Wish you were here? Animator's take on Isle of Wight postcards

By Ross Findon

Monday, July 14, 2014

 

Wish you were here? Animator's take on Isle of Wight postcards

Justin Mason has put his own twist on Isle of Wight postcards.

AN ANIMATOR has put his own spin on the traditional Isle of Wight postcard.

Justin Mason has created two sets of animated postcards that bring to life some familiar scenes from the Island, in some unfamiliar ways.

A big fan of Monty Python's Terry Gilliam, Justin's first set of Isle of Wight postcards, released earlier this year, featured scenes including Sandown Bay, the floating bridge and Blackgang Chine.

In his latest set he has turned his attention to the likes of the Carisbrooke Castle donkeys, Bembridge Railway Station and Union Street, Ryde.

Justin, whose been creating animations since 1999, has previously worked for Channel 4, making and writing comedy shows, including animation, with his brother Elliot.

"We used to do segments for a programme called the 11 o'Clock Show and we had our own Comedy Lab show broadcast called Shut Up and Dance.

"Now I work full time at St Mary's Hospiral in IT and have just started to get back into animation again in my spare time over the last couple of years."

From an early age Justin, 43, of East Cowes, was a fan of the work of Monthy Python animator Terry Gilliam.

"I am self taught. Animation is an excellent way of making anything happen on screen, especially impossible things, but it is quite time consuming.

"Each postcard can take between an hour and eight hours, depending on the complexity, so you have to enjoy what it is your trying to achieve, otherwise you will go mad."

Justin, who thanked all those who had shared his work online, said he was always on the look out for new or old postcards and photographs.

"The cards are hand-picked for comedy value, but sometimes the blandest card can turn out to be the best," he said.

See the postcards below and find more of his work at www.justin-mason.co.uk

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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