Friday, 29 January 2010


Here is a selection of props from 4 episodes of Franks Cat, you can see the episode numbers that these are from at the bottom left of the picture. Some of the items were made by Keyenta productions who made some of the other episodes in the series.
These are all made in Flash and some items would have more drawings, for example the film camera near the top has a full turn around so when the animators put it in the scene they can put it at different angles than the one shown. I'll illustrate this later.

Thursday, 28 January 2010


These are the guinea pigs. They have been disturbed from the beach games and frolics with quite a sight!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Play Bus cell

As Joanna got the answer here is the bus, the back and front of the cell from the title sequence that we did many many many many years ago. They used the tittle seq for over 10 years. That's getting your moneys worth that is.
Now I have the theme song in my head!

Tuesday, 26 January 2010


Here is another background from the title sequence I asked about earlier. Can you tell what it is yet?

Monday, 25 January 2010


Here are two Jive Bunny cells from a music video we did many years ago. If you notice the note under the bottom one you see it says teeth. This is so the painter knows that all we see in the mouth is teeth, and not inside mouth colour. The top cell would have been obvious to the painter as to what we are seeing.

Friday, 22 January 2010


Have you looked at our web site recently? It's still under construction but will be full strength soon.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Screen Grab

Here is a screen grab from FinalCutPro. We use that to do animatics. What you can see open on the timeline is an 11 minute episode of Driver Dan's Story Train. The blue clips are storyboard stills and the green clips are sound. There are 11 tracks of sound, 1 is blips and FX guide for the animators, 2 is Dan, 345 and 6 are the kids tracks then the final four are always the characters tracks.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010


Here is a character sheet for sniff. It's main use is to show proportions and scale to the other character and some expression examples.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010


This is Nine pretending to be Lottie. This was for an episode called Film. Nine was actually Lotties stunt double. The stilts are funny.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Character Design

Here is another unused model for Jim Jam and Sunny. The brief was a Kangaroo made out of wood but keeping in the style of the show. I think this is brill but the sequence was dropped in the end. Shame really as he would have worked very well.

Friday, 15 January 2010


This is a very old unfinished background. It was from a title sequence that you would have probably seen if you are between the ages of 35 ish and 20 ish, it ran for quite a while. Any ideas?

Thursday, 14 January 2010


Here is another rough board page for a pilot we did last year. We had to clean it up for clarity but it's always good to rough it out first so it's easier to change. The whole board for this 11 min pilot was done in just over a week, which isn't ideal but was necessary due to schedule constraints.
I love the way it looks like it's dipped in tea!

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

A desk shot

Here is a pic of Pauls desk when he was thinking of ideas for the Prince's Rainforest Project. He has made a forest on his tablet. The closer shots are more convincing. I think he was working out possible shots and views. You can also see that he dribbles his tea!

Monday, 11 January 2010


These are some character drawings for the Boo! series. These are painted then given to the CG dept to build. There was a foot ball episode and the teams were in no way meant to represent Bristol City and Bristol Rovers, it was a complete coincidence.... guv!

Friday, 8 January 2010


Driver Dan's Story Train premiers on Cbeebies tomorrow (Sat 9th Jan) at 12:30!
This is what we have been doing for the last year, we are still in production. This is a sneaky image from the show. That is Driver Dan. His train isn't in shot though.

Thursday, 7 January 2010


Here is a pic to show you how things can change. This is from the Frankenstein's Cat series.
The robot on the left was the initial design for the Depickler, and on the right the updated and used design. The depickler was the product of 3 things been mistakenly thrown into one of Dr Frankenstiens experiments. They were a pickled herring (there is always a pickled herring in each episode), humbugs and another one of Dr Franks experiments the homework detector.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010


Another Rubbish King of the Jumble cell for you on this snowy morning. He totally looks like he is going to do a Madonna 'Hung Up' impression! ...But without the fish nets.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

BAA shortlist

And continuing yesterdays theme, the Mackinnon and Saunders series Frankenstein's Cat episode we made called 'Tail of Tails' has also been shortlisted for a BAA, this time in the Best Kids Series category. Will keep you posted when the nominations are announced!

Monday, 4 January 2010

BAA shortlist

This is a still from another short for the Princes' Rainforest Project. A very big congratulations goes to Mr Paul Hill as this was shortlisted for a British Animation Award! We will find out soon if it is nominated. I will keep you posted. And in the meantime you can watch it here