Monday, 29 May 2017

Backdrop painting to printed backloth!

The background of trees for the Main Building of the Rumour Mill was sent off to Optimum Signs Printers in Leyland, Preston to be re-created as a 12ft x 8ft acrylic banner to be used as a backcloth.
The banner has eyelets around the rim which must now be secured to a large frame for filming purposes.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Rumour Mill Film backcloth art

As part of the Rumour Mill Film, Bexie Bush has invited me to produce backcloth art to be used behind the sets during filming to capture the feel of the surrounding environment.

Many of the pieces can be seen in the image link below in a book that records the first year of
pre-production work.

See the pages of the book below.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Night time woodland backdrops.

The Rumour Mill Film required a woodland backdrop by night. The same view of the hilside covered in trees but with a night time palette.
Here are some images taken of the artwork.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

One task I needed to complete for the Rumour Mill film was the concept art for the main set building of the Mill.
This was to be used as a design guide for the set building process and the original painting would also be framed and sent to our Executive Producer.

I studied the architectural features and colour palette of the Mill as part of my research.

I also studied the work of Wes Anderson, particularly 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
as Bexie Bush, the Director of the film was inspired by his work and enjoyed the one point perspective that is his trade mark.

In addition to this, I studied the work of Stanley Roy Badmin, who was originally an etcher but turned to watercolour Painting in the 1930's. He has depicted many typically english scenes and landscapes and I admire the detail of his trees and woodland paintings.
I found myself collecting quite a few of his paperback picture books.

I began work on the Main Building which will also feature my autumn woodland backdrop in the set, so I included a version of that in the concept art.

 I was able to use the silhouette of the actual set as a starting point for the concept art
and added detail.

I then needed to paint a second version of the painting but this time set in the wintertime.
Here it is! Countdown to Christmas with the Rumour Mill Film!
Not to mention the new Christmas card which I completed of the main set for the Rumour Mill, complete with snow.

Complete with an Advent calendar full of Christmas puns which is shared each day on Facebook and Twitter, with a different feature from the film ....and a Christmas joke :)


You can buy Christmas cards and help raise money for the film at the same time HERE.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Backdrop paintings for 'The Rumour Mill' animated short film.


During the summer vacation period I am taking the opportunity to work on backdrop paintings and set creation for 'The Rumour Mill Film' which is  currently in the making at John Smedley's Mill, directed by award winning animation director, Bexie Bush and produced by BAFTA winner, Chris Hees.
The film is made as part of a much wider and bigger research project called Stories of Change which is asking questions about the past, present and future of energy and community through a variety of narrative media.
Dr. Joe Smith of the Open University is heading the project.

The Rumour Mill is part of the 'Futureworks' energy project which is focused around the Derwent Valley under the leadership of Renata Tyszczuk and Julia Udall from the Dept. of Architecture at Sheffield University.

The Rumour Mill' aims to ignite public interest in a debate around the future of energy. The trees surrounding the mill cloak the hills in an abundance of foliage that rolls down to the river, the life source of the town.'

The Main Set BackCloth painting - Daytime

The Main Set BackCloth painting - Night-time

The woodland around the Mill marks patterns on the hillside and pale blossom forms soft clouds of petals that contrast against the spiky dark fingers of the trees branches.


The Mill stands amidst a family of hills, all populated with a variety of English trees that line up and mark changing patterns and palettes in the landscape as the different seasons take hold.

As part of a bigger project to encourage discussion about the future of energy, the mill trees stand in floral rows, pumping their woodland scent into the summer air.

The trees that surround the Mill are varied in shape and stretch their feathery branches upwards to the light, forming patterns in a wave of browns and burgundy.

By Autumn time the hills are rolling with umbers and browns, russet and burnt sienna pigments, lighting up the valley and adding a golden feel to the landscape.