Positive write-up for Dis\Connect

Doug Hindson’s film Dis\Connect, for which I did the voice-over, has had a good review from It’s Nice That



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.


Jan Svankmajer inspired workshops

I have been running some workshops inspired by Jan Svankmajer.  Cine City, the Brighton Film Festival, commissioned me to devise a workshop using found materials to coincide with their exhibition, at The University of Brighton Gallery, Jan Svankmajer: The Inner Life of Objects.

The Brighton workshops were a great success, all of them having sold out.  I shall be running one further workshop along the same lines at Watershed in Bristol on Sunday 1st December.

Here are the details:


There will also be a shorts programme for the parents/carers to attend whilst the children (6-11) attend the workshop.


The Brighton workshops also included a session with adults with learning disabilities from OSKA Bright.

Here are the other sessions:

9th Nov 2013

26th Oct

Hamlet the Pig, Bob & the Unwelcome Visitor shortlisted for the Winchester Short Film Festival

Hamlet the Pig, Bob & the Unwelcome Visitor made by a group of my students during the summer school at The Colour Factory, was shortlisted for the Winchester Short Film Festival in the category for young film makers under 18.  Sadly it didn’t win, but it was flattering to be shortlisted.

There was some disappointment for the directors  Dom, Ed & Tilly but that had more to do with the fact that the same film won both the under 18 as well as the under 22 categories.  That and the fact that there was an announcement that the youngest film maker was 12, when two of our team are 10.  Outrage!  Congratulations to the winner.

Here’s a link to The Art Cafe page.  By the way, I am listed as the director, which is incorrect.  The directors were the young people involved in the film.