Over the summer I’ve been working on a short animated film called Fixing Luca by Jess Ashman (the working title was ‘Ramshackle’). I made models, props and bits of set for it, and over-saw the work of some of the other model makers. Everyone’s done a fantastic job and it’s all looking beautiful! With only a few animating days left, I nipped into the studio to grab a few shots and here they are:


Bedroom set with atmospheric lighting


Close-up, Luca


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Mission 2110

October 27, 2010

At the beginning of the year I worked on a 6 week shoot onboard a raft of Maersk container ships in Loch Striven. (for Mission 2110, Cbbc) It was really a unique experience, I loved being aboard the ships – it was cold though, very, very cold. Work began in the workshop, in October the previous year and it was all wrapped up by March 2010.

set for Vaporiser game


Rich inside robot

atmospheric blue lighting on ship

It’s hard to visualise  how vast the container ships are until you’re on them, and it took ages to get used to the lay-out especially if you’ve got a rubbish sense of direction – like me!
Unfortunately I’ll have to update iPhoto before I can add any more pic’s as my ancient version won’t read the ones I’ve got on disc, but in the meantime here are a few…

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More Sculpture Pic’s.

October 15, 2010

Selected examples of work: (more in Sculpture Portfolio in the pages section)

painted silicone cast from sculpture

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The whole process of photographing; sculpting; mould making; casting; painting and hair rooting takes quite a long time!

Hyper-Real Sculpture

October 15, 2010

Inbetween model making jobs I have a chance to get on with my own work. I’ve been sculpting in clay then casting the sculptures in silicone. They’re then painted and, if needed, hair is rooted with needles for a realistic effect.

I’m planning to make a whole figure sculpture soon – probably 3/4 life-size, and the process will start with taking many photographs of the subject. Here’s some samples I’ve already done – there are more pic’s in the Sculpture Portfolio pages.

small silicone hand

early stages of sculpt

More pic’s coming up…

‘My Beast Friend’

October 14, 2010

My Beast Friend was a low-budget, short film about a guy (played by Ed Byrne) and his belligerent foul-mouthed cat (Raymond Mearns)

I made the cat costume for the film using luxury faux fur. It was really lovely stuff, but cutting into it caused huge amounts of loose fibre to form into furry tumbleweeds that collected  everywhere! It was all done at short notice, and without fittings but I think it turned out OK – considering!

The film also had a real animal star – ‘Grimalkin’ the cat, who played his part beautifully. Luckily I was able to visit the animal wranglers farmhouse when the search for a cat was on, and what good timing – there had been a new litter of kittens and puppies as well as a foal!

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Ooglies Pictures: part 2.

October 12, 2010

Some more pic’s from Ooglies work.

Cherryade Pilot

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Models for Ooglies

October 12, 2010

Hello and Welcome to my blog. In it you’ll find pictures of my work for film and television, and ones of my own projects.

The first pic’s I’d like to publish are of some of the models I made for Ooglies (Cbbc 2009). It was a fantastic show to work on with many lovely and very talented people! If you haven’t seen it before here’s a brief description: Ooglies was a stop-motion animation programme  which featured everyday objects in everyday settings which sprouted eyes and behaved very badly. Each episode featured a generous spattering of mayhem and fruit pulp gore!

Below is a slide show featuring VLC’s and photographs of some of the models I made.

Sippy Nana was quite tricky to do, he was made of silicone with an aluminium armature inside.  I sculpted Strongman Monkeynut in chavant clay and cast it in silicone. Additional hard versions made of resin were made for the split nut and broken pieces.  Boo Potato was one of  the models I enjoyed making the most (apart from the chocolates). He was sculpted in chavant, then cast in silicone with lightweight core so that his silicone ‘jacket’ could slip off to reveal the raw potato below.

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Part 2 of the pictures in next blog!