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Introduction. How Sparky Ink Studio began…

In 2012 I had the idea to start Sparky Ink.  At that time I wasn’t really sure what I was doing or what I was going to do I just knew it would be in gaming and storytelling and would help people in some way. 

At the time I worked in a Bank as an underwriter and I just wanted to break out and get back to my creative roots. I’d studied Art at school and college and later was proud to get my BA in English & Performing Arts at The University of Sheffield.  My family were beginning to grow up and it seemed a good time to get on with it at last.  I spent some time working freelance and in other support roles until I finally took the plunge and put my plan into action and started up Sparky Ink Studio Ltd on 29 June 2016.

 

 

The Studio was literally started from nothing except passion, determination and encouragement from family and friends.

In August 2016 my little studio became official and I took up a shared studio in Studio 2 at West Studios in Chesterfield.

In December 2017, needing to expand, West Studios offered us our own self contained studio in ‘The Old Headmasters Office’.  This was absolutely fantastic.  We loved being in Studio 2 and the other businesses there who had supported us during our first year in business. 

It has meant a lot to us to still be at West Studios as the support from the other tenants and the business support is fantastic.    Having our own self contained space is the icing on the cake and means we can be noisy and messy and we can also evolve the studio and accommodate more students.  We can also leave our Green Screen’s hung up which as anyone who hates ironing knows this is definitely a BIG plus!

Check out our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk to find out more about what the studio is doing or contact us on ginger@sparkyink.co.uk 

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Another Crazy Taster Session: The DASG Rollercoaster.

Back in May the Studio visited Derbyshire Autism Services Group Youth Club in Chesterfield for another of our crazy taster sessions.

They were a lively bunch and not too shy of the camera. We had a fab time creating some human animation in the way of a Rollercoaster and some claymation; which will be posted on our channel in the near future.  Check out the film on youtube.

Our taster sessions are about engaging people in something that they are interested in but may not have the confidence to explore.  This Rollercoaster is quite time consuming to do and for the participants it demonstrates some great skills such as leadership, team engagement and trust, and not be afraid to engage and have fun.

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Thanks to all the guys and their leaders there for all your support and the fantastic engaging welcome. Was a fab night!!!

Enjoy!

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Happy Viewing!!!

For More information about Sparky Ink Studio Ltd check out;

Our Website:
http://www.sparkyink.co.uk

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https://orangewolfindustries.wordpress.com/

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Copyright Sparky Ink Studio Ltd 2017. All Rights Reserved.

In association with our ‘Starting from Nothing’ Project ©2016 – 2017

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Introducing: ‘Mini’ 8-Bit Evolved Gaming (Autism Friendly)

Following the success of our 8-Bit Evolved Gaming Nites we have started one for our younger gamers.  Taking place at our Studio in West Studios, Chesterfield we co-host the  ‘Mini’ 8-Bit Evolved Gaming Mornings each month; especially for young ‘uns’ aged 9 – 15. These Autism Friendly events are a great place to game with like-minded other young ‘uns’, make new friends, socialize and chat about everything gaming in a safe enviroment.

All games or challenges from games are aged appropriately.  Parents and carers are welcome to drop off and pick up and can either stay within easy reach by chilling out in West Studios Cafe and Shop or nip into Chesterfield Town.

Pre-registration is required. The cost is £8.00 per person with drinks and snacks included. Interested please contact the studio on ginger@sparkyink.co.uk or check out our info and make contact through our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk.

Payment is on the day either by cash or bank transfer prior to the event. Alternatively you can purchase a non-refundable season pass for ‘3’ 8-Bit Evolved gaming mornings which has a 10% discount.

Check out our Facebook Events for the dates @8BitEvolvedGaming

Logo and Pictures Copyright belongs to Sparky Ink Studio Ltd 2018

Studio Upgrade – from Studio 2 to The Old Head Master’s Office.

On Wednesday 20th December Sparky Ink Studio moved into another part of West Studios into our own self-contained Studio.  It was hard work and we didn’t realise how much stuff we had accumulated until we began packing it and realised that a few old wine boxes and some shopping bags wasn’t going to cut it. 

Eventually though by 1pm we had moved the last of our gear and had an hour and a half to try and get the studio looking like it belonged to us before security booted us out for Christmas break.

One of our ‘youtuber’ students James aka Jamwinga filmed some of the day to document this important change for us. 

Please check it out on his channel at Jamwinga or watch the less edited more raw version on our channel.  

A massive THANKS to everyone that helped on the day, to the businesses in Studio 2 for their fantastic support to us through our first year and a half and to the whole of West Studios for their brilliant support and encouragement.

 

Our new address is:

Sparky Ink Studio Ltd

The Old Headmasters Office

West Studios

Sheffield Road

Chesterfield

S41 7LL

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NEW! “MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU” Fan-Based Star Wars animation by Student Lewis

A few weeks ago, Sparky Ink Studio Student; Lewis began creating a Fun and Amazing Fan-based Star Wars Stop-motion animation.  The animation was created using Lego MiniFigs (found under the bed) and the snowmen were created in super brill detail by support Holly.  The Story evolved into a small adventure where Luke Skywalker and his team of Snowmen (some Zombie) capture The Dark Lord Darth Vader – Luke’s dad.  The snowmen mean business.

Lewis worked with Studio Digital Editor Josh to create some create terrific Visual Special effects to show Darth Vader’s demise and create some wintry scenes.  Lewis turned Luke Skywalker into a bit of a rapper with the famous line “You are NOT my father!”  

This is Lewis’ first animation with the Studio so we hope you enjoy it.  Check it out here “STAR WARS – DAWN OF THE ZOMBIE SNOWMEN”  Please like and Subscribe on our youtube channel.  Thank you for your support.

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

Some images from the film…

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Luke with his trusty Snowmen

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8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Night…SHOWREEL from our 5th Event!

 

In August 2017 8-Bit Evolved Held their fifth Autism Friendly Gaming Night. It was a fun filled retro fighting evening where old titles were taken out of the cupboard and dusted off. Here is a taster show reel of these. Thank you watching and please Like and Subscribe.

For More information about Sparky Ink Studio Ltd check out;

Our Website: http://www.sparkyink.co.uk

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Twitter: @Sparky_ink

Copyright Sparky Ink Studio Ltd 2017. All Rights Reserved. In association with our ‘Starting from Nothing’ Project ©2016 – 2017

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Bad Dog? Mini Claymation by David Lewis

Earlier in the spring of 2017, Sparky Ink Studio was invited over to Derbyshire Autism Services Group Youth Club in Chesterfield to present a Crazy Taster session.  We had a fab time.

One of the young people there David Lewis made this little claymation and used the base colour white clay to great effect.  The assets for this mini Claymation were created on the evening and filmed straight after.  David had some animation experience before hand.  He was brilliant at working with the clay figures and filming to create a very smooth animation in such a small length of time.  Well done to David!bad dog

Bad Dog? This story is about a man who takes his dog for a walk.  The dog sees something and pulls away from the man pulling the man over when the lead snaps.  See what happens next…  The question is…Is this a Bad Dog?  Enjoy.  Please like and subscribe on our YouTube Channel.  Thank you for watching.

 

Girls & Video Gaming…What’s all that about? 12.09.17 National Video Gaming Day!

Today is National Video Gaming Day. Yay!!!  Which is Brill that our Industry of both the Gamer and the Producer is being recognised.  In true Gamer Style I too will be spending some time knocking out a few rounds online or with some of the guys at the studio.

As I was thinking about all this Video Gaming malarkey and what it means to me as a Female Gamer, it seemed appropriate to choose today to share a little bit about my own Gaming experience.

It was few years back now (really…I prefer not to say the exact year) but the big fat brown Atari console had been on the scene a short time and this was my first encounter  with Video Gaming…it wasn’t even my own console but belonged to the brother of a friend and we stole goes on it when he was out.  I remember being memorised and intrigued by the game  PONG and wondering how did it all work?  I was still coming to terms with how the Telly worked so this just blew my mind!  It was amazing!  old tellyLater, I got into the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 (again neither of these were my consoles but belonged to my brother and a boyfriend).  It’s this bit that I find really interesting about how Girl Gamers…(Erm…we didn’t even have that name in those days) were viewed.  As Females in general, in those days…yeah the good old days…the view tended to be ‘small feet gets you closer to the kitchen sink’.  As a ‘tomboy’ all my mates were generally male and I noticed growing up that they didn’t have to do the same chores as I did…Cleaning the house, Ironing, cooking, washing the pots…to name a few.  Their tasks tended to be cool things like…building a tree house, making a tyre swing, fixing the car or getting their dreams and prayers answered with a spanking new games console for Christmas.

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It’s not that I minded doing the chores, it was accepted in society that that is what you did, it’s just there was a direct distinction between Male and Female Species and generally the Male ones seemed to have the fun while the Female one’s had to do loads of stuff.

I know it’s similar in the wild…the Lioness does the hunting and endangers her life while the Lion just hangs around with all the spare Lionesses and does nothing except hump and roar when the call comes for it.  This picture below details this exactly.  If these lions had games controllers in their hands then you’d know exactly where I was coming from. male lions copy

Pack of Male Lions. (photo courtesy of Google National Geographic Magazine 2012)

As it was the only keyboard I had was a ‘Bontempi’  with 24 keys embedded into beige plastic and I could play silent night on it.  It wasn’t a games console it didn’t even have a demo button on it.  I remember having to persuade my parents to buy my younger brother a games console/computer – the legendary ‘Commodore 64Plus4‘ Purchased from Dad’s savings from Woolworths, it was all I could do to be sure I could just get my hands on one.  If I asked maybe, just maybe Dad would have said yes…but it was 1980’s England and that just didn’t happen.

It hopelessly just seemed the normal thing that Males could have the consoles and Girls couldn’t.  sad face

My addiction and love of Video Gaming was soothed by the gentle sound of Data Cassette’s being filed through on wet Saturday afternoons in ‘Just Micro’ in Sheffield, whilst trying to persuade my brother or boyfriend to buy the games I wanted to play.  On some solitary afternoons of my youth I’d ‘wagg it’ from school and could be found in the Arcade on the Space Invaders Arcade Machine.

My first real experience of Home Console Video Gaming came with a husband and Children in tow and was the best thing since sliced bread and Microsoft’s answer to unicorn dreams…the Original XBOX.  Ginormous in size and with health and safety instructions in the booklet, that stated ‘don’t drop on a small child’…it was utterly amazing!

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My first online multiplayer experience was in HALO 2.  Master Chief…created a hero in me and this was one of the best escapism’s ever.  A Sci-Fi story where you became the macho Hero and it was you who would save everyone and everything.

halo 2.jpgThere was only a few hardcore Girl-gamers online at that time and Microsoft had not yet brought out the Female version of Master Chief – although his dependable companion Cortana was pretty cool.  I had two female friends online at the time and 98 male friends on my friends list.  My late friend Gary always said;

 ‘Having a female in the online gaming room made a difference…it made the team pull together better, made the males chivalrous and toned down the language and trash talking.” 

Things have got better for girl-gamers and the industry is recognising us and promoting us positively.  It’s great that the Industry is seeing value in the Female Gamer both in employment and directing sales.  Yet I still feel we have some way to go.  Online gaming is still a very much male dominated environment.  I know this because every game I play online has at least 8 out of 10 players that are male.  It could be the type of games I play maybe, yet I still see a lack of Female representatives within games; but happily we are getting there.

All I know is I love Video Gaming.  It ticks boxes of immersion and provokes dramatic creative thinking in me; the same experience I can get from a book, film or stage play.  Great games give a productive sense of achievement, entertainment, can help develop social interaction particularly for those who struggle to leave the house through anxiety or disability and can help develop skills and interest from the environment that the Gamer experiences.

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Crazy Taster Trailer…

Check out our Autumn Trailer on YOUTUBE from our Spring 2017 Crazy Taster Sessions.

DASG Youth Group took part in a Crazy Taster session earlier in the year. Here are some clips of the work they managed to do in such a short space of time. The full versions of these mini films will be on here in the next few weeks…

Many THANKS to all the guys at Derbyshire Autism Services Youth Group in Chesterfield. You were all amazing budding actors and Animators!

Please like and Subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel; where any money raised goes to one of the good causes that we support.  For more details of what Sparky Ink Studio does check out our Social Feed on Facebook and Twitter or at www.sparkyink.co.uk

Filmed entirely on i-pad and edited in i-movie.  Trailer format and music courtesy of I-movie template.