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In June I went to the world-famous Glastonbury festival and made this film out of photographs.  It was shot and edited on site within 24 hours before the festival began…


We were there working on several film projects for Shangri-La, part of the the late night area of the festival. This meant six days of the best filmmaking fun of my life but also six muddy days without a shower.


It’s fair to say we all smelled…OF AWESOME.

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August 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

ZOMG! 1,000,000 VIEWS

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A million people can’t all be mental wrong can they? I’m asking because recently I had my millionth view on YouTube and I can’t quite believe it. One million feels like a lot, especially when most of my films were made in my bedroom with zero budget at around 3am. (Nothing truly great was ever created before midday and anyone who says otherwise is a damn liar.)

Don’t get me wrong, I know a million is just a number and all that, but so is any milestone. For example, I fully intend to celebrate my 100th birthday to the full (cake, musical chairs, quad biking, etc) so why not the millionth YouTube view?


YouTube has a fantastic ‘insight’ tool that allows users to see their stats as they progress. At the time of writing I’ve had 1,011,219 views across 21 videos. That’s equivalent to the population of Fiji, or more than double that of Luxembourg. My films get around 1000 views a day and 70% of viewers are female, 30% male. One third of viewers are aged 13-17. 16% of viewers are aged 45-54… that’ll be my mum then.

Unsurprisingly, most viewers live in the UK, followed by the USA then Germany, Canada and Australia. 10th most popular is the Philippines because… well, I have no idea. In October I made a parody of the IKEA ‘Herding Cats’ advert which was featured on Boing Boing and various other sites, picking up 24,000 views in one day. This is my most-viewed day to date. However, my most-viewed film overall is an animation called ‘It’s Only Love’ with 573,962 views. I made this in my bedroom using six notebooks, some pens and a broken heart.

This film noticeably appeals to a younger audience and that’s reflected in the comments. Every now and again teenagers going through their first relationships will write detailed comments about their lives and why the song is important to them at that time.

YouTube Comment 2

Other times people just want to say something nice. In today’s doom-and-gloom society little comments like this can be a reminder that normal people are pretty awesome.

Youtube Comment 1

Oh, and this one time someone just wrote ‘Gaaaaaaaay!’. You can’t win ’em all.

My channel can be found at If you have ever watched one of my films, I’d like to say thank you. It gives me a warm feeling inside. Like Ready Brek nom nom.

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February 2, 2011 at 9:45 am


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At the end of last year I was commissioned to make science animations for a show on BBC Three called Secrets of the Universe.

These ‘science bits’ (as the shampoo commercial would describe them) were designed to be lo-fi and engaging to a young audience who wanted more from TV science than a man with grey hair waffling on about something that wouldn’t hold their attention for two min…mmm waffles.

The idea was to make high concepts as accessible and fun as possible. I worked with producer Dan Child and presenter Greg Foot to represent the science accurately whilst still bringing some imagination and playfulness to the project. So in amongst Archimedes, the theory of gravity and the formation of the solar system we’ve got pipe cleaners, Playmobil toys and a moon made of tuna. Oh, and I’ve suggested that everything in the universe is made of gravy granules. A little tribute to my northern heritage.

Below are some of the storyboards I created for the big bang VT. The first shows what happened when the bang occurred (marmite and dinosaurs came out, obv), the second shows a Dustbuster eating up the universe and the third illustrates that if the world was a 24 hour clock disco was invented 1/5000th of a second ago.

To think Einstein only ever had a blackboard and chalk to show his theories… Bah! The past was well lame.

The show got 400,000 viewers followed by a further 300,000 on the midnight repeat, so the BBC were very happy and are in talks about bringing it back for a longer run.

Big Bang Storyboard

Dustbuster Storyboard

Disco Storyboard

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January 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm


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As a 12-year-old boy making my first animations on my parents’ video camera (a Sharp Viewcam… classic), I never quite thought I’d say this but… I’ve got some animations in a TV show this week.

Secrets of the Universe is BBC Three’s first ever science show. Hosted by a good friend of mine – the hunky, funky science junky that is Mr Greg Foot – the show aims to explain what we’re made of and how we got here. My animations include the title sequence and all the ‘science bits’ throughout the show, and include pipe cleaners, a bedsheet and a tin of tuna.

I can honestly say this isn’t your average science show, so give it a watch if you get chance… this Thursday 4th Nov, 8pm on BBC Three.

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October 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm


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Alan Klein is a very talented graphic designer. FACT.

Excitingly, he’s put together a pilot for an online magazine called Formatt Mag, all about the creative arts boom that’s happening online. He’s brought together a bunch of innovative people from across the web, and he very kindly asked me for an interview on animation. So i said yes. Top bloke that Alan Klein, top bloke.

Check out the interview here and make sure you check out Formatt Mag for other fascinating articles about graphics, animation, music videos, 3D design and more…

Also featured is a very talented (and, dammit, very handsome) friend of mine, Sam Shepherd, who recently shot a music video for a band called The Bang Bangs. Check out his awesomely named blog We Were Promised Robots here. Video coming soon.

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April 26, 2010 at 10:41 am


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