Thursday 28 April 2011

The Lonely Beast Short Film!

Myself and photgrapher Cliona O'Flaherty finally filmed, edited and uploaded The Lonely Beast short film we've been threatening to make in the last few months. We would love to hear your feedback!

Click through to YouTube to see a big fancy HD version.

Directed by: Chris Judge and Cliona O'Flaherty
Photography: Cliona O'Flaherty
Costume: Renate Henschke
Music: 'Up to You' by David Kitt
Editor: Andy Barry
Music edit: Simon Judge

Thanks a billion to:
Photographer Cliona O'Flaherty for doing a beautiful job shooting it.
Renate Henschke for making such an amazing costume.
David Kitt for letting us use 'Up to you' which totally made it.
Andy Barry for editing and grading and making it look fancy.
Simon Judge for music edit.

Wednesday 13 April 2011

Animation Test!

Annoyingly Blogger won't let me embed the video so click here to see HD version on Vimeo!

For a long time I've been wanting to try some stop animation and finally got around to my first tentative steps with photographer Cliona O'Flaherty. We used Dragon Stop Motion which is an amazing application and I can already see the huge potential with it the more we play around with it.

This first test is a simple enough affair but good lord I couldn't believe how much pre production was involved as well as how time consuming it would be!

The idea was to showcase a cross section of characters and artwork I've been working on over the last year or two so I had a bunch of them printed on heavy textured stock and cut each one out with a scalpel over a number of days (aaaagh!). I then stuck tooth picks and skewers to various elements and built the little set.

We tried an initial test of the whole thing at home but the lighting was too inconsistent so we moved the whole thing to Cliona's studio in South Studios using different light sources and it worked much better.

After about 6 hours of construction and photography we finally wrapped it and sent the files to ace editor Andrew Barry who assembled and graded it and made it all look pretty and cohesive. I was so chuffed that The Vinny Club let us use the amazing song 'It's not you it OF' from the album Rocky IV Reckyrd. Check out the whole song and indeed the album, if you're a child of the 80's and loved video games it'll knock your socks off.

So anyway, have a look at all 35 seconds that took weeks to make.

Can't wait to make more animations!

Design Of The Times

Ace designer Claire O'Regan has recently launched a new online magazine/blog called Design Of The Times dedicated and inspired by all things design in both Ireland and worldwide. The site itself is beautifully designed and so far the content is excellant. I'll be checking in everyday for a read during my elvensessses.

Claire kindly did an interview with me which just went live today whereby I rattled on about all thing illustrations.

Have a look here.

Thursday 7 April 2011

Pivot Dublin

Pivot Dublin have just submitted Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital 2014 and I was delighted to be asked to contribute to create one of several covers that is being used on the document.

My submission is based on the new building on Dame Street (about which there is NOTHING on the internet anywhere, I think it might not even be there) next to City Hall.

Since I moved into my new studio on dame Street this building (with no name)  has been the main view from my window and at first I really didn't like it, (along with lots of other people it seems) but have since grown a soft spot for it namely because it looks like a big friendly robot. So hence my addition of the robot face. This represents the good parts of Dublin in hibernation while we wade through the recession for the next few years.

If anyone involved in the creation of this mysterious building (with no DOOR either) please consider adding this face to the building I think it would be lovely!

You can see lots of lovely covers by some of Ireland's leading creatives here.

Did I mention that there is nothing about this building on the internet?