Channel 4′s comedy blap series has now posted episode 2 and 3 of the Viz shorts. As mentioned previously, I worked as an animator on all of these, with my favourite bits I did being in the last one (on Biffa right at the start). Give them a watch and a thumbs up on YouTube…all support is greatly appreciated!
The recent project I worked on will be released over the next few weeks on Channel 4′s ‘comedy blap’ website. It’s a way of them testing the water to see if something is popular and whether they’d like to commission. So we need ALOT of views please. If you can watch it once or twice (and laugh) that’d be great. My work is spread over the 3 episodes.
Steve Coogan was involved in voicing it too, amongst many other talented people…read the credits to find out more. Let me know what you think! You can watch below or on Channel 4′s site (without the Youtube ads) here: http://comedyblaps.channel4.com/roger
I’ve just recently finished off a few nice projects so I thought I’d post them up.
Viz – Channel 4′s comedy blaps
A project for Channel 4 called ‘Comedy Blaps’. I worked under the creative direction of Baby Cow with my immediate go-to-men being Alex Collier and Dennis Sisterson. At the risk of sounding like an Oscar acceptance speech, they were both great to work with and extremely positive throughout. Plus my hats go off to them for the hours they put in to get this thing done..I believe it went to the wire! No thanks to Adobe for the version control though The animation was completed in Flash and the style was of a limited nature, mainly due to the time constraints. It definitely added to the fun of it. I finished around 2 minutes of final animation, including work on the Fat Slags, Sid the Sexist, Biffa, Mutha, Fatha and Elton John (!) Well, 2 minutes if it doesn’t end up on the cutting room floor (not that there is one of those anymore).
I’m pretty sure I can’t post my animation I did yet as it’s not been released, but I can say you will be suitably shocked if you think animation is just for kids. I’ll do a brief write up or tweet when I know the release date.
GPi – The importance of feedback
This was a low budget project as part of a new venture to produce a certain array of services to corporate clients. I worked with a very nice chap called Rhys who wanted a demonstration video producing, mainly as an example of what can be done on a lower budget. The project was a learning curve for us both (the audio ran over what it was initially intended to be) but the voice over artists did a sterling job. I’d happily recommend them both (Nicky Barber was the narrator and Nick Radcliffe acted as both Sam and John).
The project had little actual animation in, just many creative problems to solve, including how to visualise certain ideas. I went through the script, helped with an edit and sourced the voice artists to record the audio track. I then cut together a working animatic and began to experiment with ways to get the ideas across. The budget restrictions meant that I couldn’t spend long on each idea, but this actually made the project fun as I had to find ways around some of my initial, more extravagant ideas!
Overall the production time was low and I’m looking forward to expanding the visuals with the next project like this early in 2012 (with an expanded budget too..always helps!)
That’s it for now. Christmas is not far away and I’ll be sending out some cards in the not too distant future (the price of stamps nearly made me faint the other day…I can see why people use email)