For Conor Finnegan “Life Begins at Breakfast”

Nexus director Conor Finnegan leverages the charm and subtle humor of his multi-award-winning short film “Fear of Flying” for this gentle peek at a wooly, puppet-populated woodland thru London Agency Sunshine for Dorset Cereal.

Conor Finnegan: “It was a tight enough schedule from initial go-ahead, with just two weeks for model/ character-maker, Jessica Dance, to create all 18 characters (each one lovingly crafted in 100% organic British lambs wool).

“Meanwhile, Andy Gent and his team were creating the miniature sets and props that make up the film. We had a two day shoot at Clapham Road studios where we shot all the puppets live-action on set, puppeteering them on sticks and creating walk-cycles with lumpy wheels. After the shoot it was back to Nexus HQ where we began adding all the 2D animated arms, legs, wings, eyes and 3D beaks, etc.”

Client: Dorset Cereals

Agency: Sunshine
ECD: Al MacCuish
Creative Director: Simon Bird
Agency Producer: Lesley Williams

Production: Nexus
Director: Conor Finnegan
ECD: Chris O’Reilly
Executive Producers: Julia Parfitt
Producer: Janet Smith
Production Manager: Fernanda Garcia Lopez
Project Lead: Dave Walker
Animation: Nexus (Jenny Lewis, James Hatley, Jessica Leslau, Matt Turner)
Compositing: Francesco Russo, Bence Varga, Kenn Hedin Kalvik
Director of Photography: Malcolm Hadley
Editor: David Slade

Grade: Time Based Arts

Model Maker Characters: Jessica Dance
Model Maker Sets: Arch Model Studio – Andy Gent

Sound Design: Angell Sound
Music: Iggy Pop “Real Wild Child”
VO: Peter Serafinowicz