Chatting about being active

Disability Rights UK approached us with an exciting project set around a piece of writing. We were introduced to an extraordinary creative writer named Owen.

Owen has a disability himself, but that hasn’t deterred him from his writing. Having first-hand experience helped him to shape a short case study about getting active and the community Disability Rights has created for him to meet new people.

 

His story follows Aftab, a young lad with cerebral palsy who craves independence; Tina, a woman who lost the use of her legs in an accident, but never lost her warm and bubbly personality; and John, an elderly man who lost his leg in the 2nd world war, but this never stopped him from getting active. The common thread between them all, is their social worker, Maggie. With a heart larger then life itself, and a passion for helping people, she introduced these three unlikely acquaintances to help Aftab to realise that his disability doesn’t control his independence.

Hadrians Cavalry Exhibition

10 fields, 8 swords, 5 Ducks, 2 night camps
and 1 BIG WALL!

The brief had two requirements.

1. To help people visiting the wall to understand why the Roman Calvary were in the North of England.

2. To celebrate the horsemen of Hadrian’s Cavalry and educate visitors on the life of a cavalryman and his journey.

Hadrian’s Wall is part of Roman and British History that has intrigued people for thousands of years.

Our brief was to make a short film about the life of a cavalryman who had been assigned to the furthest northern reaches of the Roman Empire.

We decided to make a film that told the emotive journey of a hardened cavalryman, who was preparing for the Hyppica Gymnasia – a military showcase held in the presence of the Caesars themselves.

Crime through the years

The National Justice Museum’s aim is to inspire people of all ages to become active citizens. They do this through fun and engaging activities, exhibitions and educational programmes relating to law and justice.
The Museum underwent a full refurbishment and we were asked
to produce the all new AV content.

We needed to cover all aspects of justice around the world through an introductory animation, four touchscreen interactives, a number of films and two projected characters  within a courtroom. Using humour, hard-hitting graphics as well as child-friendly interactive games to inspire all visitors to an understanding of the law and justice system, and to use their rights and responsibilities to play an active role in society.

Tatton Park

Hidden Histories is a new strand of the visitor experience at the National Trust’s Tatton House near Knutsford. Tours of the grand rooms and estate have always been popular, and now visitors taking the tours of the kitchens and servants quarters can explore the lives and working conditions of named servants in the 1900s, and a fascinating insight into the technology of the time.

A number of iPads, some mounted on stands and some held by the guides, bring to life interactive stories from the housekeeper, cook, maids and sculleryman, through their diaries, daily schedules and ledgers. We created the project as a number of modules which will be extended when further parts of ‘downstairs’ in the mansion are revealed.

Traces

We recently worked with Traces, an organisation that works with museums across Europe to embrace technology, and develop digital experiences within museum environments.

With 3 x 3 day cross-border workshops open to European museums, we created an animation to attract and engage with workshop participants across Europe. The aim of the workshops is to transfer knowledge and educate museum professionals, together with experts and students, in the deployment of innovative digital technologies to communicate and engage with new or existing audiences.

The three workshops are each at different locations across Europe, covering digital engagement and strategy (Denmark), digital storytelling (Belgium) & Innovative digital technologies (Netherlands).

City of Culture

In 2015 Warrington were bottom of the RSA’s culture list so attempting to make it the UK’s City of Culture was bold to say the least. With Fuzzy Duck’s roots being in Warrington and a few Ducks living there we felt that we could offer some support.

There were lots of nay-sayers: “Warrington for City of Culture?
It’s not a City and there’s no Culture!”

But seeing as our brief was to produce some media aimed at the people of Warrington we were given free reign to use as many in-jokes and parochialisms as we wished. And so we began building key places from around the town from the Golden Gates to the Mr Smiths, referencing everything from Greenalls Bitter to Walking Day.

Co-op Values & Ethics

Values and Ethics are central to everything the Cooperative Bank stands for, and their customer-led Ethical Policy, defines what this means for the Bank.

The Ducks were asked to help communicate this to employees and to help colleagues understand the importance of the Ethical Policy, and how it helps differentiate the company from competition.

Fuzzy Duck created bold memorable graphics for a series of employee engagement sessions including an interactive walkthrough, that will reinforce the key messages. These graphics flowed through to the printed packs for the session delegates, and helped to lock the core values into their everyday work practices.

Criccieth Castle

Along the rocky peninsula/promontory overlooking Tremadog Bay sits the ruins of Criccieth Castle. Perched on a headland with the North Welsh Sea at its feet, the castle is home to picturesque views and an intimidating vantage point to would-be attackers – Perhaps explaining why it changed hands between the Welsh Princes and English Monarchs so much throughout the years in its brief life as a stronghold.

To help people learn about the lives of those around the area during the English and Welsh conflict, Cadw and Headland asked the Ducks to imagine a day in the life of the Welsh Prince as he visits Criccieth Castle. This was imagined as 3 films set throughout the day, each featuring an animated character talking directly to the viewer who is cast as the Prince.

The films are shown inside an imagined Llys (court) designed by our friends at Headland Design situated in the refurbished visitor centre, creating an immersive and atmospheric experience where the visitor selects the film they want to watch by touching an object on the table.

Along with these films we created an aerial film, including CGI of how the castle would have looked, which will stay with you as you venture up the hill to take in the scenic sights Criccieth offers.

High Life Highlands

“She waited for the last spirit to return to her
empty grave. When she saw the ghost approach
she stood upon the tomb with staff in hand and declared…
‘I cannot let you pass!’”

Okay, you had us at empty grave. This is a brief passage from the legend of how Brahan Seer gained the gift of second site. High Life Highland asked us to animate this and several other tales from a suite of legends for their Inverness Castle tour.

Each legend depicts visions Brahan had seen coming, and eventually his death, which we’re pretty sure he did not.

Dartmouth Castle

Dartmouth Castle, on the river Dart is situated on a busy estuary in Devon. The castle has defended the town and coastline over six centuries and played a strategic role during the Second World War. In the Middle Ages Dartmouth Castle used massive iron chains as a defence mechanism to stop hostile ships entering the estuary.We created a film which was projection mapped on to the wall of the castles gun tower and explained how the river chain was used and what circumstances brought it into service.

As part of the Dartmouth project we created a sound and light experience within the castle, which evoked the sense of a canon being fired in defence. Using regional actors, sound effects and a musical sensibility, we created an audio narrative with pace, drama and tension. The soundscape linked with strategically placed lighting to create both noise and silence, darkness and light, to help visitors feel the pulse and tension of the men defending the castle, where timing was everything.

Atkinson Museum

The Atkinson Museum in Southport has a large range of ancient Egyptian artefacts thanks to a wealthy Victorian lady named Anne Goodison. Anne Goodison was from Bootle and was fascinated with Egyptology. She visited Egypt twice in the late 1880s and brought back a wide selection of artefacts which were housed in a ‘museum room’ in her family home near Crosby.

After Anne’s death in 1906, her husband had no interest in the collection and so donated it to the Bootle Museum in 1908. After the museum’s closure in 1974, the collection was taken to Southport for safe storage. Now for the first time in 40 years, items from the collection are now back on display at The Atkinson.

Rijo42

Many people know they like coffee, any idea what it takes to get this perfect blend in to your cup? With screens mounted within the coffee machine, Rijo decided to neutralise this feature by showing the journey the coffee bean has taken to be in your cup.

The animation took the key facts and processes from the Rijo42 story. Taking the viewer from the location of the plant, through the way the berry is grown and harvested, into roasting, and ultimately arriving into the cup you are stood in-front of whilst the coffee is prepared.

Think before you flush

“All you want to flush is Paper, Pee or Poo!”

UU: “…we want to stop people flushing anything else down the toilet and to target the film towards children and through the kids, their parents.”

Ducks: “Can we write a song with lots of toilet humour and fart noises?”

UU: “Yes”

Ducks: “We’re in!”

United Utilities spend millions of pounds every year clearing drains, sewers and peoples gardens due to household waste being flushed down the toilet instead of disposed of in the bin. Wipes, towels, false teeth and mobile phones have all been found stuck in drains and at treatment works.

We created, illustrated and animated the characters and then wrote a catchy little ditty to communicate initially with children and then filter through to their parents.

GC Hub

More for less: the future of buying legal services

GC hub is a website for lawyers that will bring the best of breed (law firms) together as a reference point for companies to compare and choose which law company to go with. Our animation grabs the attention by highlighting the benefits and principles of the website, appealing to an audience of both law firms and service users.

Clean, bold and memorable graphics, rather than convoluted text or narration to launch the brand and service to the market.

Terror at Tatton

2016 saw the national trust take part in celebrating 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl. Throughout the year they partook in a number of activities which took the theme from some of the stories that he told in his books.

Tatton Park took families on a scare fest around the haunted Old Hall for Halloween. Children had to find all the ingredients for Formula 86 Delayed Action Mouse-Maker from Roald Dahl’s, The Witches.

In a park full of Roald Dahl witchy mischief, we used technology that tracked facial movements turning children in to mice when they peered into a magic mirror!

Churches Conservation Trust

The Churches ConservationTrust (CCT) is the national charity protecting historic churches at risk. CCT have saved over 340 buildings which attract almost two million visitors a year. Their unique collection of English parish churches includes irreplaceable examples of architecture, archaeology and art from 1,000 years of history.

Keen to increase visitor footfall CCT wanted to reinterpret the way that the churches use their incredible spaces in order to engage with existing and new audiences. We’ve worked on pieces for a number of churches around the UK, including Bristol St John, Holy Trinity church in York and Cambridge church.

Waterplus

With you, every drop of the way…

We produced this film to help the launch of a new company whose sole objective is to supply water to business. Being a new business, we needed to help portray the company story but more importantly its personality, and through this the benefits of using WaterPlus.

We wanted to visualise the language and personality of the brand and help people to see what it will be like to work with WaterPlus, as an existing client, a new client or someone looking to join the WaterPlus team.

The Ducks drew on a range of disciplines, both photographic and graphical to create a language and images that really portray the character of the company.

Lyme Park

The house at Lyme Park was transformed for Christmas into a rich, sensory Edwardian Christmas.

This Christmas experience was inspired by the book ‘Treasure on Earth’; an evocative & nostalgic text written by Phyllis Legh & first published in 1952. This text tells the story of Phyllis’s experiences of ‘Vyne’ (Lyme) at Christmas in 1906. The text glows with love & warmth, and gives wonderful descriptions of how the house looked and felt at Christmas and New Year, “The door of the saloon opened on a scene of almost unreal loveliness”

We wanted to challenge ourselves with a cost effective approach, that would allow people to be surprised with the magic of Christmas while giving the AV a light touch feel to the overall experience.

Keeping Cumbria Flowing | United Utilities

As part of United Utilities’ programme to link West Cumbria via a major new pipeline from Thirlmere Waters, Fuzzy Duck developed a website and film campaign to engage with stakeholders and the local public; outlining the benefits and explaining the impacts the seven year project has on the community and the environment.

The film campaign focuses on the work United Utilities has throughout its history in Cumbria. From the groundbreaking achievement of reservoir and aqueduct construction in the Victorian era to the future aqueduct being built from Thirlmere Reservoir to West Cumbria, the campaign aims to show customers how tirelessly United Utilities works to keep water supply, clean and constant.

The site was designed and built in an editable format, so the team could adapt and evolve the content as the programme developed.

Website: cumbria.unitedutilities.com

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