Sunday, 30 September 2012

Aaron James Draplin

I recently found this gem of a video online, a talk from graphic design Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. He talks honestly and openly about what to do, how to do it and where to go in the industry. Quick warning, this video has a little bit of swearing.

You may have heard of Aaron Draplin from the video "Why America is Fucked? (Graphically at Least)." He is a designer with a refreshing honesty about the state of the industry and the difficulties of making a career from a passion. For more information check out the Draplin website at

Friday, 7 September 2012

Sightseers - Ben Wheatley

Director Ben Wheatley really made his name as a director with the sublime "Kill List." A dark and beautifully British film about contract killers and the strange world of the English countryside. Wheatley is now releasing another film which looks just as exciting and brilliantly funny. Sightseers is a black comedy about National Trust visits, caravan travelling and of course, passionate murder.

Even if Sightseers doesn't look like a film for you, check out "Kill List." A refreshing film that makes most modern horrors look like a kid's show.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Bang! - Matthew Noel-Tod

Recently I had the pleasure of working with artist and film-maker Matthew Noel-Tod on his latest venture "bang!" Yesterday the project came to an end as Matthew displayed his work at the Chisenhale Gallery next to Victoria Park.

Produced and filmed during Matthew Noel-Tod’s year-long residency with Chisenhale Gallery and Victoria Park, Bang! (2012) is a film with talking dogs that traces the development of the world spirit from Plato thru August 2011 riots to today. Using references from popular film and television, the work presents an idiosyncratic reflection on contemporary life, in which live action is combined with CGI animation – a technique frequently used in children’s films with animal protagonists. Bang! is set against the backdrop of the newly renovated Victoria Park, including the playgrounds, Chinese Pagoda and the statues of the Dogs of Alcibiades, which stand at the Sewardstone Road entrance to the park.

Writer Benedict Seymour describes the film as “a materialist history of the present that uses the language of internet memes, advice dogs, and infantilised avatars to tussle with the journey from an organic society to the surreal subsumption of capital.”

I worked alongside David Keefe for part of the project creating characters and animation for the final video piece, some of which I will show soon. All in all, it has been a great experience, I've had the opportunity to work on a variety of different tasks and always had superb contact with Matthew and David to make sure the work was going in the right direction. It's also especially gratifying to see that people genuinely want CG artists to help curate a vision. After three years of university one can become rather numb to the idea that the skills you have learnt may be needed. It is an exciting time with hopefully many more projects to come, but my first experience in the world of a freelance CG artist has been a genuine pleasure.

If you would like to see Matthew's latest work it can be seen on Saturday 22 September, 2 - 4pm at the Hub Building in Victoria Park. Dogs are welcome too. Find out more at