Job role:Animator and model-maker
Skills:Stop motion and digital animations, prop making, papier-maché, resin casting.
I'm an animator and model-maker based in Northumberland. I combine digital animation techniques with more traditional methods like stop motion. I enjoy sharing my skills with others - I'm an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University and an animation mentor with TICE - introducing children to what it is like working in creative industries.
Recent blog entries
Adding sound onto the video is really fun as it brings the movement to life. I've added a variety of different sounds from the cow and also the sound of the invention working with a rumbly sound. I use a programme called Audition to put lots of different tracks together.
I've been working on my laptop with all the photos I took when I shot the animation. I need to tweak the timing a little bit and I also need to make the invention around the bottom of the cow expand as if it is filled with gas! I used a program called After Effects to add more animation and do some post production on the shots like colour correction.
Now I've finished the model I'm ready to shoot the animation. I needed to make some extra pieces of floor so that the car could travel over it. I'm using stop motion animation so I need to move the model small amounts and take a picture each time I move it. I have the camera connected to my computer too so I can see the animation as I go. I've used some plastercine to make it look as if the cow is blinking, I've got 4 different sets of eyelids and I replace them to make the blink work. I loved the GO! sign on the invention, I've made it so that it can switch between STOP and GO so that you know when the car is refuelled.