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Edward: Animated Video

I Am A Hamster!

We animated and produced this short film, ‘The Diary of Edward the Hamster, 1990-1990’, for BBC Radio 4 online. Written, performed and illustrated by Miriam Elia, our hard-smoking existential hero was a delight to work with and turned out to be a favourite on Vimeo.

BBC The Diary of Edward the Hamster

BBC The Diary of Edward the Hamster

BBC The Diary of Edward the Hamster

The short film was hugely successful and spawned a book, which has now been translated into several languages.

How’s it done?

Miriam’s illustrations were split into layers in Photoshop, with the animated sections manipulated in After Effects using the puppet tool. This tool allows us to add movement to otherwise still images without resorting to full blown 3D.

Voted Staff Pick on Vimeo, 2010