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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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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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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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

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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Flu Bound! Inspired Green Fish

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Flu bound boredom photo-shopping…!

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Team Yellow Banana complete Test Filming for stop-motion animation ‘BANANA WARS’

Team Yellow Banana completed test filming today for an upcoming stop-motion animation.  Completed without any story-boarding and just using items knocking around the studio, the test animation became more of a brainstorming session played out on the table top with a camera as a witness.

This funky little test shoot will be made into a short stop-motion animation with special FX to turn up the heat a little.

The stars of the show are a miniature Star Wars ATAT, his loyal pilot and a clay-made creature from Planet X (the legendary ‘not sure if it exists’ Planet that is doomed to hit Planet Earth).  With the situation showing the Doomsday Clock as at 3 minutes to midnight; lust for fresh fruit – mainly Banana’s is rife.

 Watch this space for the progress and announcement of the finished animation.

‘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