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Making Magic (and Method) in the Digital Studio

Saturday, June 11th, 2011


We are pleased to announce Katapult are now the official sponsors of the Digital Studio at QUAD, to mark the occasion the Katapult team decided to test out some of the equipment last night when we took part in one of QUAD’s team-building animation workshops.

We started off with an introduction by Darius Powell, QUAD’s Digital Resources and Training Officer, by which point we were all itching to start creating and the ideas began floating around the room.

Within 4 hours we were aiming to come up with a stop-motion animation piece for our Method and Magic values to replace the Flash animation we currently have on our website. After a brainstorming session, storyboard and a bit of a debate along with lots of paper cutting, plasticine moulding, doodles and illustration the Method and Magic finally came together to produce a fun and quirky animation.

Apologies to QUAD for any plasticine clouds or worms we may have left behind!

The animation is currently undergoing a few tweaks from Phil, applying his post production k-motion magic and we expect to have a version on the Katapult site soon.

For more information on the digital and creative courses available in the Katapult Digital Studio please visit QUAD

Courses range from learning Digital SLR Photography, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Animation, Screenwriting, Film Production, Music Production and Graphic Design. The studio also works on a wide range of education and community projects which can be seen on their blog.


Duck design secrets revealed…

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

After winning Derby’s Best Dressed Duck Award on Saturday, we thought we would reveal a few design secrets, in the making of our ducks…


Orville the Duck

Above: Green spray paint + some green fluff + fabric glue + a towel for a nappy + a giant safety pin.

Orville the Duck

The end result!

Katapunk, the doodle duck

Katapunk Duck

Above: Some white spray paint + a punky pink mohawk + some black and pink (waterproof) Sub ink illustration pens

Katapunk Duck Design

Katapunk duck being sprayed in the car park – away from cars!

Katapunk the doodle duck

The illustration begins!

half way katapunk



Meet Katapunk – Voted Best Dressed Duck!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011


Pictured with the lovely Amelie¬† is our very own Katapunk Duck, voted Best Dressed ‘Corporate Duck’ at Saturday’s Ey Up Mi Duck race, in aid of Sight Support Derbyshire.

This is the fourth annual duck race organised by Sight Support Derbyshire and although the 5,000 small plastic ducks had difficulty finishing the race due to the wind, the big ducks sponsored by Derbyshire companies kept everyone entertained, along with a jazz band, bouncy castles and local Derbyshire beer and food tents.

Katapult bought two large ducks, with all proceeds going to the charity. When MD Dawn and designers Dan and Martin were let loose on them, they gradually transformed into an Orville the Duck replica complete with green furry feathers, and our winning duck – The Katapunk, the pink haired doodle duck pictured below with the mayor and the other giant duck entrants.

Congratulations to Sight Support Derbyshire who raised over £8,000 for the charity.

Katapunk will have pride of place in the studio, though we are still awaiting the return of Orville who took his furry chances in the Derwent…we hope he could swim better than he could fly.

To be continued…


Katapults Orville the Duck

Katapunk Duck