19th January 2018 - Comments Off on Animating the Yoga Pose Universe

Animating the Yoga Pose Universe

My latest work for Cosmic Kids will be released weekly throughout 2018. Welcome to the Yoga Pose Universe. Somewhat ambitiously, towards the end of 2017, I embarked on a collaboration with Cosmic Kids that would result in 50 short films in total. Each film features Cosmic Kids host, Jaime, demonstrating a single yoga pose together with my animation.

Jaime was shot against a crisp white background which essentially became a blank canvas on which I could doodle scenery and bring characters to life, complementing the pose in question. Hence we see Jaime amongst swarms of dragonflies, birds or even hot air balloons. She startles sleeping lions, blows candles, bubbles and raspberries. It's a vivid world, teeming with life and unexpected outcomes.

My part of the work was created in Adobe Animate, to be compiled together with the final cut of the video later on. However, having a version of the video on my timeline meant I could animate directly onto the video canvas, and time character reactions to Jaime's as though in real time. With so many episodes to create, we refined the technique as we went a long, and by the time we'd finished we knew exactly how we should have started.

Excitingly, our work is not done. If this series is successful, there are as many more poses waiting in the wings for another explosive burst creativity some time in the future. In the mean time, keep checking the Cosmic Kids YouTube channel for regular updates to the Yoga Pose Universe, and much more besides.

Dragonfly Pose Mouse Pose

9th January 2018 - Comments Off on Conquering YouTube

Conquering YouTube

Since I started freelancing in 2010 video has come to dominate the Internet. As a result, making short films has become the thing I do most often, and over the last few years, a huge number of these films have been added to YouTube. This being the case, I realised it was time I put some more thought into my own YouTube channel.

Having done so, I initially had very little content, because my films usually reside on my clients’ channels. It was basically just my most recent showreel and a silly thing I made about Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban and the Three Stooges. But then I realised I could make a playlist comprised of all the films I could find across other channels. The playlist may not be exhaustive, but at the time of writing it features 32 films, and will grow as new films are added.

Playlists can be ordered manually, by date, or popularity. I decided to go for this last option, and thereby discovered that “5 Tips to Improve Your Critical Thinking” was my most watched film, currently with 3.1 million views, almost twice as many as the second most popular film, “Why Boys Are Mean to Girls They Like”. Films for the School of Life and TED-Ed dominate the top 10, with “The Secret Life of Hackers” for PBS sneaking in at number 11 (187,000 views).

But since so many of my clients need animators like me to keep up with the constant demand for new content, I have also been giving thought to what I could do with my own channel. When I started out on my own, wasn’t the goal always to develop my own IP? Inevitably, the need to pay bills took precedent and my work as an animator-for-hire eclipsed everything else. Putting together this channel has been an opportunity to reflect on that.

This is also my first blog-post for the revamped website. Much as I love the new format, the portfolio approach leaves little room for talking about new releases and smaller projects. So I decided this was reason enough to add a News section, and what you have been reading; this was the news.

Good evening.