Weird Few Weeks

Phew!  Been a dashing around and getting well after a lengthy period of illness for the ‘Sparky Inkers’.  Not only were we all taken down with a horrible flu but we also had umpteen hardware failures on our studio laptop (which has been sent off for repair) the laptop was purchased when we opened the studio in August 2016 and we got it specifically for our editing and special effects suite.  It went bang a few weeks ago and we’ve been left with my old little Samsung plug in baby which is now in its 7th year.  Unfortunately whilst its great for running old adobe programs and Unity 5 it can’t run much else.  Therefore came the decision to raid the bank account and now we are awaiting delivery of a new gaming PC and i-pad in the next few days to help alleviate all these issues.  It’s left the bank account in the red but if we want to work then this is what we’ve had to do.

Despite all of this we remain very optimistic in our ‘starting from nothing’ year zero and with the new equipment on order we are encouraged that we will finally be able to get on with work again.  To celebrate we got a new white board and pens so we can now see all our game planning at a glance.  We’re steaming a head, now after what seems like the worse few months ever which we know is probably a big exaggeration we are hopefully back on track.

Thanks to everyone who has offered words of support, sympathy and encouragement during our first 7 months of life…we so appreciate it and you know who you are.

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Taster Saturdays!

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‘Starting From Nothing’ 2017 Taster Sessions

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Sparky Ink Studio will be presenting our ‘Starting from Nothing’ Saturday Taster Sessions once a month.  The first one will be held on Saturday 18th February 2017.  Places are by appointment only and there are several slots still available.

Each Taster lasts around 20 to 30 minutes and there is a choice of Stop-motion Animation or Games Design & Development.  Each taster is designed to give an insight into some of the workshops we run.

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Want to know more? Please contact Jane on 07790 723738

email: ginger@sparkyink.co.uk or contact us through the website at http://www.sparkyink.co.uk

Taster Session with Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group At Monkey Park.

Sparky Ink were delighted to be invited to meet with a new group of ‘inkers and thinkers’ in Chesterfield on Friday 13th January.  Local group Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group; who meet monthly at the Social Enterprise Monkey Park which is based in Chesterfield, invited us to meet the group and run a taster session.  So we grabbed our gear and went over.  We were met by a warm reception of lively individuals who wanted to know more about what Sparky Ink Studio was about, the workshops we run and our involvement within the Autism community.

As part of the taster session we made a human animation with the whole of the group, which involved a chain of participants creating a ‘Abbey Road’ inspired crossing of the whole of the cafe, right in the heart of Monkey Park.  The group had no stage fright and worked well together responding to the camera in-between bouts of laughter as they created the animation.  The roars of laughter at the end of filming while watching the footage demonstrated the fun and enjoyment of participating in the taster. Over coffee and jaffa cakes our team helped share some of our skills and helped to make a ‘Mario’ inspired table top stop-motion animation with a few of the younger members.

The Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group is a fairly new group and was started up to help support people with Autism and their families in the area.  As a Studio who is positive about Autism we were really pleased to have been asked to run the taster.  Not only is it a chance to meet new people but also to do something fun and take people out of their comfort zones to work together and participate is a group activity.  It was also good for us as a studio to get out and about and meet new people in the area.

Fantastic encouragement for all in involved!

‘Mario’ inspired Table Top Stop-Motion Animation.

Thank you to all at Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group and Monkey Park for your kind hospitality, fantastic coffee and your warm welcome.

If you would like to find out more about the Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group check out their face book page at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/166474650472022/

For more information about the Social Enterprise Monkey Park check out their website at: http://www.monkeypark.org.uk/  or email simon@monkeypark.org.uk

 

Welcome 2017!! Happy New Year Inkers & Thinkers!

Wow…how fast did that go? 

We are still in year Zero but at last a year with a 7 in it!  2017 has been plugged in and ready to go…….  We’ve lots lined up over the next few months and will really need to hang onto our hats!  Can’t wait to get started. 

Back in the Studio tomorrow for our first proper day of 2017, where we will be working on editing and some new ideas for a game we are developing. 

Watch this space and thanks for all your support and input over the last few months!

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Merry Christmas Inkers & Thinkers

Phew!!! It’s been a busy last few weeks at Sparky Ink Studio with the majority of the work being out and about away from the Studio.  The team is completing editing on a few of the projects which we hope to air in the very near future.

There’s a lot to look forward to in the New Year which we are keeping under our woolly hats at the moment. We are looking forward to 2017 with loads of projects planned, it is going to be a very creative time at the studio and in the community.  We will enjoy a few days off to recharge our batteries.  All that remains to say is Everyone have a fantastic time and we’ll see you in the New Year!!!

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8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Night

We’d only just begun but due to unforeseen circumstances Sparky Ink Studio’s Autism Friendly Gaming Night ‘8-Bit Evolved’ will not take place as planned this Saturday 19th November.  We have a Christmas clash in December so our next one will be on 21st January 2017.  As a special offer the first one back will be at a reduced rate of £5.00 so if you would like to be a part of this please give us a shout and we’ll put your names down.

In the meantime please follow us on Facebook on our new 8-bit evolved dedicated page. @8BitEvolvedAutismGaming

…Long Live the Gamer!
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About Sparky Ink Studio

Sparky Ink Studio is a place for inkers and thinkers.  The studio offers workshops and social projects aimed at helping people who have personal challenges in their lives.  The workshops and projects offered are Games Design, Animation, Comic-book & Graphic Novel Design and Development, Film-making, digital Art, Creative and Script-writing. 

Part of the studio’s ethos is to help people seek out their creative career within the digital Creative Industries and is developing a Digital Inclusion Project for participants.

Sparky Ink Studio anticipates a Three year Digital Inclusion Project which will hopefully kick-start careers for participants within the Gaming & Creative Industries sector. During Year One participants will work towards their own development.  This will include using industry software and hardware and learning all the fundamentals to being part of a gaming studio.  During Year Two and Year Three the studio will produce a game which will be released.

Participants will be welcomed from a range of backgrounds.  The key is ensuring that those who struggle with social and digital inclusion will be the main participant group.  It is likely that the studio will be made up of at least 70% of people who have a diagnosis within the Autistic Spectrum.  

At the end of Year Three the Studio will remain open and will work on the second title. It is hoped that any profit from the first title will bring in enough revenue to pay for the Studio’s workforce (in essence the participants from the first project) It is also hoped that there will be enough funding to re-run the project with a new set of participants.

We are currently at Year Zero; an important year for applying for funding and help from the industry.  It is hoped that participant places will be offered by September 2017 and the Studio will begin Year One between October & December 2017.

The Studio is to be based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Interested participants will need to be within the surrounding areas or willing to travel.  However, there will be plenty of scope for home working.  There are a whole range of skills and talents that the studio will need from Artists, Animators, Programmers, Designers, Performing Artists and Music and Quality Control/Testers.  If you are interested in becoming a participant please drop me an email.

Please do not send any personal information only your name and why you would like to participate and any questions.  Participation Packs will be sent out via email, which will include all the information regarding the project and how you can apply.

If you are a professional and are interested in knowing more about the project, wish to pledge a donation financially or volunteering some precious time and skills to help the project please contact me on:

ginger@sparkyink.co.uk

http://www.sparkyink.co.uk

Year Zero

Okies this is the first instalment of Year Zero in the journey of Sparky Ink Studio’s journey.

I’m shivering in anticipation and distraction…It’s a biggy, its scary and I’m worried I’m going to make a mess of it and all the planning and work I’ve done for the past few years to evolve this project will vanish like something that…vanishes…I’ve also given up chocolate for Lent…yeah what an idiot lol.  I still have my Xbox One though and some bits of time to get shot up by 8 year olds on COD!

Whatever happens…I’m going to give it my all and I’m going to enjoy the whole experience.  I’ll be updating regularly so if you have any questions or enquiries let me know by emailing me at:

ginger@sparkyink.co.uk