It takes many different people working as a tight team to make Fantastical Feats happen and Library Chatterbooks groups and primary schools in south-west England have been a key part of this, developing ideas and creative work for the game through workshops and library-based activities. The children have created four of the five Fantastical Feats which are the themes of the dance films as well as creating some of the illustrations featured on the website, naming the town and creating fun biographies for the different characters. You can find out a little bit more about the creative team behind the making of Fantastical Feats below.
Filming, Illustration and Game Development
Richard Tomlinson, Somerset Film
Richard works as a creative technologist for Somerset Film. When not working on commissions such as The Giant’s Story and Fantastical Feats, he is passing on creative skills to artists and the community and building audiences through Ignite Somerset a three year programme supported by Arts Council England. An excellent photographer and filmmaker his other specialism is working within the early years sector. Richard worked on The Giant’s Story in 2014 and led on filming for Fantastical Feats as well as creating the game and all illustration / animation content. Contact email@example.com, www.somersetfilm.com.
Deb Richardson, Somerset Film
Deb works as Producer for Somerset Film www.somersetfilm.com, an organisation dedicated to bringing people and technology together to create, innovate and empower communities. She manages a wide range of film and digital media projects, collaborating with talented filmmakers, musicians, artists and community groups to help tell stories. On this project, Somerset Film was responsible for filming and game and website development. Contact Deborah@somersetfilm.com, www.somersetfilm.com.
James Price, Film-maker
James works as a freelance film maker, animator and composer. He works for several organisations around the South West and London, including schools and youth groups, producing films, animations, radio plays, jingles and music. James has produced and helped in the production of many award winning films and animations, many of which have been screened internationally. James has also gained broadcast credit as Director of Photography for a BBC comedy pilot Fuzz box. He worked with Richard Tomlinson to film the dance films for Fantastical Feats.
Daniel Duke is a designer and illustrator with a degree in journalism. He spent some time in London, designing newspapers, but now lives up in sunny Edinburgh, drawing pictures and setting type for a living. He’s worked with clients like Edinburgh Science Festival, University of Liverpool and Hotpot creating work with a purpose, that looks good too. Daniel created the branding and illustrated characters for Fantastical Feats. He’s an award winning singer-songwriter and you might have spotted him on your TV when he joined Team Tom on BBC’s The Voice in January 2015. Contact Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Choreography and Performers
Rosie Heafford, Choreographer, Second Hand Dance
Rosie Heafford is a Choreographer and Producer based in Surrey. After graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance with a degree in Contemporary Dance Theatre, she went on to study Sociology at Goldsmiths College, specialising in Participatory Theatre. In 2011, she established Second Hand Dance which works collaboratively with artists from a variety of disciplines to produce interactive dance experiences which inspire and intrigue audiences in libraries, theatres, community venues and the ‘great outdoors’. Second Hand Dance collaborated on the Creepy House project in 2013 and The Giant’s Story in 2014. Rosie selected the performers and choreographed the dance in the films and worked with the Creative Producer and Somerset Film to selecting themes for the dance films and storyboard them. Contact email@example.com, www.secondhanddance.co.uk.
Matthew Crouziers, Performer
Matthew trained at St Mary’s University in Physical Theatre where he graduated with a 1st class degree. During his training he worked as an intern for Punchdrunk Theatre Company on their production of The Masque of the Red Death. Since graduating, Matthew has worked on a variety of platforms in the arts using his Physical Theatre background, including acting and dancing for stage and working in the film industry. Matthews plays the roles of a Diver, Piano Player and Footballer in Fantastical Feats.
Aimée Papworth, Dancer
Aimée began her professional training in Ballet and Contemporary at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. After relocating to Surrey, she became a member of the Surrey Dance Collective and juggles performing, teaching and choreographic work. Aimée is interested in using dance in different ways. She has worked with a variety of companies fusing dance with the work of live musicians, artists and actors, as well as mixing dance with technology and audience participation and performing in non-theatre settings. She is excited to create dance for a digital game and plays the roles of a Grandma, Piano Player and Footballer.
Naomi Tadvossian, Performer
Naomi graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2011 with a first class BA Hons Degree and an MA distinction in 2013. She has professionally worked with James Wilton Dance Company in his current tour of ‘Last Man Standing’. The National Theatre’s production of ‘Medea’ and Wales National Opera’s lead female soloist dancer in ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’. Naomi worked as an apprentice and guest artist with National Dance Company Wales, working with Christopher Bruce, Itzik Galili and Ohad Naharin, also performing repertoire by Steven Petronio, Angeline Preljocaj and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. She performed as part of Creepy House performance project in south-west libraries in 2013 with Second Hand Dance.
Sophie Smith, Costume Designer
Sophie graduated from Wimbledon School of Art (UAL) in 1997 with a first class BA (Hons) in Costume Design. She has since worked with BBC Television, Walt Disney Theatrical, National Theatre, Constant Productions, NMEC (The Millennium Dome) and Diva Opera as designer and supervisor of costume and wardrobe; set and props. Sophie designed, made and sourced costumes and props for the Fantastical Feats dance films.
Emma McFarland, Creative Producer, eMc Arts
Emma is a freelance Creative Producer & Arts Consultant and works across a wide range of projects in the dance field, producing digital and performance projects and programmes, strategic and business development for dance companies and research and evaluation. Current clients include Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Attik Dance, Diverse City, Datrys and choreographer Jeanefer Jean Charles. Emma is also a keen writer and recently had a children’s book Dance! published by Oxford University Press. She produced The Giant’s Story in 2014 and her role on Fantastical Feats includes working with the creative team on dance film themes and storyboarding and game concept and development and leading on project management, marketing, creative writing content and liaison with schools and library groups. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zannah Doan, Regional Producer, Pavilion Dance South West.
Zannah is motivated by a passion for work that reaches outside of arts institutions to reach people in their own communities. She joined Pavilion Dance South as Regional Producer in 2012 and has enjoyed the chance of producing programmes in multiple partnerships with organisations from inside and outside the dance sector. Step Into a Book brings her love of reading and dance together and to make this available through digital wizardry and live dance. Zannah’s role is to oversee the Step into a Book partnership work with libraries, RIO and the creative team, overseeing evaluation and liaising with funders. Contact email@example.com