06 September 2011

Elijah at the BBC

These are my only relics of the design work I did for the Elijah chapter of the BBC's Bible in Animation series. The director Derek Hayes wanted to use my drawing style of the time for the animation, so I had a marvellous three or four months creating all the moving bits - characters, animals, chariots etc.






16 comments:

calumalexanderwatt said...

fantastic Mick, I didn't catch that series, I'd love to see this!

Martin B said...

Did it get fully produced and released?

PJ Holden said...

I remember catching this on bbc2, I think, and being flabbergasted and awestruck, utterly convinced you'd had a hand in the design - and then being smug afterwards when I saw your name in credits (did I see your name in the credits? memory is failing, either that or someone else confirmed it on the internet for me).

Martin B said...

Ok, I'm now living in Aus' so I don't think we had it broadcast here, but I'll check out the ABC shops that stock lotsa BBC stuff, see if I can find or order it. As an animator, (worked with Rufus at Amblin and at Passion), I'd love to see your work animated.

Glenn said...

I know you (used to?) get pee-d off when people copy your style but, holy shit, your work is just so unique! Amazing stuff Mick!

Nigel Kitching said...

You can buy a DVD:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Testament-Bible-Animation-Elijah-Region/dp/B0000AYL37/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1315325789&sr=1-2

But the quality is not great - but it's cheap. Also it's a US DVD.

Martin B said...

@ Nigel, Thanks, I'll check it out as an option. I'll go for whichever version gets funds back to the rightful owners / producers. Do you have any royalties on it still Mick?
@ Glenn, Mick's style 'is' unique and you didn't have to worry Mick, the imitators never touched your brilliance.

Martin B said...

Thanks again Nigel, I put in that order!

Martin B said...

Can I put one of your images up on Amazon Mick? They don't have one and it would help sell them, unless you object?

Mick McMahon said...

I'm sure you mean well Martin but that's my business, so thanks but no thanks.

Martin B said...

Totally understand. I was hoping to see a cover design, but they didn't have one. My mind was racing with the possibilities when I saw it invites images to be provided. So I knew I should ask you first.
I would like to think some of the sales money will make it's way to you. Is there an avenue of sales that does ensure you get a cut?

Mick McMahon said...

No, this sort of work doesn't pay royalties.

Stewart Kenneth Moore (Booda) said...

I think I just found the link on YT.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLu9xAAOc3s&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL7D8B07E07CAFB11A

Martin B said...

Thanks Stewart, I've had a look at one part of the you tube vid' and am now looking forward to seeing the DVD when it comes through.
Mick, it must be really satisfying to see a finished animation production done with your designs on the characters. I'm impressed with the way it looks. Well done.

Stewart Kenneth Moore (Booda) said...

Just a lucky find, Martin!

Mick, I'd be interested to know if you were consulted on the way the characters might move? I'm guessing not, but I've always liked the way you uniquely imply movement in your work, particularly in action sequences.