Ethel and Ernest in a cinema near you !

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After a long journey the day has finally arrived when our film hits the cinema circuits !

This is a very proud moment for all the crew that have worked on this production. So, a huge thanks to all of them at Lupus Films in London, Cloth Cat Animation in Cardiff, and Studio 352 in Luxembourg.

The reviews we have been getting have been amazing! Below is a four star review from The Times.  To see all the reviews collected together in one place, please visit  our Press page on the Ethel and Ernest website.

http://www.ethelandernestthemovie.com/press

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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.

The last shot is in !

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The final composited scene came through to us last night. The compositing team at Cloth Cat animation, led by Neil Martin, have done an incredible job and managed to deliver our final scenes on time for the colour grading sessions that are coming up next week at Goldcrest. Overseeing these final deliveries and making sure that everything ran smoothly was production co-ordinator Lucy Lawson-Duckett.

Compositors at work on Ethel and Ernest

Some of the compositing crew at Cloth Cat Animation working on Ethel and Ernest

Head of Compositing Neil Martin

Lead compositor Neil Martin (centre)

Compositors working on Ethel and Ernest at Cloth Cat

Cloth Cat studio in Cardiff Bay going flat out to the finishing line…

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Another visit to Wales this week to the Cloth Cat studio where the ink and paint department, CG department, and the compositing department are all working flat out to get the film finished on time.

Cloth Cat are housed in the Gloworks building, which is next to BBC Cymru Wales and the Doctor Who Experience in Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay.

Gloworks building Cardiff Bay

The Cloth Cat crew on Ethel and Ernest

Cloth Cat’s Ethel and Ernest crew in front of the Gloworks building, Cardiff Bay

The Cloth Cat crew working on Ethel and Ernest_April 2016

The Ethel and Ernest production crew at Cloth Cat.

Compositor working on Ethel and Ernest

George Petkov compositing a shot using Nuke software

Neil Martin and Sam

Head of Compositing Neil Martin (left) and Sam Wright head of the CG team, discuss a shot involving the integration of CG animation with 2D hand drawn animation.

Two of the compositors on Ethel and Ernest_April 2016

Compositors Jay Murray and Alesja Surubkina