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.
“We’re going to cause massive disruption to your lives, building this pipeline.
That’s a tough sell but it’s crucial work, it will help, and we really want you to come on this journey with us.”
The Ducks were asked to develop an interactive visitor centre in Keswick to explain the United Utilities programme to link West Cumbria via a major new pipeline from Thirlmere Waters.
This PR Centre will outline the benefits and explain the impacts that the seven year project will have on the community and the environment.
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.
Going back to uni with the benefit of hindsight and making the most of every last second.
Given the chance to produce a suite of films for the wonderful University of Sussex, we were able to showcase the amazing facilities and opportunities the University provides, but also go further and tell the real story and benefit of University life – growing-up, friendships, fun and memories.
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).
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.
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.
“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.
It’s a morning that trembles with anticipation of the signal, the whistle, the thrill, of the number you thought you’d never get, after days of frustration and weeks of regret.
As part of their Trainspotting season, the National Railway Museum asked us to produce a short film recording the performance of Ian McMillan reading his poem, Love Me Tender.
The film reflects the content and tone of Love Me Tender and provokes a creative response and a new way of visually representing the poem through a marauding walk through the station of York.
Photolink are a creative content agency based in Manchester, which is one fifth of a group of companies, spread across three countries. The company was being rebranded as ‘Seventy7’ in 2017, and so wanted an animation to use at their launch event to introduce the new brand.
We designed an animation which tied into the new branding, creating icons that reflected the fun but professional attitude that they wanted to portray. Using a fast-paced, fluid style of motion graphics, the frames flow from one to another, using lines to take the viewer on a journey. This was also an opportunity to tell the story of the company and their ethos, to showcase their work and eventually to reveal the brand new logo and name.
British Canoeing’s Paddle Ability campaign is all about getting people with disabilities and illness, in a kayak or canoe and onto the water. One of the people we filmed was Maya Ray, a teenager whose disability prevented her from taking part in most activities. However, kayaking has allowed her not only to stay healthy, but to surprise doctors and defy the odds by kayaking in some of the most challenging conditions.
Her message is simple; ‘Absolutely anyone can come and kayak!’ Maya Ray was just one of the inspiring individuals we met when filming this series of short documentaries for British Canoeing’s Paddle Ability campaign. By the end of the shoot we were in a canoe and paddling ourselves.
Getting you active…
Get Yourself Active is a partnership led by Disability Rights UK, funded by Sport England and delivered by Leicester Centre for Integrated Living and Cheshire Centre for Independent Living. They aim to work with the health & social care and sports sectors, to develop better opportunities for disabled people to get active.
We created an interactive website and video campaign for the launch of ‘Get Yourself Active’. To cater for the different key audiences that will use the site, the website utilises sign-posting to guide the user to the information they require. By prompting the user to click on designated links, they can access content across a single non-linear webpage, rather than having to navigate a series of webpages; confusing and potentially dis-orientating the user.
As part of our dedication to make the website work for all users the website went through 3 rigorous rounds of user tests, over a two-month period before going live.