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A Lesson well learnt


So here I am a day before the Bristol Animated Encounters deadline and unfortunately , although it’s pretty close to completion – my film isn’t ready for the deadline. Although this is some what disappointing , I came to the decision after quite an unlucky week off work a few weeks ago now ( set aside for doing all the complicated bits ). That I was still going to work hard at finishing my film for the deadline but I wasn’t prepared to compromise on the quality in order to get it finished. And so although it is disappointing not to meet the deadline ( which perhaps was foreseeable whilst working full time to fund the project ) I’m happy with my decision to finish the film to the best of my ability also with that there are lots of really great film festivals around the uk that I will be able to enter it into – including encounters next year – possibly alongside my next planned project. I’ve learnt alot about quality over quantity in this project as well as setting my self realistic time frames in which to complete a project. I think one of my main errors on this project came from not starting off with any kind of deadline or time frame until I decided to try and make the encounters deadline half way through.

Anyway just to prove I have been doing work and not slacking off – here is a link to my rough pre trailer trailer video to give you a bit of a flavour of what “back from the brink is going to look like. Enjoy


Lots more coming soon including the official trailer



Set up !


This week I’ve been working on my set’s for the animated part of my film and looking for film locations for the live action parts. I started off making a basic base for my set, a simple construction that consisted of screwing two bits of wood together and then setting them on a table and screwing them to the wall.


I then glued two metal runners to the back wall of the base so I can slide different A1 back drops into place for different scenes – a very simple task that left me feeling like a D.I.Y geniusIMG01026-20130321-1458


I then went about making a back drop and rock props for the spoon crabIMG01035-20130321-1900

on Sunday I went to check out a top secret film location on the downs in Bristol – you know the bit with the goats , and found some very nice potential spots for filming, I’ve also got an actress sorted for the wildlife presenter so things are coming together quite nicely!!

As you will know if you’ve read my last couple of weeks I’ve been knitting bunting for my Gran’s 90th birthday and here are my efforts so far I’m pleased with my progress but still hoping to get a few more done but not to worry as I still have a few weeks. I also found some perfect ribbon to tie it all together with



and that’s this weeks antics – more coming soon !


my creative triathlon : puppet making ,drawing and knitting


After my successful tests last week with the llama puppet , this week I started rebuilding his bodily muscle. This time a little more shaped than before. I focused most of my attention on building up the muscles around the legs as well as leaving access points to get to the armature joints.

IMG00993-20130215-1907 IMG00999-20130219-1550 IMG01000-20130219-1643 IMG01004-20130221-1854 IMG01005-20130222-1708   once I finish the rest of the muscles for head, neck and tail , I will then be carrying out more walk and run cycles to make sure they still look satisfactory.

additional creative projects of the week included this weeks entry of 642 things to draw – which was a keyboard


I’ve also started a new little creative project on the side, my Gran turns 90 this year and we are throwing her a big birthday party and as she has always been a keen knitter. I have decided to make knitted bunting for the occasion this week I managed to fit in one a day which was great !here they are so far !



Animation Workshop


well it’s been an exciting couple of weeks since my last post ! Last week I had the opportunity of running an animation workshop for a youth club for autistic children in Bristol. There was a group of about 8 – 10 Kids between the ages of around 10 – 13. I set up 3 different area’s that they could go to, there was : story boarding , For this I just supplied some blank storyboards/ comic strips and some pens. Model making: I made up some pre existing simple plasticine models with a simple wire armature for the head and arms, I then made some extra simple armatures and bought them along with some plasticine so they could have ago at building their own models/puppets. Animating, I had a table set up with 2 laptops and some pre made backgrounds , which some of the children used to animate their models against. I also had a still camera with a tripod set up which some of the boys had great fun pixelating ( animating each other ) with. They were a lovely group of kids , high in energy and really enthusiastic about animation which meant it was all just great fun.

Below is a link to an animation who was made by a girl called Ruby its called “Take that! at the beach”


In other exciting news I passed my driving test this week ! which is exciting in it’s self but also means I can now spend all my spare time and money on my animated projects and in my studio. I’m also hoping to get a car in the new year which will hopefully make running more workshops a good possibility




hello strangers!


well hello ! finally the time has come where I have found some time to do some animation related work on my project Bristol safari, it seems a very long time since I was last able to do some work – 2 weeks and 1 day to be procise ! and no work getting done means no blog postd which is why blog wise I have been very quiet. the reason – the world of work calls , its really a bit of a difficult circle you need a paid job to fund projects ( and generally live ) however when your working full time , you might have the money but then no time. But today I had my first day off where nothing else needed my attention.

I started of applying to volunteer at a animation and film festival happening this November in Bristol, The film is called bristol encounters , international film festival ( see site here http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk/ ) I’ve not yet attended any previous years to this festival but it looks like a real main event , I am personally looking forward to networking and looking at the standard of work watching for ways to improve my own work. I’ve also booked the entire week of work for the occasion so I can be fully available if i do get chosen to volunteer ( if this is the case I will be very lucky as they only take on 40 ) If not chosen then I still very much plan to attend and learn and network as much as possible this week.

Ther second thing I managed to get onto again today was those magnificant crab legs ( yup still on that ) today I started making the actual fleshy parts of the legs for this I sculpted the leg parts around the armature using super sculpey and then carefully peeled them off , keeping them in the same position and shape as much as possible and then baking them before sculpting the other half to each leg.















The first side of each leg came out really well and once they had cooled and hardened clipped really nicely onto the armature parts, the second lot flopped a little and lost shape in the oven , so what I will have to do here I think is try and file down the rough edges and then attach them to the armature and fill in any gaps with plasticine once this is done I plan to complete they body of the spoon crab , make my fire cracker ( the next creature to come ((more on that soon))  ) and then get some animation tests done. I’m hoping this will all get done in the next few weeks but realistically now I only have a few days off a week to work on this project I am aiming for the puppets to be made and to have done tests with them by the time the bristol encounters festival starts which is the 14th of nov.

Thanks for staying tuned in faithful followers I was surprised to see that people have still been looking at my blog despite my absence which is very nice to see 🙂 more coming soon !!

Buisness Cards


I decided to have a bit of a break today so I could get out of the house for a bit. However  it is time I got some new business cards with my updated details , to take along to networking events and animation festivals. So I did find and design a few images for this perpose.

my scupts






I am planning on attending as many animation festivals as possible this year not to mention hopefully entering a few aswell.

I am already planning to go to puppet place which takes place at the end of august in my home town of Bristol


I have also entered and will be attending the Bristol Encounters http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk/

As yet I am still to experience these particular festivals so can’t comment on them apart from telling you I am very excited to go. I am also keen in going to Bradford animation festival , FLIP festival and also Stoke Your Fires.

If any one knows of other animation festivals particularly in UK ( watching my budget ) and also with a stop motion sector – let me know ! ether in comments or email me at abilloyd@hotmail.co.uk