A team of Middlesex University animation students and their tutor have created a series of films supporting the new series of E4 show Misfits.
The short films, directed by award winning film maker and Middlesex animation lecturer Osbert Parker, use ‘cut-out’ photos and puppets of the cast to depict mini stories from the show – and will be available online after each week’s programme has finished.
Osbert, who worked with Middlesex University animation students and graduates to create the project said: “The students played a vital role in making this – they are an incredibly talented group. The experience gained from working with top industry professionals is valuable for them.
“The animations for Misfits take a joke or idea from each programme, creating a short film about it. They will fit it with the characters and plot in the show. It is designed completely for online entertainment but will be included on the DVD of the series when that’s released.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how all the films we make fit in with the show – I’ll be watching the show on Sundays for the first time like everyone else. It’s the first time I’ve worked on a TV series, so it’s exciting for me.”
The project took five months to complete over the summer, with current students Andon Hristov, Alex Crowley, Rebecca Balint, and Anisha Khan using their skills to bring the project together.
To create the multi skilled team needed for the project Osbert also brought in Middlesex animation graduates Dayashini Pomphrey and Justin Quinlan and photography graduate Bart Pajak, who took the hundreds of still photographs of the Misfits cast that were needed.
Bart Pajak (26) from Borehamwood, said: “It is great to see my images used in something other than on a wall. It was an amazing project to be involved with and the actors were great to photograph, hopefully I’ll do more projects like this soon.”
Misfits, in its 4th series, follows the fortunes of a group of young offenders sentenced to work in a community service programme, where they obtain supernatural powers after a strange electrical storm. The new eight programme series started on 28 October – Osbert’s first film is available to view now.