Line Tests

Part of the process of creating the film involved testing the animation with simple drawings to make sure that it worked. Here are some of these line tests.

Camera man Line Test from Trevor Woolery on Vimeo.

Line Test of a camera man for the animated film "Sea of Words" Commissioned by Parliament 2012 – 2013. Designed and animated by Trevor Woolery.

Coal Miner Digging from Trevor Woolery on Vimeo.

Line Test of a Victorian Coal Miner digging with a pickaxe. Created by Trevor Woolery for the film "Sea of Words" commissioned by Parliament 2012.

Marquess of Bute from Trevor Woolery on Vimeo.

The Marquess of Bute looks at plans for progress. Created by Trevor Woolery for the Sea of Words animated film commissioned by Parliament 2012.

Digger from Trevor Woolery on Vimeo.

Digger for animated film "Sea of Words" created by Trevor Woolery, commissioned by Parliament 2012

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Scene 1: Camera Man

Storyboard Scene 1

A Camera Man takes a picture for the Pilot Members Club

The opening scene starts in an abstract way looking through the lens of an early victorian camera. The subject a group of sailors posing for their annual Pilot Members Club photograph appear upside down. Early cameras were like small Camera Obscuras. Light traveled in through the lens and projected an upside down image of whatever was in front of it. The camera man instructs the restless Pilots in where to stand and how to pose.

Filling The Well

Researching at Glamorgan Archives with the Grangetown Local History Society.

An animation teacher many years ago called this research period ‘Filling the Well’. Without it you are dry of ideas, but with a well full to the brim ideas flow with ease and great work can be achieved. So what have I been filling my well with? Not being local to Cardiff or an expert on its history I have collaborated with others to fill gaps in my knowledge and experience. The team consisting of the Grangetown Local History Society and archivists from Glamorgan Archives and Parliamentary Archives have been a great help in steering me through a sea of information, including documents, photographs, letters, maps etc. Some of the highlights have been photographic records from the Victorian period depicting everyday scenes on the docks. You get a sense of how busy the docks were and the rate in which the population of Cardiff expanded in such a short time frame. The inhabitants came from all over relocating to Cardiff to work as laborers or from distant shores working on the merchant ships. Cardiff was and still is a multicultural City.