Monday, 8 September 2008

Ed Barrett "Walkies", "From A to B", "Man Up" and & "Walking"

With a first in Animation from the University College for the Creative Arts Farnham and his recent completion of an MA at the Royal College of Art, Ed Barrett would appear to have bright future. Walkies was made in 2005 and is a very visual enactment of a boy and his dog a strolling through the countryside. The stills above show the style, simply drawn with a soft use of colour. The walk cycle is something all animators create in their training; the trick is to make it interesting. The two pieces highlighted today are exercises in the art. In the first the dog in particular has a series of adventures, being attacked by a flying saucer, levitating seemingly at will and leaving a little delight on the road for fellow travellers - albeit this lot drops down from above and a passing bird saves the day. From A to B was, like the first, produced at UCCA though a year later. A and B compete for bragging rights in a series of exercises in which their respective sizes constantly alter: Ed has the wit to animate their antics in a constantly entertaining manner. It all works out well until C appears. Once again simply drawn in dark pencil the success here is to communicate character as well as entertain. To illustrate his progress judge this extract from this year's RCA piece Man Up which is extraordinarily good. I shouldn't like anyone to think these blogs are simply thrown together willy-nilly. Ed's film is also, as with yesterday, about a crane. This time it is one of those huge towering things that dominate the skylines of our cities. In a superbly composed and very funny short Ed answers the questions that tease one about the activities of crane operators - namely, how they obtain their exercise and how they go to the loo. His quickfire, stop motion movie, Walking, based on a series of images of him walking (obvious really) finished yesterday at the London International Animation Festival. A talented man and one to keep an eye on as his career develops.

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