“Kyle Abraham is the only person who could have convinced me to reprise my role as Jack Traven for Speed 2: Cruise Control. Unfortunately, at the time he was only four years old.” – Keanu Reeves

Background

Born and bred in the Llanelli wilderness, Kyle didn’t see a computer or a pair of real leather shoes until after Y2K. Eventually defeating the wolves that raised him, he began to familiarise himself with the unfamiliar. This whole new world was one of broccoli, brightly coloured furniture, War Of The Worlds and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Becoming widely inspired by movie title sequences, Nickelodeon and WordArt, Kyle went on to cultivate a possibly unhealthy design compulsion. Eventually satchel in hand, he found his way to Caerdydd and cut his teeth creating posters for National Theatre Wales, Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and other local events. Always being a lover of animation, finding a role with us seemed like the next compelling step.

Role at Jammy Custard

Originally brought on board as a creative and skilled graphic designer, Kyle has worked hard to build upon his role and help to play a more considerable part in the animating of our projects and has become a wizard at bringing high-quality graphic design into motion.  Meaning that he has recently been able to add a new title to his business cards. His creative ability and keen eye ensure that our work is on-brand, visually stunning and our colour palettes are exceptionally palatable.

His impossible wit and comedy genius have been an extremely welcome asset to the team (helping to improve productivity, our output quality and general morale). We have all been unable to fathom his ability to pick the perfect song for every situation, building extravagant levels of hype that never fail to get us in the mood (Hype Man has coincidentally also been added to his business card).

Life Outside The Studio

For the last few years, Kyle has been an extremely keen cook. During the early years of his life, the only options for survival were to steal frozen juice drinks and gnaw on dry twigs but this eventually would change. Once fully integrated into a traditional society and having the opportunity to sample such flavour eruptions as honey roasted carrot and silver tequila, it was a skyward spiral to gastronomic greatness. Eventually, he will become The Chilli Champion of South Wales.

Needing to saturate his mind with the magnificent movies of the 80’s (and their title sequences) he spends an inordinate amount of time in darkened rooms rewatching John Carpenter flicks until he is grumbling about David Lo Pan and believing he is as handsome as Kurt Russell. Luckily for him and even though, it was before his time he somehow managed to land a small but meaningful role in Carpenters cult classic They Live (1988). See below.

Disclaimer: This piece was written by Kyle. Consequently, some parts may or may not have been fictionalised.

Connect with Kyle

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @kyle64j

Instagram: @kyle64j

Linkedin: kyle64j

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Background

Born and bred in the mythical land of Cardiff, Matthew grew up hypnotised by the moving pictures on Saturday morning TV instilling a desire to tell stories and create his own adventures. Stories he would re-enact with his Blacktron Legos, Star Wars figures and G1 Transformers, this guy was obviously cool.

Ever since working out how to change the time on his VCR and setting up his first games console, there was a fascination with technology and finding out how things worked, hoping one day we would be living in a technology based future of flying cars, holodecks and lightsabers.

After graduating from studying Animation at UWCN, Matthew went on to find his feet taking on various creative freelance jobs he could find ranging from animated stings, building websites and even designing posters for the legendary TJs in Newport. It wasn’t until collaborating with Patrick that the early days of Jammy Custard started to form.

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Role at Jammy Custard

Here at Jammy Custard, Matthew leads the video and animation projects, which means sometimes having to shy away to a different room to act out the characters he’s about to animate.

He’s also our Technical Director which involves not only overseeing the tech in use throughout the studio, but also employing new tech ideas to improve performance and workflow. Combine that with the video side and you end up with time saving resources like this Motion Elements pack he created. Pretty cool huh?

Whenever he get’s the chance, Matthew is fond of telling stories through Music Videos and sharing animated shorts across our social media channels

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Life Outside The Studio

Matthew is endlessly practicing and pushing his creativity, combined with his obsession of live music, he collaborates with two Cardiff bands as a live visual artist.

With ‘Albatross Archive’ he has created animated backing visuals that synchronise and complement their music. His first outing with the band consisted of a 30 minute narrative taking the audience on a live journey of sight and sound. The shows later progressed to experiment with multiple screens and projection mapping as a means to explore ways of enhancing the live experience. This collaboration has taken him to be part of winning a battle of the bands as part of Nation Radio’s Big Gig competition, performing at variety of festivals and venues around Cardiff as well as performing on Made In Cardiff TV.

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His new live project is much more dynamic, working alongside ‘5th Spear’ a solo artist with a huge electronic sound and live drums, Matthew now stands on stage and performs the visuals live as a VJ, meaning the visuals are even more of a performance instead of a careful orchestrated event. After already playing a few gigs, including a huge turnout at Swn Festival 2015 and a headline slot at FreeForAll Festival 2016, this is an exciting new venture exploring the realms of interactive and dynamic visual performance.

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Connect with Matthew

If you think Matthew’s a swell kinda guy you think you’d get along with, pick his brain about animation, geek out about music or simply just want to stalk him. There are varying ways for you to do so:

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @mcjammycustard

Instagram: @mcjammycustard

Linkedin: mcjammycustard

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Motion Elements

Behold, the Jammy Custard Motion Elements Pack free to download and use.

Whether you’re a professional or just starting out, these elements will no doubt help with your productions in both saving time and adding that extra detail in production value.

In the pack there are 26 motion elements and transitions designed to add that extra flair to your videos. The video below gives you a look at the elements which include various pops, loops and transitions rendered in 30fps, 1080p with alpha backgrounds. So you can drop them directly into your NLE of choice and use them right away.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/Q8Ydd9P9kqw”][vc_btn title=”Download Jammy Custard Motion Elements Pack” style=”custom” custom_background=”#f71b78″ custom_text=”#ffffff” size=”lg” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mediafire.com%2Fdownload%2Fd67jcctu6yke3qq%2FJammy_Custard_Motion_Elements.zip|title:Download%20Jammy%20Custard%20Motion%20Elements%20Pack|”][vc_column_text]

Creative Commons License
Jammy Custard Motion Elements Pack by Jammy Custard Studios is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at jammycustard.co.uk/motion-elements-pack/.

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Instructions for After Effects

After you’ve downloaded and unzipped the pack, create a folder in your After Effects project and drop in the elements to keep your workflow tidy.

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