A couple of weeks ago I was asked to produce a series of short animation sequences for a theatre production of Shakespeare's Macbeth, starring Abi Titmuss, taking place in Lowestoft next month.
This is my first professional animation commission since I graduated in July, and it comes complete with a really tight deadline, so I'm excited to see how it will go...
I was asked to produce short animated sequences to illustrate the 4 Visions that occur during Act 4, Scene 1 of Macbeth; these will then get projected onto a screen above the thespians as they perform their roles on the theatre stage. It is a really interesting scenario, which I think will work well for strongly distinguishing between the reality and 'mythology' (if you'd call it that) of the Scene and add a different dimension to the theatre production.
In order to ensure that all 4 Visions (potentially up to 2 minutes worth of animation) are completed by the deadline, I've enlisted the services of professional animators Grace Chan and Calum MacAskill, who are animating Visions 1 and 3 respectively.
According to John Hales (director), my team has been producing great work so far, and by sharing the workload it has also helped to ensure that each Vision has its own unique style - which was part of the original brief... But for now you'll have to wait until at least mid-November to see how it all turned out!
I've also got ANOTHER 2 bits of exciting news to come soon!
(The small details for one of these are getting sorted out but will be ready by the end of the month; and the other piece of news has been rumoured for several months but finally ready to become reality after this Macbeth project...) Stay tuned!