Films : As the Crow Flies : background material

production material

production notes

Itinerary notes for workshops to be visited from Brighton to Aberdeen
Itinerary notes for workshops to be visited from Brighton to Aberdeen
Itinerary map
Itinerary map
Text of explanatory sheet handed out to members of the public at the workshops
Text of explanatory sheet handed out to members of the public at the workshops
As the Crow Flies – Animation Project Details

Members of the public in fourteen country-wide locations (please see map) are invited to contribute to a game of visual ‘Chinese Whispers‘.

An illustration of a bird will be shown briefly to the first participant in the first workshop in Brighton – that participant will be asked to redraw the bird as accurately as possible from memory. This drawing will then be passed to the next person and the whole process will be repeated over and over again.

This process will continue, travelling northwards all the way from Brighton to Aberdeen and we hope to create up to a thousand drawings. These drawings, a single series created by up to a thousand ‘public illustrators’, will form the key frames to our three minute animated film which will in turn, through our own interventions, reflect the journey of the image as it is passed from hand to hand, from town to town, from region to region.

Families who work with us on this unique project can share our excitement as the ‘public illustrators’ become the artists behind this innovative project and see their work screened on national television, in cinemas and at international film festivals.

By taking part in this project each participant will become an official illustrator of As the Crow Flies and his/her name will be included in the film credits. If families would like to be kept up to date with the progression of the project and be notified of the animation’s screening time and date, parents or carers will be invited to give us an email contact address which we will add to our database.

As the Crow Flies is commissioned by animate!, managed by Finetake and supported by Arts Council England and Channel 4.

More information about the film and the commissioning body can be found at www.animateonline.org; the specific details of As the Crow Flies can be found at www.animateonline.org/films/asthecrowflies/.

reference images

Pre-production concept still
Pre-production concept still
Pre-production concept still
Pre-production concept still
The artists’ original drawing, ‘flashed’ once briefly in Brighton to begin the chain of visual Chinese Whispers
The artists’ original drawing, ‘flashed’ once briefly in Brighton to begin the chain of visual Chinese Whispers
The first drawing made by a member of the public, recalling the previous drawing from memory
The first drawing made by a member of the public, recalling the previous drawing from memory
Drawn by the next member of the public from their memory of the previous drawing
Drawn by the next member of the public from their memory of the previous drawing
The next ‘memory’ drawing…
The next ‘memory’ drawing…
... and the next…
... and the next…
... and the next…
... and the next…
A sequence of visual Chinese Whispers from later in the journey…
A sequence of visual Chinese Whispers from later in the journey…
... and a further sequence
... and a further sequence

storyboard

Draft ideas for animation action and transitions
Draft ideas for animation action and transitions
More draft ideas
More draft ideas
A sample storyboard page
A sample storyboard page

reviews

4-page article on the making of As the Crow Flies, including the full sequence of 500 drawings on a single page, in PDF format
animate_asthecrowflies_review01.pdf

first public screening

Channel 4 Television
6 December 2005