David produced and co-direct development of pre-school series concept, Boy & the Dinosaur for 1461 Ltd, the 3rd most screened property at MIP Junior 2013. Taking a high concept, 'Boy wishes his Dinosaur toy was real on a shooting star, and his wish comes true', he worked alongside scriptwriter Davey Moore, Stop motion animator Paul Couvella and exec producer Russell Dever, to develop that idea into series concept for the marketplace.
David drew all the storyboards for this promo, which reflects the heart and series and oversaw all stages through production. Animated by Matthew Stephenson, with CG services by Studio Distract. Edited by Jane Hicks with sound Design by the Ditial Audio Co. Executive Produced by Russell Dever.
David used a webcam and children's animation software to give a homemade feel to this commercial promoting a series of children’s Lego animation workshops, which he also devised. Animated and starring Paul Couvella, it received a nomination for Best Commissioned Animation at Bradford Animation Festival.
David co-produced Simon Cartwright and Jessica Cope, guiding this multi-award winning 4matins Digital Short through development and production. David's experience in story helped him support the story developed process of this non-dialogue short. David also animated some of the films big effects shots combining textural charcoal animation of smoke and dust. David remained to help draw up and manage the festival strategy, helping to find the film a huge fanbase in Science Fiction festivals worldwide including Comic Con Albuquerque, USA for Best cinematography, Best Produced Film and the audience award.
Client: Duchy Parade Films for Channel 4, UK Film Council & Screen Yorkshire
This live-action/animation received critical acclaim and wowed audiences of a small regional theatres. As well as brining in a professional crew, we maximised a relatively low budget by employing some of my students as well as green-screen facilities at Sunderland University.
Client: Customs House Theatre
David directed this online video to promote the Science Museums classroom activity, working with a small team of final year students at Sunderland University to maximise a small budget.
NCCA, Bournemouth University
For his graduation film, Christopher Cazenove played Vernic, the leader of the department who has lost the plot. David created a low-fi stop-motion aesthetic, with a desaturated image to convey this dehumanising department stifled by bureaucracy.
TD - Jonathan Davies. Written by J Blakson.
Duchy Parade Films for Tyne Tees Television
Peter Kershaw’s 2000 film Wilfred takes as its starting point lines from the preface to his first volume of poems, written by Wilfred Owen, "My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity." With a mixture of re-enactments from the war experiences of Owen, and some powerful animation, the film explores Owen’s personal witness to the war, using text from his letters and poems, wonderfully read by Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Michael Higgs and Tony Harrison. I directed the sequence, Strange Meeting, during my final year at Ballyfermot College, Dublin. With background artwork by fellow student Michael McGraw, I supervised post production at Tandem Films where I was animating on The Tigger Movie, and Splash! in Yorkshire. Proving necessity is the mother of invention, this computer composited sequence resulted in Wilfred becoming the first UK 35mm film to be post-produced in its entirety using the digital intermediate process.