I created this recent animation for the School of Life website with Tracy Foster. I animated it in a dizzying three weeks, so it has a few quirks that I would have perhaps liked to have sorted on a more forgiving deadline, but I hope it still helps to convey the useful message.
The dark nights are closing in, but here is a chance to savour the last few rays of summer light captured in my second collaboration with Edinburgh folk musician Simon Kempston. It is the official music video for his current album The Last Car. This video was shot almost entirely in East Lothian in Scotland.
Simon Kempston and I have been chasing that elusive warm evening light over the hills, fields and beaches of East Lothian for a couple of months now. We both had busy schedules so we had to snatch those magical golden evenings when we could. Living in Scotland, with its capricious weather, it was at times a frantic task. But luckily, with the nights closing in, we have finished our shoot and almost ready to release our second collaboration together…
These are the initial sketches for a soon to be released BBC Bitesize project. They are much more detailed than the final designs, but it was a pleasure to have a pencil in my hand rather than a mouse for once in a while!
Here is a link to an ambitious project I worked on with Glasgow based animation studio Once Were Farmers. It is a new docudrama about the Battle of Bannockburn which is to be screened tomorrow night on BBC 2 to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the memorable stramash (and also I expect to further muddy the waters of the referendum debate). We shot 70 infantry and five cavalry on a green screen the size of a truck which we transformed into thousands using our usual digital jiggery-pokery. We created swooping vistas, gushing fountains of blood, burning tents and fields of slaughtered soldiers, all on a very modest budget.