Blue Planet 2 #BAFTA update

This time last week we were in London to see if we had won the BAFTA for Best Titles and Graphic Identity for our work on Blue Planet 2.

Although we didn’t come away with the main prize we did get to see the great and the good, hang out in a pub with hare heads on the wall, see our friends and colleagues win their awards, drink complementary champagne and generally have an excellent time.

Fingers crossed we get to do it again at some point in the future.

🎉 👌 🥇

Prizes, Prizes.

This week we received the official nomination certificates for the BAFTA for Digital Creativity.

Sorry, I couldn't hear you over the noise of this BAFTA nomination certificate.
Sorry, I couldn’t hear you over the noise of this BAFTA nomination certificate.

This was for the War of Words VR app that was made by the team at BDH from the some of the animations we made for the War Of Words: Soldier Poets of the Somme documentary I have talked about extensively here.

As far as I know the App is still available on iTunes and the Play store.

This also reminds me that we picked up two West of England RTS awards recently (during my “blog break”). One for Best Graphics for War of Words and the other for Best Short Animation for The Somme In Seven Poems.  It was quite an evening as I wasn’t really sure we’d win anything, let alone two, and beating such greats as Arthur Cox and Aardman Animations.

So I had to do two speeches, which was interesting for everyone I think. Hopefully I kept it short and mumbly, because I actually remember nothing about being on stage except a sea of expectant faces and the overwhelming urge to run.

Here’s some pictures of us collecting and yes that’s me at the mic:


Quite an evening. Felt very lucky and blessed that what we worked so hard on was recognised in such a way.

We totally won 2 @RTS_Bristol awards for #WarOfWords and #SevenPoems. Amazing times. Very humbled. (at Bristol Old Vic)
We totally won 2 @RTS_Bristol awards for #WarOfWords and #SevenPoems. Amazing times. Very humbled. (at Bristol Old Vic)

That’s the end of the trumpets.

In other news I have fired up the old Facebook page to stream sketches and the like, because, even though I am a grown up I still have a problem zapping art in front of people who have friended me there, so it’s a separate place for that. Please follow along if you like Facebook.

I’m also trying to restart the daily sketching project, now the dust has settled, but it’s less “daily” more “regular”, I’m still keeping the 365 count as I would like to have some closure on that. They go on Instagram then get sent everywhere else. So probably best not follow me in more than one place because you’ll get repeats and no-one deserves that.

Until next time.

BAFTA nomination for #WondersOfTheUniverse


OK, I’ve had a cup of tea and a slice of cake so I’m slightly calmer now, I’ll explain a bit more fully:
I work at BDH making CGI for television, which can involve making all sorts of things, from visualizing thought to animating bouncing sex toys.

Last year we were lucky enough to work on a miraculous programme called “Wonders of the Universe“, hosted by Professor Brian Cox, and produced by the BBC.

For someone who grew up on Carl Sagan, Star Trek and Doctor Who it was a very special experience for me personally.

I was largely responsible for star surfaces, coronal loops and solar flares.

So now the work we did has been nominated for a Visual Effects award at the Television Craft BAFTAs, alongside Great Expectations, Inside the Human Body, and… DOCTOR WHO.
So today couldn’t really get more awesome.

(There is 15 minute edit of just the work we did here, with music by Timo Baker (full screen, head phones on please)):

and a lovely playlist of clips from the actual series here:

in case you are unfamiliar with it’s magic.

Did I mention I just had cake?