The Water Bearer

Making Of and Blog for the animation "The Water Bearer" about Twyford Waterworks


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San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival (September 5-7, 2014)

We are very pleased the Water Bearer has been selected to participate in the San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival (September 5-7, 2014)

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The San Diego International Kid’s Film Festival promotes the idea of entertainment with education. Supported by many across the world, the festival supports the entertainment and education industries by showcasing international films, and gives young, aspiring filmmakers a channel to communicate to an international community. The resulting collaboration produces a unique multi-cultural experience, engaging young viewers with positive media, as a diverse education.


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2014 Seoul Guro International Kids’ Film Festival (GUIKFF)

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We are very pleased the Water Bearer has been selected to participate in the Seoul Guro International Kids’ Film Festival (GUIKFF) during July 25-29, your film, together with other 7 films,  representing the 2014 SDIKFF’s films to be screened in the 2014 SDIKFF Special Screening Zone.

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Selected in the VAFI International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival

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We are very pleased the Water Bearer has been selected to participate in the 5th edition of  VAFI  in Croatia. Below a little about the festival.

VAFI– International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival in desire to make Varaždin and Croatia a place where children and youth, professionals, our guests and all animation lovers will be able to exchange their experience and make new friendships beyond their own states; a place where children and young people will enjoy films; where they will learn and associate at the same time. VAFI will be held from 22 to 27 April 2014,  the professional selection will be shown will be shown during 22 to 24 April.

So the next step we took is that we have formed an special section for animated films made for children and yout called VAFI SENIOR. In this way VAFI will be the true festival of films, animation, children and youth and not only the festival of prizes. Little and big animators will have a chance to associate and exchange ideas, they will learn from each other.  Part of VAFI which represents animated films made by children and youth now will be called VAFI JUNIOR.

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As Varaždin being one of the most beautiful and most developed cities in Croatia, it is ideal for hosting the festival in which we want to unite quality, knowledge, professionalism, company, fun, creation and creativity into a  perfect balance. ( you can explore the citadel here )


Trailer

The film tells the story about how young Mr Stone meets the engineer Mr Latham and together they come up with a marvellous plan to bring water to everyones home in the Itchen valley which still exists to this day. Using drawn and cut out animation techniques it is a beautiful little film which we hope the younger audience will enjoy!

To wet your appetite we have made a little trailer

 


Composer Alex Harwood

The composer Alex Harwood will be writing our music for Twyford Waterworks.

Alex Harwood graduated with an MA in composition for film from the National Film and Television School (2013), and an Mmus at The Juilliard School in New York (1991), graduated in Composition from the Royal College of Music (1988).

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Alex was composer in residence for the Juilliard Drama Division, during which time wrote for theatre productions in New York and England. Amongst numerous commissions that have been performed world wide are The Happy Prince (cantata for soloists, chorus and orchestra) libretto by Ronald Harwood, St John’s Smith’s Square, London; Untitled (voice and percussion) for Audra MacDonald, Avery Fisher Hall, NY; and Sonatina (alto flute and pianoThe National Flute Convention, chosen repetoire, 2009,USA ; Theme and Variations- written for Sir Ronald Harwood’s 70th Birthday, performed in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Film scores include Ideal Wife (dir. Philip Saville), Z1 (dir. Gabriel Gauchet), Girlfriend in a Coma (dir. Annalisa Piras), Musical Star! (dir. Louis Paxton), Foggiest Ideal (dir. Kim Noce and Shaun Clark. MewLab Productions), Kiss (dir. Cathy Brady), No Man’s Land and An Anxious Mind (dir. Michael Graverson), Loose Ends,(dir. Kim Strobl), Homey (dir. Ben Garfield), Drying for Freedom (dir.Steven Lake), End of An Era (dir.Yousif Al-Khalifa), Four and Flat Frog for Italian animation studio Inkymind, Chessmates and The Bird (dir. Mikel Gurrea) and several scores for SweetDoh! Productions.

Prizes, Awards and Fellowships include:

Beaconsfield Film Society Scholar
Joined prize winner for Best Composer, UnderWire Film Festival 2011
The Cobbett and Hurlstone Prize for Composition
The United Music Publishers Ltd. Prize for an outstanding composition Student
Fellowship in Composition at Tanglewood Music Festival
Foundation for the Arts Award, NY
Boulez Fellow
Henry Mancini Prize for Composition


Freya Hotson: Hand Drawn 2D Animator

Freya Hotson joined as as a 2D Animator to create two playful shots in the animation. Freya has a wonderful talent in capturing characters and movement!

Here below her rough line tests previews for the two shots she has been animating.

Edwardian Man animation by Freya Hotson                    Woman animation by Freya Hotson

A Scot, Freya graduated with a BA in Animation in 2011 from Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee. Since graduating she worked as an Animation Department Assistant on ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ and is currently working as a freelance animator in London.

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You can view her work at:
Vimeo https://vimeo.com/user2647473
Blog www.running-down-hill.blogspot.co.uk


Storyboard

With the visuals approved and the characters chosen, we can get started on the storyboard. This is our favourite time as all the creative juices get squeezed together to create a compelling narrative without worrying ( yet ) about the perfectionism.

Here below the first pages. the full storyboard comprises of 12 pages and around 336 sketchesSTORYBOARD


Clare Aburn: Assistant Animator

On Our team we have Clare Aburn as Assistant Animator creating some of the loops for the animation.

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Clare is an animator and illustrator, who in 2012 graduated from an MA in animation from the UCA in Farnham. Over the past year Clare has worked on several short films, and plans to continue to develop her skills within the animation industry.

You can view her work on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/user10615485


And the winner is…

We had a hard time to choose between the splendid Designs created by the students of Twyford St Mary CE School.

But we had to choose… here below the winners!

Special Mention : JOE

Third Place : BRONTE

Second Place: KATY

FIRST PLACE: DAPHNE

CONGRATULATIONS!!

The toad will be included in the film and animated by a professional animator… here below the final design and a test for the animation

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All the designs were truly amazing, so imaginative and full of details, but we had to select only one winner. To choose the winner we had to take in consideration “character”, “style” and “economy of shapes” for the animation, Daphne’s design needed simplifying to be animated in an economical way. We lost the dots and the hat but we kept the shape, the huge eyes and the warming contagious smile.


Competition Shortlist

We run a small competition at St Mary to draw a mascot for Twyford Waterworks Trust. The winning design will appear in the animation

Here below the wonderful shortlisted Design; and in two weeks we will announce the winner.


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Day 1 at Twyford St Mary’s CE School – Machinery –

What a wonderful day!

This morning we started the first session of a three days workshop  at St Mary’s CE School. Students are participating in the production of the animation.

Today year 5 & 6 went up to the Waterworks to explore the site on a Nature Walk, and to sketch elements from the Steam Engine Room. Then from the sketches we created short moving animated loops.

Here below you can view the animated loops, all the students drawings and details of the site we found fascinating.

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(Click on the picture for a larger view)

 


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Visit to Twyford Waterworks

We are creating a short animation for Twyford Waterorks trust, a 90 second piece telling the story of the site.

Here few picture of our first visit. (Click the picture to view  full size)

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