Our 4th ‘8-bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Night’

This Saturday sees our 4th ‘8-bit Evolved’ Autism Friendly Gaming Night.  Rumour has it that there will be drums, guitars and a microphone as ‘8-bit Evolved’ creates its own tour with ‘RockBand’ and ‘Guitar Hero’.  

There will also be more fun on 4 player retro games and some newer titles on the Nintendo Switch.

Interested?  If you would like to be involved please register using our contact page on our website or email us at ginger@sparkyink.co.uk

 

gaming nite publicity

OUR 1st BIRTHDAY!!!

HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY to our little Studio!!!  And a BIG THANKS to our ‘inkers and thinkers’

To Celebrate we have released a small stop-motion Animation starring our unique Studio Characters ‘Sparky’ and ‘Inky’ you can find it on this link for Youtube.  As Paper is the Anniversary gift for the 1st year we thought we’d create our animation using an old favourite Ink and Card.  The Animation was made as part of an 18 hour challenge which took place yesterday where we created the artwork, cut it all out and then animated and edited it.  Phew!

So we made it to the end of our Very First Year and hasn’t that year gone super fast! I’ve spent some time recently reflecting on the years before its important to remember how you got somewhere and the last few years have been challenging from working for shockingly bad people and being treated unfairly to working with great people where longtime friendships have been made.  When I had my light bulb moment I was working an underwriter at HSBC it was 2012 and I realised I wanted to be inspired to get on with stuff, I knew I wanted to do something more.  I was creative. loved writing stories and loved Gaming so much. Having children with Autism made me want to do something digital that I could include them in.  This was my light bulb moment and I worked over the following years to try to achieve my aim of becoming a businesswoman in Digital Story-telling.  

In 2016 I finally took the plunge. I knew I had to get on with it.  I wasn’t getting any younger and I didn’t want to end up working back in a Bank unless I really had no choice.  I started from home originally and looked around for a Studio.  In July 2016 I found a little Studio at West Studios in Chesterfield and began building my company.

It hasn’t been easy, from the onset I started the Studio up from Nothing.  Hence why all our productions carry the slogan ‘Starting from Nothing’ I have had no handouts or funding. Everything has been a result of personal savings and hard graft which makes the efforts and achievements so much more fulfilling.  

Since then I’ve had some fantastic support and we would like to take this opportunity to dedicate our latest video released today to all those who have supported us.: Family, Friends, West Studios, D2N2, Derbyshire County Council and all my students and their families.  I really appreciate your help, interest and direction and wouldn’t be here with out you guys.

So here’s to another year….

This is a quick slide show of our 18 hour animation.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Want to know more about us:

Check out our website and social media.  Please give us a like and a subscribe/follow to help get us noticed.  Thank you.

www.sparkyink.co.uk

Facebook

@sparky_ink

Youtube

 

 

 

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.

2.jpg

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

Enjoy!

Please like and subscribe or to learn more about the Studio check out our website at http://www.sparkyink.co.uk.

Happy Viewing!!!

For More information about Sparky Ink Studio Ltd check out;

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

Our Blog:
https://orangewolfindustries.wordpress.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/sparkyinkstudio

Twitter:
@Sparky_ink

Copyright Sparky Ink Studio Ltd 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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

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.  

gaming nite copy.jpg

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.

lego animation copy.jpg

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.  

SPARKY PONG 2017 (demo1).jpg

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.