Saturday, 19 December 2015

Three little words

One of the first projects we were set this term was to gather into groups, pick two words at random from an envelope and a third emotion from a sport envelope and make a short film collaboratively. The films we were given were OPERA, ROAR and our emotion was ARROGANCE/SNOOTINESS. We were then given style guides, which we were abel to swap out if we wanted, we received UPA which was fantastic for me as it's something i'm very familiar with and love. It was suggested as myself and another girl in our group are 'The stop-motioners' of our year that we should attempt stop-motion for this project. This was great as I've wanted to combine my love of stop-mo and UPA for a long time.

The result of this exercise and six weeks, of making, planning, animating and tireless editing on behalf of our Director/Editor Ben Sullivan. Is as seen below ( I can't show you the full film at this time as were hoping to submit it for festivals this summer).

Initial sculpts



Setting up/testing
 


multiple ladys for shots


me animting
Production schedule - ready!

Lady in the spotlight


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

i'm back...sorry

It's been a long time since i've done anything with this blog, again. sorry about that. I've now started a MA in Animation at the University of West England (Bristol) in fact i'm just about to finish my first term (of three). eep. It's been one hell of a trip getting here, I applied to both UWE and The NFTS ( however that was for Producing) and al though the experience was a greta, I learnt a lot about Pitching which was exciting, it was generally decided i wasn't the best fit for the course. I am very happy to be in Bristol however, the course if amazing, my peers equal so, lectures smashing and Bristol it has to be said feels very much like home.

Another massive thing that happened in conjunction with getting on my Masters degree was that i also managed to swing a BAFTA scholarship, which is a little insane. You can read about it here. It was truly such a great honour and to be honest surprise to not only be considered but awarded the funding for the full cost of my Masters which is huge wait off, I can tell you.

Me and my fellow recipients at the Bafta drinks party!


Like so many of the best and most exciting things that have happened to me in the last 5 years have come though not only hard work but actually just sitting down and applying for things with a kind of f**k it why not attitude.

I'll try and update things from this term soon, maybe over christmas, it'll be nice to get back into the blog again, regardless of how little attention and how easily I forget to update it...Ever.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

New Prints

After looking for ages for prints for my new office and my mums kitchen, I decided to create my own vintage inspired object prints, as nothing I found online was quite right. 

It was also a great opportunity to try my hand at Illustrator, which I love. However I did revert back to photoshop for the texturing/gradients and scaling for print 

Office:


Kitchen:


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Skwigly Advent Creation


This was my contribution to Skwigly's Advent Calendar this year I took inspiration form cartoon modern design and the good old 'lets all go to the lobby' cartoon. Gif's are quite fun aren't they? created in Photoshop designed and animated.

Heres the link to the article : http://www.skwigly.co.uk/advent-calendar/day-3-laurabeth-cowley/

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Skwigly Banner July 2014

I did a new banner for Skwigly this month. Look it moves. Oooooo!


Inspired by my home town (were I'm currently residing before my next job starts in sept). Every local artist has drawn the lighthouse at Portland Bill, this is the closest I'm getting! 

Giving a Talk at Wilderness festival

I'm going to be giving a talk in association with Lost Lectures in August at the Wilderness Festival in Oxford, it's going to be about sexuality in animation, if you can come along it's going to be fab!


Difficulty in the festivals.

A year has passed since I sent my film out into the world for its film festival cycle, with another year still in him I feel this would be a great opportunity to update you on his progress. 

Difficulty's first outing was in Cambridge at the Arts Picture House cinema as part of my degree show, closely followed by it's first international screening in Breda, in the Netherlands.

The film enjoyed quite a nice run in London, being screened at the Barbican as part of the Frame film festival as well as Tricycle theatre-  Takeover Festival and at the launch Party for Animated Woman UK at the MPC Building. 


At the MPC- for the Animated woman Uk Launch

My companion to the screening, fellow animator Erika Lewis 
A Screening in May at the 5th Golden Kuker - Sofia was a nice serprise...i only recently discovered i'd been screened at all.


And a Lovely little screening at The London Animation Club hosted by Martin Pickle. 


I'm hoping for a few more screening before relaxing it online Later this year.