On Friday, July 12th at Grays Civic Hall, Essex, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne performed a programme of music on the theme of 'rhythm'. The programme of music explored ideas of rhythm in classical music and in the celebrated jazz of the late Dave Bruebeck. The director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Marc Feldman, challenged the CGAA community to work collaboratively to create an original work of animation designed to accompany his orchestra's performance of one particular example of early twentieth century music that blends classical and jazz rhythms to exciting effect. The animation was rear projected onto a large screen measuring 8.5m wide by 6.2m high, in front of which the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne performed live.

ACT Collaboration Project - Darius Milhaud's La création du monde. from Thomas Beg on Vimeo.

Over a period of ten consecutive week days, the students, staff & alumni of Ba Hons CG Arts & Animation were challenged to produce abstract digital paintings in synesthetic response to segments of the music to be performed by the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. The CGAA community were asked to listen to a musical extract and then respond to it visually through the creation of original digital paintings in Photoshop. The animation was derived from these paintings and created using Autodesk Maya and After Effects. I worked alongside Tom Beg, as curator and art director of the work. Animating and enhancing the speed paintings to form this 16 minute abstract animation.

This animatic for a short animation was produced for a pitch for scientific education. The film explores the life cycle of a mushroom in a way that is most compelling to any audience. It is an emotive and strangely ethereal film about a process which on it's surface may appear quite boring. The artwork was produced as a set of digital concept art paintings and then animated to bring the world to life quickly. The current music is set as stand in whilst the animation is made and a new soundtrack is being produced.

Agaricus - The Life Cycle of a Mushroom from Jordan Buckner on Vimeo.

The final version of this film is currently in production and will be distributed to university campuses in order to teach first year students across various Biology fields. The supporting artwork for this project can be viewed below.

The footage and concept art below were created as a test for a project proposal currently in preproduction. The idea is to create an animated short from filmic concept art in an attempt to mix painterly quality with moving narrative.

In 1969, before the U.S set foot on the moon, Nixon's speech writer wrote the follow letter in case the worst should happen.
IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER:Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.
These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.
These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.
They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by the nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.
In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.
In ancient days, men looked at the stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.
Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man's search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.
For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

Home - Animation Test from Jordan Buckner on Vimeo.

The first moon landing was one of the greatest achievements of the century, watched globally as we stepped forward in both science and technology. The act of transcending our own planet and venturing out to expand knowledge and understanding was perhaps the most inspiring moment of the generation. However, behind all this passion for success was a real sense that it could all go wrong. The fear that two men could be left isolated and alone, away from home and left to die. The proposal for this animation was centred around this scenario. A moving and affecting story that lasts far beyond the credits and stays with the audience. This is an animation about life and death, the bravery of stepping forward into the unknown and the idea that even in the darkest times, good acts will always provide hope and inspiration.