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Interview with Channel Frederator

Following our feature on Channel Frederator’s Episode, ‘Robbery! Notes! Goats! SWINE! #177’, we did an interview with the big red robot himself. Here’s the jist of it in their words:

Dice Productions’ comedy trio (animator Louis Hudson, and writers Ian Ravenscroft and Tom Reid) talk about why they work funny, what’s next for them, and the hardest thing they’ve ever been bludgeoned with.

You can read the interview here, or here’s a repost of it for your ever loyal eyes…
Dice Productions‘ comedy trio (animator Louis Hudson, and writers Ian Ravenscroft and Tom Reid) talk about why they work funny, what’s next for them, and the hardest thing they’ve ever been bludgeoned with.

Channel Frederator: Louis, where did you study animation?

Louis Hudson: I went to Edinburgh College of Art and graduated last summer. Going to university bought me time and contact with some very talented people, but I probably got most of my education from books like Richard Williams’ Animator’s Survival Kit, internet tutorials, blogs and podcasts. University gives you a lot of opportunities but you have to be very careful not to become ‘institutionalised’

CF: Ian and Tom, did you receive any education in regards to comedy writing?

Ian Ravenscroft: I don’t think formal training in comedy writing is that necessary, but my training as a journalist has definitely improved my style. I think the best training I ever had was to watch other comedy shows, absorb some of the tricks you can play with language and start to look at the world differently. It’s just about observation and trying to see the humour in everything you can. If I didn’t write comedy and laugh at things a lot, the world would seem a lot more cruel and depressing, I think.

Tom Reid: Doing a stint of playwriting at university helped me to focus on dialogue and overall narrative, but I’ve not done anything geared towards comedy specifically. I’d agree that the best education in writing comes from watching the comedy that’s already out there; being subjective about shows allows you pick up new techniques and methods that you can use to shape your own ideas. Other than that, working with others is the best way to craft and shape your own style, whilst making yourself laugh in the process.

CF: What has influenced your work the most?

Ian: In terms of existing work, comedy shows like The Day Today and Brasseye are big influences. I was literally raised watching The Simpsons too, so that has been burnt onto my brain. Spinal Tap and anything in a mockumentary-style like Summer Heights High always get me laughing too, well, almost always.

Tom: In terms of the telly, for off the wall ideas I’d have to go for programmes like Big Train, The Adam and Joe Show and of course the obligatory Python; shows where any concept is viable, no matter how strange or absoludicrous. For language and dialogue, Brasseye and Peepshow are by far my favourites, they’re witty, intelligent and consistently hilarious. In terms of the everyday, taking a twisted view of reality is the best way to get inspiration from the mundane or if that fails just write down real occurrences, it’s amazing how many funny things happen in the real world that never get written down.

Louis: I grew up on the markets and went round pubs with my dad as a little kid. The bizarre drunken stories, strange people, and places I encountered have definitely had an effect. Vic & Bob, Blackadder, Porridge, The Young Ones and old Warner Bro’s cartoons are good old TV favourites, but the biggest influence is the very first time I saw Terry Gilliam’s animations. That actually changed my life – it’s the reason I started drawing jokes. Vic Reeves’, Sun Boiled Onions did a lot of bending on my sense of humour too.

Can you tell us about any upcoming projects?

We’re making content for MySpace Comedy UK at the moment, and hopefully trying to branch out into live action with that. Meanwhile Louis’ getting his short animated film “All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat)” ready for the summer”. The trailer alone has done very well for us on YouTube.

Alongside that we’re trying to get scripts sorted for a sketch show and sitcom that we’ve been working on too.

Most painful thing you’ve been hit with in the face?

Ian: Definitely a wall. Although it’s debatable whether I hit the wall or the wall hit me. I’ll go for the wall, because let’s face it, who wouldn’t move out the way of a seven year-old running around with his eyes closed? It’s just wrong.

Tom: It has to be a tennis ball in primary school, it hit me square in the nose and made me bleed from both nostrils, it wouldn’t stop for several minutes and made a permanent stain on the playground. Yet another example of why Henmania isn’t for the faint hearted.

A rowing boat. I still have a dent in my forehead.



You guys are the best! Thanks for the interview!

You can check out Dice Productions’ short film “Message in a Bottle” right here on Channel Frederator!

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It’s 176 past 289… or 4:20am last Thursday

Whilst planning for a trip to New York and the implications of time zones, we got thinking about time as whole, or more precisely, the Gregorian shackles that are the UNITS of time that surely should have been chucked out the window with the shilling.

Why have ‘they’ never brought in metric time? Possibly for the simple reason that for the next 100 years everyone would be asking each other, ‘What’s that in seconds?’. 10 also isn’t as round a number as you think. It only feels like it because we run out of numbers when we get to 9. What makes clocks catchy is the fact that you can divide them into quarters, ‘Oh, it’s about quarter past 5?. Easy! Can you divide ten into such a socially convenient shape. NO! If ‘Ten’ had 12 numbers in it (i.e. we added the additional numbers ‘Gwek’ and ‘Pif’) we’d be on course for a much more rounded 10. Now we can start making some sense with blowing down Greg’s Dusty Old Calendar.

Now that we’ve established that ’10? is officially not-that-good, we can go about cracking into shape these crappy days, weeks, months and years we’ve been putting up with. Most things we base these units on are planetary stuff spinning round each other, and what’s good for measuring circles? Degrees. We already measure heat and angles with them, it’s seems crazy we’re not already measuring time with degrees too!

So, 360 degrees in an hour, day and year? Can it work? Can We handle it? Of course not! That’s the beauty. Human’s have got to a stage where we’ve avoided evolution. 360TimeTM is a Darwinian kick start. What’s more, 12 divides into 360 in many nice socially convenient and overly precise ways! What the newly proposed TenTM‘s affects would do to that harmony, I’m not going to consider, neither should you. If that’s not already good enough for you, our years are already 365.25 days long. That means we all get to keep the ideal 360 day year whilst GAINING a 5 and a quarter day shut down every year. It’s the dark, cold, secluded holiday people just don’t make time in their busy hussle-bussle life styles nowadays.

So, most things not considered, degrees hold the key to a universal system that makes EVERYONE better off, even if that means dead. The immense upheaval required for everyone to learn the new system would only be beneficial to tomorrow’s stupider generation. The only question unanswered is, what name should this new, partially beneficial system have? A name that would suitably reflect its practicality and the confusion and pain it would cause. An unrelated stream of alpha-numeric code? Maybe with a skull and crossbones character? Or no name at all, so people would have to stay inaudible when they meant the word?

May my thoughts be with you and those that fall in the 360 Days War.

YouTube Partners (that escalated quickly)

We’re now proud to be official YouTube partners. Yeehaw!… that really did escalate quite quickly. This means that we’ll now earn a share of YouTube’s advertising revenue in turn for us making highly viewed videos. 

Thanks to CiB‘s Chris Unitt for plugging us too.

Featured on YouTube!

Wowzers!, Zoiks! and indeed Blimey! ‘DON’T TOUCH‘ got featured on YouTube! 


All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) Trailer

Here’s the lastest glimpse of the upcoming film, All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat). Should be a good’un when it’s done.