14 Dec 2014

SKWIGLY Christmas Calendar

Was given the chance to take part in the Skwigly online animation magazine Christmas advent Calendar for the 14th day... took the opportunity to do something rude :P You can find it here:  

They also very kindly did a feature on my music video, Rock 'N' Rolling Snowman last week too: 

Thanks Guys!!

1 Dec 2014

Rock 'N' Rolling Snowman!

YAY! Its Finally here! Rock 'N' Rolling Snowman!
Made using Photoshop and After Effects, it took about 4 Months to make.

After a Snowman is given an old guitar as part of his decoration- he comes to life! and proceeds to Rock out! He is soon joined by Santa (Vocals), Rudolph (Drums) Jack Frost (Bass) and some Robins (who sing La La La)

Written by James Michalos
Performed by Plastic Snow
Vocals - Sean Kingsley
Guitars - Ben Wheeler
Filipe Monteiro
Tim Bonser
Bass - Ben Hillyard
Drums - Alex Waldmann
Keyboards - James Michalos
Backing Vocals - Gemma Baird
Rebecca Bowden
Siubhan Harrison

Animated and Directed by Francesca Adams
Additional Animation by: Claire Winters, Min Young Oh, Lilian Fu, Kristina Yee

12 Nov 2014

National Lotto - Storyboards.

So, this is actually quite an old project now, but since I couldn't put it public at the time... I forgot to post it here (O_O)

This was a very interesting project, the Style is beautiful, and was great to work in. Below are the final presentation boards- the script was going through quite a few changes while I was working on it. A Few of the charities participating would alter, and originally it was Bill Baily who was to be the narrator. I believe it was Ricky Tomlinson who was the final narrator for this project.

Below are the first few boards: 


So this is what I've been underground working on recently: Rock 'N' Rolling Snowman!

13 Sep 2014

Shortvisions International Short Film Festival

Can't believe that Bertie is STILL doing festivals in 2014... I'm pretty sure this has to be our last one. It's our Chinese premiere! 

For more information, please visit: 

25 Mar 2014

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs- Nickelodeon Promo

So, a while back I was asked if I wanted to work on boarding a Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2 promo for Nickelodeon- and of course said Yes! It sounded awesome! ... but in reality it was so much more complex- but I still got to draw the characters and it was being done through Blue-Zoo, a studio I love to work for.

We were given clips of characters from the film on a alpha channel. Using the clips, we had to create a promo which started out on the Nickelodeon logo and ended on the Cloudy logo. So the characters couldn't be reanimated, we had to create backgrounds and camera moves which they fit into- sort of a collage.
Unfortunately the first 4 clips we were given were short, and obscure. Lucky for me! the Blue Zoo guys had allready had several ideas of how to patch the clips together. I just had to draw them in a way to see if they worked, and then to make them look appealing to the client.

Here are the presentation boards of the 3 ideas. The last one (Gone fishing) is the one that was decided on.  

'Popcorn' Using just 1 clip of the characters- the main characters. 

'Ahoy' This uses all 4 of the first set of clips given to us. 

'Gone Fishing' below is version 5 (or higher?) of 'Gone Fishing'. The water changed a few times, an loads more character clips were released for use.  

15 Jan 2014


Wow. Still doing some festivals in 2014 (O_O)
Bertie Crisp will be screening in this years Lichtspielklub Short Film Festival - British Shorts in Berlin!

For more information, please visit: 

6 Jan 2014


Oh yes... and a merry new year. :D 

.... I have a feeling its going to be a good one :D

Un Advent Day 5 Banner.

So for day 5 of un-advent (30th of Dec) I was asked to do a banner for the
Skwigly Online Animation Magazine's webpage. 

I made this: 

You can find this, and many more excellent banners in the Skwigly Banners Archive: