Sue: Now you’re moving a lot more into animation, what are you wanting to develop?
Hattie: I love telling stories, rather than being limited to a simple looping gif or looping animated set. I like creating animals and inanimate objects, and creating stories with them. Now that I’ve done Gas Networks, I feel more confident that I can do people and tell stories with them as well.
I would love to move the camera, and change the time of day, and add more to the scene, something that has moved on from the cityscape, with more interaction and characters moving around a set within a timeline. I’ve got a good instinct for storyline, so I’m excited to work more on that!
For Alexandra Palace, there was a lot of movement, done by a mixture of stop motion and After Effects. I did 3 spots in total, one represents theatre, one comedy, and one music. They wanted me to show the eccentric history of the Alexandra Palace Theatre.
Sue: So for longer format spots, CGI or stop motion?
Hattie: Before the Gas Network project, I wasn’t sure that CGI could capture the quality of the paper models but I’m really happy with the result and that using CGI is definitely a great way to create complex animation whilst retaining the integrity and the look of paper with all of its textures and imperfections and my ideas could be more ambitious. I had made everything firstly in paper for the illustrated print campaign portion, so we scanned those objects and then imported them into the 3D software to create identical CGI versions of those paper models, although, I had to almost make the imperfections of the paper more obvious because it was a little too perfect!