September 23, 2018

Hilda - The Animated Series


Netflix’s newest cartoon series, Hilda, based on the Eisner Award-nominated comics written and illustrated by Luke Pearson, premiered on the streaming network in September. My family instantly became obsessed with it.

Not only is it beautiful to look at, but the cartoon adamantly refuses either a wink or a nod at the real world. It is a fully enclosed narrative universe, with its own internal rules and logic. It’s about as pure as children’s television can get and, if I’m being honest, it’s served as a bit of an escape for me as well.

Netflix’s Hilda, like the comics, focuses on a young girl living in a modern, pseudo-Scandinavian country. The colors used to illustrate each episode standout; warm, autumnal pastels during the day and deep, rich blues at night. The animation is remarkably unique with joyful, flowing movements emphasized by a sort of syncopated rhythm in the details.

Early animation test:

Model sheets:

Opening Title Sequence:

Doritos Collisions - The Line Animation

September 19, 2018

"Mamoon" a short film using projection mapping (3D animation on polystyrene blocks) - Directed by Ben Steer

As part of Blue Zoo's long-running animated short films programme, a brief was sent out to everyone in the studio to pitch an idea to tell an emotional, human story, while experimenting with the physical optics of projecting CG animation. Blue Zoo Animation Director Ben Steer pitched the idea of Mamoon, which proceeded to win the company-wide studio vote, and went into production.

Making Of:

September 11, 2018

What Is Mitochondrial Disease?

Created for the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research the film simply explains a very complex and devastating illness. Although created 2yrs ago it has only recently been made public. Made by Trunk.

Tribute to 'Breaking Bad' - Celebrating its 10th Anniversary

September 10, 2018


Anna Mantzaris's "Enough" 1st-year student short-film (Royal College of Art) is online. She obviously loved Emma De Swaef & Marc James Roels work (and she also worked on Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs").

Tom Rosenthal – “Don’t Die Curious”