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Film/Commerical Work

ANIMATION

Nominated for a BAFTA award. View a number of clips from Aardman Animations Creature Comforts Series 2 Christmas Special - orchestral arrangement of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'.

The craft of music for animation has always been an area of interest for me.

I remember being transfixed from a very early age by the masterful scores of Scott Bradley for Tom and Jerry – still the benchmark for good animation writing and orchestration fifty years later.

It was a pleasure to be asked to work with a team from Aardman Animations who represent the very best in animation today, in composing an orchestral score (with samples) for the Creature Comforts Christmas Special.

The challenge was to create a score which was built around the pre-recorded voices of the ‘great British public’, already a logistical feat in itself (involving 178 tempo changes!), but also to give the individual characters some additional characterisation through the instrumentation.

It’s worth adding that part of what made this such a pleasurable experience, was the quality of the workmanship of the team I was working with, all of whom were in love with their craft.

Creature Comforts - clip 1 - click to enlarge

Creature Comforts - clip 1

Spot the deaf old bats drinking sherry (upside-down)

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Creature Comforts - clip 2 - click to enlarge

Creature Comforts - clip 2

Dig the rapping dogs man

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Creature Comforts - clip 3 - click to enlarge

Creature Comforts - clip 3

A Welsh Sharpei dog who can't sing a note in tune to the point that he constantly causes the orchestra to break down

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Creature Comforts - clip 4 - click to enlarge

Creature Comforts - clip 4

Whatever you do, don't cramp a singing blackbird's style

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Creature Comforts - clip 5

Wind down at end. Get some BLING! for Christmas

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