High Above the Sky

One day Leo screams and screams and screams, his Dad takes him shopping and so the journey begins through the isles and high above the sky.

Even a journey in a supermarket can be magical.

Stop motion and 2D animation

  • Kim Noce
  • Shaun Clark
  • Paul Mundell
    Key Cast
  • Cian Waites
    Key Cast
  • Hutch Demouilpied
  • Chris White
  • Fiona De Souza
  • David Pringle
  • Kim Noce
  • Shaun Clark
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2012
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Birds Eye View Film Festival
  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival known as ‘Childish Films’
  • Festival International du Film pour l’Enfance et la Jeunesse de Sousse
  • International Theatre and Film Festival’14 in Stará Ľubovňa
  • Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, Singapore
  • PLAY FEST, Lisbon, Portugal
  • REDCAT International Children Festival , LA, USA
  • The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Chicago, USA
  • Little Big Shots Festival, Melbourne, Australia
  • Malta Children’s Short Film Festival, Malta
  • 9th Children Film Festival Seattle, Seattle, USA
  • 10th LIAF, London, Uk
  • Pentedattilo Film festival, Reggio, Italy
  • SIYFF, Seoul, Korea
  • R2R Festival Vancouver Art Gallery , Vancouver, Canada
  • Scratch Animation Festival , Lecce, Italy
  • Animatic 2013 the Mostra 6th edition , Pamplona, Spain
  • Awesomearts , Perth, Austrlalia
  • British Animation Film Festival , London, UK
  • Miaf 2013 , Melbourne, Australia
  • Tiff 2013 , Toronto, Canada
  • 8th ATHENE ANIMAFEST , Athen, Greece
  • Animac, Spain
  • St Alban Film Festival, Uk
  • London Short Film Festival, London,Uk (Bafta Recognised)
  • Animage Festival, Brasil
  • Colchester Film Festival, UK
  • Witney Film Festival , UK
  • WIFF, UK
  • AIFF,Auburn International Film Festival,Australia
  • KinoFest,Romania
  • The Animae Caribe , Trinidad and Tobago
  • Adelaide Kids Film Festival , Australia
  • Ale Kino,Poland
  • Animax Skopje Festival, Macedonia
  • Animated Women UK, MPC, London UK
  • Honolulu Museum of Art , Hawaii, Special Program as part of The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
  • SICAF Special Program as part of Miaf 2013 KID special
  • PLAY FEST Special Pre Festival Screening, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2014 CAKE, Ormskirk, UK
  • Touring Circus Cinema at Martha’s Vineyward Film Festival, Massachutes , USA
  • Supertoon, Croatia
  • 19th edition of the Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños (…y no tan Niños), Mexico
  • Family Festival at IFI Dublin, Irleand
Director Biography - Kim Noce, Shaun Clark

We are MEW LAB: the collective talent of Shaun Clark and Kim Noce award winning London based animation director specializing in handcrafted short film production. We both come from filmmaking and art background , we have a BAFTA nominations as Animators and several awards as Directors.

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Director Statement

High above the sky it is a short animated film aimed at children, families and at the young at heart.

The film explores the relationship of a young child and its father during the ever-challenging daily chores. The script was inspired by the musing of the script writer, Helena Thompson, her child and workshops for children where the final story was created.

The film was created partly in stop motion and partly in cut out animation in After Effects. All the set, the props and the characters were built real puppets and objects made out of cardboard, cut out, glued and carefully hand painted. We had the pleasure to collaborate with the youths at Spid theatre where they helped us to create some of the artwork. You can enjoy their handicraft in the supermarket scene.

Most of the animation was done in stop motion, and sometimes we used green screen. Even the transitions, from one set to the other, were created in stop motion with a basic Nikon camera, a basic tripod, a remote shutter-release and a lot of patience. The rest was created in AFX using collage or a sequence of animated cut-out pictures of the props and the characters. The film took no more than four months from script to final delivery

Through different visual pattern we tried to mimic how a child explore his surrounding, what he sees, what catches his interest and how his imagination it is reflect in the representation of the surrounding.The style aims to create a tactile and unpolished feeling as if the sets were made by an actual child, mimicking hand made toys. Stars are held by strings, objects are sometimes tridimensional puppets and sometime they are flattened. At times they are full of details and at others they are just block colors, as an unconventional way to shift focus between what is important in the scene and what it isn’t. To leave element half drawn, it is a technique often used with hand drawn animation and we were interested in exploring the same “trick” with a stop motion film.

All the sounds effects were created with recordings made with actual children voices. David Pringle, the sound designer, had few lovely sessions with the children at Spid Theatre and then he recreated the entire soundscape using the children vociferous experiments and interpretation of real sounds. We wanted to recreate the feeling that the journey was told through the eye and the ears of a child; were reality and imagination blurs together.

The wonderful music was created by Hutch Demoulpied and Chris White, we aimed to create emotional punctuation to the story, guiding through Leo’s internal journey. The music creates clear marking for the story development, delineating five different acts within the story.

The voices were acted by Paul Mundell ,as the Father and Narrator, and Cyan Waites, as Leo. Cyan is only six year old and he never acted before. We wished the voices to portray the telling of a fairy tales, after all even a journey in the supermarket might be magical.