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.
The fruits of my Norfolk holiday are paying off, had a good day doing the final backgrounds for my Boudica film.
This one is my favourite so far.
Boudica in her watercolour background
Julian Cripps did the pencil work and I did the water colour and characters.
The ducks are from some lovely 2000 year old Iceni Cups, on display in the Boudica Gallery.
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.
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.
Perhaps I can get back to Random Person now. I had just started the next episode, when I decided to re-design the web-site. It’s taken 3 weeks and still needs more work. Please leave comments on how it could be better. I am also going to add a better shop but I see that as another 3 weeks or so.
Now I just feel like chucking paint around.