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We often get asked what goes into making a series of animations like Seymour Science. I thought that perhaps we could go through a long explanation, OR, we could just show you a snapshot of some of the visual assets we created along the way. You’ll see that there’s sketches, amendments, re-works, character sheets, environments… Hopefully it will provide you a fun insight into what we do! Oh, and if you like what you see, please VOTE FOR US in the Lovie Awards People Choice. We could do with the support!

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We were delighted to get the awesome news that we’re finalists in this year’s Lovie Awards with our BBC Seymour Science animations! There’s some very talented companies who are fellow finalists, so we’re honoured to be in amongst them all.

But we need your help please. There’s a People’s Choice award, which is voting for by the general public. If you could vote for us in the Internet Video > Animation category that would be amazing. And if you could get anyone you know to vote as well that would be even better. GO VOTE HERE!

Shameless promotion over! Thanks for your time folks.

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The Horseshoe Falls Quest App has just gone live for both Apple and Android.

Triggered by GPS location, the Horseshoe Falls Quest is designed with families in mind. It offers a fun way to explore and learn more about this beautiful area, full of wildlife and history. The App guides you on a short walk (1½ miles / 2.5 km) from Llantysilio Green Picnic Area with regular stops for questions which draw your attention to the many points of interest – a gallery also provides extra information and old photos. Once the quest is complete, you will be awarded a ‘badge’, available to show your friends via social media, depending on which sort of questions you answered best.

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We were delighted to hear that the CBeebies Storytime app won the award for Best Digital Children’s Content at the Broadcast Digital Awards on Wednesday. We’re proud to have been able to contribute to the project, in the form of animating a number of the stories within the app. Congratulations to everybody involved at the BBC — it’s a fun project to work on! You can read more about the award on the Broadcast site and you can download the Storytime app via the BBC site.

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Splinter is proud to have contributed to a major new Gallery for longstanding client: National Museums Liverpool (NML).

Working with NML development staff, Splinter designed and illustrated the ‘People of the Lusitania’ interactive, that is situated online and in a new gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum. The gallery, which opened this weekend, marks the centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania and the 1,191 people whose lives were tragically lost. Visitors can search and explore the interactive for information about the people who were on board the Lusitania’s final voyage.

You can read more about Lusitania here.

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Thanks Geraldine!

0 27 Mar 15

We have been working with Geraldine from Mindflow for the last 2 years, designing: brand, printed materials, illustration, website and animations.

The team at Mindflow work with people in the practice of mindfulness, a well-researched method that teaches people to: experience and appreciate the moment, in order to appreciate who they are.

Geraldine is a regular visitor to the studio as she regularly pops in to pick up her training materials. She popped in last with: thanks to the team, 2 Fruit loafs and a pack of well known spreadable butter…yom, thanks Geraldine, you are currently our favourite client!…

Geraldine’s Fruit Loaf

225g self-raising flour
75g margarine
75g sugar
110g sultanas
1 egg
250ml milk

Method
Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 3, 325F, (170c).
Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the margarine and very gently rub the margarine into until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, spoon in the sugar and the sultanas.
Beat egg into the milk and gradually add to the mixture until the mixture has a ‘soft dropping’ consistency. (You may not need to use all the milk).
Spoon mixture into a lined loaf tin
Bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes or until the loaf feels springy in the centre and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

That’s it!

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Following on from the recent fun we had doing our Animal Allstars, we decided to tackle another studio project, this time to coincide with everyone’s favourite scare-fest — Halloween. So I introduce to you, our A — Z of horror films, which we like to call Scary Letters. Illustrated in-house by one of our designers Curtis, and printed by the forever-awesome guys at Ripe Digital, it was surprisingly difficult to come up with a film for every letter, so we’d love to hear your suggestions for what you would have done for some of the letters.

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Splinter are chuffed that we were successful in winning a Business Travel Support Grant from the Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce via the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (special thanks to Michelle and Jessica). The grant looks to promote sustainable transport by encouraging more people to cycle to work.

It has certainly worked as now Rachael, Barry, Ste, Kevin and Chris are all getting to work on two wheels – let’s hope they all keep it up as the weather gets worse.

The bikes have come from our neighbours Giant. They were really helpful, and of course they have the best bikes ;)

HG Wells believed that “Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.” I’m not sure that he would be of the same opinion if he had seen us lot!

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After the huge success of the CBeebies Playtime app, the BBC’s in-house team have developed a follow on Storytime app, featuring narrated stories of some of the much-loved brands on the channel.

We were lucky enough to be asked to help out a bit by doing the animation work on the stories for The Octonauts, Grandpa In My Pocket, Something Special and Show Me Show Me.

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