Monthly Archives: July 2011

Visiting the Isle of Spagg

The brothers McLeod, Myles and GregThanks to Brothers McLeod for a great evening previewing their new pilot Isle of Spagg, a full half hour of animation – that’s a lot of blinking Flash frames! We were also treated to a 30 minute presentation from the  Greg and Myles (animator and writer respectively), walking us through the whole process of creation, from concept, holiday, sketching, drinking, through to working with actors and musicians, raising funding, and final production.

The Brothers talked of the three years it took to bring the Isle of Spagg to life. Greg told us that the idea for the film came some 10-11 years ago when they were in Cornwall and saw Monkeys Head Island. He said “I got to wondering whether there was a community on the other side [of the island]” and the idea was born.

Partially funded by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union the project started by the brothers “taking a week out of the office” writing and drawing, and generally trying to make each other laugh as they created the characters and drew up their animation bible for the film. Commenting on the process Greg said that they needed “to love the characters as a 30 minute film meant they would be a round for a very long time!”

Although the brothers felt that the music brought the film to life it was the actors who played the characters who really made the difference. “The original read through was not funny, but as the actors got into it they made us laugh as they brought the characters to life”.

Brothers McLeodGreg and Myles paid tribute to the production team:

Voice Artists: Lu Corfield, David Holt, Louis McLeod, Myles McLeod, Lucy Montgomery and Richard Ridings. Design and Animation Greg McLeod. Lead Animators Tom Evans and Kirsten Thacker. Turnarounds and Animation Robert Brown. Animation Nick Wade, Hamish Baird and Louis Hudson. Character Rigging Lizz Lunney. Sound Paul Johnston and Dave Peacock. Music Mark Dean, The Reel Note Ceili Band and Strumpit. Script Editor Hayley McKenzie. Producer Helen Brunsdon.

They also thanked: Tom Angell, Thomas Crook, Camilla Deakin, Lucy Fawcett, Rebecca Papworth, Andy Wyatt, the animation students at University College Falmouth and their families.

The Brothers are fully socialised, so go befriend them, twitter them, and watch films on YouTube.

Next month we’re taking a summer break, so we’re back at OFVM Film Oxford on Thursday September 15th.

In the meantime, if you have any ideas for a talk, or topic for the night, do get in touch. If you want us to approach someone who’s been an inspiration to you, in design, illustration, animation, the web, anywhere – we can make the approach for you, just let us know.

Flash course this weekend – 50% off!

As a special offer for Adobe User Group attendees – sign up for this weekend’s Flash Animation course at OFVM at a 50% discount. That’s £72.50 to you!

This is a two day course and runs 10:00 – 16.30 on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, held at OFVM, Oxford with Alun Ward as your tutor.

Here’s some recent feedback from this course:

One of the best Adobe trainers I’ve ever come across. Eva
A great course that goes at a steady pace so everyone understands. Bruce
I think this is the best IT-based course I’ve ever done. Really good pace… Jenny

Read more details about the course on the OFVM web site. It’s suitable for beginners to Flash software and is an introduction to using it for animation, for video, and we’ll add basic interactivity using Actionscript. There are usually 8 or so students, so it’s a small and informal group with the opportunity on Sunday to pursue your own project work with the tutor’s help.

To get the discount, put ‘Adobe Group Member’ in the ‘please give details’ box when you book online.

If you want to chat to OFVM, call them on 01865 792731, or contact to ask Alun any further questions about the course.
This offer only lasts until noon on Thursday, so get booking!

Brothers McLeod visit – 21 July

Brothers McLeodTop animators Brothers McLeod exclusive screening – next Thursday

BAFA award nominees, The Brothers McLeod, illustrator Greg and writer Myles, will be talking about their latest project, a half hour comedy pilot called The Isle of Spagg. They’ll be telling us how they came up with the idea, how they found the time and money to make it, and what they hope to do with it in the future. The talk will also include an exclusive screening of the finished pilot.
Greg and Myles visited us a year or so back and gave us a great night. Do invite your friends along to this and let’s make it a good evening. If you’re interested in animation and/or Flash, come along.

Day: Thursday 21st July
Time: 7:30 pm.
Where: OFVM Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH
How much: Free
For whom: anyone interested in networking with other digital creatives in Oxfordshire