Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies

Finally, it has arrived, ‘Grandad’s Island’- the second book to be both written and illustrated by Benji Davies.

The long awaited follow up to Benji Davies’ fantastic debut picture book ‘The Storm Whale’.

‘Benji Davies deals with the emotional topic of losing a grandparent. Subtly told, this beautifully illustrated book tackles a difficult subject with great sensitivity and depth.’

The lovely people at Simon & Schuster have invited me to host a blog post about this glorious book’s trailer as part of the blog tour.

Here are some insights from the creators of the trailer.

Benji had already sketched up a storyboard and animatic (moving storyboard) so we had quite a clear vision of what he wanted. I suggested a few extra shots after reading and re-reading the book, and we agreed it was important to see Grandad and Syd together, having fun on the island. The flow of the trailer was influenced by the journey undertaken in the book itself, and it was helped enormously by the sensitive music from Liam.

The character and animal animation was created in Photoshop to match the book illustration and then composited in to scenes in After Effects. We didn’t want the characters to overact, but rather be quite subtle, just alive in their world – it’s quite a gentle thing we were after. – Steve Smith from Beakus.

“We decided early on that we wanted to have a mix of both music and sound design for the soundtrack. The world of Grandad’s Island is obviously very visually rich so it was easy to bring this to life through sound design. A composer and sound designer’s job is always much easier when you are working with great imagery and animation.

Musically, we were using organic instruments but looked to frame these within modern production techniques to give it the track a contemporary tone and feel. The main challenge in the end was the final mix and getting the music and sound design working together. We ended up using the same reverb and effects on both music and sound design elements to help bed the musical elements into the sound design so it felt and sounded as one.” – Liam from Resonate.

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