Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Some sort of journal thing #44 - Lucia sketches and storyboard

Here are some faint, messy and quite frankly not-very-interesting production sketches I did for my upcoming animation project, Lucia. So far I'm at 1 whole minute! Ye Gads!
Anyway, enjoy and click to enlarge:

Spoon River Rejects is now officially up on SUSU.tv!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Animation: Spoon River Rejects

Spoon River Rejects from Thomas Fummo on Vimeo.

There it is, alright?
It's particularly low-budget... but a b-movie every now and again is good for the stomach, yes?
Hopefully it should be premiering on SUSU.tv soon enough.
Thank you once again to Celia, and a toast to many more future productions together.
Enjoy :-)


Saturday, 23 October 2010

Some sort of journal thing #36 / A whole two decades.

That's how long I've been on this planet.

But then again who knows. I might have been a martian in a previous life.
I probably enjoyed riding those tripods. My tripod was probably the coolest on the block. I bet all the martian girls would wave their tentacles at me and say that I was the keenest martian kid they'd ever seen.
Good times.

Anyway, here I am. Officially twenty.
I'm sure the enormity of it will sink in at some point.



Sunday, 17 October 2010

Some sort of journal thing #35 / Welles and Wells

Hello all.
In this post I'd like to once again share something with you that isn't about me at all, but rather a source of inspiration for me.
I have posted music videos and clips from films in the past. Some of you may remember a decleration of love I made for the works of H.G.Wells.
Well, along this same line of thought, I'd like to share a little jem that I found. A very rare audio clip, taken from a historic meeting of minds: H.G. Wells and Orson Welles. These men are two of my greatest heroes.
I'm still geeking out over H.G's reference to Citizen Kane. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Some sort of journal thing #26 - t-shirt design

Great Scott, my eyes!

Seriously though, I'm quite happy with how it turned out.
Carry on.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Animation: Tapirobot!

Tapirobot! from Thomas Fummo on Vimeo.

Here it is. The fruit of months of labour.
For some reason there are certain scenes where the image freezes awkwardly for apparently no reason other than to annoy me. I'm going to try and fix this as soon as possible, but seeing as I've already tried to at least five times today with no success I'm going to leave it as it is for now and try again tomorrow. I'll post an update when/if I've fixed it.
For now, enjoy the substandard version.

UPDATE: the video above has been fixed of glitches. Enjoy for real this time [big time happy grin]


Monday, 19 July 2010

Animation: Representation at SUSU

Representation at SUSU from Trenino Fumato on Vimeo.

Here it is, my first commissioned animation, done for Southampton University's Student Union.
Featuring Dom Kullander and Ryo Tabusa

Saturday, 5 June 2010

La donna cannone/ the cannon woman

                                     La Donna Cannone by Francesco De Gregori

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Animation: Partypooper

Partypooper from Trenino Fumato on Vimeo.

I'm not all that happy with how this one turned out (particularly the lip-synching to 'big time' and arm movements), but I guess it's all practise. Hopefully the next one will turn out better. I find claymation highly enjoyable, except when stuff falls down or loses limbs... or my camera's battery suddenly dies... sigh.
Ah well. Please let me know what you think.
Over and out.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Animation: Duel Challenge

Duel Challenge from Trenino Fumato on Vimeo.

Originally I had planned to do this one in traditional 2D drawn animation, but then one morning I woke up with a picture in my head... no, not a flux capacitor! Clay scultpures with wire and tin-foil skeletons!
I found out that whilst the skeletons kept the plastacine from cracking, it didn't make for much poseability. I also had to go and buy a tripod especially halfway through making it, seeing as all the photos I was taking were all shakey and out of focus. In conclusion I feel that it all came out well and I'm quite proud of it. Hooray for stop-motion!

Some non-animation-related news, I had the unique opportunity this morning of being able to sit in during a take at an actual film set! I got to see all the different people involved in the filming process (the woman who invited me is an assistant camera technician) as well as eat with the crew during the crew's lunch break. The filming took place in a villa in the north of Turin, for a series that will soon be aired in six episodes on mediaset (a popular and unfortunately Berlusconi-owned italian tv channel).
It was really interesting and whenever the assistant director shouted 'azione!' I felt goosebumps.
The actors were awful, however. I mean really awful. They did however share their tables with the rest of the crew at lunch, which I thought was nice.

Anyway, thunderclouds are gathering outside my bedroom window, so I must ready the biomechanical monkey samurai swarm and robotic tapirs!

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Animation: Funnels

Funnels from Trenino Fumato on Vimeo.

Extra Bonus Journal Thing!
Well it's April fool's day, but I honestly couldn't think of any sort of prank to pull. Hopefully this surreal dream spillage of an animation will suffice in making myself and you all feel foolish.
The weather is fine, the sun is shining, I've been having a very good week. I've been getting very positive feedback on the logos I designed for the 2010 Southampton Student Film Festival, and I'm transfering my film selections for the event onto a usb pen that I'll send to the managers:

The Cactus
Nature Walk
Quiet please

That's all for now, got to get ready to go shopping and plant-buying.
Fear my botanical skills! FEAR THEM!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010


Short and punchy (hopefully).
Now on to bigger and better things.
Like sleep.

Friday, 19 February 2010

The Cactus -animated-

Well, here it is. The Big Project revealed.
A really big thank you to Celia and to everyone who reads this blog and comments and all that jazz.
Hope you enjoy.

The Cactus from Trenino Fumato on Vimeo.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Guess the band #3!

You know the rules... have a look at the picture and make a guess in the comment box. If enough people guess right (or wrong, who gives a shit) I'll reveal the band by adding the flashplayer.
Here's a hint: the picture isn't connected with the band's name, rather one of their most famous songs.

Friday, 15 January 2010


I'm almost certainly sure that some of my regular readers or perusers will have noticed the distinctive lack of drawings on this here blog. To avoid losing your precious precious attention -which let's face, is the only thing keeping this blog and myself afloat- I thought why not give you some idea of what I've been doing? For yes, I have been doing stuff.

1. I've been practising a lot on my animation techniques. I'm working on something that should hopefully prove quite interesting and have a question to which I hope you guys can provide some useful answers: Should I post my upcoming project directly on youtube or keep it here and perhaps contact Drawn! or The Animation Show websites, before putting it up on the tube? I ask this because I know how easy it is for people to steal other people's work and reproduce it as their own on youtube (whilst I agree with Nina Paley that copying is not technically theft, I'd still feel pretty pissed off if somebody copied my animations and said that they made them: I'm not talking about money, just pride in my work). I'm tempted by the potential audience it could get on Youtube, but still... I just thought I'd ask. Please let me know what you think.

2. The Complicated is writing a story. I am going to illustrate the story. I'll probably set up a blog specially for the story, once we accumulate enough pages. So, basically, prepare to have the socks rocked off your feet. Comps is an excellent writer and I hope this kind of project will get him noticed. I would give so much to read a Spider-man comic written by him.

3. It's exam period here at Soton Uni and finally the drunken louts who usually roam the streets and bicycle paths are all tucked away in their cess-pits (rooms) desperately preparing for their tests. Perhaps that's a little cruel... but hey, they do make an awful lot of racket. I too am studying and writing essays, but hopefully in about a week and a half's time I'll be free to finish my big project and get back to some traditional drawing.

Thank you for your kind attention and now... on with the show!

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Strudel Doodles

The result of a sunday afternoon, coffee, strudel and good company.