The Pumpkin King
The Pumpkin King
About The Pumpkin King
Paul Miller is an award winning director, writer, visual artist, film and animation creator. The Pumkin King has been created from this seed commission and is part of a wider series of Monster Chronicles. Paul aims to ensure Deaf characters and stories involving Deaf people are created and available for Deaf children. In the Pumpkin King, young twins, Anders (deaf) and Aurora (hearing) share a very special bond. They come from an old Scottish mystical village called Oban. One morning, happily playing in the park as they did most days, they found something out of the ordinary. That night the unimaginable happened and Anders is once again faced with a new mystery. Will the ancient artefact help him this time?
The Pumpkin King commission has resulted in presentation of the progression of work through sketches and artwork from the animated film. There is a work in progress video animation, presented without sound to truthfully reflect Paul's process and aesthetic. Audio description has been created to make the film accessible to blind and visually impaired people. As this is a visually busy page brimming with wonderful work, we decided to use alt text for image descriptions, so anyone using a screen reader should be able to access those. They are also available in a separate document at the bottom of the images.
The Pumpkin King - The Book
The Pumpkin King - The Animation Process
The Pumpkin King - Animation Stills
The Pumpkin King - Animation Film Work in Progress
Silent version - Paul Miller's Artistic Process
Audio Described Version - with Audio-Tour of Setting and Character Prior to Film
About Paul Miller
I am the founder and Director of Rory’s Studio and as a Deaf British Sign Language user, I strive to illuminate Deaf Culture within mainstream forums. I graduated from Newcastle College in 2005, with a foundation degree in animation and illustration. I began my professional career as an illustrator, working in collaboration with writer Julia Donaldson on her children’s book Gruffalo. Since then I have worked extensively as an ambassador for Deaf awareness and won awards for my film work. My work includes Driving Inspiration, a short film for the Paralympics, Gothrella, a theatre production made for Deaf and hearing children and families, which involved working in collaboration, with a team of eight professional artists. In 2015 I was appointed a Director of Surface Area Dance Theatre CIC. In May 2017 I travelled to Tokyo, Japan to collaborate with Japan Deaf Theatre and begin a creative dialogue with company members to explore thematic concepts found in the Ginger Bread Witch, which was supported by Arts Council England’s, Artist International Development Fund, recently adapted to a children’s theatre production at Northern Stage.