We're moving!

After three years of living in a leaky office, we have come to the end of our lease in Bedminster and we are moving a few miles around the corner to St Phillips.

To be honest, the move couldn’t come too soon, with a roof that lets more water in than out and recently a flood from our water pump that led to a week of pulling up laminate flooring and running massive fans 24/7. As you could agree, a wet environment in an animation office isn’t ideal.

We found an incredible new development around a mile from Temple Mead’s called Meriton Foundry, where an old warehouse is being re-purposed into a set of offices and business hubs. We will be sharing our space with a brewery, bakery, tattoo studio and yoga studio as well as a host of other start-ups and freelancers.

This new development really appealed to us as a small independent animation studio. Sharing a space with other small, local Bristol businesses, we can swap ideas, skills and leads with people that have similar outlooks to us. Also, with a blank canvas to work with, we can really put our mark on our new studio and office space with plans for a rain forest feature wall, faux skylights and more plants (of course!).

Hopefully it will look more finished than this, come September

Hopefully it will look more finished than this, come September

We will be sad to leave our office friends Bristol Braille, who we have shared our space with for the last 12 months. They have been creating a “Kindle” for visually impaired people and we wish them all the luck in the future.

For the next 6 weeks, we will be packing up our equipment, donating anything we don’t need to Scrapstore and trying to replace any equipment that might have seen better days. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for information on how you could possibly get your hands on some great stuff.

Wish us luck!

The Kings Fund – How does the NHS in England work in 2017: An alternative Guide

If your familiar with CC Animation Studio, you’re almost definitely familiar with The Kings Fund Alternative Guide to New NHS in England. In fact, it’s probably how you found us! The animation is still, six years on, our most popular, and its the same for The Kings Fund. Its their most viewed digital communication to date and still receives around 2500 views per month. So when The Kings Fund approached us to make an updated version, we were understandably excited (and maybe a little nervous!).

The original was a tough one to follow, but working collaboratively with The Kings Fund team again we’ve managed to explain the NHS in six and a half minutes, including all the new acronyms, Simon Steven’s ever changing beard and the NHS five year forward view.

The Result

The first animation was one of our first, and although we’re still proud of it and we still get asked to replicate the style, we wanted to try something new. After all, a lot has changed since 2013, not just in the NHS but also in CC Animation. After a workshop with The Kings Fund team and a lot of discussion on how to simplify this complex topic, we decided to go down the route of a pin board. Not only are these commonly used across the NHS (you’ll see the blue versions covered with NHS leaflets and notices everywhere from GP surgery’s to hospitals), but they are a tool that is often used to process a lot of information at once (think Carries wall of crazy from Homeland). We’re always up for a challenge and trying new things so we gave it a go!

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The rich picture is available to download or buy from The Kings Fund website.

The Team

This animation was a truly collaborative effort not only with the Kings Fund but within the CC Animation Studio team. The Kings Fund team, Katie, Helen and Ian, wrote the script and Katie did a fantastic job of voicing it, bringing that energy that was so great about the first one. Alex Becker took the lead on the storyboard process with the help of Caroline Rudge and Tom Barter for some of the artwork. The animation was actually filmed in sections and would have covered an entire wall in size when put together! Badj Whipple was the edited genius who put this all together, with the help of Dann Casswell.

Your Thoughts

We’d love to know what you think of the updated version? Does it live up to the original? Does it help you to understand the complex structure of the NHS in England?

Get in touch

If you’d like to know more about this animation, or are interested in working with us to tell your own complex story, please email Charlie at charlie.harding@creativeconnection.co.uk