What’s In The Cellar, Mrs Mellor? by Michael Somerset Ward

A fun light verse written and read by Michael Somerset Ward and animated by Jessica Ashman, whose description on Vimeo reads:

A short animation made for the Sheffield arts festival, Sensoria in 2013, for the programme ‘Now Will You Listen’.

A great bunch of musicians and poets came up with dark stories and poems which were given to a bunch of animators to create visuals to for a live performance at the festival. Mine is an eerie tale about a slightly unhinged babysitter…

Created using 2D digital animation in Flash, which was then printed out on a digital craft cutter machine and then placed on a glass line tester, along with lots of fun textures.

Big thanks to mister Chris Randall at Second Home Studios, for letting me invade his excellent studio space and for his downright excellent hospitality.

I found an interview with Michael Somerset Ward about the “Now Will You Listen” program. Here’s what he says about the animated poems:

There are three poems in the set and although I didn’t set out to write verse they just began appearing. The poems are some of the most successful pieces and we are performing all three at Sensoria. The animation factor gave us the opportunity to provide a live soundtrack – something we all love doing. Also with all three disciplines involved – literature, film and music – a viewer or listener can have an all-out assault on the senses or can choose to zone in wherever.

One Comment

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    Sir 21 November, 2017

    Began quite well. Unfortunately it soon descended into derivative, tired wordery.

    There’s a far too familiar ring to this type of process. Trying far too hard, so much so that the author selects an abrupt closure, perhaps because he’s run out of steam or creativity. I’m all for supporting new talent (although this particular talent seems to have dried up since this was first published), so not sure what came of this brief attempt to join the ranks of those other creatives who vanished as quickly as they appeared.

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