Sinead Animation

Stop Motion/ Model Maker Freelancer

– Why am I blogging?

I first decided to make a blog for my third year project. I hadn’t kept a blog since my first year at UCA Farnham, so I treated this as more of an informal yet organised way to keep track of my workload rather than a formal upload.

After Gradating I decided to keep my blog as I really enjoyed blogging about animation. Now I blog about my job(s) – freelancing is full of them!

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Day 2/ Week 2 on the job at UCA Canterbury:

Today was my first day solo! After the new students were introduced to the LBM brief and people had signed up to the workshops, it was time to distribute my study guide that I made during the weekend.

At first I would say the day was challenging as people were quiet and a little unsure. It’s only been 1 week since the Carousel began and signing up to workshops introduces students to new people they might not have interacted with the previous week. Once introductions were made, we went around the room sharing ideas on what could be animated from the brief. After some discussion pencils were scribbling and people seemed to get into the swing of things, I suggested they try to come up with 3 short ideas so that they had options to work with on Thursday.

After we returned from lunch the atmosphere was a lot warmer and people were chatting away happily. Then the new task began: Storyboarding. Admittedly it felt a bit early to introduce this into the project but it helped the students to understand how to visually get their thoughts into an image. The idea behind this was to get them sketching and working from words to visuals and in doing so they could explain their idea in more detail with confidence. And then start Thursdays animation workshop straight away knowing what they wanted to animate.

However this is where we came a cropper and realised that some of these ideas were rather ambitious for a 20 second animation – some had to be simplified.

But progress was made today and I feel everyone walked away this afternoon with some idea on what they wanted to achieve by the end of the week.

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My First Lesson Planning

This weekend I’ve been working on creating a Lesson Plan for the Foundation LBM Animation group for the Carousel this coming month.

I’ve not created a lesson plan for students before but I am a very organised person and tend to create something similar to this for myself – just not in this much detail!

Can’t wait to meet the new students tomorrow and get started!

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Brief Reading

I have read the brief and made my notes tomorrow I’ll be spending the day working on a study guide for students to work with Monday-Wednesday so that they can be ready to animate on the Thursday!

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Wasteland Festival Schedule

Wasteland Film Festival schedule is up!

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Day 1/Week 1 on the job at UCA Canterbury:

It’s nearing the end of the first week on the FE Carousel and for the animators in Lens Based Media that means it’s animating time! And here we are all set up to teach some hands on animation at UCA Canterbury.

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Myself and Kat set up base and the students picked out interesting imagery from the box of National Geographic magazines and combined them with their own images, illustrations and photographs on “The Body”.

They then had to use the cameras to snap an animation on the wall. After lunch the Photos were put into Abobe Bridge and then the sequences were imported onto Adobe Premier. Some real cool stuff was created today and people liked the process!

Tea, the only way to Start the Day!

Let the day at UCA Canterbury begin…
…in an hour!

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Better to get an early train than arrive late on my first day on the job. And to set me up for the day some Grumpy Mule Tea. (To stop me feeling like a Grumpy Mule!) Nice to know the drink branding is the same across campuses. Soon I meet the FE LBM students!

Home, but not for Long…

Returned to UCA Farnham for the day after my Freelance job in Guildford. I am so glad I did as I got to meet up with friends now starting their third year – Becky, Mia and Marta as well as having a good catch up with course leader Lesley.

Whilst I was there all I could think was “I’m home, I’m happy and now I’m heading off again…Damn.”

It is sad to be leaving Farnham again so soon. I have to say a huge thank you to:
Emily, Joe, Toby and Rosie as well as Aileen and Jessica¬†for letting me stay whilst I was here, hoping from sofa to sofa over the two nights I stayed in Surrey. I’ve missed you all so much since going separate ways after graduation. It was brilliant to have my face hurt from laughter. I miss the hilarious life with you guys. Thank you for being my uni family

But for now I am off travelling back to my home home in Kent as tomorrow brings a new and exciting opportunity! – more about that tomorrow!

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Freelancer Day 13:

Yesterday I went to Guildford to help run a Lego Team Building Workshop by FireBird linked through A+C. People we’re split into 7 groups of 5 and they had to complete tasks within a time limit. The models were then given a rating 1-7. The team with the most points at the end of the day wins.

This was a rather amusing workshop to work with as it was a step away from animation but still had creative links to it, and seeing adults defend their models is rather amusing. The tasks consisted of a couple of ice breakers at the beginning to get them into the creative mind flow and build up the competitive vibe in the room. Then came the real tasks – build the company logo, construct the tallest giraffe, create a scene based on topical news – that kind of thing. I’ve got to say I’ve never seen adults have so much fun at a conference. There were smiles all around!

What made the job all the more sweeter is that it was so close to my university family and it meant that I could hop on a train down from Guildford to Aldershot and see all my close friends and feel at home again. I’ve missed them so much. I really hope I get another job that brings me this way again so I can have an excuse to see them all soon!

Official Selection

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Munchies is headed to Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada), as a part of the touring Reel Youth Film Festival!

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(List of showing films is longer I just screenshot the bit that included munchies!)



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