33% off for 3!

For the month of December I am running a discount on my Big Cartel store.
If you order 3 or more signed prints, you will get 33% (one third) off the total price if you use the promo code “DEC33FOR3”.
Offer will expire 23:59 GMT on December 31st 2017.
For those in the UK please order before the 15th December if you want a chance of receiving the order by Christmas.


On Gwangi

Amongst the methonal fumes, corduroy flares and taste of cresta in the pre-star wars seventies there was relatively little of the fantastic to occupy the day dreaming mind of the under 10s. There was occasional Saturday morning Godzilla, there was Flash Gordon and various other assorted grand ideas fitting into a budget.

Valley of Gwangi crashed into my world during this time. At Gran’s house, A creepy pre title, the very western theme music with crashing timpani (by Jerome Morross of Big Country (not that one that one), the promise of cowboys vs dinosaurs. A playfulness of genre unusual until the age when comic books finally took over cinema.

Gwangi was conceived by Willis O’Brien, prime animator of the original King Kong. It was Part of a set of ideas featuring Cowboys and monsters (including Mighty Joe Young and the xxxxx). O’Brien was unable to finish the project and handed it to his apprentice, Ray Harryhausen, who had by then completed many multi creature films which were mostly better t.

The Allosaurus in gwangi was fast moving, tail constantly curling, in a candid moment it scratched it’s nose. It was alive. Many books at that time were still telling us that dinosaurs were sluggish, slow moving cold blooded creatures. But Harryhuasen looked at them with the eye of an animator, seeing how they neeed to move. Consequently he was ahead of many paleantologists and he produced a level of dynamism unmatched until Speilberg got his hands in the Train Set 23 years later.

Showing my children a film such as this is a recipe for heartbreak. They’re raised on hi end 21st century cgi, it’s meaning is lost to them because they don’t get the history and it’s just too old. Sometimes it’s equally devastating revisiting a treasure of childhood, one sees the flaws not perceived at such a young age. Gwangi carries some of that, yet the magic still carries me away.

I had the privilege of meeting Harryhausen about twenty years ago. I managed to mumble about how much I loved the film and had gone through the lasso sequence frame by frame enough times to degrade a VHS. He smiled and told me the story of how they had taken a jeep with a pole, the stunt riders lassoed the pole and the jeep accelerated back and forth pulling the riders off the horses, and then by the “magic of cinema” (his words) they removed the pole and put Gwangi in. I nodded gratefully and crawled back under my stone.

As mentioned The Valley of Gwangi is being shown as an open air screening in  Victoria Square, Bedminster, Bristol on August 8th as part of the Bristol Bad Film Club (wtf?) (oh wait, they apologise). I am unable to attend and have nothing but cold, hard envy for all of you who can.

20 years of BDH

Celebrating their 20th year in 2015, BDH has long been at the cutting edge of British television – directing commercials, creating brand identities, music visuals and motion graphics.

Join the Royal Television Society for a rare opportunity to ask local heroes BDH, one of the most awarded digital creative teams in the UK, to reveal their secrets in this special panel discussion.

Yes, there are a few more tickets left for a twentieth anniversary “In Conversation” evening with my employers, Steve, John and Rob (The B, the D and the H, in that order) to be held tomorrow evening at 6pm at the Watershed. Lynn Barlow, Chair of the Royal Television Society in Bristol will be interviewing them and taking us through the highlights of their work over the years. Bookings can be made through the Watershed website.

BBC Preview – War of Words: Soldier-Poets of the Somme – Bristol Festival of Ideas

The “big animation project” we were working on earlier in the year is being previewed at the Watershed on the 5th November.
The programme explores the stories of the writer soldiers who were present at the Battle of the Somme and at BDH we produced 10 animations illustrating, with respect, the poetry the soldiers produced, which are embedded in the documentary.
The event is free, but you do have to register here.
Maybe see you there.

Too Art for TV – 5

New York’s Fifth Fine Art Exhibit for the Animation Industry Group Exhibition
March 25th through April 23rd, 2011

Opens Friday March 25th, 6:30pm-9:30pm

at EREBUNI, 158 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 VIEWING HOURS: FRI 4-8pm, SAT & SUN 2-8PM
(via bunnycutlet)

Martin Abrahams
Liz Artinian
Amanda Baehr-Fuller
Jennifer Batinich
Chris Beaumont
Robbie Busch
Jimmy Calhoun
Greg Condon
Kelly Denato
John R. Dilworth
Maya Edelman
Chris Fisher
Chris George
Paul Greer
Kaori Hamura
Jen Hill
Christy Karacas
Peter J. Lazarski
Todd K. Lown
Richard Mather
Jessica Milazzo
Brad Mossman
Michael Mucci
Justin Offner
Laurie O’Brien
Chris Palesty
Deo Pangandoyon
Sasha Parmasad
Dan Pinto
Isam Prado
Lynne Pritchard
Chris Prynoski
Michael Ricca
Derek Rippe
Tim Shankweiler
Justin Simonich
Machi Tantillo
Martin Wittig

Unfortunately, I can’t make the opening night (got stuck in wrong continent), but I assure you it’ll be worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.

The Animated Journal will be showing sometime somewhere.

(cross posted from the Tumblr)