After some interesting conversations with friends and some on-line encouragement I’ve decided to start the Animated Journal again.
As always it was always about turning the process of animation into an accessible and ephemeral thing rather than the extremely lengthy and complicated process of tradition, and to really try to show how something felt in a particular moment.
These are from elements captured in Leigh Woods a few weeks ago.
Since I completed the first one we’ve had the progression of things like Vine and Instagram video which mean many more people have been playing and being very creative with the very short form. You can find the original Journal here.
Progress, progress, limping into action. Always reminding myself how it gets easier the more often I do it so it encourages me to keep going. The pockets of time are there it is usually just a question of being ruthless with oneself.
So if drawing had value even when it was practised by people with no talent, it was for Ruskin because drawing can teach us to see: to notice properly rather than gaze absentmindedly. In the process of recreating with our own hand what lies before our eyes, we naturally move from a position of observing beauty in a loose way to one where we acquire a deep understanding of its parts.
Couple this with the basic idea of habit forming and applied consistency:
Let no youth have any anxiety about the upshot of his education, whatever the line of it may be. If he keep faithfully busy each hour of the working-day, he may safely leave the final result to itself. He can with perfect certainty count on waking up some fine morning, to find himself one of the competent ones of his generation, in whatever pursuit he may have singled out. Silently, between all the details of his business, the power of judging in all that class of matter will have built itself up within him as a possession that will never pass away. Young people should know this truth in advance. The ignorance of it has probably engendered more discouragement and faint-heartedness in youths embarking on arduous careers than all other causes put together.
This compilation was put together as a teaser for the full length documentary and released on the iPlayer the weekend of Rememberance Day.
Making these animations was a very humbling privilege, and a hefty responsibility, and we hope they are a fitting tribute to the people who saw and experienced things thankfully most of us only have to imagine.
A great big thanks to Hugh Cowling and Libby Redden who contributed so much to the finished work.
“If you think academies are a red herring, a partial and inconsistent solution to a problem that has been wrongly framed, then you need to somehow respond to this; choose a school that is still local authority-controlled, and support it to stay that way. Or become a governor of an academy, to uphold the values that you loved in community schools: that they serve the whole community.”
Join the Royal Television Society for a rare opportunity to ask local heroes BDH, one of the most awarded digital creative teams in the UK, to reveal their secrets in this special panel discussion.
Yes, there are a few more tickets left for a twentieth anniversary “In Conversation” evening with my employers, Steve, John and Rob (The B, the D and the H, in that order) to be held tomorrow evening at 6pm at the Watershed. Lynn Barlow, Chair of the Royal Television Society in Bristol will be interviewing them and taking us through the highlights of their work over the years. Bookings can be made through the Watershed website.
We took a sneaky stop off at The Cottage on the way home from the hospital. I got a “non-malignant” diagnosis for my condition so was feeling pretty spritely, grateful. It’s times like that you look at the water and see every wave.