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Love Nest

Kiki & Remus have crafted a new short that takes us back to a time where the young directors mixed home life and work life a bit too tightly. Co-habiting in one small room, their rituals, hobbies, and habits drove them closer than perhaps any couple should ever get... But it does make for a fun gross-out film that we can all enjoy!

See more of their work here.

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A Little Grey on Vimeo

We're thrilled to release our melancholic 3D CGI short, A Little Grey, on Vimeo, a year after we won Best Animation at the Manchester Film Festival: https://vimeo.com/257490638

You can read about the production process, with some development images, and an interview with the directors, Steve Smith and Simon Hewitt here: directorsnotes.com/2018/03/05/beakus-a-little-grey/

Synopsis - Grey (Tony Gardner) seeks help from a psychiatrist (Richard Atlee) when he loses his color. Grey moves in a world where everyone has their own vibrant color, except for him. He has gone a little grey, he seeks to find a cure to his condition by trying everything from daredevil sports, to rock concerts and acupuncture until he finally hits the bars, drinking himself to forget. With a baby on the way, Grey is worried that his condition may be hereditary and that he may pass it on to his child. Grey can’t seem to find his place in a colorful world anymore, but perhaps the arrival of a new life may be what’s needed for his spark to reignite once again.

Beakus Newspaper 2018!

Welcome to 2018! We've published a newspaper all about our studio, the animation we create, the directors who create it, and some thoughts about our industry. Enjoy!

(If you can't see the newspaper, just refresh the page!)

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A Little Grey at British Animation Awards

We've just heard that the CGI short created for Simon Hewitt by Steve Smith, Mighty and the team here at Beakus, A Little Grey, has been chosen to tour around the UK with the nominees for the British Animation Awards 2018! Kicking off in London on January 11th at the Regents Street Cinema (time TBC), the audience will be asked to vote for their favourite animated film, leading to an Audience Prize awarded at the premiere UK animation event on 15th March 2018.

Our film has already played at over 20 festivals worldwide, and scooped a few awards along the way, so we look forward to showing it to an even broader audience through early 2018. It's success is a testament to the 3D CGI skills or Mighty, and co-direction of our Creative Director Steve Smith.

Award-winning 3D CGI short film,co-directed by Steve Smith and Simon Hewitt, and animated by Mighty. Grey (Tony Gardner) seeks help from a psychiatrist (Richard Atlee) when he loses his color. Grey moves in a world where everyone has their own vibrant color, except for him. He has gone a little grey, he seeks to find a cure to his condition by trying everything from daredevil sports, to rock concerts and acupuncture until he finally hits the bars, drinking himself to forget. With a baby on the way, Grey is worried that his condition may be hereditary and that he may pass it on to his child. Grey can’t seem to find his place in a colorful world anymore, but perhaps the arrival of a new life may be what’s needed for his spark to reignite once again. You can read about the production process and an interview with the directors here: http://directorsnotes.com/2018/03/05/beakus-a-little-grey/

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Olobob Top nominated for Kidscreen Award

As parents of the pre-school show Olobob Top, we're absolutely buzzing about being nominated for a Kidscreen award for Best Animated Pre-School Series. It's a real honour, and we share the nomination with two great shows - Sarah & Duck, and Doc McStuffins. Kidscreen is an industry leader, commentator, magazine, and influencer, and we hope to make it to Miami in February to see if we've won.

Of course, we want to take this opportunity to thank the many cast and crew who worked so hard and with such creativity on the show. If you haven't seen it yet, you'll find it on CBeebies every weekday at 9.25am and 1.25pm, plus all over iPlayer if you search for Olobob. And of course if that's not enough we have a bespoke website with activities and a cracking game, at www.olobobtop.com.

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Yakka Dee! launches on CBeebies

We're delighted to announce the launch of our latest show on the UK's premiere channel for pre-school children, CBeebies. Yakka Dee! is a 5-minute show created by Lotte Elwell, Katie Simmons, and Steve Smith. Each episode we learn about a new word - be it banana, duck or dog - and go on a fun visual adventure exploring the iterations of that word in everyday life. A little animated character, Dee, then helps live-action children to say the word for the first time, thereby opening up their vocabulary and growing their speech confidence. Animated by Mighty, with animation direction from Chris Allen, the show was an instant hit with CBeebies youngest audience. Watch full episodes here.

Follow news about Yakka Dee! on our social streams - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - and via the show's website www.yakkadee.com.

Venom: Killer and Cure

We were approached by The Natural History Museum to create a film for their new exhibition; ‘Venom: Killer and Cure’

The video sits behind 3 of the venomous specimens on display in the exhibition space – the Cone Snail, Rattle Snake and Stone Fish.

The aim was to explain the biological characteristics of venom and how it works, illustrating the scientific content behind the creatures on display.

Directing duo Kiki & Remus came up with this abstract, textured design to fit within the overall dark and moody atmosphere of the exhibition space itself.

Below are a few pictures from the opening night of the Venom exhibition, showing our videos in their glory... along with the specimens! 

The Guest by Rory WT for Sparks

Our amazing director Rory WT has just released a new short promo for top band Sparks, via the similarly amazing Listeners Project. Entitled 'The Guest' it involves a party, of sorts, and a security guard, and is inspired by the project's mission to film in demolition-tagged buildings - to literally capture the walls before they crumble and disappear. Slightly more challenging is that each director, of which there are four, must make their film in 24-hours. So it's high-speed hijinks for all involved, and we think Rory did a grand job!

Google G Suite in Schools

These three videos, made for Google’s Educational department through agency Across the Pond, aim to promote the use of Google’s G Suite in Schools. G Suite is a brand of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools, software and products. It supports teachers and relieves them from the tedious work that gets in their way.

Ingenious!
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We recently completed a set of three animated films for English Heritage's digital platforms. They form part of their theme for 2017: ‘Ingenious! The Making of England’, which looks at the ways technology and innovation have shaped our history and buildings over the last 5000 years. We look at the methods used in Medieval warfare, including explosive devices fashioned from pig fat, the building of Hadrian's Wall, which involved the whole of the Roman Army of Britain and we explore the mysteries of Stonehenge and how it came to be.

Directed by Spin Kick Bros with sound design by Marian Mentrup.