At The End of Everything Else- stop motion and theatre in London

Hiya, I've just been to the first performances of 'At The End of Everything Else' a theatre piece for children currently on at the Unicorn Childrens theatre, Tooley Street; London Bridge, London- The piece is a fascinating multi-style devised piece, which I've been part of for the last 14 months- i provided stop motion animation of one of the main characters- (curiously enough, a little bird- i've been watching lots of you doing birds here, and laughing as i did the same stuff too)

and long environmental journeys across the worlds, as well as a few other set pieces-

the piece also features world class live action shadow puppetry by puppeteers with incredible pedigrees (Warhorse, Gravity, more) and was devised, scored, directed and performed by Mark Arends whose last show (Something Very Far Away) did similar but different unconvential trickery with theatre, to great critical acclaim...

Needless to say, i felt privileged to have the animation segment handed over to me.

It is on now, at the Unicorn until April 19th, and may well tour internationally in due course-

making animation for theatre has been a totally new learning curve- the biggest difference was definitely DURATION- the director would routinely ask for shots to be 1- 3 minutes in length! so they were effectively 'scenes' rather than shots, and this took all the ingenuity we could find to make happen on a theatrical budget! thank someone for Dragonframe and motion control trickery, without the DF and many robots it just would not have been possible- (so shout outs there in thanks to old stopmotionanimation.com buddies like Jim n the other guys who went down moco paths with me...)

even character animation shots were demanding- 2 minute music synchronised sections- we've definitely learnt the value of a good dope sheet!

If you can get there and want to see it feel free to let us know via here and we'd try n get along for a chat- next project looks to be tv series- London stop motion people, i need to meet more of you.And this was my birdy, he is called Tito- you can hopefully see we were on a retro style here, with uk animators Postgate and Firmin (Small Films) a major influence, although we did not go so far as animating on threes! or for that matter even twos- strictly 25fps throughout- but we chased a 70's uk tv aesthetic basically. I hope this is interesting to some of you.

john

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