Animation: the Princes in the Tower

Published On November 29, 2013 | By James Bacon | Animation

Kate Brown and Paul Duffield created a short animation about the Princes Edward and Richard, in which one of my favourite characters, Richard III, shows up, for the Tower of London. Kate wrote a long piece about it on her blog which you can check out here.

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(above: design work for the animation)

The Tower has allowed the piece to go onto YouTube, so everyone can now enjoy it, and learn about these two young royals and this infamous segment of British history:

The artistic pair were commissioned by HRP back in February to create a modern, cartoon/visual piece about the Princes in the Tower that ran to two minutes, that would be screened in the Bloody Tower. Ewan Parry worked on the sound design side, while Emma Vieceli assisted creatively.

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(above and below: some animatics created while designing and preparing for the full animated version)

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As Brown explains “The Tower has super lumpy walls and the lighting situation is pretty unique, so, we had to pick a style that was really going to stand out very dramatically in this space!

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(above: screenshots from the finished animation)

This piece, beneficially lacking dialogue for tourists who have no English, tells the story, or as much as anyone can imagine of it, of the princes. Interestingly neither Paul or Kate subscribe to the idea that Richard III murdered his nephews, but nobody really knows what happened, so they have cleverly portrayed the Princes vanishing, with space I suspect for the viewer to consider their own conclusions.

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(above: more screenshots from the finished animation)

Many thanks to Kate Brown for all the information on this.

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James Bacon
James Bacon is a train Driver working in London but originally from Dublin. He also loves comics, theatre, history and books, runs conventions, writes about these activities and has edited a Hugo-winning Fanzine.

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