‘Loading… Screen’ Sparky ink Studio Newsletter – 2018 Roundup


Welcome ‘inkers & thinkers’ to our first ‘Loading Screen‘ Newsletter of 2019!  We thought it would be a great idea to keep our Sparky Friends and Followers up to date by giving you something epic to read; not epic as in winner of best literature… more epic in volume.  🙂 

This edition is to be a quick reflection of 2018 as it was a fantastic year for us and we wanted to share some of the highlights and have only just had chance to do so.  If there is anything more you would like to know about stuff we did or how we did it drop us a comment below or send us some contact via our website…

2018 Roundup

One of the main highlights for our Studio in 2018 was starting the New Year in our new studio after moving from our little shared area into our New self-contained Studio at West Studios.  Our move was filmed by one of our Broadcasting & Production Students and Youtuber James
aka Jamwinga.  Check out our little moving Video that we made here:  https://youtu.be/NUmqGqZxvoE

Throughout the year we gained some new students, we went out on outreach to schools and colleges in the area and  had some fab taster sessions, gave some inspirational careers talks, Met loads of brilliant people, worked with people of all ages,
filled lots of hard drives and SD cards with happy filming and photography, edited tons of film, made loads of videos, created many amazing clay monsters, filmed a professional film, designed and developed our first game, ate lots of Custard Creams and Bourbon biscuits, Drank Tea and played hours of video games.

We also attended as Press at ‘EGX’ in Birmingham and ‘Play Expo’ in Blackpool – which was a real treat.  We supported West Studios with the Summer Market and held Christmas Workshops where we had a fab day with visitors who tried their hand at Stop Motion Animation.   We were thrilled to have introduced the opportunity for Work Experience at the Studio and even more thrilled that people wanted to complete their work experience with us.  In 2018 we welcomed Amy Hannah who was studying Art at Sheffield Colleges, Andreas Lee – An Animation Student from Chesterfield College and Alannah Smith from Wales Bar School.  We have recorded so much during 2-18 in video form on YouTube and our photographs we have put on social media.  Looking back on them and remembering the fun and achievements for the Students and our studio definatly brings a smile to our faces.

One of the things we had hoped to achieve was a small game to celebrate our 2nd Birthday and our 1st Birthday for our Gaming Events.  We were so pleased when two weeks after deciding to build the game, it was finished.  Albeit in a beta form (we have since changed backgrounds and game play mechanics in the game)  but we are so pleased with the outcome and that we had at last created our very first game as a studio with original characters.  ‘tHAT bIRTHDAY gAME’  was presented to our gamers at our 8-Bit Evolved Gaming Morning and Nite for testing and we are pleased to say it was well received! 

Since then, just about all our students have created a ‘Fan Level’ for the game.  We hope to Licence the Game sometime in 2019 as a Free To Play Online Game.

During the Summer of 2018 we planned a Sparky day for community group Kaps.  We wrote ‘They Came From Your Feet’ as a story board for the children two days before and tweaked it on set on the day when we filmed everything.  I suppose we didn’t expect it to come out as well as it did but the talented children and our crazy story seemed to go hand in hand.  After five months in post production we now have a 20 minute black n’ white silent movie, which we hope to premiere in the very near future.  As a studio this is such an achievement and we are really proud of this.  The children who star in the film are amazing and we can’t wait for them to see the finished production.

In November 2018 we stood with the ‘Chesterfieldian’s’ in their West Studios Remembrance Day Ceremony reflecting on the 100 year anniversary since the First World War.  A solemn occasion filled with acknowledgement and respect for those who died and those who survived and returned home.  We were delighted to have permission to film the service, a great honor as this will hopefully continue to be in their archives forever.  The completed film will be given to the group.

All year we hosted our regular  monthly 8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Nites and also introduced a Mini Gamers Morning event each month too.  These have be extra fun and the funds raised paid for a ‘Nintendo Switch’ just in time in December for the launch of ‘Super Smash Bros’ and our Christmas get together – which was one thumb defining day!

By the time we broke up in December for Christmas we were ready for the rest.

2019 is going to be just as much an exciting year as 2018 was.  We have so many exciting events and all sorts of things which are going to happen.  We will publish our First Quarter Newsletter by the end of March 2019 to give some hints at what to expect!

A massive THANK YOU to all those who supported us in 2018.  A Particularly warm felt Thanks to our Students and Gamers who have made our year really special!

Thanks for checking out our Blog.


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.


Some images from the film…

Opening Titles
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Luke with his trusty Snowmen

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.


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.

Autism Friendly Saturday workshops for kids aged 10+

From September we will be offering some new Fun sessions on Saturday afternoons for kids aged 10+.  These are social and chilled out sessions designed to engage the participants in Digital Story-telling through  Animation and/ or Games Design.  We also chill out together in a few multiplayer games in relaxed atmosphere.

Interested…pre-registration is essential.  To book or find out more contact us either through our contact page at http://www.sparkyink.co.uk or by email ginger@sparkyink.co.uk.  We are also on Facebook and Twitter.


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‘inkers & thinkers’ NEW ‘Wednesday Evening’ WORKSHOP SESSIONS for Ages 15+ from September 2017…

From September 2017 Sparky Ink Studio will be launching some new sessions aimed at young people aged 15+ who would like to learn, develop and share new digital and creative skills, as well as socialise.  The Studio uses Industry Standard Software.  The workshop is Autism Friendly and disabled friendly.  Places are limited.  Pre-Registration is required.

Interested…please contact the Studio at ginger@sparkyink.co.uk, via the contact page www.sparkyink.co.uk or find us on facebook @sparkyinkstudio or twitter @sparky_ink

Taster Sessions are available on request.

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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.


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


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Stop-motion Animation ‘The Present – The Anguish of the Unexpected’.

A while ago one of our students told us about a time when he struggled to open presents given to him because of the unexpected that lay beneath the wrappings. He explained how it caused him such a lot of anguish and anxiety that he would just hide the gift in the wardrobe or under the bed.  He would keep checking it was there over a period of time but it would still take an enormous amount of courage to open the gift.  

This little stop motion animation created in Lego is about that experience.   The little lego-man in the film is worried about whatever is in the package and how will this change something?  How will he deal with the Anguish of the unexpected.

Originally this was going to be posted during Autism Awareness Week but wasn’t quite finished in time.  We hope you enjoy it.  Check it out on our youtube Channel or through our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk

Give us a like and a follow/subscribe.  Thanks.

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Inking & Thinking in Games Design – Sparky PONG 2017

Sparky Ink is helping our inkers & thinkers create stories in digital format through Games Design & Development.  As part of our introduction to our  Games Design and Development Workshops, we teach students how to create a version of Atari’s first ever digital game of ‘PONG’.  Creating this game sparks lots of skills, tormented looks, shouts of joy or terror depending on what goes right and wrong.  Our inkers & thinkers start to think more about the End user, play-ability and what makes a game worthwhile.  As well as gaining some skills of understanding the engine, appearance and sounds. We usually make this game using the Game Maker 2 Engine by yoyo Games Ltd.  

I’ve put a quick games capture of a simple version which can be found on our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk  (When I recorded it there was a slight lag on the sound)  This gives an idea of a first game to build.  

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If you are interested in learning some basics of Game Design & Development please contact us either via the website or our facebook or Twitter page.  All our workshops are Autism and Disability Friendly.

We are looking to run a virtual Webinar Games Design & Development Workshop in the near future.  Contact us for more info.




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.