The Radio Times on the making of Ethel and Ernest

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“Raymond Briggs sits at his desk, pencil in hand, brushes in pots and cup of tea at his side. A fresh sheet of paper is ready on an angled desk, and the author and illustrator begins to sketch his parents, Ethel and Ernest Briggs.

This is how Ethel & Ernest, the film adaptation of Briggs’s graphic novel, begins. On paper. By hand. But immediately the action begins, and we’re in London, 1928, with illustrated houses stretching out as far as the eye can see, horse carts clattering along the cobbled streets and a young Ernest hopping on his bike to work.

Moving pictures. It’s such an old idea that we forget how magical it is to watch someone’s drawing skip off the page and come to life. But that’s what Ethel & Ernest is. Magic.”

Read the full article by James Gill and Michael Hodges here

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A tweet from Lupus Films on the first day of production at the studio after the lengthy pre-production phase. From left to right Art Director Robin Shaw, Director Roger Mainwood, Animation Director Peter Dodd

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Wallpaper artwork for use in the film created by Assistant Art Director Mat Williams

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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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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

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Iona Menzies (trainee assistant animator)

 

 

 

Final recruits for the final push

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More crew have been taken on as the final months of production are upon us. Animator Vincent Petremann pictured below is one of the latest recruits to join us. Lupus Films has also opened up an annexe studio in north London to accommodate the army of clean up artists and assistants that an animated feature film requires.

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Animator Vincent Petremann being briefed on his scenes by animation director Peter Dodd

Studio photos from July 10th 2015

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Lead animator Thierry Torres was in the studio today. He has been producing some brilliant animation for us. Here are some examples of his previous work http://thierrytorres.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/3d-animation.html.

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Assist animator Aude Carpentier and lead animator Thierry Torres at Lupus Films studio, London, July 10th 2015

Assist animator Aude Carpentier and lead animator Thierry Torres at Lupus Films studio, London, July 10th 2015

From left to right: Animation Director Peter Dodd, Animation Supervisor Isobel Stenhouse, lead animator Thierry Torres, and line producer Natasha Abrahams, Lupus Films, July 2015

From left to right: Animation Director Peter Dodd, Animation Supervisor Isobel Stenhouse, lead animator Thierry Torres, and line producer Natasha Abrahams, Lupus Films, July 2015