End Credits

I would like to thank the Grangetown Local History Society for all their hard work and general input into what I think is a well researched and poetic piece of animation. A big thank you to Parliamentary Archives and Glamorgan Archives for all their support and commissioning me in the first place. I hope you like the finished animated film. Please feel free to share the animation with your friends and family who we hope will enjoy it as much as we do.

Many thanks

Trevor Woolery
Animation Director

http://www.trevorwoolery.co.uk

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

Time Travel

Parliamentary Archives

Time Travel Through The Act Room

One of my strongest memories was of visiting Parliament with the Grangetown Local History Society to gather research for the project. We stepped into the Act Room and instantly were transported through time. Walking through the shelving surrounded by scrolls signed by Kings and Queens of England was amazing. I remember the Archivist picking up a scroll signed by King Henry VIII. Each scroll is an Act of Parliament passed with royal approval.

Head Down 12 Frames Per Second

Sea of Words Online

Sea of Words Online

It’s been a long time since I last posted an update. The animation was shot on 12 frames per second, which means 12 drawings for every second in time. Without doing the maths this amounts to a lot of work to create a 6 minute piece of animation. So I kept my head down until the project was complete. Now that it is over and up on Parliaments website, I would like to talk about some of the highlights and processes in making the animation.

You can check out the completed animation at http://www.parliament.uk/communities

Work Flow

Trevor hard at work at Awesome Animation Studios

Hard at work. Last week of animation production.

It is the final week of my animation production, as I aim to get the film signed off before the Christmas break. Lot’s to do but if I get my head down and hibernate in my studio I should just about manage it.

My animated film combines drawn animation with photographs, utilising a variety of software including Digicel Flipbook (to draw the animation), Photoshop (to render the images), After Effects (to piece it all together and Premiere (for the final edit). It seems like a complicated work flow, but hopefully it should piece together seamlessly.

Break over. Lots to draw.

Vintage Camera and Camera Man

Sketches of Vintage Camera and Camera Man

Sketches of Camera and Camera Man

I saw a lovely picture by Degas called “Standing Man in a Bowler Hat” and decided that the camera man should adorn his head with such a dapper item. Bowler hats were very popular and practical in victorian times, adding protection style and warmth. I wish I had one.

Full Steam Ahead

Sketches Bute and Pilots

Sketches of the Marques of Bute and Pilots.

The research period was completed a few weeks back leading me to the most exciting and daunting part, ‘the creative process’. My proposal was green lighted and given the thumbs up so now it’s about pulling it all together and diving head first into the animation production. I haven’t talked in any great length regarding the wealth of resources uncovered by the Grangetown Local History Society and archivists from Glamorgan Archives and Parliamentary Archives, but the whole concept is based on the documents and photographs which they have worked long and hard collecting and deciphering. In a nutshell the animation depicts the changing landscape of the docks throughout the Victorian era and the plight of the humble Pilot Cutter David Morse who gave evidence in parliament in favor of its development.

I’ve been referencing paintings of the Marques of Bute to achieve a likeness and at the same time find a style that works as a whole for the project. This style needs to be carried through to all characters so that there is unity and balance. Helen picked out an amazing old photograph from a local history book of Pilots posing in their Sunday best wearing what looks like Russian hats. It is such a cool picture that I will try and use the original in the film if permission is granted. Until then I will be using illustrations based on these characters.