MfA Student Film: The Heaver

The Heaver is the final project of MFA student Adam Taylor. Adam completed an MA in Illustration at Falmouth in 2014 and went on to join the University's MFA course, specialising in stop-motion Animation. The Heaver is produced by second year animation student Cecilia Hay.

The film is a cautionary tale involving bearded lumberjacks, trees, and... the Heaver. The happy tree-chopping hero, Lumberjack Jack, soon realises that there are some trees that should just be left well alone; he chops the one tree no lumberjack is meant to mess with.

Adam has animated the film using stop-motion puppets and sets, shooting in front of a blue-screen (there are too many trees on set to use a green-screen) in the University's stop-motion studio. The blue-screen is then replaced with mountains, trees and sky in post-production.  Lip-sync, eyes and the rest of the facial expressions are added by a team of second and third year student animators using 2D animation software Toon Boom; this is why the chap below currently has no mouth or eyes. If you want to find out what happened to his beard and why he has no pants (or trousers for us Brits) you will have to watch the film.  

Adam and his cheerful check shirts will be sorely missed when he graduates. The staff on the course have hugely enjoyed teaching and working with him, and his presence here has enriched the experiences of the undergraduate students on the degree course. We look forward to following his career and hope that one day he will return to Falmouth to talk to our future students about what is sure to be a successful career in animation.

... this last image does not look like Adam at all... not one tiny little bit.


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