Sunday, 24 March 2013

Unearthed 2013 Project: 02.03.13

After the completion of the Lidice Shall Die animation, there was an exhibition and show of the product. To help the public gain more of an insight to the storey and possibly become apart of the project and spread the word.
On the 2nd of March I helped to set up the space in the Hanley Potteries Museum. We started the day by adding two pear seeds to each individual envelope, as seen below. And then attaching the packets to the branches surrounding the displace area, for the public to pick up easily. The seeds represent the only thing to survive the Lidice attack, a pear tree. And by having two seeds, these represent the promise, to re-tell the storey to two people. So in a couple years Stoke-on-Trent will have plenty of pears :)

The next thing on my agenda to do was to create a path way made from foot prints. In the style of military boots, Dan another student from Staffordshire University drew around his own foot as a template on some transferrable white vinyl. Then I added a simple tread design onto the foot sketch, also including an arrow to indicate the direction. Once the prints where all cut out, I began to stick the feet down starting from entrance of the Museum to the showing area. Too hopefully gather interest and get more of the public to go to the area. When apply the feet I literally began jumping for one foot to another to get the correct distance between feet. This was rather amusing to passing visitors, but in the end the path way worked particularly well in getting people to the show area.

The final completed area; the screen consisting of shower curtains simple but effective, benches for the public, carpet mats for children that wanted to sit on the floor, the area was surrounded by the branches covered in the pear seed packets, and even some of the silhouettes that are feature in the animation.

Finally I had chance to watch the entire animation, I was blown away it looked incredible! I urge you to watch the animation that is on my previous post. I even got to see my own name on the credits, as shown below. This being my largest collaborative film Ive been apart of outside of the university, I was rather excited so thought id share this image.
Here is a documentary piece of the showing of the film, created by Chris Stone.
Featuring Sarah Nahin and Nicola Winstanley the creative directors of the entire production.


Final Lidice Shall Die Animation

The entire Lidice Shall Die animation
A lovely piece of shadow puppetry animation complete by BIGred Studios, portraying the storey of Lidice in a emotional but delicate manor.

Unearthed 2013 project: 01.03.13

After the 26th of March I went back to BIGred Studio's to see how far Karen and the gang got on with the Lidice Shall Die animation. It was nearly complete, but I was able to cut out some more silhouettes shapes for them. Even helping to create the end scene, where the landscape pans across to arrive at the pear tree.
The last scene that needed to be animated was the one consisting of the Stoke-on-Trent miners. For the actual mine I created the sense of depth by cutting out various pieces of card, that gradually got smaller to create a tunnel effect. Rob started to experiment with tin foil and light to get a sense of the coal.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Unearthed 2013 Project: 26.02.13

Please watch the video below, to get a basic understanding of the project and the story of Lidice:

For more information about the project and to make your very own promise visit this website:

I initially became a part of this project, when working with Karen and Rob from BIGred studios. Asking if I would be interested in collaborating as a group with Nicola Winstanley and Sarah Nadin, to help produce a shadow puppet animation for the Unearthed project. Of course i jumped to the opportunity. Meeting up with Sarah at Hanley Museum where they were starting the community based workshops, Sarah told me in more detail about the storey and project. Not knowing anything about what the people of Stoke on Trent actually accomplished, was amazing to me. Making me very position about spreading the word of this utterly amazing project.

After learning about the story, I then told several people even posting information on Twitter and Facebook to make sure a larger group of people could learn about it. I then visited the Unearthed 2013 website (shown above) for more information and to make my promise. Shown below are my promise tag for the sculpture and two people’s tags that the story was told to:


To help with the project, I went to BIGred studio where the animation was being filmed. And started to create some of the key silhouette pieces for the film, starting with this decorative frame pieces.

The finished silhouette

Here is Chris Stone and Rob Pointon filming the panning shots of the village.

Creating the impression of the moon light by simply applying a torch to the fabric background.

Some more silhouettes I completed, this time some simple marching Nazi that were applied to a stick, and placed in front of the camera. Also some drunken Nazi’s.