‘Big Bad Wolf’ is a new Sojo animation created mostly by a 4 year old girl.

big bad wolf original doodle by a four year old girl

I can’t tell you how excited I am about sharing this Sojo animation with all of you.  It’s coming very soon and will be uploaded to the Sojo Animation YouTube Channel, where you can see all of my personal work in the same place, plus a selection of my favourite commissioned pieces.

The ‘Big Bad Wolf’ is particularly brilliant because all of the audio was taken from a one to one play session I was lucky to run, with a little girl called Amahrya.  Both the wolf and the little girl who feature in this animation are voiced by Amahrya, as she wanted to switch roles multiple times so I was able to chop and paste her two little characters together.

She is such a funny little creative genius and I can’t wait to share the finished film.

Not long now 🙂

 

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The beautiful simplicity of a flip book.

Not long ago I was invited along to Lakeside Arts to get involved with some research into learning how to better design and make sensory theatre experiences for young audiences.

The research was conducted by University of Nottingham PhD student, Roma Patel. You can follow her work here.

Anyhow, this is all by the by, the point of this blog post is this…

On Friday I walked into university and my tutor, Sean Myatt, handed me a fabric covered, cube shaped box with a lovely card from Roma, thanking me for my help with the research.

And this lovely cube was packed full of the most gorgeous flip books. I couldn’t believe it! I hadn’t expected a pressie at all, but as far as gifts go, this was pretty perfect for a Sophie.

There is something very special about seeing the raw line art, those very simplified early thoughts of the designers and animators, and being able to hold those still sketches in your hands and with a nifty move of your thumb suddenly make those sketches come alive.

It’s fascinating!  My kids agree.  I think it’s time we make a flip book of our own.

 

Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men is a beautiful tribute to Walt Disney’s original animators and their matchless skill. Though the animators were mostly in their 30s and 40s, Disney jokingly called them his “Nine Old Men” in reference to a 1937 book of the same name. These animators are acknowledged as Disney Legends and unparalleled contributors to the history animation. Now their work is being celebrated in a collectible box set comprised of nine flip books, each featuring a beloved classic Disney scene.

So thanks Roma, you are very lovely.

‘Boo’s Nativity’ is to be screened @The Beeston Film Festival.

Beeston-Film-Festival---Laurel-Leaves-Black

What a wonderful start to the year.  ‘Boo’s Nativity’ has been selected to be screened at The Beeston Film Festival. Look at the lovely laurels! Click the link to find out more!

I am a lot a bit excited about this!

Thunk of the Day #3 ‘What Not to Name Your Teddy’

The third ‘Thunk’ in a series of short animations celebrating the imaginations, artwork and voices of young children in Nottingham.
 
This ‘Thunk’ features the artwork and voice of a particularly brilliant 6 year old girl.

Thunk of the Day

Little girl character, created by a 4 year old.

I am very excited to share the very first ‘Thunk of the Day’.

This is the first in a series of very short animations featuring the  thoughts, voices and artwork of young children in Nottingham animated by Sophie Johnson-Hill for Sojo Animation.