August 31, 2016
Ethel and Ernest - the movie, Raymond Briggs, Uncategorized
Richard Arnold, ITV’s Good Morning Britain entertainment’s editor, did a nice piece about the film this morning.
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.
August 24, 2016
Animated Feature Film, Cloth Cat animation studio, Ethel and Ernest the animated movie, STUDIO 352, TVPAint
Ethel 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 Moog from TVPaint answering questions while on a visit to our co-production partners, Cloth Cat Animation, in Cardiff .
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.
August 24, 2016
Ethel and Ernest - the movie, Lupus Films, Uncategorized
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.
August 4, 2016
Animated Feature Film, Animation, Ethel and Ernest - the movie, Lupus Films, Uncategorized
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.
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.)