Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Much more studio

Here is a photo from one of the shelves in the back studio. Here you can see some early trees and bushes from Driver Dan's Story Train. These were made out of cardboard and paper to figure out how things would work before they are made in the computer.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Quick Character Design

Hi all. Here is a picture of the rough character drawings for a very small job we did a while ago. Then the finished characters in colour on the right. These were drawn and animated by Mr Phil.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Mr Pauls Room

Continuing the photo's from around the studio here is a pic of Mr Pauls collectables. If you see photo's from inside animation studios you always see a mass collection of merchandise and toys. Not a lot of that here as we never get anything for free (sad face). So we have to collect things by ourselves. So here is Mr Paul's shelf in his room. It is much more impressive than mine. (jealous face).

Friday, 25 June 2010


Here is a picture of where we are keeping the actual pillows for the title sequence for Driver Dan's Story Train. In the garage on top of the classic Volvo. These pillows have also been to Abu Dhabi for when the Arabic version of the show was filmed. Each one was made by Miss Rebecca. I helped on one of the pillows, I wanted to join in and Miss Rebecca let me.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Another Rubbish Sheet

Here is another Character Sheet from Rubbish King of the Jumble.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Another studio pic

Here is a shot of Mr Matt's desk. He is working away on a Tallulah scene for Driver Dan's Story Train. We are using 3Dstudio for this series.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Prof. Chicken

Here is a pencil frame from one of the Amazing Animals episodes. They were from the animated inserts for a live action kids wildlife program on the Disney Channel.
Here you can see the match lines in Red - So in clean up you had to make sure the lines matched those of the time machine he was sitting in (you couldn't just put him on a level below because his hands over lap the front of the windscreen).
The green line was to be clear that it is his coat. It just makes things a little clearer when passing on your work to an assistant or clean up artist. If you look closer you can see how the picture has been adjusted around the face area to make it better or animate right.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Aladdin Still

Hello. This is a still from Arnold Adlers cut out theatre from Dog and Duck. This was traditional 2D and layered in After effects.
It was quite weird as near the same time we also did an Aladdin special for OUP and you can see the character designs I posted for them earlier (click on the OUP link on the right)

Friday, 18 June 2010

Another Frank BG

Here is another Frankenstein's cat Background. These are the steps up to the castle. It's quite a simple one compared to the other BG's but I love it.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Action Network

I managed to post up a picture today then. Thing is, I just finished editing a small reel of relevant clips for a perspective client and now I'm thinking I should have included a clip of this! Dagnabit. (I love that word)
This is a still for the Action Network ad's for the BBC. Mr Paul did them all by himself. The design is his too, based on the Action Network tree logo.


I can not upload pictures this morning. Well that's a bit boring isn't it?
I will try again later.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Captain Sarcastic

Here is a still from Captain Sarcastic. It was a short made by Mr Peter in our studio with the help from Mr Tim. This was made in Flash before we started using it widely.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Another Rubbish Sheeet

Morning. Here is another model sheet from the info pack for animators on Rubbish King of the Jumble. It has some extra information about construction and size relation than found on other sheets.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Dog and Duck

Yes I know this isn't a picture of a dog and a duck. It is a still which was captured from a VHS (cant remember why) hence the quality. This is from Arnold Adlers cut out theatre. Which was in the attic of Dog and Ducks house. We would do the Arnold Adler section, his theatre was CG with a 2D Arnold and when we watched the story it was all done in 2d then layered in After effects so we get the shadows of every section because it was a cut out theatre you see! This still is of the owl and the pussy cat. Just in case you didn't realise.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Old BG

Here is another old BG from Town and Country Mouse. I have been asked to put more old BG's up so here is one. I think I shall brave it and venture up into the loft this afternoon to look for more gems. It hasn't got easy access you see. I will try my best. Just for you.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Line Test

Here is a line test image from before the pilot we did for Dusty and Musty. This was quite some time ago now so when the client asked us to animate the mummy over a CG background we said of course we can. They wanted a test done of him walking down some stairs whilst carefully holding his canopic jar (it contains his insides) and at the same time Dusty (the dinosaur) is running around him trying to put him off. No problem we said. So we sent them 4 different panning speeds of the stairs to choose from and wouldn't you know, they wanted it the slowest speed but double as slow as we had it. What that meant is a lot more drawings and I dont remember the specific amount but it was over 600 drawings just for this character as he had a few levels and we had to animate it on 1's and didn't have any cycles (due to the acting).
When we did the series we animated it in Flash.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010


Here is one of the expression sheets from Rubbish King of the Jumble. This was to give some reference to the animators of how he could look in different situations. My favourite is the cheek squash top right. Watch the title sequence here.


Here is a sand castle concept painting for the series Boo! from Miss Rebecca. The same Miss Rebecca from Driver Dan's Story Train.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Encounters 07 stills

Here are some stills from the trailer for encounters that Mr Paul did in 2007. He did all of this himself the clever fella.... except for the music. That was Mr James.

Monday, 7 June 2010


Extra bonus post today! I almost forgot a little milestone. I have been here for 14 years today! Yayy me. That's all I'm getting. Back to work Miss Jane.

Town Mouse BG

Here is another BG from Town and Country Mouse. This was on two layers so we could have passing traffic behind the foreground buildings. I havent put the front level high enough so you can see the shoddy line on the back buildings on the left. This BG is all water colour and the animation for the project was all done traditionally in 2D on paper.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Rubbish Stamp

Morning. This is the original drawing for the stamp used for everything to do with Rubbish King of the Jumble. Dope sheets, scene folders etc. Look at the lovely pencil line! Lovely.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

A Goat Run Cycle

Here is another goat run cycle from Mr Phil.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Kids Sound Record

Here are Miss Georgie and Miss Soraya in action in the booth.

Kids Sound Record

Here is a view through to the booth from the mix desk. Mr Stan is there with Master Jacob and Master Dheeran.

Kids Sound Record

Here is a pic from the penultimate kids sound record we did today for Driver Dan's Story Train. That's just half of the mixing desk. All our sessions for the kids voices on Story Train were recorded at 'Films at 59' in Bristol.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Mr Rex

Good day to you. Here is Mr Rex. He was one of the many characters from the series Amazing Animals for the Disney Channel. Amazing Animals was a live action series with a CG computer lizard as it's host. Every episode there was 4 times 40second 2D shorts in it which we did the animation. Mr Rex was one of the recurring characters. He was my favourite as we made him into a little softy really.
Oh as a side note, the pegs were at the top as he was a panning level (which the BG panned through shot behind him on bottom pegs). When we would animate the pegs would always be at the bottom of a page. It makes flicking the pages easer.