Friday, 9 December 2011

The Hamelins

If you have read my blog before you will remember that I like to dabble in a little bit of photography now and again, and I have recently been on a photo shoot with an up and coming band in Kent known as The Hamelins. Band photos are one of the worst things to shoot, especially when the band is trying to make a go and getting somewhere, because its so easy to make it look like there trying to hard to be 'cool' or 'different' and to often it looks simply naff. Hopefully these ones don't.

Although this shoot went well, we felt looking back at the photos that we lost a little bit of bands personality and its a little bit too serious for them, and after all I should know there my mates and because of that I wouldn't be a good mate if I didn't do some shameless plugging for them.

So go have a look at there website here
Or like there Facebook page here The Hamelins 


So its my final year at University and the final year of my course, so its time to start making what I will be presenting at the New blades Degree show in June 2012. For one of my final projects i will be making a autopsy model, sounds a bit weird I know, but I love programmes like Silent Witness and Bones and I have always been an ambition of mine to make one of these as props for one of these programmes. I've split this into two sections, I will be making the main body of the autopsy in the New year but I have recently just finished making the the Organs for the autopsy. These were all hand sculpted and are made form PlatSil a type of silicon rubber and are filled with foam to give the texture of real human organs.

Also for this project I needed to create a way to present my organs for the marking process of the project so I created a Poster and TV series advert for a Programme called Autopsy for the BBC, this is not actually being used for the BBC but I needed to show my work could work in context with the industry it has been designed for. 

And heres the video, just be glad that I am not your real surgeon!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

New Website

Just a quick post to let you all know that I have just made myself a website, its still brand new at the moment so might need a bit of refining but take a look if you like it's Hope you like it.

Sunday, 24 July 2011


My final project of the second year of my degree course was a project based around metamorphosis, and how this could be represented with the modelmaking industry. One of the key areas that metamorphosis is commonly used within the modelmaking industry is with prosthetics. it can be used when transforming actors into aliens or monsters, a process that is commonly used in the TV series 'Doctor Who', or when changing actors age, used in films such as the 'Curious Case of Benjamin Button', or a actors ages gender, used in 'Mrs Doubtfire'.

Prosthetics are often used in TV and film and a area that I have always had a interest in are the prosthetics that are used in programmes such as 'Silent Witness', 'Bones' and 'CSI'. These can range from body parts to full body autopsies in a range stages of decay.

For my model I have made a decapitated decaying version of my own head, (pretty creepy i know). The reason that i have chosen to create a decapitated  head is to be able to put the head into a context and scenario, as if it was a model for 'Silent Witness'.

To make the decaying version of my own head I had to go through a number of stages including life casting, a plaster pour, clay sculpting, fibreglassing, a wax pour, and then painting, so in total it took eight weeks to make.

Along with the final model, I produced a case file with details of background information that could be used in a TV crime Drama. This document included, CCTV photos, police reports, medical and dental records, crime scene, evidence and autopsy photos.

Hope this doesn't creep you you out too much.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

BEEGU animation project

My current university project was to create a animation based on a children's book recreating the style and the mood of the original story. I choose the book 'Beegu' created by Alexis Deacon. The storyline of this book is that Beegu a baby space rabbit from outerspace that crash lands on earth and tries to find her parents, she tries to make friends with everyone but noone seems to wants to be her friends. She finally makes friends with a group of school children. At the end of the story she is finally reunited with her family.

The animation that I created was based on 12 scenes from the book, and each scene was created as a still.This scenes were then manipulated in final cut pro to create transitions between each scene. Narration was added to the animation (narrated by Hayley May Nice) and a soundtrack and sound scape (produced by Sam White).