The Scruff of Fate

Central Saint Martin's MA Character Animation graduation film, concepted and created in six months. The Scruff of Fate was a great opportunity to throw myself into developing a story at pace. I used live action backgrounds which I built and then shot with a small team (in one day!) before animating on top using TVPaint and After Effects.

I'd worked on quite a few serious themes with my animation until this point, so I wanted to try out a dark comedy, one of my favourite genres, to push my animation timing. I watched a hell of a lot of film noir and asked myself questions like 'What if Raymond Chandler's cat could talk? What if the Third Man as a stray who liked shoelaces? What if you crossed Archer with Garfield, Simon's Cat with Jessica Jones? What if the Muppets did Sin City?'

The final film, releasing July 2022, has been a big growth achievement for my storytelling ambitions and my ability to tell those stories through art and animation. From writing an original story and script, designing and building the sets and characters - through to directing both the animation and the photography and animating all elements - and finally compositing, editing and grading.