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An EMMY for DUGGEE...

05/04/17

HEY DUGGEE won the INTERNATIONAL EMMY® KIDS AWARD for Kids Pre-School at the @MIPTV in Cannes...Hurrah! we will sit it next to Duggee's BAFTA!

Devised & Directed by AKA's GRANT ORCHARD, Hey Duggee is based around 'The Squirrel Club'; run by a big friendly dog called Duggee. It's a place where kids take part in all kinds of activities, have adventures and earn activity badges along the way. Duggee teaches the kids about being responsible, working as a team, and taking acceptable risks.

Exec Producer. SUE GOFFE & Series Producer. JANINE VOONG pick up the Award:: HERE

FIND OUT MORE ON THE PROJECT PAGE


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DUGGEE TRIPLE BAFTA WIN!...

24/11/18

WOW! Congratulations to all the @HEYDUGGEE team for their amazing triple BAFTA wins!  - A-WOOOOOF!

Studio AKA’s Hey Duggee, won three awards at the 2018 Children’s BAFTA's , winning in the Pre-School Animation, Director and Digital categories. 

 

This is the third pre-school animation BAFTA win for Hey Duggee. Hey Duggee’s creator and director Grant Orchard also picked up the Director award. The educational app, Hey Duggee: The Counting Badge, was awarded the Digital Award. The app was created by digital agency Scary Beasties, in association with BBC Studios and Studio AKA.
 
Triple A-WOOF-WOOF-WOOFS!

BAFTA LINK
SERIES 2 TRAILER, HERE
DUGGEE APPS LINK

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IB ANTONI - Tivoli and Concierge

24/11/18

40 years after his death, the Antoni family and Gallerist Mikael Hauberg are reintroducing the gems from the Ib Antoni Archives to the world. They have partnered with Studio AKA to create two animated gifs directed by Steve Small, bringing to life the two Ib Antoni Illustrations Tivoli and Concierge.

To create the sequences, Studio AKA director Steve Small saw that the best way to bring these to life and pay respects to their status as design icons was to animate the poster exactly as is, reproducing the painterly textures and creating effectively an animated poster, in portrait format. Using TV Paint, Flash and Photoshop the team was able to give the animation the hand-drawn feel of Antoni’s original drawings. The pieces were artworked to give it the colour and texture needed to keep it true to the illustrations.

Play the Posters HERE




 
 

 

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NATURNES : First Family

19.09.2018

For its product launch, NaturNes creators BBH commissioned STUDIO AKA to animate a 60" commercial titled FIRST FAMILY  to promote NaturNes as a natural baby food brand, 

In the film, we follow the First Family, as their caveman clan grows from two to three. Our hero parents have a first taste at parenting; first night's sleep, first burping attempt, first tooth. Challenging at first, our parents come into their own, as their natural instincts emerge. Nature knows best.
 
Directed & designed by MANDDY WYCKENS and co-directed with MARC CRASTE, the two sought to keep the natural organic feel of the brief by setting our First Family in traditional handcrafted 2D. The pared-back environments allow for the loveable and charismatic family of three to shine. Backed by a team of skilled TV Paint artists, the resulting animation is charming, bright and heartwarming.

Watch itHERE
 

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Black Earth Rising.

17.09.2018

For the series BLACK EARTH RISING, STUDIO AKA was invited to create four animation sequences, as well as the main titles. Produced, written and directed by BAFTA award winner Hugo Blick and produced by Abi Bach (The Honourable Woman) for BBC Two and Netflix, Black Earth Rising follows the prosecution of international war crimes and the West’s relationship with contemporary Africa.

The animation sequences depict events around the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath, imaginatively interpreting violent and tragic events – events where, as one character puts it,‘words would fail’.

Studio AKA director Steven Small designed beautifully rendered hand-drawn sequences to be inserted into four episodes in the 8-part series. Along with a team of animators, Small drew reference from a wide array of source materials, using a combination of 3D, rotoscoping and simple line artwork to create these impactful images portraying graphic events. The project is a true collaboration between AKA and the BER team to align and achieve Blick’s and Small's visions. The resulting imagery is captivating and powerfully wrought.

In addition to this, AKA director Kristian Andrews created the show’s Main Titles, crafting a restrained and unblinking sequence using blended AFX and CG elements to pull us into place. Backed by Leonard Cohen’s enthralling 'You Want It Darker', The resulting sequence is as hypnotic as it is compelling.  

BLACK EARTH RISING will air on BBC Two in the UK and on Netflix worldwide in 2018

MORE on Sequence Animation HERE
MORE on Titles Animation HERE
 

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New York Public Library - THE RAVEN

02.11.18

Mother NYC commissioned STUDIO AKA, through Psyop, to animate a 15” Instagram Story for the New York Public Library initiative that brings classic works of literature to the public.

For Halloween, the eponymous The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe is re-envisaged by Director Marcus Armitage within a stark landscape where the differing perspectives of both the Raven and Poe’s protagonist steadily converge, until there is   “darkness there and nothing more...”

 WatcHERE
 

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E4 New Brand Idents

27.09.2018
Channel 4 challenged us with an interesting & open brief which was to create some fresh ideas for their re-branding of E4. We took this by the horns and produced 2x30 sec idents, each one using a very different & effective approach.

'NEW BREED' observes as two big cats clash in a desolate neon pink desert. Using a combination of CGI and hand-drawn animation, AKA's MARCUS ARMITAGE has created an arresting & attention-grabbing spot -  with a side of romance.

Meanwhile, in 'CHIPPY', Director KRISTIAN ANDREWS has paid homage to the classic Lambie-Nairn Channel 4 ident - albeit deep-fried - using a combination of stop-motion and 3D digital techniques.

Watch both spots HERE

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Manddy Wyckens 

12/05/18
Another recent addition to the AKA team is Manddy Wyckens; a Director, Designer and Art Director, specialising in both background painting and character design. Manddy's bold compositions and contrast create vibrant, atmospheric backgrounds. Her characters are as minimal as her landscapes, drawn in an elegant line or a sharp edge, capturing attitude and personality in a few graceful strokes. Manddy is both a Gobelins and Calarts graduate. She's been working a myriad of projects including feature film, tv shows and commercials - and is now well underway with some stunning work at Studio AKA.

STUDIO AKA is delighted to be representing Manddy worldwide as a director.  

MORE HERE

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Sherlock Gnomes: Credits

17/05/2018

For SHERLOCK GNOMES, Studio AKA were approached by Paramount Pictures and MGM to create a whopping 8-minute animated Credit sequence for the film. The gnome-filled End Credits were designed and co-directed by Eamonn O’Neill and Kristian Andrews; who tasked a team of animators with adding a little gnome and a tiny bit of drama to every name of the crew, in itself gnome mean feat (sorry).

MORE HERE

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Marcus Armitage

16/05/18
Welcome to BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Marcus Armitage. His hand-drawn work employs bold colour and expressive motion, creating captivating visuals and thought-provoking stories. The diversity of his approaches can be seen in his commissioned work such as his animated sequences for the documentary LIMBO which premiered at SUNDANCE and in his award-winning, and BAFTA nominated short film MY DAD, which explores inherited racism using a tactile approach of oil pastels and newspaper clippings. His latest film THAT YORKSHIRE SOUND draws upon his roots with a colourful and frenetic union of audio and image that documents a day of life in Yorkshire.

STUDIO AKA is delighted to be representing Markus worldwide as a director.  

MORE HERE
 

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Gumball: THE CRINGE.

11/05/2018
The Amazing World of Gumball teamed up with STUDIO AKA to animate an ever-so-awkward 2-minute flashback scene for an episode of the season called THE CRINGE. Directed by AKA's Kristian Andrews, it's all made with cardboard, cotton wool, toilet roll, gaffer tape and LOVE. Enjoy!

MORE HERE

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ALTErED CArBON...

05/02/2018
For the brand new live-action Netflix show ALTErED CArBON, Studio AKA were approached by series producers Skydance Productions to animate three segments from the dark tale of THE PATCHWORK MAN episode. Based on the classic cyberpunk novel by Richard Morgan  ALTErED CArBON is set 300 years into a dystopian future, where human minds are digitized and downloaded from body to body.  With animation directed by Studio AKA's KRISTIAN ANDREWS, the 'Patchwork Man' debuts in the third episode of the series. 

MORE HERE

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JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON

1969 - 2018
We are heartbroken to learn of the death of Jóhann Jóhannsson. A musician and composer of such brilliant rarity, and above all that a thoroughly decent and generous person as well. We were privileged to have worked with him.


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PLAYGROUNDS...

08/05/17
KLOKGEBOUW, EINDHOVEN.

More than 40 international leading and inspirational artists gathered in Eindhoven, the Dutch capitol of design for Playgrounds 2017: The Art Department. This two day conference focused on the design and concept art for film, animation and media. The Art Department program cvers artist talks, industry workshops, demo’s, paint-overs, an expo, portfolio reviews and recruiting. We gave a talk...

FIND OUT MORE AT PLAYGROUNDS FESTIVAL

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...and the Tech-whizz-entrepreneur badge?

05/08/17
HEY DUGGEE is featured in @WIREDUK magazine’s annual list of summer picks that they just can’t live without. A-WOOF!...

"Meet Duggee, the titular character of award-winning TV show @heyduggee. The more eagle-eyed among you will notice that Duggee is channelling Steve Jobs here while surrounded by his tech-enthusiast pals from the Squirrel Club. We included the show, which is created by the UK-based @studioaka (who also created this illustration) in our annual list of summer picks that we just can’t live without. You can see what else we chose in the current issue of @wireduk."

 

Instagram Link DUGGE-GRAM



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ITFS - Spotlight on AKA...

08/05/17
AKA director KRISTIAN ANDREWS Picked up a Gold Award for our Johnnie Walker spot 'Keep Walking at the ITFS/SPOTLIGHT Animated Com Award International Gala Awards 2017 in Stuttgart. Hurrah! BBH London came to Studio AKA looking for a unique, abstract and sophisticated piece to tell the 200 year history of Johnnie Walker. With one uninterrupted camera move, we see an unbroken path - a relay race of wisdom - following the footsteps of each mentor and mentee as knowledge of the Johnnie Walker craft is passed between the generations from Scotland to Shanghai...and beyond.

ITFS: LINK

FIND OUT MORE AbOUT THE PROJECT ON THE PROJECT PAGE

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Cartoon Brew Interview...

10/03/17
‘Hey Duggee’ Creator Grant Orchard On Creating An Unconventional Preschool Show...

CARTOON BREW INTERVIEW

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A Song For Europa...

29/11/16
STUDIOAKA has enjoyed a long-standing working relationship with Icelandic composer JOHANN JOHANNSSON, ever since he scored our film VARMINTS, for which he won first prize for Best Original Score at the Rhode Island film festival. So we were delighted when he asked us to create a film for 'A Song for Europa': one of the beautiful tracks from his release ORPHEE on Deutsche Grammophone...

Watch A SONG FOR EUROPA by GERGELY WOOTSCH for JOHANN JOHANNSSON HERE

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Dance yourself dizzy!...

2/11/16
Dance-along with Duggee and the Squirrels to the NEW Hey Duggee album. Featuring 19 woof-tactic songs including ‘Snowman’, ‘Raindance’ and ‘Making Music’.

Available to pre-order now from:
iTunes Amazon Google Play

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AKA in MEXICO CITY…

24/09/16
The Berlin based Pictoplasma Academy recently decamped to Mexico City and invited a selected group of participants for a unique 1-week CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT COURSE, supervised by tutors Rilla Alexander and Nathan Jurevicius. STUDIO AKA's Philip Hunt ran a course on character driven storytelling, as part of a program challenging participants to explore specific personal projects or their general style right across the media spectrum – from drawing and illustration to sculpture and visual storytelling – to find the right path for their further development.

PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY MEXICO.

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OFFICIAL APP!

03/08/15
The first game app for Hey Duggee is NOW LIVE! Join Duggee and the Squirrels as they work hard to earn their six club badges. Fun missions include styling Duggee's hair, making your very own funny-faced Totem Pole, baking cakes for the Squirrels, hunting down Duggee’s leaf collection, colouring in your favourite characters, and even dressing up each of the Squirrels in their heroic Super Squirrel costume. Completing each activity wins you a badge and a Duggee Hug!

HEY DUGGEE APP
APP STORE
AMAZON
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HERE be Grant...

15/11/11
See GRANT ORCHARD talking at HERE 2012. WATCH

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The Story ...

20/02/15
Studio AKA’s Philip Hunt was honoured to be a guest speaker at 'THE STORY 2015', a one-day conference about stories and story-telling. The day is an eclectic celebration of everything that is wonderful, inspiring and awesome about stories, in whatever medium possible - written, spoken, played, described, enacted, whispered, projected, orchestrated, performed, printed – whatever form stories come in. THE STORY 2015

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FAUX IMAGES XIV...

02/12/14
SUDIO AKA was delighted to be a guest speaker at FAUX IMAGES on December 16th in Berlin. FAUX IMAGES is a quarterly meeting for local and international filmmakers, designers and artists from related disciplines, who are invited to present their work through lectures and screenings. FAUX IMAGES is organized by Mate Steinforth in cooperation with LEAP (Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance). MORE

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A Southbank Show...

01/11/14
STUDIO AKA's BAFTA-winning, animated adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ much loved picture book, LOST AND FOUND was screened to a packed house in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 1st November as part of a weekend of events celebrating 10 years since 'The Boy' first appeared in Oliver's 'How To Catch A Star'. This was followed by a Q&A with Oliver Jeffers & Director Philip Hunt who adapted the book for the screen...Missed the screening? Fear not, it's but a click away...PAL DVD NTSC DVD About The Film

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Mucho Mincho...

01/09/14
Issue 02 of MINCHO - The Illustration & Graphic Arts magazine - has a feature on STUDIO AKA ( and as a bonus there's a piece on Chris Haughton too!) READ

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Moving Stories …

03/04/14
The National Media Museum & Seven Stories (the National Centre for Children's Books) are again staging an exciting exhibition showcasing innovative & influential film and television adaptations, inspired by children's books. Featuring manuscripts, illustrations, storyboards, costumes and film footage from some of your favourite authors, including Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll and Julia Donaldson, as well as AKA's telling of Oliver Jeffers LOST AND FOUND … 05/04/2014 - 27/04/2015 Seven Stories, Newcastle upon Tyne. ABOUT SEVEN STORIES NMM

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Kristian Andrews Interview...

03/03/13
The Animation Research Centre visited AKA to talk to Kristian about his practice as an animator. He talked about his influences and inspiration and showed his fantastic collection of sketchbooks. Conducted as part of 'Oral Histories and Visible Witness' - an exploratory project into the documentation of the creative practice of current UK animators. WATCH MORE INFORMATION http://www.kristian-andrews.com

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Directors Notes...

03/06/13
Directors Notes invited AKA's Kristian Andrews to become the latest filmmaker featured in their 'They Are Animators' series. READ

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Dpi Magazine …

05/05/13
Taiwan’s Dpi Magazine ‘The Variation of Comic Art and Animation’ - A collection featuring dozens of Eastern and Western artists and a selection of their work organized into the subcategories of "Sheer Vision", "Tangible Illusion", and "Satiny Boundary". Oh, and us...

DPI Magazine

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Orchard on Brew …

07/02/07
Cartoon Brew takes a closer look at Studio AKA’s A Morning Stroll with its writer/director Grant Orchard...CARTOON BREW

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Library book: Animation In Process …

05/05/13
From Hollywood blockbuster to striving independent filmmaker, from mobile phone games to characters advertising products on television, from pseudo live action through to virtual environments, animation is able to transcend boundaries to reach new audiences. This book (featuring AKA's LOVESPORT by Grant Orchard) shows how artists, designers, filmmakers, programmers, directors, writers, and producers have seized the chance to entertain using a versatile and compelling medium.

Laurenceking.com

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IDN - On the joy of conferences...

06/12/11
The unexpected change in direction forced by technical difficulties or spontaneous audience participation is always fun. Let’s be honest though, the most fun thing is just ‘showing off’ isn’t it?

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Singing Heads...

16/05/11
DIGITAL ARTS askedus a few questions about Sing Up - a government-funded music education organisation which aims to get primary school children to realise that singing is an infectious and liberating experience that has the power to build confidence and self-esteem and to assist learning. Sing Up delivers training and tools to teachers and works to inspire children all over the country to find their voice.

AKA Dir. STEVE SMALL was asked by agency AMV/BBDO to bring the campaign to life & DIGITAL ARTS asked him a few questions about it...

DIGITAL ARTS
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The Creative Path...

15/11/11
An interview with AKA's Philip Hunt about the Studio and it's Directors, and the relationship between The Creativity Monster© and Dreams & Goals™...

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Directors Notes...

03/12/12
Directors Notes invited AKA's Eamonn O'Neill to feature in their 'They Are Animators' series...READ

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The Book Of Varmints...

20/02/13
The most overlooked threat in the world is the loss of peace and quiet…

Marc Craste & Helen Ward's beautiful book - Winner of the English Association's 4-11 Book Awards 2008 / Judge’s Top Choice for the Fiction and Poetry Ages 5-7 - Scholastic Best Books 2008 / Shortlisted for the British Book Design and Production Awards 2008. / Shortlisted for the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. / Green Earth Book Award, Picture Book Category.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Library book: ANIMATION …

05/05/13
From scriptwriting through to production, Andrew Selby's introduction to animation for students surveys key technical processes and examines a variety of stylistic approaches. The book includes visual examples from key animators (ahem, including AKA) and illustrated features on how to create exciting animation for a variety of audiences...

Laurenceking.com

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