1. This is my reel of Layout work on the TV series Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom for Astley Baker Davies. Both of these shows are made using Celaction software, using vector artwork created in Illustrator.

    I've put this reel together to showcase my work, and also to help explain what a Layout department does (it can be hard to explain to those outside the animation industry exactly what it is that I do!)

    Briefly, Layout is responsible for: translation of storyboard images into Celaction software, creating and timing out scenes; composing shots and blocking cameras; creating attachment links (parenting); key posing characters; designing effects (as there is no compositing stage, most effects are pre-comped during Layout); assemble a Layout timeline in Final Cut Pro; take briefing from Directors, liase with Design, Edit and Animation departments.

    A good description of Layout is on the skillset site here:

    When I'm not doing Layout for ABD, I freelance as an After Effects compositor - check out my comp reel here:

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  2. Reel from my work on the second series of Mr Bean: The Animated Series at Tiger Aspect. The first series was hand drawn in the early 2000s, and this series (produced in 2014/15) matched the style of the first but used a digital vector workflow using the "Vectrinsic" Path system in CelAction 2D.

    My role was to provide Rigging, Design and Layout using CelAction 2D, Adobe Illustrator and After Effects.
    In the reel above all the props and characters were designed by the Art Direction dept. My job was to translate those designs into CelAction and rig them. All characters were based on the Mr Bean rig developed by Studio 43.

    For props I used "3D Extruder" and "Create 3D Shapes" scripts from aescripts.com to add depth to Illustrator artwork, and wrote custom CelAction scripts to automate Layout and Animation tasks.

    For the showreel itself I used "Amortype" from mattrunks.com, and "Time Offset Animation" and "Ease & Wizz" from aescripts.com. Music by audiojungle.com.

    # vimeo.com/141404422 Uploaded 25.5K Plays 21 Comments

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