From bedtime books to theatre sets—it's story time!

Magical book trailers and theatre backdrops for some unforgettable stories.

We knew we were in for a treat when Chris Haughton asked us to make a trailer for Goodnight Everyone: a bedtime book all about the land of nod. Chris gave us completely free reign for the direction and we relished adding little observational details, which really come alive with the skin-tingling music by Matt Wand.

Before this we produced a trailer for Chris's earlier book, Shh! We Have a Plan, with characters tiptoeing amidst the midnight trees. Chris uses minimal language to great effect and we wanted to capture this essence by focusing on movement and colour to complement the atmospheric sound, whilst keeping the sense of anticipation that makes this story so magical.

Following the success of Shh! We Have a Plan, the story was transformed into a stage show at The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre in Armagh, Northern Ireland. We had the privilege of teaming up with the author once again for this spectacular theatrical production. Working to a limited timeframe, we set about making animations to be projected onto the stage, enabling the actors to interact with the shapes and characters as part of the play.

Animade are one of my absolute favourite animation companies anywhere. Their animations are thoughtful, funny, full of character and beautifully crafted – not only all that but it was very easy and fun to work with them.

Chris Haughton

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