Kate has a passion for storytelling, combined with an unfettered imagination and an eye for detail. Having completed a BA in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University, where she deployed a wide variety of media to bring her thoughts to life, including an illustrated book, it was clear that this was to be her chosen path. The Master's programme in Illustration and Animation at Coventry University was the perfect environment in which to expand and hone her skills as a visual storyteller, the latest example is The Lives of Todd. This is a story about the love between two men that spans space and time. They fall in love in 1951, but reluctantly separate due to fear of persecution. This decision had disastrous consequences and needed to be changed. Kate researched quantum physics, spiritual beliefs and societal changes to same sex relationships in order to create this journey through parallel worlds to keep them together and achieve the desired outcome. Kate created a storyboard which follows the main character, Todd, as he repeats his life over and over again with his immortal spirit guide called Higher Self guiding him and ultimately stopping him leaving the man he loves, Bill.
Todd, Character Concept Art for â€˜The Lives of Todd', Procreate, 2020 Todd will be the main character in the animated short film â€˜The Lives of Todd', which is a story about a man who repeats his life over and over again to change the outcome and stay with the love of his life. The story centres on two timelines, one being Todd's life as he is reborn to live his life again, guided by his â€˜higher self'/ spirit guide and the progress of gay rights in the UK.
Bill, Character concept art for â€˜The Lives of Todd', Procreate, 2020. Bill is a character designed for the short animated film â€˜The Lives of Todd and he is the love of Todd's life. The two men met in 1951, a very dangerous time for their kind of love and so are torn apart by the fear of persecution - but can they get back together?
Side Character Concept Art for â€˜The Lives of Todd', Procreate, 2020 These are four other significant figures featured in the short film 'The Lives of Todd'. Each one represents an important part of Todd's life; his death, his birth and his heartbreak.
Mood Painting for 'The Lives of Todd', Procreate, 2020 This image is designed to give an idea of how the film will look when it is animated. We see two old men sat on a bench next to two golden, younger versions of themselves.