I recently worked with Gorse Hill Studios, creating illustration and video animation for schools on the subject of CCE (child criminal exploitation).
For the brief, I had text descriptions of scenarios that can happen in CCE . Animatics were created - roughly sketched storyboards with movement - so the client could see what the end videos would look like. Voice-over narration was recorded by the Gorse Hill team with school children describing the scenarios they may encounter. The video animation was kept really (really) simple. It's mostly image transitions, as the voice-over was added later, and the turnaround time was really tight.
I'd like to think my signature style works well here, helping to soften the tough message the studio and project leaders are addressing in the work they do in schools.
Working in the educational space is really rewarding as the work has a purpose outside of the aesthetic of the illustrations. Having simple scenarios to work from, as opposed to a script, meant that I could try and tell the story in as fewer frames as possible.
The illustrations where created in ClipStudio then broken into elements. The audio was edited in audacity. These assets were imported into DaVinci resolve for video editing and exported as 1080pHD MP4 for videos. Some colour correction was done Affinity Photo.
Illustration for video production
Teaming up with animation and CGI company, The Outset.
Providing the illustrations for this promotional video on place-based innovation
What is an explainer video? Well as you can probably guess they're videos that help explain a particular topic.
The goal of an explainer video is to take a potentially quite complicated subject and make it engaging and easier to understand.
They are most often hand-drawn too, sometimes on a whiteboard, where you can see the hand of the artist creating visuals in time to the narration of the subject matter.
This project was for The Mathematics of Waves and Materials group, a research department within the University of Manchester. They work on the "theoretical, numerical and experimental aspects of both materials and waves. " Crikey.
I was approached to create a video based on a blog about noise-reducing materials. It took a bit of time to read up and understand what the research was before throwing around ideas. Also as this was about sound, 'what to draw' visually was an open-ended question. It was also lots of fun.
My contact Naomi had already seen my work and gave me quite a bit of creative freedom. I was expecting some resistance submitting storyboards of geese, trumpets and jetpacks, but what I pitched made the cut. It was all about finding the balance between fun and relevance.
The video was created in lockdown, so I offered to do the voice over too, as a practical solution.
Illustration and motion graphics for the University of Manchester
Illustration, motion graphics and voice work combine in this video production for The University of Manchester.
Back in January, I started work on a video project for The University of Manchester. The brief was to celebrate and publicise their 'school governors initiative', a programme where university staff help schools and colleges to improve, and in turn, provide an opportunity for self-development for those that volunteer.
Their initiative has won a handful of awards and I was keen to create a video that would do justice to the hard work and accolades won by Alison, Stephanie and the social responsibility team at the university.
This projects covers;
Digital and hand drawn Illustration
Working closely with the team, we started with the script. Concept visuals were sketched out and then both were combined into a slideshow to give a rough idea of the story they wanted to tell, and how the visuals and voice-over would work together.
There was a lot of information to get across in the script including surveys and stats, so I considered it important that the illustrations carried a narrative. Two of the key scenes identified from the script were the establishing shot of the university itself and the big success of 'over 1000 governors'.
Naturally, the script went through revisions, and what started as a three-minute video eventually expanded to around eight minutes to get the entire story told. It was a tough call to leave anything out, so we decided to go ahead with the longer edit and treat it as a short film.
For the voiceover, I did the initial pass using a Snowball Blue microphone, which is perfect for voice work. Then dipped into the talent pool of my performer friends at Comedysportz, who individually have done voice work for talking books and video games and offered a handful of voices to choose from. After choosing Rob Hudson, a recording session took place, which was edited and synced up to the video.
The entire project took three months of working across many different disciplines. Here's the final result;
Illustrations were sketched both by hand and digitally then inked and coloured in ClipStudio.
Finished elements were imported into flash where other motion graphics were created.
The voice over was recorded on a Snowball blue mic and edited in Audacity.
The video sections were edited together in Premiere.