RTS Midlands Award Nominations 2022

In 2021, The Royal Television Society held their annual RTS Midlands award ceremony online where we watched the celebration of creativity unfold (in our pjs).This year, the 2022 Midlands awards will be held in person, the first since 2019. Our Second Home team will be switching into our best dress to celebrate our fantastic 4 nominations across 3 categories.

RTS Midlands 2022

Animation: The Flood

In 2020 we became a development partner for a project within The New Creatives scheme, supported by Arts Council England and BBC Arts. We had the pleasure of collaborating with new animation and illustration talent Anya Butler and turning one of her original poems into a short film. 

Anya’s idea was to transform her original poem ‘The Flood’ into a short animation. This 4 minute mixed media piece tells the story about the reclusive Mr Blair who ignores a drip coming from his ceiling with disastrous consequences. A simple metaphor about ignoring problems until they can no longer be handled.

The Flood – Trailer

Animation and Craft – Production: The Girls Who Turned To Water 

The Girls Who Turned To Water highlights the impact that dirty water has on thousands of girls’ education. It is often a girl’s responsibility in a family to walk to collect water (which is often dirty). This can result in days away from the classroom. Without clean water they miss out on the knowledge to create change.

We wanted to keep craft at the forefront of the look and feel. So, we designed and built the puppets, sets and props imbued with a chiseled, textured finish. The water (both dirty and clean) was modeled and animated as in-camera replacements. Take a look at our dedicated portfolio page and read our insights on how this film was brought to life.

WaterAid UK – The Girls Who Turned To Water

Craft – Post Production: BRB Don Quixote Trailer   

The highly established classical dance company Birmingham Royal Ballet reached out to us to produce a trailer for their debut tour of Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote. Our goal was to capture the essence of this Spanish adventure to lure in new audiences across the UK. 

This project was challenging due to limited resources from the new production, these included a model box, a single costume and one rehearsed solo. Post production was relied upon to bring these elements together and create our stop motion inspired trailer. We filmed principal dancer Céline Gittens on green screen and combined the footage with 3D animation to create a vintage look and feel using paper cutouts. The piece is accompanied with a recording of Kitri’s solo by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Don Quixote Trailer

For a full list of categories and their nominees, head to https://rts.org.uk/award/rts-midlands-awards-nominees-2022

The ceremony will be taking in place in Birmingham on Friday 25th November.