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Nothing to Declare – World Tour Update

Nothing to Declare’s world tour is still rolling on, over a year since release back in June of 2017! Over the summer we screened at the prestigious Zagreb – World Festival of Animated Films. Upcoming screenings include the 13th Anim’est International Animation Film Festival in Bucharest, Romania, which runs from September the 28th until October 7th.

  • 2018 Zagreb – World Festival of Animated Films 
  • 2018 13th Anim’est International Animation festival

New year, new tipple

We have just wrapped up production on a new suite of four animations for alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware, this time focusing specifically on the effect of drinking excessive levels of alcohol, on women’s health. Informative without preaching to the viewer, they convey a message of moderation in a slick and engaging way.

Nothing to Declare – World Tour Update

Nothing to Declare’s world tour so far!

A very quick update on Nothing to Declare’s world tour! Hopefully you have managed to catch it at one of it’s stops, if not don’t worry there is still time.

  • 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • 2017 Encounters Short Film festival
  • 2017 Manchester Animation Festival
  • 2017  Uppsala International Film Festival
  • 2017 Inverness Film Festival
  • 2017 Fredrikstad Animation Festival
  • 2017 Ravenna Nightmare Film Festival
  • 2018  Berlin Lichtspieklub Short Film festival
  • 2018 Glasgow Short Film Festival

RSPB – Inner Forth

A frame from our vibrant motion graphics animation for the RSPB Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

We are delighted to announce our work for the RSPB producing this vibrant animated film for the RSPB Inner Forth Landscape Initiative to educate local school children about the history of the Inner Forth’s changing landscape. Detailing the influencers for these changes and looking into the future for the area, the film is to be used as an educational support tool for local primary and secondary schools in the region. You can watch the film in full online at this link and also hear a little about the project from our client’s perspective at this RSPB blog by Project Assistant for the Inner Forth Futurescape Project, Ami Kirkbright.


Nae Pasaran – Premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival closing night gala

A virtual environment from our work on Nae Pasaran

On Sunday 4th of March, Nae Pasaran, an independent feature documentary film by Edinburgh based Debaser Filums, charting the true story of the Scottish anti-fascist, peaceful, civil disobedient workers who defied the Chilean dictator Pinochet, had it’s it’s world premiere screening, at the closing gala for the 2018 Glasgow Film Festival. The film had an overwhelmingly positive reception from the audience with an almost endless standing-ovation as the closing credits rolled. It was lovely to see the film receive the reception that it deserves as it’s a brilliant and deeply moving piece of storytelling. We were doubly proud as Interference Pattern provided the visual effects sequences for the film. Working on an incredibly constrained budget, our team poured many weeks of our own time into the project to ensure that director Felipe Bustos Sierra received the shots he needed. Our work involved a wide range of shots, from fully realised virtual environments, complex time-lapse sequences to the destruction of architectural treasures.

Move Summit 18 – It’s a wrap!

Move Summit 2018

That’s a wrap on another successful year of MOVE Summit!

Move Summit host @ Whitespace, Erik Ravaglia warms up for the day!

On the 15th and 16th of February the Move Summit animation and vfx festival took place here in Edinburgh. Move Summit is Scotland’s only dedicated animation industry event and now in only its second year, Move Summit has gained a large following from within the industry and education alike selling-out for consecutive years. This highlights the need for such an event and also serves to highlight the conspicuous absence of one, prior to the inaugural Move Summit in February of 2017.

The goals of the summit are to educate, promote and inspire within the animation, visual effects, visualisation and games industries, pulling together practitioners, students and studio representatives from around the world for two days of networking, discussion, learning and hopefully forging long lasting relationships. For the second year running, Interference Pattern acted as the keystone of the summit’s organisational team, a brilliant group with whom we pulled together an extensive programme, expanding on last years event in almost every area.

Mattieu Muller of Unity 3D talks with eager delegates after his presentation.

As one of the directors of Move Summit I had the pleasure this year of both coordinating the professionals schedule, in conjunction with Sharon Campbell (animation course leader at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee) as well as overseeing the operational and financial sides of the event management. It was a lot of responsibility to take on, especially alongside my duties as MD and creative director at the Interference Pattern studio but all of the hard work and long hours over the past few months have been absolutely worth it. The feedback that we have received from attendees and speakers has been overwhelmingly positive. We are already in the early planning stages for 2019’s event and looking at how we can incorporate feedback and consultations to continue to improve and evolve Move Summit, to deliver what the industry and education need from the event.

Delegates at Whitespace enjoying the talks

The professionals schedule was a packed programme of talks, panel discussions and workshops spread between two seperate venues, over two days. We had speakers from Aardman Animations, Blue Zoo, jellyfish Pictures, MPC, Axis Studios, Unity 3D, Electric Theatre Collective, Brown Bag, Boulder Media, Soluis, to name but a few! Pulling together such an extensive schedule was a challenge but we succeeded in not only upping the volume of content on last year but also maintaining the high quality levels that we set ourselves.

The Move Summit 2018 schedule in full – what a lineup!

Alongside the professionals and industry aspect of the schedule we ran a full days programme dedicated to emerging talent, which we define as those either currently engaged in full time education or the recently graduated who still have to find employment. This day featured workshops, inspirational talks and panels, all geared towards portfolio presentation and getting students fired up and job-ready. I was a member of a panel presentation discussing industry tips for students putting together their portfolios, in readiness for applying for work after graduation. It was reassuring to hear that all on the panel were virtually unified in our desires for what we like to see in a portfolio and how that should be presented to prospective studios.

Emerging talent delegates hear some portfolio gems from studio leads and recruitment

A popular thread of last years summit, the student portfolio review sessions, were back this year by popular demand. Yet again we expanded on what we offered last year and were running review sessions throughout the two days of the festival. These reviews allowed students and artists to sign up for a 15 minute slot where they could present their portfolio work to an experienced professional for feedback and discussion. An excellent way to get students talking critically about their own artwork and also to get potentially good candidates in front of those studio representatives  who need to see that work. Our team of reviewers was a crack-team,  assembled from our wonderful guest speakers, studio leaders and department leads from within the Scottish industry, higher education course leaders, alongside talented artists currently employed within the Scottish animation industry. I doubt that many of the students attending would have expected that they would have the opportunity to present their work to the likes of Tom Box, MD of Blue Zoo, Tom feist-Wilson of Jellyfish Pictures, studio team-leads from Axis Studios or Mattieu Muller of Unity.

Emerging talent portfolio review sessions in full swing.

We capped the portfolio review thread of the summit off with a round of rapid-fire student speed-pitches, at the end of Friday’s speaking programme. Squeezed in before dinner and the Move Late after-party VR exhibition kicked off the students were all in a talkative mood and fired-up after the days excitement. yet again our group of gamely speakers and studio representatives stepped-up to the task, to field 30 minutes of thee lively drop-in sessions.

I had great fun participating in both the reviews and the speed pitches and really see this as one of the successes of the event. For me being able to facilitate getting artists at the start of their careers in front of those with the knowledge and advice was heartening to see and made me proud of what we have achieved so far with Move.

Student speed-pitching sessions in full swing.

Throughout the year and leading up to the event Interference Pattern has provided crucial financial and organisational support, forming a core of the organisational team. Our business and community development manager, Jayne Coulthard acting as Move Summit Director and myself as Financial and Operations Director and co-curator of the professionals programme. We worked throughout the year pulling together the threads of the event along with the wider organisational team, ramping up to almost full-time during January and February, making sure that we had all of the organisational details covered and everything needed in place.  Even so, we were still up until the early hours the day before the event fixing all of the attendee and speaker names stickers to our lovely lanyard cards and improvising a solution to the problem of having ordered plastic pockets too small to hold the nicely printed cards we had printed to place inside.

A packed crowd for talks at the Codebase venue

This year the event was only made possible by our generous financial and in-kind support from our sponsors, a range of studios and companies who share our vision for the Move Summit and the positive message and action that it can take forwards about the Scottish animation industry, to the rest of the world. We truly are an industry-led event, by industry, for industry.

Our very own private bar at Move Late, serving draught craft beers, courtesy of Stewarts Brewing.

Finally a huge thanks and shout-out has to go out to Move’s sponsors, animation Interference Pattern, Axis Studios, Anime Ltd, HeeHaw, Stampede, Whitespace, Vision Events and Creative Europe. Alongside our key sponsors I also wish to thank all of our affiliate partners for helping to spread the word to their networks. Spreading the word to as many people as possible will enable the summit to grow and prosper and hopefuly the sector as a whole in scotland along with it.


Thanks from the organisation team to all those involved in this years Move Summit 18, be it speakers, volunteers or attendees.

We are looking forwards to showing what we can do with Move Summit 2019!

Tom Bryant

a Director of Move Summit – 2017 & 2018

Founder and Creative Director at Interference Pattern.


European Animation Awards…close but no cigar…

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of the 2017 European Animation Awards (EMILE Awards). Whilst we did not win we are incredibly proud that our short film collaboration, Nothing to Declare was selected by the UK’s ambassadors to represent the UK as it’s short film entry to the competition. Unfortunately we didn’t quite make the cut for the final shortlist of 3 films but we think making it to the longlist is pretty special. You can check out some of the work on the film here, but it’s just a peek as we don’t want to spoil the surprise until you get a chance to see the film on it’s current festival world-tour!


It was great to spend a couple of days at Manchester Animation Festival last month. I was down there for the screening of our short film, Nothing to Declare but also caught up with friends and saw some beautiful animation and excellent talks. Nothing to Declare was screening in the shots program and I’m proud to say that it was part of a really strong line up. I particularly liked Evan DeRushie’s witty Birdlime and had to wipe away tears after seeing Michael Cusack’s incredibly poignant After All. The student films were also outstanding. Garden Party, by a team from MoPA, is technically astounding with production values that any professional studio would be incredibly proud of. Florian Maubach took a much more lo-fi approach with his Cops and Robbers, but absolutely captured what it is like to be straddling the line between childhood and teens. Between the animation screenings there were some great speakers. I was brought up short during the Brexit panel when Jellyfish Pictures’ Phil Dobree quoted the number of non-brits currently working in animation in the UK (50% of animators and 85% of creature TDs if memory serves me). There was talk of more outsourcing and of opening European outposts but it’s hard to see how these things will fill such a big hole. At the moment British universities are not spitting out enough production-ready graduates so will we see a cull of UK animation studios as work follows talent abroad after Brexit? On a much more positive note it was lovely to get lost in the interactive worlds presented by Nexus’ Clair Spencer Cook. After the success of Nothing to Declare we are looking to develop our next IP as a VR project so I was taking copious notes as Claire described how they’d planned the storyline to Rain or Shine in both time and 360° space, and used ingenious sound design to direct the viewer to the action. Manchester itself was fantastic, it’s a city with a real buzz and incredibly friendly people – I’ll definitely be back next year.

Lucy T – Producer @ Interference Pattern

Manchester Animation Festival

Incredibly excited to announce that our short film collaboration, Nothing to Declare, has been selected for screening as part of the official selection at the 2017 Manchester Animation Festival,  running from the 14th until the 16th of November. The  film is screening as part of the Short Films 2 selection, showing at Tue, 14 Nov at 19:15 and  Wed, 15 Nov at 10:15. We will be attending the festival in Manchester to represent our work on the film, and if you would like to have a chat please look out for us at the screenings and other events during the festival.

Close Encounters

We are delighted to announce that our short film collaboration, Nothing to Declare, has been selected for screening in competition at the 23rd Encounters Short Film Festival,  in Bristol from the 19th until the 24th of September. The  film is part of the Sci-Fi: Other Worlds selection, showing at 8pm on Wednesday 20th September. We are looking forwards to attending the festival in Bristol to represent our work on the film.

Nothing to Declare at the 71st Edinburgh International Film festival

As the 71st  Edinburgh International Film Festival has drawn to a close we reflect on our short film, Nothing to Declare‘s presence at the festival and breath a collective sigh of relief as the dust and mania of production settle and we have been able to start to appreciate the film outwith the sharp focus of production. Audiences at both of the screenings appear to love the film, which has been in competition at the festival for both “The Award for Best Short Film” and also “The McLaren Award for Best New British Animation”.

Nothing to Declare’s art director and CGI supervisor, Tom Bryant alongside producer, Mal Young.

The film’s premiere screening was as part of the McLaren Best New British Animation  screenings, which the Interference Pattern crew attended en masse. It was the first time that some of the artists have seen their work as part of the final film and the response from the audiences and filmmakers alike has been very positive.

As well as screening as part of the McLaren awards the film was screened as part of the Shorts: from Scotland which showcased all six of the SFTN funded short films from 2017. As proud as I am of our work on Nothing to declare it was fantastic to see all of the other films that were produced as part of the SFTN shorts programme. An amazing showcase for the filmmaking talent here in Scotland.


Move Summit to return, event team & recruitment

Move Summit returns for 2018

We are officially announcing Move Summit will return 2018! Interference Pattern wanted to create this cosmopolitan animation festival to celebrate and stimulate innovation, collaboration and international outlook in the industry. The vision became a reality, as Move was wholeheartedly adopted by the community from Inverness to London, and gained valuable industry support. Thank you for the requests for Move 2018, do you want to help this event become bigger and better next year? Join us as …..

  • an event team member – see recruitment roles below
  • a delegate – sign up for updates on our website, follow/join us on  Twitter and Facebook
  • a speaker, recruiter or exhibitor  – please contact jaynec at interferencepattern dot com
  • an a industry supporter, please contact Jaynec at  – and join confirmed 2018 supporters Axis AnimationSoluisWhitespace, Heehaw, and Animation Centrifuge.
Move Summit, creative reviews session with Fraser Maclean and an emerging talent participant at Whitespace

Creative reviews with industry expert Fraser Maclean and emerging talent participant at Whitespace


Move 2018 event team

So revealing the event team line up for 2018 (and also who was also at helm in 2017):

  • Move Summit Director – Jayne Coulthard (Interference Pattern)
  • Move Late Director – Holly May Ward (Vision Events)
  • Move Design Director  – Denis Mallon (Freelancer)
  • Move International Communications Director – Brian Baglow (Digit)
  • Move Social Media Manager – Lynsey Wight (Freelancer)
  • Social Media Support – Adele Khawli – (Axis Animation)
  • Move Event Production Co-ordinator & Exhibitions Curator – Eloise Coveny (Freelancer)
  • Move Volunteer Co-ordinator – Jo Green (Freelancer)
  • Move Summit – Emerging Talent Host – Erik Ravaglia (freelancer)
  • Move Official/Finance Director – Tom Bryant (Interference Pattern)

With the tremendous addition for Move Summit 2018:


Full attendance with the emerging talent audience in Whitespace main hall

Full attendance with the emerging talent audience in Whitespace


We are looking to recruit for these volunteer roles to join our team,  if you wish to apply, please describe any relevant experience and more importantly your passion to be involved by emailing info at dot uk

  • Event Manager (Move Summit)
  • Sales, Tickets & Registration Co-ordinator
  • Recruitment Hub Co-ordinator
  • Hospitality Co-ordinator
  • Move Summit, or Move Late volunteers
  • Social Media support
  • Photographers
Manny Dapaah from Escape Studios enjoying Buzludzha VR in our exhibition space at Whitespace.

Manny Dapaah from Escape Studios enjoying Buzludzha VR in our exhibition space at Whitespace

Move Summit – Top 10 Tweets

We totally agree with  that  ‘a tweet can never do justice to the significance and impact of ! But what a terrific amount of positive tweets we received, so we’ve had a tough time to narrow it down this snapshot reflection of the day …

  1. ‘ With the dawn of every medium comes new players, new rules’: Dennis of Dennis and Debbie Club talks on the panel
  2.  Had the most awesome day at the ! Super inspirational talks+very useful feedback on my portfolio by Jon Beeston @
  3. Drew Gibson‏ A highlight… Question: Why was it shot bluescreen and not greenscreen? Answer: Because its the jungle #MoveSummit
  4. Richard Slaney If you were at @Move_Summit and excited about projecting on random objects then send your reel to jobs @59productions dot co dot uk
  5.  # Takeaway advice from @Move_Summit student morning: Work hard & don’t be a dick #movesummit
  6.  Virtual Reality/Games panel Well done! Finally Scotland’s Games & Animation sector under one roof!
  7.  Brilliant day learning about VR & AR & 360 film & projecting onto strange surfaces & dawn of war characters.
  8. Fraser Reid  Had a brilliant day at #MoveSummit Brilliant show of talent in Scotland.
  9.  Insights achieved! Keep an eye on this one for 2018. My highlights Axis,   & .
  10. With full attendance during #StormDorris ,  and Doug Larmour from MPC won a Move Spirit Award for perseverance in getting to us, and soon after won an Oscar Academy Award! Lee tweeted: ‘Really good evening with the folks. Glad we finally made it there! Hope people found the talk useful!’
Emerging talent session with careers panel line up with industry experts - Paul Mackman (host), Will Adams, Elaine McElroy, Mally Graveson, Jon Neill, Hudson Martins and Debbie Ross.

Emerging talent session ‘Careers Panel’ line up with industry experts – Paul Mackman (host), Will Adams, Elaine McElroy, Mally Graveson, Jon Neill, Hudson Martins and Debbie Ross.

5 Move Summit Exclusives

  1. We were hands on with new  game audio/VR  product  
  2. New version of Buzludzha VR (see Manny from Escape Studios enjoying this in the photo above)
  3. Nothing to Declare animated short film team shared a preview of their collaborative film (for which our Tom Bryant is technical director). See the full premiere at EIFF
  4. Unstable Creations created a captivating custom-made projection for Move Late networking.
  5.  with Movement Music Mixed Reality DJ at Move Late wowed with real-time depth of field wall projection which was live streamed,  a world first!
VR Panel line up - Hugh Hancock, Darroch McNaught, Dennis Reinmülller, Maggie Kosek and Fergus Bruce deep in discussion pre-talk

VR Panel line up – Hugh Hancock, Darroch McNaught, Dennis Reinmülller, Maggie Kosek and Fergus Bruce deep in discussion pre-talk. Plus Brian Baglow (invisible panel chair…)

5 Move News and Reviews

  1.  Move Summit was featured in the Scotsman
  2.  All Media Scotland summed up the success of Move.
  3. In their blog Axis Animation declared it was: “fantastic to hear from so many talented, young students eager to pursue a career in the creative industries and develop their skills”.
  4. Peter Rodgers at Realise who shared in his blog “Move Summit was certainly a source of inspiration and showcased the risks and rewards of being on the cutting edge”.
  5. Facebook review by Iain MacArthur “Everyone I met was charged with excitement and people were networking and chatting like at all good events. The quality of speakers and work being showcased was top notch and the opportunity for students to get feedback on work was greatly appreciated.”


Students and recent graduates during a break of the emergent talent sessions.

Students and recent graduates during a break of the emergent talent sessions.


Where are the midges?

Destined for the international arrivals hallway at Glasgow Airport, we were commissioned to produce a 41 metre wide piece of artwork, depicting a fantastical but recognisable Scottish highlands landscape for Famous Grouse. Measuring 2.6 metres high and to be viewed from very close by, meant dealing with a final output resolution greater than anything we had tackled before and with only two weeks to deliver to the client, the heat was on. Using a blend of CGI and high resolution stock photography, the IP team worked their magic and the final artwork looks fantastic in-situ. Inspiring weary travellers with as they line up for passport control with a glorious fantastical vista of what we waiting for them if they were to hit the road and head North!

Move Summit


Join us for Scotland’s largest dedicated commercial animation event. We’re bringing creatives together from film, television, advertising, games, and visual arts – to celebrate the joy of making things move.

Move Summit offers a rare opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes on some of the most exciting animation work of the last few years. We’re welcoming a top-tier selection of award winning guests, ready to share their experiences of working with household name clients.

In addition to the top-notch lineup of speakers, attendees can look forward to hands-on technology previews throughout the day and a chance to network with fellow animation professionals at an exclusive evening event in Edinburgh’s bustling Old Town.

Interference Pattern: News roundup – October 2016

Interference Pattern was founded in 2008 and continues to produce high-end animation and VFX for commercials, broadcast, and film and here is a selection of what we’ve been up to recently…

Recent Projects


Digby Brown – Upside Down


Overview: Creating seamless photorealistic virtual environments and set extensions for two 30 second TV commercials is right up our street, and this opportunity to flex our cgi muscles was one that we were not going to miss. Working with agency STV Creative for client Digby Brown solicitors, we carefully crafted two separate scenarios, one depicting a car crash and another a workplace accident. From on-set visual effects supervision through to the creation and integration of the virtual cgi environments, seamless digital set extensions and touch-up, this was a project that we loved working on.

Case Study: If you would like to get the inside story of how we did it, check out the case study, which will lead you through our production process, from initial mock-ups through to final delivery.




Overview: We produced a series of animated motion graphics to demonstrate how alcohol affects both your short and long term health supporting the campaign to ‘drink a little less and making a big difference to you’.

Youtube videos:  Alcohol and ED, Alcohol and the Heart, Alcohol and Mental Health, Alcohol and Weight


Discover a selection of our previous Interference Pattern projects:

Campaigns: Dobbies: Dobbie-The Tenth Reindeer, Ready for Winter – Floodline, Ask Quantic, Edinburgh Council: Shenzhen Opening video,  Scottish Government: Know the Score, Leading Energy Change, Sourz: Re-Brand, Barrhead Travel: Christmas Unwrapped, Ready Scotland – Clocks Back


Clients:  Dobbies, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Glasgow Science Centre, Inberdrola, Burness Paul, Ganten, The Famous Grouse, Barrhead Travel


Production partners: Passion Pictures, Axis Animation, The Leith Agency, STV Creative , MTP

Our snazzy new CGI pack-shot for the Sourz re-branding.IP_CESHZ_001Cheeky 10 second channel sponsorship ident, as part of the Ready Scotland's Ready for Winter campaign.


We launched high end asset production studio ipBuild last year, as a sister service to Interference Pattern (founded in 2008). At  ipBuild we produce and co-ordinate fully textured 3d asset builds for commercials, broadcast, film and game sectors. We assist with the initial concept design stages, right through to delivering the final production-ready assets for use in the client’s production pipeline. Discover a couple of our recent ipBuild projects:

Chipotle – A Love Story


Overview: We created a series of 12 stylized cars from the 1960’s, 70, 80’s and 00’s along with much of the final urban environment in this new Chipotle film, which has had over 7 million youtube views and has screened in US cinemas.

Anchor – Home Time


Overview: For the latest funny animation summer outing for the Anchor family we created the play arena and warehouse environment in which the action takes place. Capturing the feel of a miniature hand-crafted physical model was the aim with this asset build, resulting in the inclusion of small details such as smears, blobs of glue and small irregularities which help to sell the idea.

Discover a selection of other ipBuild projects:

Campaigns: Osra Factory Dome, Matthew Williamson & Aero Limited Edition, Creative Incubator Shenzhen Launch,  Halo 4: Spartan Ops, Dobbie – The Tenth Reindeer, Alien-Colonial Marines, Catch Clyde AR, The Lost Thing film (Oscar Academy Award), Call of Duty – Exo Zombies,  

End Client: Al Osra Sugar (2 million youtube views) , Aero, Edinburgh Council, Microsoft, Dobbies, Sega, Commonwealth Games, Activision, CIF, more examples

Production Partners/Clients:  Passion Pictures,  Red Knuckles, Axis Animation, The Leith Agency

Short Film Talent Network Commission

Nothing to declare – An animated horror where the end of the world could start next door.

We are delighted to be in the midst of making Nothing to Declare a SFTN commission with Vincent Deighan a.k.a Frank Quitely and Once Were Farmers and Studio Temba

All the character design has been created by Vincent and it’s been a pleasure and challenge to create 3D sculpts of his 2D designs.  Vincent has also had a great influence on the interior design and layout of the film, working alongside Fraser MacLean.  

Interference Pattern is undertaking the entirety of the 3d asset build, 3d visual style development, alongside the shading, lighting, effects, rendering and finally compositing for the full film.

The official roles are: Writer: Vincent Deighan; Director: Will Adams; Producer: Mal Young; Technical Director: Tom Bryant. We’re also happy to be working alongside John Cummings (recently from the band Mogwai) who was involved in writing the music for the french thriller The Return (Les Revenants) and are excited to see how his music works with our visualisation of the film.

Congratulations to the five other 2016 SFTN commissions, and to Siri Rodnes for Grimm Street a 2015 SFTN commission which became an official selection for EIFF and for which we were proud to undertake some VFX work.  

Interference Pattern community news.

IP on the Move

Siggraph 2016

Jayne attended SIGGRAPH the 43rd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques held this year in Anaheim, California. She was delighted to try out the interactive and emerging technology. For a limited time you can view SIGGRAPH session recordings and catch up on the biggest SIGGRAPH announcements in relation to 3D.  

Ryan Kingsleigh Sculpture workshop

Whilst in California, Jayne took part in a 2 day character sculpting workshop with uber talented Mike Defeo and Ryan Kingslein in Laguna Bay, in Ryan’s new studio.   

IP Team on Tour – CTN Animation Expo

Two of the IP team were at the 2015 CTN animation expo last year, and were delighted to share this experience with ten other Scottish delegates, all superbly organised by Fraser MacLean . The trip included tours to LA animation studios Titmouse, Dreamworks and Sony Pictures.


See animator Denis Mallon’s round-up of our trip on the Creative Edinburgh blog. The experience was an intense learning curve and incredible to spend time with veteran animation talents, including Peter Lord.


Annecy Animation Festival

IP producer Matt Brown attended the 2016 Annecy Animation Festival, immersing himself in world of animation from dawn-until-dusk, managing to drop by the occasional after-party during his week.

Our producers have been at CGU for the Creating Conversations Conference 


Studio creative Director, Tom Bryant continues to mentor animation and digital media students at Edinburgh Napier University and has also contributed at Glasgow Caledonian University Industry Day.  

The rest of the team have also been on the road throughout the year helping out students. Steve Bell our Senior 3d Artist and Asset Lead graduate portfolio review day at Duncan of Jordanstone for animation students just having graduated.

 Student work experience

Competition Winner

We have had a very talented Edinburgh College animation students and competition winners join us for work experience and mentoring from a couple of days up to a year, most recently Angela who kindly shared her positive experiences.

Summer Internship

Over the summer months we were also delighted to host an internship for the talented Inès Bourne from l’École Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques, thankfully she had a terrific time with us too.  

BBC Make it Digital

We’ve also hosted two BBC Make it Digital and Skills Development Scotland student interns on the first programme. Hannah and Teeshna were a fantastic help to Jayne on digital projects and valued their time at IP too.   

Community Events

Interference Pattern is proud to be leading a collective of animators that are curating an animation community event for next year’s calendar, keep an eye on our twitter account for updates. Also follow what Animation Centrifuge are up to next, kudos and congratulations to them on their inaugural bootcamp and workshops successes so far.

Other News

3d printing

Jayne made Tom a 3d printed Oscar Academy Award, as he couldn’t take home the Oscar won by The Lost Thing, look out for it if you visit the studio, but you might need your binoculars it is not quite life size!  

Social Media

We support Creative Edinburgh as a team member and they created video with Tom Bryant introducing our studio. If you don’t want to wait until our next newsletter in February 2017, please follow our regular posts on Twitter and Vimeo.



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Feline uncertainty

Interference Pattern boldly ventured into the futuristic realm of quantum technologies. How could we resist when Glasgow Science Centre explained enhanced imaging technology developed at the Quantic Imaging Centre  could make the impossible possible, by enabling us to have superhero type qualities like seeing round corners? So we were eager to work with the creative masters in helping to translate this remarkable high-science into the public’s consciousness via fun interactive activities. Interference Pattern produced and animated four exciting short films for the exhibition, highlighting the ideas and science behind concepts.  It’s on the top of our ‘to do’ list to visit the #askquantic exhibit to witness how our series of films and animations is integrated into the #makingtheinvisiblevisible, designed to illustrate the spectacularly exciting quantum technologies from lab to industry.


What’s the score again?


“The effects of NPS, or so called “legal highs” is unpredictable.”

Working with the Leith agency, Interference Pattern created this quirky 2d animation for the Scottish Government’s “Know the Score” campaign. In this case highlighting the potential dangers of mixing legal highs, or NPS’s with alcohol or other drugs.


Working alongside our friends at The Leith Agency in Edinburgh and fresh from the hearts and minds of Interference Pattern’s animation team, comes the second of two slick motion graphics animations for Iberdrola.


Flipped Again?


The team has recently completed work on this second commercial in Digby Brown’s “Upside Down” campaign, for STV Creative, which this time around focuses on an accident in the workplace. Interference Pattern undertook all aspects of the cgi work, from on-set visual effects supervision right through to creation and integration of the virtual cgi warehouse  environments and seamless digital set extension.

Motion Madness


Working alongside our friends at The Leith Agency in Edinburgh and fresh from the minds of Interference Pattern’s animation team,  comes this playful motion graphics animation for prominent Scottish Law firm, Burness Paul. With a creative brief of translating the playful, yet serious approach of the company, whilst maintaining their premium brand image, this short piece hits the mark.

Has your world been turned upside down?

STV_DigbyBrown_V001Interference Pattern’s vfx team recently completed work on this captivating commercial for Digby Brown solicitors. From on-set visual effects supervision right through to creation and integration of the virtual cgi environments and seamless digital set extensions, we made sure that this spot delivers for the client and audience. Read more about the work here.

Are you feeling thirsty?

Ganten mineral water: 100% CGI product shot, showing the signature bottle, rising through the water's surface.

Ganten mineral water: 100% CGI product shot, showing the signature bottle, rising through the water’s surface.

We were asked by local Edinburgh-based production company Freakworks to tackle a challenging 100% cgi product shot, to be inserted into a Ganten mineral water commercial. The brief, to show a bottle of Ganten mineral water, rising up through the surface of a turbulent stream, breaking through the water in a majestic but serene manner. With the added challenge of a fast turnaround and delivering four different versions of the sequence, all at a beautiful but render intensive 4k resolution, we dived straight in, with our usual aplomb. The finished shot looks great and with all clients very happy with the result, we can say job well done and it’s onto the next project.

Glasgow 2014 – Clyde’s great sporting moments.


It’s taken us a while to get this work from 2014 online but we can now let you see something else we were up to last Summer. In a departure from our usual highly detailed, pre-rendered work, these real-time assets were created for IC MobileLab‘s Commonweath Games augmented reality app, Catch Clyde. We sculpted the Game’s plucky mascot Clyde, in a series of eight individual sporting poses, alongside detailed representations of three of the main sporting arenas. See further artwork and work in progress images from the project on our insight page.

Do you know somebody famous?

A series of packshots created for The Famous Grouse "Make Somebody Famous" campaign.

A series of packshots created for The Famous Grouse “Make Somebody Famous” campaign.

Working with MTP and The Leith Agency we created a series of pack shot sequences for Famous Grouse’s make someone famous campaign, for territories throughout Europe. In total six different shots were created to cater for the differing broadcast requirements and regulations in the various regions.

All I want for christmas…..

Christmas channel sponsorship bumpers for STV/Barrhead Travel.

Christmas channel sponsorship bumpers for STV/Barrhead Travel.

A series of fun Christmas themed channel sponsorship bumpers for STV and Barrhead Travel’s Christmas gift vouchers, recently rolled off the production line here at IP studios. Produced for STV Creative, the simple but effective animations show a variety of recognisable  holiday-themed objects, wrapped in Christmas wrapping, partially reveal themselves in a show of Christmas sparkles. They certainly got us in the mood here at the studio.


Jingle Bells


Dobbie the 10th reindeer, journeys home to Dobbies, this Christmas.

Our latest work has just hit the small screen, and we think it looks just fab! Working in conjunction with Flaunt Productions, for the Leith Agency, our team has been hard at work throughout September and October bringing this Christmas commercial for Dobbies, to life. Interference Pattern undertook production all of the asset builds (modelling, texturing and shading), followed by the lighting, rendering and compositing of this 40′ commercial. The project has certainly put our new coffee machine through it’s paces. Check out the full commercial for yourselves over here.

Have you packed your wellies?

Still hot from the render farm, check out our recent animation for the latest TV advert for the Scottish Government’s 2014 Ready for Winter campaign. Completed for The Leith Agency, we set our animation team the tough task of bettering the spot we did for the campaign last year. We think they succeeded by a mile, but take a look at the spot yourself and let us know what you think.

Don’t forget to pack your wellies. TV advert created for the Scottish Government with The Leith Agency.

Give it a Shot?


Our snazzy new CGI pack-shot for the Sourz re-branding (Final grade and flares by mtp).

To accompany Sourz’s recent re-brand, Interference Pattern were tasked with seamlessly replacing all of the original bottles in the existing “This is Our Shot” commercial, (produced by MTP in 2013) with shiny new CGI bottles, bearing the updated Sourz branding. Working from the final pre-grade plates, with little information available from the original live-action shoot, we worked our magic to deliver the re-branded versions to a very happy client.

To round off the updated commercials, we created new fully-CGI pack-shots, emulating the look of the original shoot, whilst updating and refining the look to give the pack-shot that extra ‘wow’ factor.

Sourz – Go Dutch?

CGI bottle replacement for Sourz "This is Our Shot" commercial in the Netherlands.

CGI bottle replacement for Sourz “This is Our Shot” commercial in the Netherlands.

To accompany the launch of Sourz’s “This is Our Shot” commercial in the Netherlands in 2013 (produced by MTP), Interference Pattern was tasked with replacing one of the flavors of Sourz featured in the existing commercial, with a bottle of a different variety. Again working from the final pre-grade plates, with little information available from the original live-action shoot, we delivered the substituted flavour to a very happy client.


Our slick photo-realistic cgi whisky bottle for Highland Park's Hogmanay sponsorship bumper, on STV.

Our slick photo-realistic cgi whisky bottle for Highland Park’s Hogmanay sponsorship bumper, on STV.

Our last job of 2013 at IP saw us create a fiery photo-realsitic whisky bottle, for Highland Park’s Hogmanay channel sponsorship bumper on STV. Another great wee job for the guys ‘n’ gals at STV Creative, especially as we appreciate the occasional wee dram here at Interference Pattern.

Feeling Festive?

A little touch of magic on Leith walk.

A little touch of magic on Leith walk.

Motion graphics artist Darren McNaney spotted the Irn Bru Xmas screen on Leith walk earlier in the month. We added a little sprinkle of magic to these simple spots with some lovely snow and light animation.

Are you Ready for Winter?


Heartwarming character animation for the Scottish government’s ‘Ready Scotland’ campaign.

We recently completed this short channel sponsorship ident, for the Scottish Government and STV. Working with STV Creative and The Leith Agency, this cheeky 10 second spot was a timely reminder of the annual autumnal changing of the clocks, as part of the Ready Scotland’s Ready for Winter campaign.

Choosing to Live Better

More stop-motion 2d-style 3d animation, for the PHA's "Choose to Live Better" campaign.

More stop-motion 2d-style 3d animation, for the PHA’s “Choose to Live Better” campaign.

Check out the new video of our latest animation, created for Northern Ireland’s Primary Health Agency’s ‘Choose to Live better’ campaign, which has just hit the small screen. Produced for Freakworks, who then went on to print the ultra-high resolution frames onto TShirts, filming them in the studio, to produce the final stop-motion sequence. Click on the image above to view the video of our contribution to this project.

Slim-up for Summer


More stop-motion 2d-style 3d animation, for the PHA’s “Choose to Live Better” campaign.

We recently produced another 40 seconds of animation for the latest in a series of infomercials for Northern Ireland’s Primary Health Agency, which has just hit the small screen. Combining 2d and 3d animation and building upon the look stop-motion style developed for the previous spot, this time upping the complexity of the animation.  We again rendered the animation at a very high resolution, enabling Freakworks to then print the frames onto TShirts and film them in the studio and then assemble, to produce the final stop-motion sequence.

Hum de hum.

Stylized animal models, produced for Passion Pictures for Toyota Prius - 'Hum' commercial

Stylized animal models, produced for Passion Pictures for Toyota Prius – ‘Hum’ commercial

A selection of cute and quirky animal models created for Passion Pictures for their recent Toyota Prius – ‘Hum’ commercial. Click the image to view more from this project in the ‘Character Modelling’ gallery.

Where’s Waldo?

"Waldo" character model. Created for an episode of  'Black Mirror', shown on Channel 4.

“Waldo” character model. Created for an episode of ‘Black Mirror’, shown on Channel 4.

Last year Passion Pictures asked us to model up a kooky wee character, going by the name of ‘Waldo’, for an episode of Black Mirror, on C4. Here he is, in all his anarchistic glory.

Click the image to view more from this project.

Visible from space!

Eilean Donan castle in the 17th century.

Eilean Donan castle in the 17th century.

We recently created several minutes of  realistic cgi animation involving a historic representation of Eilean Donan Castle, in the highlands of Scotland. To be incorporated as part of a new audio visual display at the castles visitor centre, the animation depicts three separate phases of construction of the castle, through the 13th, 15th and 17th centuries.

Loose a few lb’s, with the PHA.

3d animation but in a 2d stop-motion style, for PHA infomercials.

We recently crated 40 seconds of quirky 3Danimation. but done in a 2d stop-motion style, for a series of infomercials aimed at tackling rising levels of obesity for Northern Ireland’s Primary Health Agency. For the final film, local production company, Freakworks took the animation we created and printed the high resolution rendered frames onto TShirts, which were then filmed being worn by an actor in their studio. The result is original and highly effective animation.

Healthy living.

Tracking, animation, character removal and seamless integration for a PHA infomercial.

Shot tracking, rotoscoping and integration were the name of the game for the work done for this informercial, which is aimed at tackling rising levels of obesity for Northern Ireland’s Primary Health Agency. Based on an already existing material, Interference Pattern animated new tape measures, tracking and integrating perfectly them into the existing footage, finishing things off with a nice new colour grade. While we were at it, we seamlessly removed one of the characters from the original version. All work carried out for Freakworks.

It’s got that new studio feeling!

New studio at Summerhall.

That’s us all moved in and settled in at the new studio at Summerhall in Edinburgh!  It’s a lovely building in a fantastic location, with it’s own cafe and located right next to the Meadows. It’s even got it’s own bar. What more could one want!

Drop on by for a coffee and say hello 🙂


New website goes live

Now that’s a snazzy frontpage for the new website!

The new website has just gone live! Have a look around, check out the latest work and get in touch with your thoughts.

Royal Highland Show – 2012

With a very tight deadline and with grand plans afoot, Interference Pattern assembled a small but elite squad of artists to deliver 15 seconds of CGI animation for this years TV commercial for the 2012 Royal Highland Show. With a turnaround time of only 3 1/2 weeks, including design, we think that the results speak for themselves. More samples can be seen in the main gallery. Produced for Freak Works.

Thank moo very much!

CGI muzzle replacements, over existing commercial, for Rowan Glen’s resident nosy cows, Gwen and Jen.

Rowan Glen’s resident cheeky cows, Gwen and Jen are back! Full cgi muzzle replacements were carried out for these two nosy cows to accommodate script changes or the launch of a new product line. Without access to any of the material used to produce the original adverts, some fancy cgi trickery was used to let these nosy gals speak their new lines. Produced for Freak Works.

Nuke ’em from orbit!

Environment creation for Aliens Colonial Marines game trailer.


Interference Pattern recently completed several pieces of highly detailed environment creation for Axis Animation for their ‘Aliens Colonial Marines’, game trailers.

Irn Bru – Sky Sports SuperLeague

Irn Bru idents for Sky Sports rugby Super League.

Interference Pattern created the fizzing, splashing liquid and logo cgi for Irn Bru’s new idents for the Sky Sport’s Super League rugby coverage. Produced for Freak Work.

Fairytale cleaning

Character creation for CIF TV commercial.

Work was recently completed creating characters for the latest CIF commercial for Passion Pictures.  Interference Pattern created the ‘goofy guard’ and ‘Mr Muscle’ characters to the highest specifications demanded by the commercial’s directors.

Oscar’s Win for The Lost Thing


Tom and the rest of the Lost Thing team at the 2011 Academy Awards, where the Lost Thing won the Oscar for Best Animated Short.

The Lost Thing has just WON the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. As lead cgi artist on the film, Interference Pattern’s founder, Tom, was lucky enough to attend the awards ceremony and after parties in LA, along with the rest of the crew. Huge congratulations to the whole team, directors Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruehmann, producer Sophie Byrne and to Leo Baker for providing such great rigging and animation for Interference Pattern to work with.  Read more about Interference Pattern’s extensive involvement with the film here.

Bloomin’ marvelous

Full CGI creation for BGR Bloomer TV commercial.

Work was recently completed on a commercial for BGR Bloomer solicitors. Working alongside Axis Animation, Interference Pattern undertook the modelling, texturing, lighting and compositing for these two 30 second spots. Using some clever cgi magic and 3d compositing tricks, enabled 2 different versions of the commercial to be delivered, without re-rendering a single frame of cg animation. Giving us extra time to perfect the look of the commercials.

Oscar Nomination for The Lost Thing


Full CGI created for The Lost Thing short film.

The lost Thing has just been nominated for an Oscar at this years 83rd Academy Awards, in the catagory of Animated Short Film. Read an in depth interview with Tom Bryant, the films lead cgi artist & cgi supervisor, in Digital Media World for more production details and Interference Pattern’s extensive involvement. The film has won a plethora of awards, including the Cristal for Best Short Film at the Annecy International Animation Festival Best Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival and Best Animation at the Sydney Film Festival.

The Lost Thing – short film

Full CGI created for The Lost Thing short film.

In April 2010, work was completed for Passion Pictures Australia on The lost Thing, an Oscar-nominated short film, based on the award winning picture book by Shaun Tan. Directed by Shaun Tan & Andrew Ruhemann and produced by Sophie Byrne. Interference Pattern was responsible for delivering the bulk of the 3d modelling, cg texturing, lighting and compositing work for this 15 minute, fully CGI short film, along with pipeline and look development.

Alice – Madness Returns

Character modelling for ‘Alice – The madness Returns’ game trailers.

Modelling work was recently completed on Alice – Madness Returns, for Passion Pictures. Interference Pattern was responsible for various character and prop modelling.