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BBC Weather Animation: Be One Step Ahead
August 5, 2010

Great new TV trail for the BBC Weather website entitled Be One Step Ahead. The cel shaded animation, which was produced at Studio AKA and directed by Marc Craste is in keeping with their previous titles, such as the long running series of Lloyds Bank adverts in terms of quality of style, character design, animation and storytelling.

The GRUFFALO: Christmas Day BBC One
December 21, 2009

The Gruffalo YouTube Trailer

The Gruffalo was created by Studio Soi and Magic Light Pictures for the BBC. The short 30 minute animated film combines both CGI and Stop-Motion techniques to create a stylistic look which is faithful to the original book

Here’s a great interview with Axel Scheffler as he talks through his initial Gruffalo book illustrations.

If you don’t manage to catch it on Christmas Day, the DVD is available now.

The Gruffalo DVD
Dir: Jakob Schuh & Max Lang
Voice Cast: James Corden, Rob Brydon, Robbie Coltrane

Lost and Found Books and DVD
December 15, 2008

Lost and Found DVD
Dir: Philip Hunt
Narrator: Jim Broadbent

Lost and Found: The Story of The Film
by Oliver Jeffers

Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers

Kit Kat Ultimate Break Advert
November 10, 2008

Kit Kat Ultimate Break CG Animation advert on YouTube

The extended length commercial is reminicant of Pixar’s Incredibles office scene in terms of excellent animation, lighting and character design. The ad was created by Akama Studio in Paris.
Lloyds TSB For the Journey Adverts
October 12, 2008

Lloyds TSB For the Journey

Directed by Marc Craste and created by his team at Studio AKA The first time I saw the series of animations on TV I was in awe. Quirky animation, excellent character design, beautiful lighting and wonderful story telling all come together to make this a magical viewing experience. Animated by Studio AKA and freelance animator Boris Kossmehl
The Pixar Story Documentary
July 23, 2008

Poster For The Pixar Story

The Pixar Story documentary now showing in the UK on Sky Movies Family, Channel 305.

Making of Headcases
April 21, 2008

Textured Model of a 3D Bruce Willis

Making of Headcases on the ITV website.

A behind the scenes look in to the development of Headcases from interviews with the writers, voice over artists and character designer Mark Reeve to an insight in to the modelling, animation and motion capture at Red Vision

Maya Wireframe Sub-D view of Sylvester Stallone

Interesting thread by modeler Jason Edwards on the Simply Maya Community Forum. Jasons CG Portfolio can be viewed here

Andy Hickinbottom modeled the Victoria Beckham character. View his portfolio here

Headcases New CG Animated TV Series
April 1, 2008

Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Harrison Ford depicted in 3D

Headcases starts on ITV Sunday April 6th.

The new CG animated series is in the same satirical vain as 2DTV and Spitting Image.
First impressions from the trails are quite promising. The characters resemble their counterparts, look well designed and rendered. John Culshaw and Rory Bremner lead the way providing voices for the 64 strong cast amongst a host of UK comedy talent.

The series was created and directed by the original Spitting Image writer Henry Naylor and developed by Red Vision in Manchester and London. It is said to have cost £2.5 million to make.

Puffs Tissues Commercials
June 6, 2006

Screenshots From US Commercial For Puffs Tissues

US commercials for Puffs Tissues. Similar style to The Sandman as the characters were also created by Mackinnon and Saunders the people behind the film.