For one myself and Fiona Viani-Pericci (Director and fellow fonder of Weird Eye) had discussed the possibility of making more dependent films after the Mastered had finished and wanted to work together with Hannah Stevens ( Concept artist and other founding member of Weird Eye). We wanted to centre these films around the trope of Bad Luck omens as we had some ideas already for films and felt there was enough within this loose theme to collectively bring together a series of short films.
Also for myself I wanted a guise to work under for freelance commercial work, 2D/After Effects animation and production skills.
I also new that both Fiona and Hannah although very talented and perfectly capable may benefit from my own knowledge in contract/invoicing and general negations when it came to clients.
As we started to pick out ideas for names, luck would have it that a contract would fall into our newly formed inbox. A short piece for the for Clarkson & Woods Ltd.in association with Bath city council. To raise awareness about the local Horseshoe bat population. Seemingly a good fit for our collective skill set we worked together over several months to create the below piece of work.
Further images and break down for the work can be found on my colleagues websites and blogs. I created the schduals contracts and produced the film whilst also animating, rigging and creating cycles for the film. It was a relatively simple project which is now being shown in schools as part of an educational pack -in which we created a beat board styled comic to go along, to educate children about bats and their habitats around Bath.
In terms of the collective name and design we were originally going to be called The Bad Luck Collective but after some consumer feedback it was decided that this was to negative and went with instead Weird Eye Collective - communicating hopefully that we have a unique eye for deign and motion. Were currently working on ideas for our first film Directed by Fiona called Wick as well as working on our second commission due to be finished by next summer.