Saturday, 2 June 2012

Almost there... I think.

I've got mixed feelings about this post, but here it goes. Just under a year after completing my postgraduate film, in association with the Royal College of Music, and the National Gallery my work has been uploaded to the site.
However, somewhat anticlimactically, the wrong file has been uploaded, and it's the animatic rather than the finished film, 'Sundae Afternoon' that is now viewable.

I really hope it is just a technical hitch that can be sorted rather quickly, but it is quite a proud thing to know that something you've made is on a site that has global recognition.

Hopefully, more soon on this one.

Monday, 4 July 2011

The end

So, after ten solid weeks of hard graft the 'Transcriptions' project is over. It's been an important and pivotal journey for my development as an animator, and will take this opportunity to thank all my classmates for helping me to have this collective experience. While I'm at it, I'll shout out to my mentor, Wes. He gave me sound advice and made sure I knew how to plan the project out. For those interested, 'Sundae Afternoon' should be playing at Graphic Bar (Golden Square, London), along with the other graduate films from LAS18. There will also be a private screening at the National Gallery in September, so watch this space. The majority of my posts will now be from my main blog page, so stay tuned for details, work and hopefully a design revamp.
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Thursday, 2 June 2011

Final countdown

I'll be presumtipous, and say that by the time you read this I'll have less than 10 days worth of studio time left to complete my film. Next Hype!

Here's is where I'm at, so to speak:

Week 27_Transcriptions Rough Cut_Second Draft from Karl Lawson on Vimeo.

This is almost the rough cut version that I'll be sending off to my composer tomorrow (or sooner, depending on how fast I can re-shoot/tweak)

What are your favourite scenes? Is is poignant? Amusing? or just looks fun to see fully animated. Please let me know, as feedback has helped this film progress and come a long way, as you can see if you go back down through my uploads.

A brief aside...

Oi, reprobates. Watch this, yeah. Safe.

What I mean to say is, this is a graduation film from UCA called 'Cracked', directed by Jamie Kendall, and soundtrack by Daniel Cross. Nice premise and worth a watch.

Monday, 16 May 2011

SLooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow Down

Quite worried that the pace of the film is still too fast. What do you think. Feedback much appreciated as I need this (near) perfect by Friday morning!

Test Run from Karl Lawson on Vimeo.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

The hills are alive, with the sound of music

Today we got to meet the students from the RCM who will be potentially composing pieces for our films. Have to say that they were a really talented bunch. Did spend some of the presentation time with Han discussing who's music suited each animator, with the class agreeing unanimously with subtle nods that one of them is perfect for Emma.

At the moment I'm working towards the rough-cut deadline of next Friday at 10am. Fiddling about with some shots and angles. Main concern is that the timing will still be too fast and now the RCM are involved there's a pressure not to let them down by screwing around with your timing, so has to be airtight!

Wish me luck.

Monday, 9 May 2011


Something that's just been going through my mind is that several people watching the film end up feeling quite sorry for the boy. People are reading into the story that the dad is neglecting the child rather than the dad being tired having just got in from work (or something to that effect). Are there any shortcuts to establish a relationship that makes the dad look more caring and overworked than lazy? Also, are there more ways of making this kid less likeable without changing his physique (so, no suggestions for make him fatter)

Ideally, not looking for a major overhaul but will take all opinions into consideration.

Solutions/Comments below,