The latest 4 minute animation by Tim Britton commissioned by The National Trust to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the birth of the Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, The Greatest Landscape Gardener of All Time. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iIL1wQRytQ
Enter a magical world of moving creatures, miniature worlds, peepshow boxes, mechanical gizmos, artefacts, films and cartoons.
A free, hands-on living exhibition celebrating 41 years of pioneering multi-media wotk featuring such wonders as the 7 foot tall white rabbit, the teenage brontosaurus skeleton and a life-sized animated horse.
10 March - 22 April
Beyond the Door lies the Town Hall untouched for 57 year. Inexplicable Inconveniences have arisen. Interferences from "The Uncooperative Ghost"? Britton and Moore, Explainers of the Unexplained, investigate. An Installation & Performance of sound and projection. Can be seen during the Ten Parishes Festival. Wiveliscombe Town Hall Saturday 5th September 10.00 till 15.00, Sunday 6th September 10.00 till 17.00. Last entry 30 mins before end time.
The Restless Temple is now built and moving in the wind. You can visit it at Tremenheere Sculpture Garden outside Penzance in Cornwall where it will stay for at least two years. This is the dream come true of FF’s genius set designer, Penny Saunders, working in collaboration with Rob Higgs, mechanical sculptor and engineer from Penryn, and all built and assembled by Cornish engineers and makers. To read more about it and see many more pictures and films go to http://www.restlesstemple.co.uk or to see more of Rob Higgs work go to http://www.youtube.com/higgsrob
Castle Drogo and other Installations
In the last couple of years we have been creating numerous new exhibits and installations, many of them for The National Trust. You can see these at Castle Drogo, Studland Beach, Greenways, The Jurassic Coast, Torquay Museum and Durlston Country Park. The Castle Drogo installations will only be there for two years so get on down.
Book: “The Jurassic Coast: A Mighty Tale”
By Tim Britton. This was published in book form last winter 2014 by The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Trust. This is the book of the film which you can see on YouTube. You can order copies, price £5.99, from the Forkbeard Shop or via http://www.jurassiccoasttrust.org This is the book of the film which you can see at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eMUdqSu2Kc
An old favourite Tim Britton Super8 mm film from the 1970's now published in book form following the film’s popularity in “The Outside In Room” at Castle Drogo. You can buy copies, price £6.99, at the Forkbeard Shop.
We took a van full of FF props (including an 8ft Caryatid, Ariel, a mini Timmy Brittonioni and the 4 poster bed from "Usherettes") to the Steam Co tent at the Sunday Times Festival of Education at Wellington College, Berkshire for two days of creative Workshops, activities and talks. http://www.steamco.org.uk/inspiranation
Exploring the journey of the apple from the Tian Shan Mountains to Somerset Orchards. A community film by Chris Britton/Forkbeard Fantasy. Commissioned by Feral Studio (www.feralstudio.co) as part of the Orchard Works project. Supported by Arts Council and Jim Laker Fund. https://vimeo.com/129545485
Two artists from this Community Interest Company based in East Yorkshire will be in residence at Waterslade Studios from March 18-20 learning about Forkbeard's multi-media techniques.
Another in Tim Britton’s growing list of filmy Tales, this is about The Channel’s unique and delicate marine ecosystems made for Agence des aires marines protegees in Brest, France. You can see the French version ici: http://www.aires-marines.fr/Actualites/Conference-finale-des-projets-PANACHE-et-Valmer
Ed represented Forkbeard at the Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham at the end of March. He took part in a discussion panel on the subject of "Animation in Performance" along side Paul Barritt of 1927 Theatre Company. http://flatpackfestival.org/event/animation-and-beyond
The latest in the series of short films, (following on from “The Jurassic Coast. A Mighty Tale” and “The Torbay Geopark. A Rocky Tale”) This one explores the 5000 year history of The Channel, coastal erosion and rising sea levels. Commissioned by LiCCo, The Environment Agency and The National Trust. You can see it at http://youtu.be/i-tPOlMeWbI<http://youtu.be/i-tPOlMeWbI>
5 performances 5th -8th November at St John’s Church, High Street, Wellington.
A spectacular and unique community performance featuring local actors, musicians, schools, film-makers, dancers, choirs, foley-artists and acrobats. The show combines the Victorian story of the navvie camp that built the tunnel for Brunel’s railway, and local WW2 heroine Odette Hallowes, who 100 years later lived above the results of their labour. Devised and developed by communities and groups across the Somerset/Devon border in collaboration with Actiontrack Performance Company, Forkbeard Fantasy and Take Art.
Tim's latest short film is for the extraordinary 6,500 island UNESCO World Heritage Site in North Norway, primarily designated for its unique and ancient tradition of protecting Eider Ducks whose down is collected after the nesting season - an industry almost entirely run by women. Link details to come.
This exciting festival is organised by Stiltskin Creative Arts and Theatre CIC - a Plymouth based independent, grassroots arts and theatre company.
Forkbeard will be building The Head Shed especially for this festival - a tiny shed on wheels, big enough to house a projector and back projection screen. Workshop participants will slip under the projection screen and interact with the film sequences they have made. The screen will become a huge film-mask depicting the metamorphosis of children turning into giant insects with animated tentacles, mandibles and proboscises.
The sculptures developed from the themes and gadgets used in last year's QuestPlay, will eventually go on display in the grounds of Cockington Court and Greenway (Agatha Christie's residence on the River Dart).
This celebratory event at Torre Abbey will again involve young people in performance, filma and photography from the QuestPlay shows to launch the Heritage Lottery Funded Digital Trail (devised by Kate Green and her young team) that links all the venues and their stories via an exciting online game.
There are now 8 outdoor and 3 indoor installations by Forkbeard in this beautiful nature reserve outside Swanage on The Purbeck Coast. The most recent arrivals from the Forkbeard studios are 4 braille FeelyBirds.
Final finishing touches at last complete, the two permanent exhibits created by Forkbeard for the Museum are now fully open to the public. Torquay Museum is well worth a visit and has a famous collection, including the 43,000 year old human jawbone unearthed at nearby Kent’s Cavern. One of the Forkbeard pieces is a Forensics Table all about caves, while the second is a walk-through rock structure full of films, peepshows and a microscope exploring Torbay’s 450 million year geological past.
Premiered at the Lyme Regis Museum last year and now touring Dorset museums ‘The Cabinet of Curiosities’ is a specially commissioned interactive exhibit about The Jurassic Coast. Forkbeard have been working closely with geologists and palaeontologists connected with The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site to produce this delightful multi-faceted box of science fact, fiction and humour. For more information about this project click here
“The Somerset Cycle” is a working model representing the cycle of sun, grass, cows, manure, milk and energy… all driven by Nancy the Cow on her bike. This was made for the grand opening of Wyke Farm’s new Biogas Plant in Somerset in September. Later to be installed in their new visitor centre.
We created this specially commissioned show about Film Special Effects for The National Media Museum in Bradford. It is still being performed by the Museum’s Explainers more than 5 years later.
Out Now!...the very latest breakneck cartoon animation by Tim Britton with music by Leon Michener, commissioned by The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. To view the full film click here