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

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A Crazy Fun Taster Session – Human Animation

As a Studio we regularly nip out and about to do taster sessions of the workshops that we offer.  Its a great chance to meet likeminded people at events and interact with local social groups.  At the beginning of the year we were invited to Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group who meet at Monkey Park CIC in Chesterfield.

We had a really fun evening even though our technology was playing up everyone got together and made a Human Animation.  Some of the younger members were really intereted in the Stop-motion Animation and created a ‘Mario’ type Animation.

The Sparky Ink Team had a fab night and this is a good chance to say a Big Thanks for having us!

As part of Autism Awareness Week we have produced the footage of that night and messed around a bit with it.  It was great Crazy fun!!!  Check out the Video on our Youtube Channel ‘Sparky Ink’  Give us a like and subscribe if you can and check out our other vids.  If you’d like to donate for Autism Awareness Week please check out out JustGiving Page at http://www.justgiving.com/sparkyink

Find our latest vid at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2ufT7vmqZQ  Thank you for viewing.

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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.

Thank you in advance and enjoy and check out our other vids.yellow Banana promo poster copy

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.

#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.