In this comical Stop-Motion animation, a lost boy adopts the help of two unlikely strangers -
one cake-obsessed and one blindly idiotic - to find his missing father.


PREMIERE: BATH FILM FESTIVAL 2014
OFFICIAL SELECTION: LIVERPOOL LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL 2015


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By the time I reached the end of the first scene in 2010, the modelling clay had dried out so much that the models were simply cracking at every corner. The whole project was doomed and there were only choices: continue and fix every shot in post or scrap everything and start again. I took the third option: stop.

In 2011 I went off at a tangent, creating Two Words, a youtube series that used snappy animations that took a day to complete each. They were a testing ground for new techniques and picked up over 10,000 views giving me a huge confidence boost. On my return to university for my third and final year, I started work on a new Missing Dad.

The script was rewritten, lengthened to avoid a cliffhanger and resolve the narrative within the short. I upped my ammo from a point-and-shoot camera to a new DSLR which I could control remotely to avoid accidental bumps. I remade every model and re-recorded all of the audio in a professional recording studio. Throughout 2011 and 2012 I spent a long time shooting the first and longest scene which was shot on my university desk and home desk.

It reached the end of 2012 and the project wasn't complete. I was gutted. I really was. I had told so many people about the film but had nothing to show for it. But I wasn't going to give up. I took a two month trip to America and spent my first few months of 2013 in Wales on an internship, but as things calmed down I returned to production, pushing the final scenes through with one massive burst of energy. We wrapped. I was ecstatic. 

The only thing left to do was edit, which became a challenge in itself. Even with Two Words, I wasn't prepared for ingesting around 15,000 photos to run at 25fps. But I made it happen, and by mid 2014 I sat back and watched the final animation. I couldn't believe it was complete.

The journey wasn't over, however, as I wanted to explore the world of film festivals. The film since premiered at the Bath Film Festival in 2014 and has been accepted for Official Selection at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival with two others to be announced. It's also appeared in the local newspaper The Royston Crow and I was invited to BBC Three Counties Radio to have a chat.

I'd like to thank everyone who had to endure countless conversations about the world I was creating, the problems I encountered and the seemingly impossible task of completing this film. I'm proud to say that it wasn't all for nothing. Missing Dad is a real animation. It is complete, and is currently playing in film festivals around the UK.

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