storyofbritain

storyofbritain:

Episode 7 saxon Britain.

You can watch the episode HERE

Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of info on this period of history. What we do know was that there where no great invasions and battles and such. Mostly as many people in history regarded the age of the Roman empire as a pinnacle of humanity and everything since being a slide to degradation. So as we had so little facts to report lets tell the story of Beowulf! The original fantasy action adventure.

This was lots of fun to design and the team to animate, and I think it shows in the quality of the episode. I was determined not to copy anything from the 3d film. However after watching it after the episode was done there are still some shots which are similar. As with episode six there are many shots which are a homage to Genndy Tartakovsky and his shows Samurai Jack, Symbiotic Titan and the Clone Wars. As well as a beautiful and scary animation I saw as a child. You can watch it HERE

The design of Grendel I made when I was about fifteen. Unused and forgotten until he returns in this show! The dragon was particularly fun to design as well as I wanted to make him look like the prow of a ship.

storyofbritain

storyofbritain:

Episode 6 Roman Britain

you can watch the episode HERE

A bit of a gear shift with this one. I was unsure if the gladiators would get past the powers that be. But apparently you can have some violence in a children’s show as long as it’s “in a historical context” possibly my favorite note of the series.

Some of the shots in this ep I think betray my love of the show samurai jack.

The dad is based on the actor Idris Elba who I thought would look cool in roman uniform. The plot of the mother sending invitations for her birthday is based on a real tablet unearthed at Hadrian’s wall. There is a file somewhere where the final shot with the dad is ended with the loony toons theme with the red iris going round his head.

Thats all folks!

(no! there are still another four episodes! Stick around for dragons and vikings!)

storyofbritain

storyofbritain:

Episode 4 Iron age.

you can watch the episode HERE

Colorful costumes at last! No more brown costumes for our family.

I am always astounded by the ingenuity of Angus to get great animation from limited sources. I am of course talking about the father gesturing with the spear. (the first gif up top)

Lots of liberal use of the blur tool on this show.

Myself and the writer Emma where quite insistent on the druid being a woman as she bucks the trend for old men with beards. Unfortunately there is little to no info on the druids, so I had to make do and not make too many assumptions. the diadem that she wears is however based on a real archaeological find.  I am particularly fond of the druids factbox as its pretty spooky.

storyofbritain

storyofbritain:

Episode 3 Bronze age

you can watch the episode HERE

This was the one where everything came together. Myself Angus and Brook had gotten the method of getting the work done in seven days to make each episode. (I know, shocking!)

I insisted on the mysterious opening to keep it slightly spooky and atmospheric. I was also backed up by Emma the writer as bronze making was kept secret at the time so it was considered magical. Some lovely animation here from Brook with the molten bronze. Search for videos of molten bronze its amazing.

It was massively difficult to design clothes for the characters, seeing as they make wool only half way through the episode. And it was in a warm time climate wise. So I just took reference to clothing at the time and substituted wool for leather.

storyofbritain

storyofbritain:

Episode 02 neolithic

watch the episode HERE

Ah episode two, it took so long to make the final shot wasn’t finished until the last day of production!

The fantastic 3D Eagle was made and animated by my brother Henry

And a big thank you to the guys at rapid for putting the eagle sound every time he’s in shot.

it was at this point we where joined by Brook and Hamish who provided sterling animation throughout the show.

There is very little information on people of this age. Most of the costume came from men like Ötzi and other frozen men of the time. The costume of the characters is similar to those of the American Indians, which just goes to prove that some designs just don’t need fixing.

storyofbritain

storyofbritain:

Episode 01 Middle Stone Age

you can watch it HERE 

Hello, this is Ben the director of the show.

Episode one was always going to be a tricky one. I had figured out the art style and the episode was already story boarded before we started, however myself and Angus the lead animator, hadn’t really figured out the most streamlined method of production. So it took almost twice as long to animate as all the other episodes.

The wolves and the bear where the most fun to animate, and a bit of a trick to get past the powers that be. however everyone responded well to wolfie as expected.

and yes that is Jenna Coleman narrating.

Myself Johnathan http://jonathantheharris.tumblr.com/

Joe http://joe-sparrow.tumblr.com/

and Blanca went on a holiday to Malaga Spain.

I haven’t done any real location drawing in ages so it was nice to get over my fear of drawing buildings. i had no real goal for the sketches other than to just paint what i saw and maybe improve my methods.

some of them have been tampered with in photoshop, but then again its my sketchbook so blow it out yer ass.

if you’d like to see the rest of them they are up on my other blog at blogger

http://bentobittdrawings.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/spain-trip-2014.html

and yes it was a very fine trip.

Dr Archibald Von Krieger
started a deadlands campaign with a brand new character. My inspiration for him is Dr King Sholts with a heavy dash of Nigel West Dickens and Wednesday from American Gods. 
he’s a bounty hunter and snakeoil salesman with a murky past and as short future.
a charmer of ladies, killer of men and seller of false hope.

Dr Archibald Von Krieger

started a deadlands campaign with a brand new character. My inspiration for him is Dr King Sholts with a heavy dash of Nigel West Dickens and Wednesday from American Gods.

he’s a bounty hunter and snakeoil salesman with a murky past and as short future.

a charmer of ladies, killer of men and seller of false hope.