Tim Johnson & Konstantine Pope began working together whilst studying at the Royal College of Music in the heart of London under the guidance of veteran film composer Francis Shaw (amongst others). With a combined portfolio spanning multiple genres, including Bollywood & British Indie feature films, a plethora of shorter award winning films, AAA games and TV adverts, the two composers embarked on the idea of putting on together an ambitious live show, blending all of their skills and knowledge together to create something altogether innovative and new. The initial premise was to put on a performance in the prestigious Britten Theatre in South Kensington, London, combining a lush, cinematic orchestral sound, with heavy rock and urban electronics. Fiercely outstanding feedback ensued from the word go, and The Ursa Minor Project quickly grew from one performance inside the confines of a specific theatre into something much larger than anyone could have anticipated.
A short sequence I animated and cleaned up for a third year graduate film, "Growing Space" by Kate Broadhurst a few weeks ago.
I researched lots of birds flying in slow-motion and Planet Earth episodes for this which really helped as it's my first time animating a realistic animal, it was very fun to draw! (Not so fun to composit as the layers are very complicated!)
I listened to Elbow's new album, "Build a Rocket Boys!" as I did this, so their first song "For The Birds" is the reason for the title!
"The birds are the keepers of our secret As they saw us where we lay In the deepest grass of springtime In a reckless guilty haze
And they wove a sweet indifference And it settled on our skin Till the eyes that I remembered For the last time drew me in
The birds, though I wore your glacial patience To a smudge of bitter dust On the last day you embraced me With a glistening sapling trust
Did they sing a million blessings As they watched us slowly part? Do they keep those final kisses In their tiny racing hearts"