A Day At Scout Camp

I recently led three cut-out stop-motion sessions with a scout group in Basingstoke around the theme of A Day At Scout Camp.  The troop enjoyed the whole process of devising their scenes as well as creating the sound effects, dialogue, art work and animation.  Here are the results…


Pom-Pom Plays The Game

Here are some excerpts from my latest film with City of Westminster Archives.  The film is called ‘Pom-pom’ Plays The Game and tells the story of Robert Pom-pom Whiting, who was a footballer and soldier during World War I.

The film combines archive stills (from the Westminster Archives collection as well as some of Pom-pom’s family photos, courtesy of his grand-daughter Julia Haydock); stop-motion animation and After Effects animation of artwork created by attendees of Diwali in the Square, which took place in Trafalgar Square in October 2014.

The sequences here were filmed at College Park School in London and were animated by students there.

The animation and editing is nearing completion and I look forward to sharing the finished  film with you soon.

Summer workshops: Phoenix Cinema, Finchley; Novium & House of Illustration

Over the summer holidays I ran a two day workshop at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley, London.
Eight boys made three films between them, using cut-out stop motion.

The House of Illustration workshop tied in with their reopening in new premises. This workshop was primarily aimed towards creating camera-less animation, namely thaumotropes and zoetropes. There was one cut-out stopmotion film made however. The workshop was a drop-in for family groups and was well attended.

I also ran a workshop at Novium in Chichester, during which stop motion techniques were used to create 3-D model and pixilation films. The film for this cannot be uploaded however, for reasons of child protection, as the children themselves appear in the film.


Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and the Longitude website goes live!

My latest film Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Crayford’s Famous Admiral: How His Death Shaped the Modern World went live yesterday.


The project celebrates the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Act by telling the story of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell.  Shovell was Rear Admiral of the Fleet of England, having worked his way up from his start as a cabin boy, and was shipwrecked on the Scilly Isles in 1707. Despite the loss of 2000 men, Shovell managed to get ashore alive somehow but was murdered for the large, emerald ring on his finger by a local woman, who was scouring the beach after the wreck.  The ships that were wrecked were carrying a massive haul of treasure, which was intended to be used as payment for the army.  The loss of these ships and Shovell was a national disaster.  As a result the government set up a competition to try and solve the problem of ascertaining longitude thereby working out a ships position at sea.  The problem was solved by a Lincolnshire clockmaker and carpenter, John Harrison.


The film combines stopmotion puppet animation with children’s drawing, which were animated using Photoshop, After Effects and Final Cut Pro, as well as archive images.  There is some heavy metal music on the soundtrack by a band who have taken Shovell’s name as their inspiration. Here is Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s biog.  Be warned, it’s got some fruity language!




Here’s the link to the project website



And here’s the link to the holding site for other previous Crayford history projects that I have worked on.



If you would just like to watch the film without going to the project website, y’ere ’tis:

Late at Tate – Animation Workshops for adults, in conjunction with Clapham Film Unit, Free Film Festivals and BFI Education

For a change I got to work with adults, who don’t normally get the chance to play and express their creativity. The workshops were great fun and it was wonderful to see the participants’ reactions to their films. If any groups of adults out there want me to run a workshop, please get in touch.