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EDF Energy – Annual Sustainability Performance Report

We were asked by Bristol agency 375, to produce the animated content as part of the EDF performance report for 2010.

The objective was to bring to life EDF Energy’s vision of ‘Leading the energy change’ and effectively communicate its sustainability performance for 2010 to all stakeholders.

The report and video in full is available to view here, and with seamless continuity between the campaign from the team at 375, and our animation, the results proved to be very positive.

New X Factor Titles 2011

We had a little hand in producing elements for this years X Factor title sequence. Jump Design asked for a realistic 3d composition of the Earth for both wide and tight shots, where Jump composited into the final sequence. The globe was produce with several passes and varying degrees of control, as we had to edit the POV for the titles of other X Factor countries. You can see the American version here, and of course keep up with all the goss, and view the UK version on the itv player.

Freelance Animator Reel 2011!!!!

The time has finally come! We have carefully cooked together work from the last year or so, plus a few golden nuggets, and out pops the new 2011 reel.. Having had a great year, and being occupied with some interesting projects, the collection of work got put on the backburner some what, but the wait is over! Hope you enjoy our new work, and awesome accompaniment, with special thanks to Alex Metric, his label and publishers for permission to use the music.

Freelance Animator 2011 Showreel from Dan Barker on Vimeo.

Music by Alex Metric (DEADLY ON A MISSION, written by Alex Drury, published by Bucks Music Group Limited courtesy of Marine Parade Music Limited)

Canon Stereoscopic 3d adventure….

Working along side our esteemed friends and colleagues Hurricane Media, we have produced stereoscopic 3d content to promote a new Canon Stereo 3d enabled projector system.  With an insanely tight turnaround, we produced 3 animated sequences in true stereo 3d.  Some serious hours and all nighters nearly took us down…, but we prevailed!

Stereoscopic content is  a labour, resource and time intensive process due to being a developing medium, so many positive lessons learnt…

We gained valuable knowledge and experience through consultations from Inition in London, who are front runners and the ‘go to people’ for anything Stereoscopic 3d in the UK.

We will be attending the Paris leg of the Canon global Expo’s  on the 11-12 Oct to view the work in all its glory!.

Effects from ‘Gojira Suit’ short film

Its been a long road, but Rob Bennetts short Film Gojira Suit is almost complete.  Here are some effects shots (minus audio) we’ve worked on.  Full of lovely green light!

Am looking forward to its release, and want  to wish Director Rob Bennett every success.

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Madcatz RAT Gaming mice…

After the success of our promotional videos for the launch of the ‘Madcatz Eclipse‘ product line, we were asked to produce more promotional videos for the launch of the RAT gaming mice.  Now these are the mice of all mice!  Didn’t know such powerful devices exist, but they do, and they were a great subject to work on and produce 3 videos for.  The videos were played at the CeBit 2010 in Germany, and on the new ‘Madcatz Cyborg’ website.  You can view the videos at and by navigating to the RAT 9, 7, or 5 product pages

Peugeot RCZ video

FA have helped with the new Peugeot RCZ promotional web video before the launch of this snazzy new model. We worked with our friends just down the road Hurricane Media, and provided the light art streaks, through tracking light artist Michael Bosanko’s strokes.  It was great to see Michael at work to produce the end shot of the video. You’ll probably be familiar with his other commissions through the Talk Talk and the X Factor light art stings (visit Top guy, and real pleasure to watch work.. Clever stuff! Here’s the link to the video

Build a New Life in the Country…. Job done!

Have finally completed 2 series for the Channel 5 show build a new life in the country.  Has been a long process working with the lovely ‘Creative Saint’ ‘Creative Saint’in Oxford street, with FA suppling the 3d flythrough graphics.  Well done guys – Job done – got there in the end!  The latest series is currently being broadcast on Channel 5 for all to enjoy, and you can catch up with the series here!

Busy Xmas and New year

Had a manic Xmas holiday period at FA HQ!  No rest for the wicked, but have recently completed some  new projects, and forged some eciting new collaborations.

London design Agency ‘Design Facility’ have partnered with Freelance Animator to produce a number of videos for their ongoing web development contracts. Watch this space….

We have also recently completed a selection of product videos for ‘Madcatz Inc, a global computer peripherals design and manufacturing company.  You can view the videos of their exclusive ‘Eclipse’ range of 4 product videos at

In addition, we have produced more stings for BBC’s ‘Total Wipeout’, and in show videos for another series of Channel 5s ‘Build a New Life in the Country.’

Till next time!!!

Back from Caribbean Visit!!

Unfortunately, just returned from my visit to Sir Richard Bransons private islands in the British Virgin Islands, after a trip to catch up with Freelance Animator co founder Kiain Bird.  All I can say is wow!!, and with enough projects and pennys saved, maybe I could buy and island next door!??!  Won’t bore or make you all jelous with loads of pics, but heres one of Dan gracefully teeing off the top of Necker Island with a hole in one into the……  Caribbean sea!!

Shot off Necker IslandNice!