Daniel Greaves’ Flatworld: ‘It May Be Flat, but it sure isn’t boring’ (Telegraph 1997)

This weeks post shines the spotlight on Animator Daniel Greaves, Director of Flatworld, which follows flat cardboard and paper cut outs set in a 3D world called ‘Flatworld’

UCA hold storyboards, scripts, and artwork, including cardboard and photocopied cut outs of characters within flatworld

Flatworld follows Matt Phlatt, along with his pet cat Geoff and his fish Chips, where a freak electrical accident releases a 30’s gangster from his TV film into Matt’s world and causes chaos as Matt is mistaken for the criminal after a bank robbery.


A telegraph article on Daniel Greaves and flatworld is available here (23rd December 1997)

‘More than half the film is what Greaves describes as “two-and- a-half dimensional”. To achieve this, he used traditional stop-frame animation to move cardboard figures in a three-dimensional setting. It was a painstaking process. First, drawings of the characters were animated with 12 different images shot per second to check fluidity of movement. Then, every drawing was photocopied, pasted on to card, coloured and carefully cut out. Each card image was weighted at its base so it would stand upright. These images were then animated, with 12 different card drawings of the same character shot per second. All in all, the film used 40,000 different cardboard cut-outs. Filming the “Flipside” sequence was a piece of cake by comparison, involving traditional Disney techniques.’

Watch the animation here

‘From 1977 until 1980 [Daniel] studied animation at West Surrey College of Art. After graduating Daniel worked as a freelance animator at many London studios before founding Tandem Films with his business partner Nigel Pay in 1986. Daniel is Animation Director at Tandem Films. His short films have won over a hundred international film awards, including an Oscar for his film Manipulation. Other films include Family Tree, Flatworld, Rockin’ & Rollin’, Little Things, Beginning, Middle and End and Speechless. He is currently working on a stop-motion, Claymation film entitled Mr Plastimime’ Quoted from  http://www.tandemfilms.com/director/director-showreel-daniel-greaves/


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