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.

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. Registered charity, 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. The animation was created to highlight the benefits and principles of the website, to appeal to an audience of both law firms and service users.

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.

Seventy7

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.

Fuzzy Duck
Tomorrow
MediaCityUK, Salford
M50 2AB
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