Red Nose Attacks by Team Yellow Banana

 

Back in March 2017 Team Yellow Banana created a little video for Red Nose DAy.  It wasn’t aired at the time in respect to the victims of the terrorist attack in London.  The Team felt now was a good time.  We hope you enjoy this claymation v’s rubber stop-motion animation.

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Thanks for watching.

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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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8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Nite….Is BACK!

ONE WEEK TO GO…..To our Autism Friendly Gaming Nite is BACK on Saturday 24th June 2017.  The doors open at 6.30 pm for social gaming.  It’s tickets only guys so to order your ticket please use the contact page at our website www.sparkyink.co.uk and we will come back to you.  Tickets are £10.00 with a £5.00 subsidy for first-timers or siblings.  Tickets are payable on the night in cash or via bank transfer.

Our gaming nights are designed to be a fun social time in a safe environment with other gamers.  The session will be divided between retro and next Gen console gaming.  We also have a variety of games on Steam.  We’ve put a poll on our Facebook Page to see which Retro consoles and games people would like to play.  

It’s gonna’ be a top Banana Nite!

If you don’t live locally but would like to be involved in our Gaming nites please drop me a line as we can often hook up via skype or through online gaming.  

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EASTER OPENING TIMES

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FREE! TASTER SESSIONS AT SPARKY INK STUDIO

We have set up an event page with EVENTBRITE for our taster sessions.  Checkout the page at www.eventbrite.co.uk

If you live in the Chesterfield and surrounding area and would like to try one of our Stop-motion Animation Taster Sessions.  

Please contact the Studio either through our webpage at wwwsparkyink.co.uk or email us at ginger@sparkyink.co.uk.  

Please note if you book a ticket you still need to contact us prior to the event.

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8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Nite – Month 4 EVENT

It’s that time again when we get together for our monthly Autism Friendly Gaming Nite. Last month we had an excellent evening playing some fantastic titles together.

Among the titles were some old favourites and a Game which we all agreed they should make another game of and that was Valve’s “Left4Dead”  So much fun…not a game for the fainthearted especially when the “Boomer” pukes on you and the hoard attacks or if you disturb “the witch”.  We will be putting the game footage of our evening on our youtube channel later today.

Tickets for the event are usually £13.50 but we have reduced them as an Easter Spring treat to £10.00.  It’s a 2.5 hr session with drinks, salty snacks and haribos available.  Give us a shout if you would like to book a place.

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BANANA WARS – Autism Awareness Week

As the Doomsday clock hits 3 minutes to midnight ‘Banana-Scoffer’ a small fat orange Alien with an extremely long sticky tongue lands on a table in Chesterfield, England.  His mission is to find and eat as many Banana’s as possible before they become extinct.  As Banana-Scoffer sits exercising his incredibly long tongue and twirling his eyes he notices a ‘random legoman’ enticing a ‘Lego ATAT’ with the world’s last Banana…he has to have it…no matter what…he reaches out for it…

Check out our new youtube video (Sparky Ink) to see how the story ends…

This video is presented on our channel and is dedicated this week to Autism Awareness Week.  Please subscribe to our channel, like and share.

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Inky & Sparky…Our Studio Character’s launch

A very exciting day for the Studio when we finally show our first video starring our two Studio Characters Inky and Sparky.

Inky is a DroneBot who enjoys inventing and building things.  His favourite film’s are ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Frankenstein’ and he takes a lot of his creative and scientific influence from them.

In our very first video starring Inky we see him creating his companion ‘Sparky’

 

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Please check out the video on youtube at Sparky Ink https://youtu.be/0Fwp6-Sjlp8 or check out the link on our website at http://www.sparkyink.co.uk find us on facebook or Twitter @sparky_ink

Please Subscribe and view our channel as we are trying to get as many subscribers and views as possible this week to raise money for Autism Awareness Week with the National Autistic Society.

Autism Awareness Week 2017


It’s been a crazy few weeks at the Studio getting things ready for Autism Awareness Week which is finally here!  Each day this week; to help raise awareness of Autism, we will be uploading a video to our Youtube Channel Sparky Ink.  

When you hit our channel any money raised this week will be donated to the National Autistic Society so Please! Please!! Please!!! Subscribe and view as much as you can.  Our content ranges from Stop-motion Animation to creative film-making and human animation.  Each video presented has a direct connection in some way to Autism. 

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Two of the future releases  Inky & Sparky  and Banana Wars

If you are unable to subscribe on Youtube but would like to make a donation then please drop us a line on our contact page at our website sparkyink.co.uk or check out our JustGiving Page at https://justgiving.com/SparkyInk

#InternationalWomensDay #WomenInFiction

Which female in your life changed your direction? Motivated you or inspired you to become someone different?  I think for most of us our mother’s, aunt’s, sister’s and grandmother’s probably are ranked pretty high up.  There are a few other’s too; for example someone that I personally admire as a woman is:  Mother Teresa:  Strong and productive, she rolled her sleeves up and got on with it. Most of all she made a difference with little reward.

However, since we are a digital studio I wanted to think about the Fictional Females because whilst we may not want to believe it, some of these have probably impacted us just as much as live Females:  So we’ll look at females from Games, Film and Animation. Please feel free to comment and tell us which Fictional Female inspires you:

Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) Alien (1979): As strong as they get.  Gets ignored throughout the film by the Captain, ends up taking on an Alien and surviving.  Then goes back  with a load of roughnecks (RIP Bill Paxton) and does it all again this time saving a soldier and a kid.  Strong determined will against all odds.  Fantastically believable character with a fantastic believable actress.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider (1996 on wards):  Female gaming icon you gotta love her.  Has the looks, the figure and great adventures.  Daring and intelligent.  What female wouldn’t want to be her…for at least a day!

Liara T’soni (Mass Effect Franchise) (2007 on wards): Alien Female ‘Asari’ Again another good looking with a fit figure female portrayed in a game.  However, what is inspiring about Dr. Liara. T’soni is she is written as an intelligent female who can take care of herself.  She is seen throughout the three games to seemingly grow up before the gamer. She goes from an intelligent historian to an even more intelligent shadow Broker in between having a very meaningful relationship with Commander Shepard (depending on the options you chose as a gamer)  Her presence in the game drives forward the message that she stands out from her own all-female race because of her bloodline and her crazy mother.  She’s had it tough but doesn’t let that cloud her judgement, she gets on with it, respects her superiors and is a massive support to her team.  When her planet falls in ME3 she continues to fight the enemy and to help others. A very well written character and a genius at multi-tasking.

Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) (1988): The hair, figure and husky voice. Jessica Rabbit has it all and she is faithful to the end to Roger Rabbit.  A woman who has choices before her but chooses to do the right things, who would not be inspired!

Lastly…

Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe):  Beautiful, seductive, intelligent and tragic. Roslyn is everything that Marilyn Monroe was.  A woman scared of getting older, scared of the future and trying to find a place in the world, wanting to be loved and cared for.  This character demonstrates a life lived dealing and hiding mental illness.  This character demonstrates a clear distinction between women and men.  The emotional speech about the Mustang killings sees both sides; the divided responsibilities and the emotion of dealing with decisions made; do you make a living or let the Mustangs go?  Roslyn becomes an extraordinary women standing up for an animal that is worn out and out of time, similarly like herself, Marilyn Monroe, Roslyn and the Mustang all share that hopelessness when faced with difficult circumstances.  Yet they all draw a graceful strength from it and let the audience make up their own minds. If nothing else, a powerful message of needing help is clear from this character. Why be inspired? Marilyn Monroe inspired Arthur Miller to write the character.