Sound mixing at Goldcrest films with Adrian Rhodes

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The final sound mixing on Ethel and Ernest continues this week at Goldcrest films with Adrian Rhodes at the helm.

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Adrian Rhodes at Goldcrest films during the sound mix for Ethel and Ernest

Adrian is one of the most highly regarded Sound Designers and Re Recording mixers in the industry with a particularly strong association with animated films. Having studied at the National Film and Television School and become one of the first sound specialist graduates he launched into his professional career alongside fellow graduate Nick Park.  His relationship with the Aardman production team flourished with the award-winning films The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, Chicken Run and Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists nominated for an Oscar Award in 2013. Adrian has continued his close relationship with Aardman as Sound Designer on Shaun The Sheep Movie, which also received an Oscar nomination in 2016.

 

 

Editor Richard Overall

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Richard OverallOne person who has been with the Ethel and Ernest film from the beginning is our editor Richard Overall. These past few weeks have been the busiest ever for him as we head towards the delivery of the film in a few weeks time. This week there are the final sound mixes taking place at Goldcrest in Soho. Then on Thursday and Friday of this week are the first sessions of picture grade. Last week Richard was very much involved as the music was recorded at Angel studios, and we also did some ADR sessions (voice pick-ups with the lead actors) at Goldcrest.  This is one of the most exciting times for the editor as everything starts to come together and they can fine tune the cut of the film. As the finished scenes come through from the compositing team at Cloth Cat studios there is the chance for those all important tweaks to timings right up to the final delivery.

Richard Overall editing Ethel and Ernest

 

 

Animator Sarah Airriess

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Among the many top animators working on Ethel and Ernest was Sarah Airiess. Sarah’s animation and posing opens the film, and she also animated the whole of the Christmas decoration sequence that is depicted on page 50 of the book.

Working from her home in Cambridge she always produced scenes full of wit, charm and brilliant observation.  She has produced some stand out sequences for us.

To discover more about Sarah and her work visit her blog here.

Sarah Airriess working on Ethel and Ernest

Animator Sarah Airriess working on Ethel and Ernest from her home in Cambridge.

Attention to detail on the sound

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As we enter the final stages of production attention turns to the sound design for the film. To make things as authentic as possible trips were organised yesterday to various  locations to record engine sounds. From old ford engines, to a 1950s Lambretta scooter, and from World War 2 Spitfires to old London buses, editor Richard Overall (Lupus films) and Supervising Sound Editor Adrian Rhodes (Goldcrest films) got it all. Even a very old bike from the 1930s was recorded to get exactly the right sound of a spinning wheel.

Here are some shots taken at a location near Billericay in Essex where David Wilkinson buys up really old and dilapidated London buses and renovates them as new.

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Adrian Rhodes (left) from Goldcrest Films post production is the supervising sound editor on Ethel and Ernest. Peter Warnock (centre) is sound design assistant, and the driver and renovator of the bus is David Wilkinson.

Recording of a renovated old bus for Ethel and Ernest

The bus is taken for a drive and the sound crew get every splutter and engine murmur for use in the film.

 

Editor Richard Overall

On the left of picture is Ethel and Ernest editor Richard Overall

Old bus interior

Recording the engine sound from inside the bus as it goes for a trip around Billericay

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

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The Ethel and Ernest production crew at Cloth Cat.

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George Petkov compositing a shot using Nuke software

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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.

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Compositors Jay Murray and Alesja Surubkina

 

 

Animator Laurent Kircher

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Watch out for some great comedy scenes in Ethel and Ernest courtesy of top animator Laurent Kircher. Ernest dismantling the old cooking range, which is on page 16 of the book,  is one of Laurent’s sequences.

He also animated the ‘outside the ballroom’ sequence which is one section that has been invented for the film and was not in Raymond Briggs’ book .

Laurent also animated the Ernest on his bike shots for the key moment in the film when Ethel and Ernest first meet (page 3 and 4 of the book).

Animator Laurent Kircher with animation director Peter Dodd

Laurent Kircher (centre) talking with Peter Dodd (Ethel and Ernest animation director)

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One of the scenes in the book that Laurent was given to animate

 

 

Raymond’s help with the making of the film

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As well as being an executive producer on the film Raymond Briggs has also been invaluable in providing reference for ‘Ethel and Ernest’. He still owns many of the objects that belonged to his parents, so being able to handle them and take photos of them was a fantastic opportunity to give authenticity to our backgrounds.

An example below shows one of the candlesticks that feature a lot in the film. There are two of them that sit either side of the mirror that Ernest brings home one day and puts up on the mantlepiece.

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One of Ethel and Ernest’s candlesticks that Raymond has kept. They feature a lot in the book and also the film.

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Raymond Briggs (March 2016) holding the type of old Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society  milk bottle that his father used to deliver when he pushed his milk cart around the streets of south west London. In Raymond’s left hand is a jug of the kind that hangs from the dresser in the kitchen (see P.49 of the book).

Visiting Raymond for the ‘Making Of…’ documentary

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Raymond Briggs was filmed today for the ‘making of’ documentary that will accompany the release of the Ethel and Ernest film.

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Jess Bassett, the director of the ‘Making of…’ documentary, is seen here filming Raymond as he looks through one of his unpublished books ‘Into the Dangerous World’

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Raymond Briggs with Camilla Deakin, the producer of Ethel and Ernest, during the shooting of the documentary.

Into the Dangerous World by Raymond Briggs

The front cover of Raymond Briggs’ as yet unpublished book ‘Into the Dangerous World’. It was a particularly interesting discovery for us as it features a child’s eye view of the house in south west London where Raymond grew up. The same house of course that is the setting for Ethel and Ernest.

 

Trainee working on Ethel and Ernest wins prestigious animation prize

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Last night Alice Guzzo, a trainee assistant animator working on Ethel and Ernest, won an award from the Royal Television  Society for her film ‘Riflesso’.

Many congratulations to Alice!

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Alice Guzzo working at Lupus Films on the animated feature film ‘Ethel and Ernest’

Alice’s first job after graduating from the Arts University of Bournemouth was working on Ethel and Ernest. In this interview she talks about her award winning film and also about her experience of working on the Ethel and Ernest production.

http://aub.ac.uk/course-info/course-news/animation-alumna-shortlisted-prestigious-award/

Last weekend another of our production team was up for a prestigious Cesar award. Animation assistant and junior animator on Ethel and Ernest, Ludivine Berthouloux, was nominated  for ‘Sous tes Doigts’, a film that she art directed. She also did storyboard, layout, and animation on the film.

http://www.bretagne.bzh/jcms/prod_317986/fr/-sous-tes-doigts-cesar-2016-du-meilleur-film-d-animation

 

 

Lupus films extends its studio space as our deadline approaches

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Lupus films has opened up new studio space off Holloway road in North London, about 10 minutes from its main studio. Isobel Stenhouse, Animation Supervisor, has done a sterling recruiting job to increase both the number of animators and also the number of animator assistants on the production as we head towards our deadline. Using the Creative Skillset scheme recent graduates from animation colleges throughout the UK have joined the crew as assist animators. They do the clean up on an animator’s scene and give the drawings their final line look before they go to be coloured and composited at Cloth Cat studios in Cardiff.

Below are pictures of some of the new recruits who have graduated from animation courses at the following colleges:

Central St Martins; Teeside University; Arts University of Bournemouth; Lincoln University; University of Wolverhampton; University of Westminster; Middlesex University; University of Portsmouth.

Eleven more recruits are due to join the production shortly and the studio will have to expand still further!

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Graduates from a number of UK animation courses working on Ethel and Ernest, brought on board with the assistance of the Creative Skillset scheme

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Isobel Stenhouse (animation supervisor) with Bianca Howell

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Patrick Collins and Danielle Bethel

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Solly Vaughan (left) and James Dubbins (right)

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From left to right: Walid Abou El Joud, Bianca Howell, Daniel Crook, Jack Sleeman

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From left to right: Joanna Boyle and Eleonora Quario

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Solly Vaughan with production assistant trainee Amandine Gutierrez

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Kamila Konczewska

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Nadia Hussein

Alice Guzzo with visiting director Michael Dudok de Wit and Isobel Stenhouse

Alice Guzzo (trainee assistant animator).  Behind Alice is visiting director Michael Dudok de Wit talking with animation supervisor Isobel Stenhouse

Iona Menzies

Iona Menzies (trainee assistant animator)

 

 

 

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