Boudica A Norfolk Story is finished. It should be installed in the Boudica Gallery in Norwich Castle Museum in the next couple of weeks.
Roman Soldiers march towards Mancetter and the probable site of the final battle
Here’s me on the last days shoot, animating the first scene of the film. I decided to do this outside shot last, just in case I accidentally knocked the camera over, or something!
Emma painting Boudica’s new face. Photo Oliver Cripps
Emma animating Boudica . Photo Oliver Cripps
In this first scene Boudica is dug up and put together then her face appears and she yawns.
As you can see from the scale Boudica is tiny, her little arms and legs made from gold twisted wire in the style of Iceni torcs. (Iceni is the name for Boudica’s tribe who lived in Norfolk 2000 years ago.)
The film is now on Vimeo but with a private link only, as I want to keep it back for film festivals, premières etc…
For those of you who can’t wait I will make a short trailer soonish. But meanwhile, time permitting I will do some short blogs about the making of the film.
I have nearly finished all the animation for my Boudica Film for Norwich Castle. It has been such good fun.
Hopefully in about one week I will be able to do the final edit and sound. Fingers crossed.
Boudica applies Woad
To go on with, is a still of Boudica putting on her woad before her final battle. Quite a fiddly job. Repainting her face which is only about 2 centimeters across, for each frame of animation. Although her face doesn’t move for all scenes luckily.
Boudica’s daughters bodies are made from broken iron age pottery from Norfolk.
It’s not much over I week since I returned from my hols and it has already been cold enough to light a fire.
Emma with her best paintbrush, photo by Oliver Cripps
One of Emma’s sky backgrounds, photo by Oliver Cripps
My Boudica film is going very well, although I have still quite a bit of animation to do.
I used the holiday in Boudica country to work on the backgrounds, even doing water colours whilst sailing on a boat on the Norfolk broads!
Emma painting in a rocky boat, photo by Oliver Cripps
I also spent time recording sound effects, getting up some days at 5 am to avoid tractors and Collar doves. The sound track is going to be made entirely of ambient and natural sounds because of the setting in the museum and the way the film will be viewed. So it’s quite a challenge to make an interesting track that helps the story along but, I like challenges and working with sound.
Is that a tractor? photo by Julian Cripps
Although I did do quite a bit of work whilst away it was great to get away for a week. I think I will need another holiday when this job is done, fat chance though.
After finishing the animatic I decided to set up the green screen for my Boudica film. This was ably done by my Director of photography Hugh Gordon and partner Julian Cripps.
Julian Cripps and Hugh Gordon set up the Boudica Green Screen
Unfortunately I lost one of my Boudica heads the first morning of the build, so that was distracting. After about fours hours of searching Julian found it.
Lost Boudica on bike saddle
I must have put it there whilst trying to unlock my other studio. Oh dear!!
The Green Screen was a success and I have now animated two scenes, the second with the aid of Dragon Frame which is a great bit of software for stop motion and video assist. Really useful to me as I have the camera up so high.
Here a still from Scene 3 of Boudica A Norfolk Story.
I have just completed the storyboard and animatic for my Boudica Film for the Norwich Castle Museum. This took roughly a month to produce, for what will be a four and a half minute film. Last week was fun as I had my two favourite helpers working for me. Julian Cripps architectural designer who always helps me with background design and my daughter Coco Cripps who was officially on work placement at Pearly Oyster.
Julian Cripps working on Boudica Storyboard
Now I am moving on to the next stage of the film, which is to design and make the characters and design all the backgrounds. As some of the characters are made from very old things dug up. I have had a good excuse to go mudlarking on the Thames regularly.
Here is a photo a goose with a fantastic backdrop.
Goose at Vauxhall beach
What is interesting is what I am learning about some of the my mudlarking finds. After looking at iron age pottery in Norwich Castle Museum. I now realise that I had already found my own bit of iron age pottery by the Thames. I had thought it was a bit of petrified wood but, now I am quite sure it’s the same sort of material.
Norwich Castle Museum have just commissioned me to make a short animated film for their Boudica Gallery. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love old things, so I am really pleased to be doing this. As I work on the Boudica film I will be posting bits and pieces about the process.
One of my design roughs for Boudica that helped me win the pitch.
Here is a picture that I took of Norwich Castle on my last visit. Norwich is a very interesting place and the museum is great, reinforcing my life time ambition to live in a museum.
Norwich Castle looking grand first thing in the morning
Just did a fun poster for The Friends of The Centre of young Musicians, where both my children go. The sale is for parents and children only but, if you are interested in receiving a list please contact FCYM. Details are on the poster.
London Animation Club run by Martin Pickles, was invited to send a selection of his favorite recent films screened at the club, to Hong Kong 13 Contemporary Art Fair. Now they are using a still from Random Person in Quantum Cloud for all their publicity. Random Person is supposed to be a little viral so she should be pleased!!
Random Person in Quantum cloud. Hong Kong Contempary Fair Poster
So if you are in Hong Kong 13th-27th May check out the work. Or if you haven’t seen Quantum Cloud watch here.