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Treasured Projects with Aardman's Gavin Strange

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Director and designer Gavin Strange shares a creative explosion of illustrations, graphics, photography and characters

Treasured Projects with Aardman's Gavin Strange

Inspired by the mighty Darren Dubicki, fellow director and designer at Aardman, Gavin Strange wanted to throw together a ‘sketchbook reel’. Similarly to Darren, Strange loves creating things in all types of mediums, and the reel below is a snippet of that. His work always starts as a static image: "Sometimes it stays that way if it’s a piece of graphic design or an illustration, other times it’s a jumping off point, a mood image or style frame becomes the building block of a moving image piece of work."

The short 90-second edit features a bit of everything – photography, illustration, graphic design, characters and even music. Strange made the beat himself as he wanted the whole thing to be wholeheartedly "me". There reel includes a vocal sample of his three-year-old son saying ‘Jam… Factory’, which is the alter ego Strange uses to put out all of these different creations.

"I have also been in love with a wide variety of styles, from moody monochromatic graphics to full-on eye popping neon characters. My sketchbook reel is a catalogue of work produced at work, out of work and at any hour in the day I can squeeze a bit of creativity out of!", Strange says. "Sometimes projects at Aardman are big affairs, with large numbers of hyper-talented individuals all working their magic. I love this process, there’s no better place to be than surrounded by clever folk, all working towards a common goal. On the other side of the spectrum, I equally love the self-contained solo ventures of making something on your own, and this reel is a big reflection of that."

Grab a cuppa, make it a quick one and enjoy 90 seconds of stuff for your eyeballs!

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Genres: Animation

Categories: Short films, Short Films and Music Videos

Aardman, Thu, 16 Apr 2020 15:32:17 GMT