Robins' black and white animations are fun" Lyn Gardner,
Princess, a new musical
written by Tori Amos and
Samuel Adamson, opened at the National Theatre in London October 2013.
I made papercut stop-motion
animations that were projected during the
show - some were like moving scenery, others were little Saturday
morning cartoons - and I
also drew some projected
backgrounds - skies and scenery, flying birds. The show was
designed by Rae Smith and directed by Marianne Elliot. I had a
lot of help from Emma Pile and Lawrence Rowell to make the films.
Here are some of my sketches and storyboards.
These are some stills from
the finished Prologue
animation. click to enlarge.
Early animation tests for
click to enlarge, and scroll down the page to see some
pictures of the final version.
Here are some sketches and
early storyboard ideas for The
Prologue. click to enlarge.
This is my initial
storyboard for The Prologue. As
the song became shorter some of these scenes got chopped out.
click to enlarge.
I made some video diaries
for the first few weeks while I was working on the animations.
These are probably the bits I enjoyed doing the most, it's
complicated working on a big project like this if you're not very far
up the ladder, so it's a useful way to generate new work and deal with
some of the negative feelings that float around on things like this.
while it all just got a bit too full time animating and re-animating
new scenes to try to keep up with the
script and costume changes so I didn't have the time to record any
Here are some photos
of The Prologue from the
live show, projected
on-stage as a stop-motion paper-cut-out cartoon at the start of the
These are photos from
Story, a trompe l'oeil animation creating the scene through the
window in Althea's
bedroom, and this slowly develops into
her imagination coming to life as
animation filled the entire stage as a travelling landscape - something
car chase in 1950s b-movies, the actors and the car moved on the spot
while the animation creates their journey
as they travel from Althea's
bedroom, through the palace, out into the desert and in the forest.