End of the Road Festival 2012

Another year, another End of the Road! This year was another great one, but that's not really what I'm here to tell you about.

I'm here to tell you to watch an animation I made before the festival to get all you lovely people excited about what a great time awaited us!

So here it is.

I built all the puppets myself and shot it on my bedroom floor (I'm still finding bits of paper everywhere). It was great fun to get back to some real stop-motion animation again, and also to use the same paper technique I'd worked on way back at my art foundation.

I also shot a lot of time-lapse footage over the week of set-ups on the festival site, which you can see here:

Hopefully it gives you some idea of just how much work it takes to get a festival up and running each year.

End of the Road 2010!

I've just come back from End of the Road Festival in Dorset, where I've been helping set up, documenting, and then running the children's animation workshop over the weekend. To begin with, here's a little time lapse I worked on with Glenn Taunton (mine are the piano stage and nighttime shots). For extra fun, keep an eye out for some wandering shoes, and Keiran's hat.

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I also painted up a rather oversized hardback, for Julian Mash's literary addition to this years festival.

With a little help from a handpicked team of highly skilled illustrators; Owen Davey, Kai Wong and Chris Boyce...

Owen Davey and Chris Boyce, along with Leila Watts, were also new on the team for this years animation workshop, which was as popular as ever. It's always rewarding to see parents being dragged to our corner of the field by over enthusiastic children as soon as they arrive on site, and this year was no exception.

Another year, another success. And now it's straight into another project, with many familiar faces from the festival.

That is to say that I'll be working on a new music video with Simon Taffe for indie-pop band Allo Darlin' over the next few weeks.

You'll be hearing more about that as soon as it's finished. For now, I can tell you it will involve cardboard.

Lots of cardboard...

(All photos are courtesy of Owen Davey, who took them. Well done him.)