• Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

      Arnott, Steve (London: Pollock’s Toy Theatres Ltd, 2006)
      This animation seeks to challenge traditional themes of narrative structure through the use of digital media. The resulting piece works on a number of levels and is accessible to a wide audience. It maintains the essence of toy theatre whilst being aware of current media practice, software and techniques. The visuals are influenced by 19th Century designs and rendered in three-dimensional effect with depth and lighting. Maintaining the story within the frame of the traditional toy theatre; Arnott’s research continues this traditional form of storytelling in current media form for the modern child. This research concerns the transposition of 18/19th century toy theatre storytelling into digital animations, keeping true to the original form and aesthetic which enabled rich imaginative play through effective staging of stories. The project was proposed to Pollock’s Toy Museum; production developed through meetings, collaboration and detailed research. The work reflects traditional aspects of toy theatre but is designed to appeal to a ‘media savvy’ public. It is a synthesis of ancient and modern methods of storytelling and production values
    • Cinderella

      Arnott, Steve (London: Pollock’s Toy Theatres Ltd, 2007)
      Working with Pollock’s Toy Museum, this animation draws upon the traditions of toy theatre through the means of digital media and reinterpretation for a modern audience. The piece also contributes to the on going digitization of the Museum’s archive. The animation seeks to challenge traditional themes of narrative structure through the use of digital media. The visuals, although influenced by 19th Century designs and rendered into a three dimensional effects with depth and lighting. The work follows on from that done with “Ali Baba and the forty Thieves.” The text is adapted from the 1844 version of John Kilby Green (1790 -1860) – the story explores notions of the relationship between royalty and the public and echoes events in Britain and Europe during the 20th Century.
    • I’m an Old Cowhand and Waiting for the Number 12

      Arnott, Steve (2007)
      An animation that continues to explore non-traditional stories and imaginative play using digital media and plastic figures. Arnott has previously worked with children to animate their own stories with traditional toys (which he collects) and digital media. This animation considers the fantastical things that could happen in the real world and do happen in the world of toys and animation. The animated stories are outcomes of research into the creative thinking enabled by playing with traditional wood and plastic toys and how this translates from older performative methods to new media presentations. The V&A approached Arnott with a view to exhibiting the work. As a project, the process developed through collaboration and detailed research. The work reflects the Museum’s collections and brings the theme of play alive, through the stop-motion animation process. It is a synthesis of ancient and modern production techniques. The resulting work appeals to a broad range of ages, those who remember some of the objects from their own childhood and children of today who are intrigued by their quirky nature.
    • Sherlock Holmes – The Hound of the Baskervilles

      Arnott, Steve (London: Pollock’s Toy Theatres Ltd, 2007)
      Working with Pollock’s Toy Museum, this play draws upon the traditions of toy theatre through the means of digital media and reinterpretation for a modern audience. The piece also contributes to the on going digitization of the Museum’s archive. The kit is designed to be mass-produced with modern printing techniques and within modest budget; it maintains the essence of toy theatre whilst being aware of current media practice, software and techniques. Proposed by Arnott to the Museum as a project, the production developed through meetings, collaboration and detailed research. The work reflects traditional aspects of toy theatre and is designed to appeal to wide audience and makes the text accessible to children. The submission is a synthesis of traditional and modern designs. It remains faithful to the original story and production values.