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THE ANIMATION of LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE


If you've seen Shane's 'mockumentary' feature about ex-roadie Le Donk and up-and-coming rapper Scor-zay-zee, you were probably struck by the film's striking opening credit sequence of monochrome animation.

This exuberant 97 seconds of animation created by Bill Edwards kicks the film off to a brilliant start with its artistic flare, its touches of the surreal and its multitude of 'blink-and-you'll-miss-them' gags.

But what goes into the making of such an animated sequence? Hard work for sure, but the story behind this piece of animation is far more unusual than you may realise.

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The short version of the story goes like this:


Forum regular, ChromeBaby (aka Bill Edwards), entered a short animated film into a mini-film making competition held on the forum. Shane loved it and.......

Actually, why don't I just let Bill tell you the whole story himself via his appearance on Shane O'Connor's BBC Radio Derby Breakfast Show on the 7th of July 2009...


If the MP3 player does not appear above, you can get to the MP3 file HERE


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It was the beginning of May 2009 when Shane asked Bill to create a title sequence for the film, and by the 23rd of June 2009, the world premiere of Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee took place at the Edinburgh International Film Festival!

Thanks to the archival nature of this website's forum, we can follow the story as it happened by taking a look at the forum posts being made at the time it was all happening.

Let's begin with Bill's entry in the mini-film making competition.
A small and informal competition was held on the forum to make a short films of 60 seconds or less.
Bill's entry entitled "2009: A Space O.A.P" took first place and you can watch it right here:


As Shane was judging the competition entries, this film in particular caught his eye...
Well, actually, it caught the eye of Shane's girlfriend Jo who pointed out that this style of animation would make a great opening sequence for Shane's new film, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee.

Once the idea was there, Shane didn't need any pursuading in asking Bill if he would be up for animating the film's opening titles.

As we head into the dusty archive of the forum, the first thing worth reading is Bill's initial shock at not only earning a job on Shane's new film, but also winning both short film categories in the mini-film making competition! Read the post HERE

On the 7th of May, Bill posts the first teaser stills from his animation HERE

By the 14th of May, Bill had completed the first 20 seconds of the animation, leaving another 77 seconds to go!

By the 23rd of May, 32 seconds had been completed over the course of three weeks... but Bill's deadline gave him only two weeks to complete the remaining 65 seconds! But never fear, Bill took 'animator's leave' from his day-job so that he could knuckle-down to an eight day animation frenzy!

On the 7th of June, Bill completes the animated title sequence! Hoorah! Lord Meadows pays him a visit... HERE

June the 11th arrives, and Bill has some heart-stopping news to impart about unforseen technical difficulties... HERE

On the 23rd of June, the premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is a hit and Bill's animated title sequence earns a well-deserved and spontaneous round of applause!
Bill very kindly made a forum post about his experiene at the EIFF which features a collection of brilliant photos... HERE

If you head on over to Bill Edwards' own website, you can read his own personal take on the whole experience. It really is worth a read, and you'll find it... HERE





DRAFT GALLERY

Bill Edwards has kindly donated a whole host of his Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee development sketches, so you can now take a look at a collection of previously unseen images which provide an interesting insight into the work behind bringing the ideas to life.

SHANE MEADOWS


Click on the images below for bigger versions. Character developmentx2, camera design development, and animation elements.






PADDY CONSIDINE


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SCOR-ZAY-ZEE


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OLIVIA COLMAN







OTHER ELEMENTS









Thanks again to BIll Edwards for passing on this interesting collection of his work.

You can keep an eye on his latest video uploads by visiting his YouTube channel HERE
and his Vimeo channel HERE





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CHROMEBABY.co.uk

Bill Edwards' very own website where you can take a look at more of his animation and artistic endeavours.




This Is Derbyshire

The local press cover the story of Bill's exciting animation adventure!

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