Mummu were delighted to be one of six London animation studios approached for this year's Cut&Paste event.
Cut&Paste works to increase relationships between emerging designers, creative companies and media. This year's event, in collaboration with HP, brought six animation studios - Mummu, Blackmeal, Fred & Eric, Animade, Territory, and Golden Wolf - together to create London's newest superhero.
Each studio had to animate a ten-second scene representing a different life stage - baby, child, teen, adult, midlife, senior - of London's Hero. Each animation was produced sequentially in an exquisite corpse format, meaning that just the last 30 frames from the previous studio's work were provided to the next studio, in order to seamlessly stitch the sections together. Other than that each studio was kept in the dark about each other ideas and visuals.
On the 4th October, the Mummu team (Sam and Karl) made their way to ZED, HP's Pop-Up Studio for Creatives. With only 5 hours to animate their sequence - in front of a live, public audience! - their preparation work was vital in making every second count.
"The biggest challenge was going into the animation blind to what every one else was doing. Also, deciding on how to leave the last 30 frames for the other studio to tag onto; Blackmeal were very kind to us with a white frame, but we weren't so kind to Fred & Eric. Wa Ha Ha!!!!" - Karl
On the 16th October, the six animation studios were invited to a closing party, where the full 60 second animation depicting the life of London's Hero was revealed. It was fantastic to see each of the scenes in sequence; just by deciding a few consistent elements - the umbrella, colour pallet, superpower - the teams managed to create an animation that not only flowed, but used humour throughout.
It was a great to get to meet everyone from the other studios, in a well-organised event that really made us appreciate the industry we work in!
You can find out more about the event over on Cut&Paste's website.