Behind The Scenes: John Lewis Christmas Advert 2013

When you work in the animation/film/games industry you normally know how things are made when you watch them, so when I saw the John Lewis Christmas Advert 2013 for the first time I knew straight away that most of the set was a miniature model and the characters were animated in 2D over the top of that film footage. But I was wrong! It’s such an interesting technique to do the 2D animation and then have every frame printed out and then each one of those still frames was then stop-motion animated in physical form in the rest of the scene. The final outcome is amazing, so their interesting technique clearly worked!

Check out the advert and other Christmas adverts from John Lewis in another of my posts.

Christmas Is Here! John Lewis 2013 Christmas Advert Airs

John Lewis Christmas adverts are becoming just as synonnamous with Christmas in the UK as the Coke van adverts, and they haven’t disappointed with this year’s beautifully animated short.

Check out the behind the scenes making of video here.

Check out the development of the adverts over the years over on

And here is a funny breakdown of it from the HuffintonPost.

My favourite one was the 2007 cleverly done one:

Most Surprising Facts From QI

BuzzFeed wrote an article with their top 23 most interesting and surprising facts they learnt from the BBC TV programme QI. Here are some of my favourites:

1. Under extreme high pressure, diamonds can be made from peanut butter.

2. Tintin is called Tantan in Japanese because Tintin is pronounced ‘Chin chin’ and means penis.

6. The Queen is the legal owner of one-sixth of the Earth’s land surface.

7. The shortest war ever fought was between Britain and Zanzibar on August 27, 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

10. The word ‘time’ is the most commonly used noun in English.

11. One in ten European babies is conceived in an IKEA bed.

15. In 1811, nearly a quarter of all the women in Britain were named Mary.

19. Manchester United is the most hated brand in Britain and the seventh most hated in the world.

20. The French mathematician Descartes had a theory that monkeys and apes were able to talk – but kept quiet in case they were asked to do any work.

22. It costs more to make the cardboard box that Shredded Wheat comes in than it does to make the cereal itself.

Check out the article for the rest of the list and some funny GIFs to accompany them.

Game Of Thrones VFX Comparison Shots



Kotaku has collected together some interesting comparison images from Game Of Thrones and the real-world locations they were shot at. I’m actually shocked there is as little VFX in simple shots like these are there is, I expected that they would have had to create a lot more of the world in 3D.

Check out more of the images over on Kotaku.