisation more difficult... In previous films I have made the images with a voice in mind
So, Im looking for a voice to develop this painting, gardening, random gay man character...
What's newest is Box being selected for Wimbledon Short Film Festival. This is an experimental film in terms of the drawing style - loosely based on lino-cut and subtraction rather than addition as a drawing method - and use of screen space.
What's newer is Colin the dog and his adventures travelling North. His existence owes something to Gromit, and something to Darry & Bob's incomparable beagle, Carter - cheers! An animation made in the same style but an experiment in doing it - i.e. the narrative arc/ character development - by the book.
What's new is a linear documentary Life with Sheds based on the ideas collected for "The Worldwide Shed". I asked for a narrator who could do a cross between Sir David Attenborough and David Tenant's Doctor Who. I got the incomparable Ronan Paterson, who sounds like both, with a touch of Bunny Guinness. This is a first attempt at animated documentary, and definitely my last attempt at lipsynching a boiled agg.
The WorldWide Shed can be accessed here - not a collaboration, but ideas inspired by creative conversations with Richard Hakin and Mick Stockton - cheers!