Category Archives: The Client’s Brief

Working with Companies

Starting the new semester, we were yet again split into groups of four and assigned to work with actual companies in the industry to get a taste of what it’s like to work for a director with limited contact, and to meet a more specific brief.

Going into this project, I knew first hand that the end product was going to be very special for the client. I also have directed mini-projects that involved many different animators working towards a final complete film (referred to as Multi-Animator-Projects or MAPs within the animation community on YouTube).


The company we were assigned to work with is BillyGoat Entertainment, a video game developer based in Belfast, on their upcoming point-and-click sci-fi adventure/satirical comedy game, HMS Spiffing.

Their website can be found here:


We were tasked with creating an opening cinematic cutscene for HMS Spiffing that would also be used as the teaser trailer. There were a few specific features that were essential:

  • Opening on paintings/photos of famous British figures
  • Takes place in the Houses of Parliament
  • Royal Guards are in charge of Mission Control (that is also situated within the Houses of Parliament)
  • The HMS Spiffing shuttle is attached to Big Ben.
  • The cinematic ends with Big Ben being launched into space.