All posts by Astrid Goldsmith

Quarantine

Quarantine is a stop-motion short film, written, directed and animated by Astrid Goldsmith. It was commissioned by the BFI and BBC4 as part of their prestigious Animation 2018 talent scheme,┬ádesigned to find and support the UK’s most exciting emerging animators.

Quarantine is a post-Brexit pagan dance fantasy, about a troupe of Morris-dancing badgers on the south coast of England, who are trying to avoid the animal quarantine compound which has been built above their burrow. As they try to keep their old folk traditions alive, they ignore the plight of the caged quarantine inmates. But when tragedy strikes, a young badger goes rogue, risking exile from the troupe as he forges a new forbidden friendship on the other side of the bars.

Made in just 21 weeks, Quarantine is a 13-minute puppet stop-motion film, built and filmed at Mock Duck Studios in Folkestone. It premiered on November 19th at BFI Southbank, and was broadcast on BBC4 on Sunday 2nd December. It is now available to watch on BFI Player.

Official Selection:

Atlanta Film Festival, April 2019

Edinburgh International Film Festival, June 2019

Guanajuato International Film Festival, July 2019

 

Quarantine Trailer from Astrid Goldsmith on Vimeo.

Nike: Never Ask

Stop-motion troll: character design, fabrication and animation by Astrid Goldsmith. For the June 2018 Nike ‘Never Ask’ campaign, social films directed by Riff Raff’s Finn Keenan.

Original clay sculpt of the troll, before clean-up and moulding
Original clay sculpt of the troll, before clean-up and moulding
Finished latex and foam puppet with plastazote keyboard

 

 

Duracell Bunny

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Five articulated Duracell Bunny puppets, for use on the Duracell Professional website. These 2-foot posable Bunnies were sculpted, moulded and then fabricated by Astrid from start to finish, including each Bunny’s bespoke costume and props.

A Bunny head with flight helmet, before decals were applied

In addition to the 2-foot Bunnies, Astrid was commissioned to make 10 static model Bunnies, used by Duracell for promotional purposes. The hand-painted resin casts were around 30cm tall:

Construction Bunny under construction
Bunny with tools after painting
Four of the finished Bunnies hanging out in the kitchen

Ford Fiesta Print Advert

Print Advert for Ford Fiesta, designed by illustrator Al Murphy (Blink).

Astrid translated Al’s 2D drawing of the Alaphant (a pink cyclops elephant) into a 3-dimensional creature, fabricating the 60cm model out of pink felt:

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The finished pink felt Alaphant
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The Alaphant in situ for the print advert

 

Al Murphys original design for the Alaphant

Leeds Castle TV Commercial


The Many Stories of Leeds Castle is a stop motion TV commercial for Leeds Castle, produced by A+C Studios in 2014.

Astrid was Head Model Maker on this advert, a role which included concept development for the book, pop-up mechanism design, paper engineering and fabrication.

A Life in Print Commercial


A Life in Print is a stop motion TV commercial for local newspapers across the country, produced by A+C Studios in 2014.

Astrid was Head Model Maker for this commercial, a role which involved concept development; puppet creation, including hand-carving 45 puppet heads; making various props and set-building. Astrid was also running the Model Making Department, supervising and coordinating a team of 12 artists, painters and fabricators.

Chivas Brothers Animation

Inside Every Bottle is a stop motion animated film produced by A+C Studios in November 2013, for Chivas Brothers to send out to their staff and clients for Christmas.

Astrid was Head Model Maker for this film, a role which involved concept development; making hand-carved puppets and various pieces of whiskey-making machinery from wood; and running the Model Making department, supervising a team of 12 fabricators and painters.

PVT Music Video

Music video for PVT, directed by Alex Smith for Warp Records.

Astrid was the sole Model Maker/Puppet Maker for this video, a role which included designing and making four human puppets (bandage, fabric, vintage glass eyes and epoxy-coated polystyrene heads) and two giant shark puppets (aluminium wire, sellotape and broken glass). Astrid was also part of the puppeteering team for the pixilation process of the video, and got covered in a lot of fake blood.