In an attic workshop a young engineer is crafting a metal bird. When she leaves and the moonlight shines through the attic's window, the metal creature wakes up. Outside birds are calling. The metal bird is mesmerized by the big and bright moon. The curious and somewhat clumsy bird takes its first hops and flight attempts in the attic. Then it risks the big jump...
Moonbird tells the story of the relationship between the bird and its creator and the bird's desire to explore the world outside.

Moonbird is my graduation film of the Bristol school of Animation (2011-2014). I built the bird armature during my 2nd year. For the film I combined stop motion animation, a miniature set, live action film, After Effects compositing and effects and the music is composed by composer Rebecca Moroz.

Festivals, screenings and Awards:

Winner RTS West of England Student Awards - Animation (February 2015)

2nd prize winner Ideastap Graduates Award - Animation

May 2015 Television appearance on Made in Bristol TV, including interview with me.

January 2015, outdoor screenings at big screen Bristol, as ‘best of’ selection from CINEME Bristol.

18 November, Clarke Willmott young artist of the year exhibition, Bristol, UK.

31 October, Canterbury Anifest, Nominated for “best British newcomer award”, Canterbury, UK

5 October, Stoptik International film festival, Borderland competition, Maribor, Slovenia

30 September, CINEME short films screening event, Bristol, UK

21 September, Grand Rapids Feminist film fest, Michigan, USA

8-21 September, Golden Orchid International Animation Festival, Pennsylvania, USA

Comment by Don Carlson on June 22, 2015 at 6:04am
This came out very well. I especially liked watching the bird struggle to stay in flight. Really nice animation there. Reminds me of the owl in Clash of the Titans. :)
Comment by Roos Mattaar on June 22, 2015 at 3:48pm

Thank you very much Don, that's a great compliment. :)
That was a fun scene to animate, although tricky because I had to animate him mostly on one spot as I didn't have enough space and greenscreen to shoot him wide enough to have all the falling down and moving up and down in frame. So I had to often animate him in one spot turning around and imagining bigger movements through the frame which I would than animate later in After Effects. 

Comment by Don Carlson on June 22, 2015 at 7:39pm

Any time you can shoot a large puppet against a green screen without either giving away the scale of the puppet or showing off the ceiling, I'll be impressed. :D

Comment by Roos Mattaar on June 24, 2015 at 2:12pm

Haha ;) it was an interesting puzzel keeping him in frame. But I had a nice big green screen to use and a high enough ceiling. ;)

Comment by Mike LaRusso on June 24, 2015 at 11:11pm
Nicely done!
Comment by Joe (Dinoman217) on June 25, 2015 at 8:36am

Looks very nice! Like a throwback to the Ray Harryhausen Era!

Comment by Antonio J. Cebrián on June 27, 2015 at 5:27am

Very nice animation!

you must have spent much time studying the movements of real birds!

Comment by Roos Mattaar on June 27, 2015 at 5:40am

Thank you Joe, and thank you Antonio!
I did study a lot of bird movement and bird anatomy mostly while I was building the armature. When I got to actual animating I didn't use any reference anymore really, but probably because I'd been building the armature in such way that I could achieve all the birds movements and knew my armature quite well by the time I got to animate it. :)

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