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Peter Gianfrancesco from Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind and his sister Maureen visit – Yessica’s Journey Animation Project

Peter Gianfrancesco, Chief Executive from Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind with his sister Maureen from Australia and Anastacia

Peter Gianfrancesco, Chief Executive from Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind with his sister Maureen from Australia and Anastacia

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Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Website

Peter Gianfrancesco who is the Chief Executive at Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind and his sister Maureen from Australia visited me yesterday to see the progress of the Yessica’s Journey Animation project. Peter is one of my Mentors representing Mind who has also supported the project with funding, help and advise.

I really enjoyed showing them both all the work which has been completed so far. They were both very encouraging and seemed impressed with what has been achieved so far. Thanks to both of them for coming to see me and the Yessica’s Journey Animation project and for being so supportive.

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Meeting with Charlie Gauvain

Charlie and Anastacia

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Eye Film and Television Website

Charlie Gauvain is the new ‘Production Manager’ for the project and works as an Executive Producer at Eye Film and TV (see earlier blog for more information about charlie.  We met today for a meeting to discuss the new ‘Yessica’s Journey’ Schedule plan, Financial Plan and Contract. The meeting went well and Charlie and I will be meeting on a regular basis once a month.

Charlie’s main role is to support, advise and assist me with the project. This will include financial, planning a schedule, marketing, DVD authoring, advise on production and monitoring the progression of the project and ensure that the film is produced on time and within budget.

Charlie’s knowledge and experience of working in Film and TV for many years will be very beneficial to myself and the project and I look forward to working with him.


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Exciting News for Yessica’s Journey – Visiting Nathan at Aardman Animations

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Aardman Animations Website

On the 25th and 26th of October I was very excited to be asked by Nathan Sale to visit Aardman Animations in Bristol. He is the Head of Lighting and has kindly offered to help me with advice on purchasing lighting and camera equipment for the Yessica’s Journey Project. He has also offered a great deal of support and his professional expertise. I am so thrilled to have been given this amazing opportunity and I would like to thank Nathan for his kindness, interest and his support with the project. Please read below for more details about my visit.

Anastacia at Aardman with Wallace and Gromit

Aardman Character

I had a fantastic time at Aardman Animations and loved every minute of it. Nathan showed me around the studios and it was so interesting to see how all the animations are created. It really is incredible to see how everything is made, the time, effort, attention to detail and expertise which goes into making these animations is just amazing. I feel very privileged to have been given this opportunity and it has given me a lot of inspiration to work hard and keep going on the Yessica’s Journey Project. I also saw Nick Park who is the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep – this was great.

Nathan Sale, Head of Lighting at Aardman Animations

Morph is one of my all time favourite characters. I loved watching him with Tony Hart as a child in the seventies. I met him in real life for the first time, here he is below.

Characters from Aardman including Morph

After my visit to Aardman I had time to look around the City of Bristol which I really enjoyed. I walked around the river and there was a beautiful rainbow in the sky which I managed to take a photo of. Rainbows symbolise good and are a positive sign – a new beginning, transformation and growth. I really liked Bristol, it is a very warm and friendly place and it is the first time I have ever been. I also managed to visit the Cathedral and talked to a really nice woman called Elizabeth Mellor who is the Lay Minister.

Bristol Docks with Beautiful Rainbow

Bristol Temple Meads Station with Beautiful Rainbow

Nathan gave me a lovely gift, a walking Shaun the Sheep, which I love. He is so cute, I am going to use him as a little mascot to keep me going on this very long project – I have a lot of animating to do.

Gift from Nathan, a walking Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep in Reception at Aardman

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Below is a slideshow of images from my trip, including images at Aardman and around Bristol. See blog below for images from Aardman trip in slideshow.

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Slideshow of visit to meet Nathan at Aardman Animations

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Aardman Animations Website

Below are images I took of my visit to Aardman Animations in Bristol to see Nathan Sale who is the Head of Lighting. Nathan is kindly helping me with advice on purchasing Lighting and Camera Equipment for my project Yessica’s Journey. See blog above for more written details of visit.

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