Cumulus is a story that follows an adventurous Welsh girl called Penwyn as she travels to the world of the clouds, produced by a team that reaches around the world.

 

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An adventurous young girl named Penwyn, running away from her worrisome dad on the coast of South Wales, stumbles across a Yank of a talking Blue Footed Booby bird, going by the name Mister Booby, distraught his chicks are flying the nest. On the hunt for adventure, Penwyn follows him as he rushes off in search of his chicks to the mysterious and wonderful world of the clouds in this charming and heartfelt watercolour-animated story.

 
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MISTER BOOBY

PENWYN

PENWYN'S DAD, BRYDER

 
 

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Learn more about the production of Cumulus with our Electronic Press Kit.

 

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

 

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF WALES

7.35pm Saturday 17th November 2018

Cineworld (Screen 1), Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, CF10 2EN, UK

Cumulus has been selected to be shown before feature film 'The Price of Silence' for the headline screening at the IFFW in Cardiff

 

KINOFILM MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL

Special Selections Screening: 4pm Friday 30th November 2018, GOODSTOCK, 6 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 5QA

Kid's Corner Screening: 12pm Sunday 2nd December 2018, NIAMOS Centre, SCREEN 1, Old Birley St, Manchester, M15 5GL, UK

Cumulus has been selected to be shown twice at Kinofilm: once for the the Special Selections screening and once for the Kid's Corner

 
 

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

Cumulus is a British film with a Welsh heart, and was produced remotely with a passionate team that reached around the world. Most of the team have never met in person, working from all corners of the globe without an office.

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, PRESS, OR Industry PROFESSIONAL?

Learn more about the production of Cumulus with the EPK.

 
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