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Louis’ animation for Wonky on Samsung film

Here’s some more digging up of the past. In 2013, Bristol-based Wönky asked me to be the lead character animator on a short film called, Dot, Circle, Box, which introduced the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 + Gear. The video racked up 1.5 million views… which is nice.

I was also tasked with working out the best way to reproduce the paint texture in Marion Deuchars‘ illustrations. In the end we went for a combination of layering semi-transparent layers in Flash and adding a washy transparency in After Effects.

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Animation for Joseph Farms Cheese

A few years ago I created the animation for this advert for Joseph Farms Cheese in California. Originally, I storyboarded it not long out of University in 2009. All went quiet for 3 years until I was given the go ahead again in 2012. Two years later it found itself online with some extra live action added to the end. I guess cheese just isn’t something you rush.

sample-storyboard_00072Originally, the style was going to be a more expressionistic style drawn by hand to emphasise the natural qualities of the cheese. However, the client fell for the look of the Flash animated animatic, so I just cleaned that up in Flash and added some texture.

Visualising the natural way cheese is made is an interestingly disturbing fine line. I think people know well enough without having to be reminded directly.

Here’s some design variations:

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Don’t Fear Death at BritishShorts

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Don’t Fear Death is still going on the festival circuit. This time at BritishShorts, aka LichtSpeilKlub Short Film Festival. We’ll be screening at the Animation Special Screening at Sputnik Kino on 25/1/2016, 8pm.

Slimmer Of The Year

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Here’s a video with all of the most Christmassy things in it: Santa, Rudolph, Snow, Cheer, drink driving, loads of spare skin, parasailing… the list goes on.

Despite a hectic schedule Santa’s taken some time out to celebrate reaching his goal weight with a spot of spare-skin-parasailing.

Sound design and ‘Joy To The World’ interpretation was by our recent collaborator Pete Styles.

The animation has also featured on Skwigly Magazine’s Advent Calender as a looping GIF:

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Croissant at HA HA Shorts


haha shortsOn 27th October, we’ll be back at Bar Shorts at The Book Club in Shoreditch. We’ll be screening Man In A Cat and road-testing our new film Croissant as part of this evening’s theme, ‘HA HA Shorts’.

Massive thanks to Dog and Rabbit who put the night on. It looks like a great lineup and worth going just for Chris Shepherd’s presenting style. There will be a few of us there so come along if you want to say Hi.

It’s a free and doors are open at 7pm for an 8pm start. You can tell them your coming here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ha-ha-shorts-tickets-18971531361

Here’s the Facebook Event if that does it for you: https://www.facebook.com/events/1504715969821607/

 

*EDIT* Croissant got a great reception. Here’s a video of the reaction:

 

New Showreels and a Revamp

After finishing DuckManBoy, and other projects we can’t chat about yet, we thought it was time to finally make a showreel. It’s also been about 5 years since starting production on Man In A Cat. Since then we’ve created stuff for Channel 4, Nickelodeon, BBC Comedy and Oxfam, and worked with some amazing people in the process.

 

That was fun. Everything is with Italian 60’s Pop.

It’s also been 6 years since my last freelance reel, so it’s nice finally showing off what I’ve done for other people between our Dice work. More Italian 60’s Pop:

 

We’ve also got a new website design and silly Dice ident to suit us better. We’ve always had an awkward relationship with the formality of ‘Dice Productions’. It’s like an embarrassing band name that’s too late to shake off. So, instead of starting again we’re styling it out with a silly rubbery neck, yellow paint, and a slide whistle.



Skwigly Advent Calendar

We’ve had Ross Butter in the studio for the last few weeks animating on DuckManBoy. As he was leaving we collaborated on a heart (and lung) warming Christmassy GIF for Skwigly Magazine’s Advent CalendarI think it was the first time I’ve ever jammed on the same scene with someone. It’s nice having a little idea and then just piling things on top of it without worrying about the consequences.

Don’t worry Rudolph. Santa will need his oxygen mask… any… second… now…

Also, here’s Ross looking like he just invented Christmas.
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Come to the Dots & Loops animation night in Birmingham

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Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival is returning to its roots by putting on a night of animation screenings this Wednesday 15 October from 7pm at The Oobleck, Custard Factory, Digbeth.

The event will feature guest animators Peter Millard and Ben Cady. The night will also be attended by local animators Brothers McLeod, Nice Monster, Yamination, Second Home and us, Dice Productions.

Come along to say hello, have a drink, and watch some great animated films.

We’re making a short for Nickelodeon

Louis and I are extremely pleased and excited to be able to say that we’ve been commissioned to make an animated comedy short for Nickelodeon!

Dice Productions Nickelodeon Animated ShortsNick took over 600 pitches from around the world for the Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program 2014 and we’re in the top 8, so we are very proud to be part of the tiny selection of international shorts to be produced.

The shorts will air on Nickelodeon as well as on all Nickelodeon platforms, and will also be considered for long-form development. Louis will be directing and animating and I will be writing and producing.

Here’s the first image of our short DuckManBoy…

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The new short commission comes after our recent shorts Don’t Fear Death and Gregory is a Dancer which we wrote, directed and produced for Channel 4. You can watch them on our videos page. It’s our fourth original film commission alongside a whole host of other projects.

The announcement was made by Nickelodeon at Cartoon Forum. Here’s the news at Variety, Kidscreen and Animation World Network so you know it’s legit.

To keep up to date with our progress, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our Vimeo and YouTube channels.

Let’s make this thing!

You are f*cking ruining TV

I am very lucky. I don’t receive abuse online. I generally receive help, humour, tips, and friendly messages. But I know at lot of people have a very different experience online. And today I got a small taste of what people must get quite a lot. I received an email abusing me (mistakenly) for being brazen enough to have created an animated TV show (which I haven’t).

Even though it was not intended for me, it wasn’t very nice. I was going to censor some of the swearing, but it would do the guy too much justice. So, apologies for the rude words, but this is the email I received:

You are a bitch for making uncle Granpa. I hope you choke on the cock you suck. You are fucking ruining tv. Again you are a bitch nigga go fuck yourself whore

Now, I fully realise this was not intended for me. I imagine it was intended for Peter Browngardt, the creator of Cartoon Network show Uncle Grandpa But it still had an effect.

Not only is it a horrible thing to send to another human being, but it raised so many questions. Why the vitriol over a TV show ostensibly aimed at young people? Why did someone feel the need to email the creator directly to abuse them? Why did they think that person was me? A few seconds thinking through the thought process behind the email actually makes your brain hurt a bit.

So is this the way the world works now? You’re watching TV, you don’t like the cartoon that has been crafted by writers, producers, directors, and animators for your entertainment, and instead of changing the channel to one of the thousands at your disposal, or going online to steal something else to watch that you actually like, you email a creative person to abuse them directly with a mish-mash of racism, homophobia, and poor grammar? I’m not down with that.

For what it’s worth, Uncle Grandpa looks great. I absolutely loved the original pilot I saw and I hope the series matches its quirky, surreal charm. I also hope Peter Browngardt doesn’t get messages like this all the time. Easily shrugged off in one sense, but depressing in another when you consider the reasoning behind the actions.

Here’s the Uncle Grandpa pilot. If you don’t like it, please don’t email anyone to tell them. Thanks.