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Jessica Ashman
Royal College of Art
Category: Animation
Work title: The Thing Under the Tree
Country: United Kingdom




Jessica Ashman is an award winning animator and filmmaker, based in Glasgow and London. She specialises in stop-motion and 2D animation, and has worked at various design studios and companies, including the BBC since 2007. In 2010, Jessica wrote her first commissioned short film, Fixing Luka, developed and produced by DigiCult. The film has screened at over 20 festivals worldwide, picking up several awards, including a Scottish BAFTA. Jessica is currently working on her masters degree in Animation at the Royal College of Art, whilst continuing her freelance and short film development projects.

Gabby keeps bothering her older sister Tam to play with her, so Tam tells her a story about a monster that lives in the forest. "Whatever you do," Tam says, "you can't let it see your face." But then her phone rings, leaving the story unfinished, so Gabby goes in pursuit of the creature by herself.

Communication Objective
The Thing Under the Tree explores that bittersweet stage of childhood, when older siblings and friends outgrow or outpace one another, and no one wants to play the games which they used to love. Through the poetic imagery of childhood make-believe, an internal struggle is revealed. The stuggle lies between the desire for control and consistency, versus the acceptance of changes in life.

Tools used
After Effects was used to remove rigs and supports from the puppet animation, to create key and pivotal effects, and to color grade. Premiere was used to edit the film.

Adobe Tools
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects CS6, Photoshop CC



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