A love letter to Barbary Lane, the rackety San Francisco apartment house at the heart of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series. What began as casual experiment in animation quickly became an adventure in 3D modelling and my first virtual film set.
Featuring the voices of Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney and the music of John Keane. This is the most complicated and ambitious project I’ve ever attempted, and I have to say that the author’s approval made every late night and headache worth it!
Every time I heard this wistful aria I saw a movie in my mind. For years I promised myself I would make that film, despite having no idea how. This is how I visualise David Sylvian’s September, starring Eleanor Rigby and James Dean, as a pastiche of the Flake advert from the 1970s.
Our little shop requires an annual spectacle to rival the seasonal commercials on the tv. I created a very short clip from a digital watercolour sketch of the store, with a background loosely based on Chorlton, Manchester. The image was then separated into layers which were used much like theatrical scenery in my animation studio.
This is a short film demonstrating the development of X, an oil painting – three weeks’ work in two minutes.
The movie poster promoting my remix of Thea by Goldfrapp. The Totem Mix by The Devious Corporation is a bootleg version, with accompanying found-footage music video where I animate the poster image.
My promotional videos for The Mint Group became more ambitious with each new event. Here, avant garde performance artist and actor David Hoyle is animated on a backdrop of sequins… or are they CDs?
My final event for Mint saw one of my tea towels animated in a tribute to Debbie Harry and Blondie.
despite never having any training, or reading the manual, I managed to create the kind of animations which stood out on ‘social media’ and helped to make our nights successful.
Featuring the inimitable Paulette Constable!
My very first animation for Mint was good old frame-by-frame, stop motion. All the fun of the fair, and probably my favourite.
During Manchester Pride festival we commandeered a canal boat in the heart of the Gay Village and threw one hell of a party. Here you can see Gaytown rendered with psychedelic stylings, and my first real attempt to create a 3 dimensional environment.
Kate Bush performed live in London and I was lucky enough to catch her amazing show, featuring trees crashing through grand pianos and paint brushes loaded with stars. This is my tribute, an imaginary trailer and a slightly clumsy attempt at animated characters.
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