Good Morning Britain show Ethel and Ernest trailer

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Richard Arnold, ITV’s Good Morning Britain entertainment’s editor, did a nice piece about the film this morning.

Good Morning Britain_August 31st 2016

Richard Arnold introducing the Ethel and Ernest cinema trailer on Good Morning Britain

The trailer for the film was shown in two slots during the programme. The second one had no expenses spared snow effects, in tribute to Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman ! They were rewarded with this tweet from Good Morning Britain’s weather presenter Laura Tobin.

Good Morning Britain

A big thank you to TVPaint !

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Using TVPaint at Studio 352Ethel and Ernest was animated using a software called TVPaint. When the film was first being developed, way back in 2007 (!), we were going to animate it on paper. That was how all the other Raymond Briggs films had been done (The Snowman, When the Wind Blows, Father Christmas, The Bear, and The Snowman and Snowdog). However, technology has moved on and in the intervening years TVPaint has become more and more the industry standard for hand drawn animated films. Using a Wacom cintiq to draw on, the animators can reproduce a line quality that is virtually indistinguishable from a line drawn with a graphite pencil on paper.

Many of our crew were new to TVPaint, but tutorials were given by Lupus Films’ animation supervisor Isobel Stenhouse, and also Elodie Moog from TVPaint was always on hand to answer any questions.

So a big thank you to TVPaint for all their support throughout the production !

Elodie_at the Cloth Cat studio

Elodie Moog from TVPaint answering questions while on a visit to our co-production partners, Cloth Cat Animation, in Cardiff .

Using TV Paint at Studio 352

All three studios, Lupus Films, Cloth Cat Animation, and Studio 352 all used the TVPaint software. Here it is being used at Studio 352 in Luxembourg.

Creative Skillset’s involvement with the production

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Creative Skillset is the industry skills body for the Creative Industries. It works across film, television, radio, fashion and textiles, animation, games, visual effects, publishing, advertising and marketing communications.

Lupus Films had valuable support from Creative Skillset and a lot of people had their first experience of working on an animated feature film through this scheme.

One of them was Production Assistant Danai Katopodi, and here she explains her role on the Ethel and Ernest film.

Crew screening of the film at the National Film Theatre

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A big day for us yesterday with a crew screening of the finished film held at the National Film Theatre. Lupus Films is immensely proud of each and everyone one of you who contributed to making Ethel and Ernest the movie a reality. More photos here.

The next screening will be a public one – the premiere ! Watch this space for further news.

Crew screening of Ethel and Ernest_NFT_Aug 3rd 2016

Some of the crew at the post screening party held at the National Film Theatre – August 3rd 2016. A night to remember ! (Photo courtesy of Amandine Gutierrez.)