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, designed 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.