Sunday, 30 September 2012

It's a shame I can't remember his name

For almost a year, I've been running a once-a-month workshop with a community group in Liverpool, called Tenantspin in association with FACT. We've been making an animated film, based on a script they had written before contacting me. It's been such a fun experience, and I think everyone in the group is really excited about the film we've finally finished! It's just a small group of three participants, all retired, and the film is about a local character one of the participants remembered from the '50s around Anfield. The film is called What's His Name?

Each month we'd work on a new section of the film, starting with an introduction to short animations of different genres, then a storyboarding session, then a lot of lip sync and character boils, and picking out patterns and a colour palette. We also did some stop motion animation using plasticine, paper cut outs, clothes, and shoe polish! Like I said, it was a lot of fun!! On the shoe polish day, we got a bit of a funny look when a visitor popped into the room we were using at Breckfield Community Centre...

The film will be screening at a special event in October at FACT. In the meantime, here's some stills from the finished piece:

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