Plot Media hired me to animate 2 minutes of footage for use in their pitch / proof of concept teaser trailer for a forthcoming documentary, The Mighty Apollo. The film tells the story of an Australian strongman Paul Anderson (The Mighty Apollo) who survived a horrific accident, and later went on to perform even more death defying feats. The brief was for hand-drawn, 2D animation, that would recall 1930s cartoons, and Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir.
The film examines Paul’s psychology, and I was asked to help convey the less conventional aspects of that part of the story. The animated scenes tell the behind-the-scenes story of Paul’s relationship with his alter-ego, which changes from benevolent to threatening.
I worked with Nick Barkla (Director), and Jamie Houge & Virginia Kay (Producers). From a script, I created storyboards and character designs for approval before beginning work on the animation.
The animation is made with ink on paper, and digital tones added. I animated at 12 frames per second, using a number of layers in After Effects depending on the requirements of each shot. The animation was produced in around two months, and later the production team at Plot added voice overs, SFX, and cut it into a full trailer.
For now the full trailer and details about the project are under wraps, but I can’t wait to show the wonders that the Plot team have pulled together: it is Really Very Good. So it’s nice to have my work included in it. In the meantime, you can watch the parts I animated, sans soundtrack, on this page or on Vimeo.
In addition to the animation I made storyboard art and animatic sections for other parts of the trailer. You can see a few examples of this content on my website here.
In early 2017, I worked with Reko Rennie as an assistant on his monumental mural Visibile Invisible.
Reko was commissioned by Lyon Housemuseum through blackartprojects to create this 20 x 44 metre mural on the foundation concrete slab for their museum expansion. The work was sponsored by Dulux paints and used over 600 litres of paint to create Reko’s neon camouflage pattern. It took Reko, myself, and three other assistants five days in the summer sun to create the work that would be seen by the public only for one evening. After the launch night, it would be rendered invisible beneath a new building, save only for one small section under glass.
The photos here are my photos documenting the process, except the aerial photographs which are by John Gollings.
Have shown the family a photo of your drawing and everyone is very excited and impressed. Kudos to the artist!
Private client, May 2017
On behalf of both of us, thank you for your beautiful work. It is such a joy and privilege to have a painting created especially for us and we look forward to enjoying it for many years to come.
Private client, July 2017
I make custom works, and license existing works, for businesses needing to add life to their newsletters, websites, branding, video content, menus, and more.
I create murals on site for offices, meeting spaces, and retail spaces.
This page contains a selection of personal work that was designed and created with colour book covers and B&W internal illustrations in mind. Much of the work was created as response to my trip to Alaska in 2016, as well as the urban area in which I live.
I enjoy working on private commissions, as they afford me a chance to dedicate a block of time to one artwork, and to use the best materials I have (that I often wouldn’t use for art that is designed for reproduction).
I am often asked to make a ‘house portrait’ to capture a much loved home with more life than a photo. I’m also asked to reinterpret photographs of locations the client has been to, and put a bit of my usual energy into it!
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