Cumulus is a story that follows a young adventurous girl called Penwyn as she travels to the world of the clouds, produced by a team stretching from London, to Los Angeles, to Brazil.

 

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An adventurous young girl, named Penwyn, running away from her worrying dad, stumbles across a grumpy Blue Footed Booby bird, called Mister Booby, in a flap about his chicks flying the nest. On the hunt for adventure, Penwyn follows him as he rushes off in search of them into the mysterious and wonderful world of the clouds.

 

PENWYN

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MISTER BOOBY

PENWYN'S DAD, BRYDER

 
 

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A WATERCOLOUR PAINTING COME TO LIFE

The intention with the film was to make a watercolour painting come to life, and it’s the experimentation with new techniques that combine real with digital watercolour that created the look and feel of Cumulus.

 
 

By blending real watercolour with digitally painted watercolour, we hope to have achieved an animated aesthetic that feels both tangible and touchable like watercolour paper, while also feeling alive and active to drive the story forward.

A 2D digitally animated film, each frame of character animation in Cumulus was digitally drawn by hand, with a combination of digital and real watercolour bringing the character colours to life.

 
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The result is a watercolour world that takes you to wondrous places, while having a real tangible texture that feels as though you could touch it.

 

PIONEERING REMOTE ANIMATION

Through four years of development and production, Cumulus has always been run as a remote production, meaning we have no office and although many of our team are from the UK, this is by no means the only place we work from.

We have a team of people working from over the world: London, to Leeds, Bath, and Edinburgh in the UK, Los Angeles in the USA, Natal in Brazil, Hong Kong, and Cairns in Australia.

 
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This has allowed us to work with passionate people on our global team that do amazing work regardless of location, and proving you don’t need a big budget and a big office to do great work - we create film from anywhere in the world.

 
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A CROWDFUNDED ANIMATED FILM

Cumulus has been funded solely by two crowdfunding campaigns. The film was crowdfunded by people who loved the story and the artwork, and everything we achieved we did do with a very small budget.

 

The crowdfunding video from the second campaign in 2017

 

Despite our small budget, we made it a policy to not allow any contributor to the production of Cumulus to go unpaid or work for free: every single contributor was paid a fee for their work on Cumulus.

 
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A PASSION PROJECT WITH A PROFESSIONAL TEAM

The Cumulus team's credits include working with Disney, Nickleodeon, Warner Brothers Animation, The Archers on BBC Radio 4, and the new Captain Scarlet series.

 
 A successful day of voiceover recordings at Crown Lane Studios in London, from left to right: Wayne Forester (voice of Mister Booby), Rhian Marston-Jones (voice of Penwyn), Gloria Daniels-Moss (Producer), Ioan Holland (Director & Writer), Philippe Nielsen (voice of Bryder)

A successful day of voiceover recordings at Crown Lane Studios in London, from left to right: Wayne Forester (voice of Mister Booby), Rhian Marston-Jones (voice of Penwyn), Gloria Daniels-Moss (Producer), Ioan Holland (Director & Writer), Philippe Nielsen (voice of Bryder)

 

UK based, the team stretches around the globe - from the UK, to the USA, to Brazil, to Hong Kong, to Australia - with over 20 people working across five continents. The Cumulus team has worked on the film as a labour of love, remaining dedicated over four years.

Find out more about the individuals behind Cumulus.

 
 After a day of original soundtrack recordings at the SAE Institute in London, from left to right: Ioan Holland (Director & Writer), Gloria Daniels-Moss (Producer), Aaron Buckley (Soundtrack Composer), Jools Scott (Pianist), Cerian Holland (Harpist)

After a day of original soundtrack recordings at the SAE Institute in London, from left to right: Ioan Holland (Director & Writer), Gloria Daniels-Moss (Producer), Aaron Buckley (Soundtrack Composer), Jools Scott (Pianist), Cerian Holland (Harpist)

 
 

Film Festival OR Industry PROFESSIONAL?

Learn more about the production of Cumulus with the EPK.

 
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