Plastic Zoo is a moving image and illustration studio based in Manchester.
Founded in 2005 by illustration & animation students Sam Alder and Toby Potter, Plastic Zoo have become one of Manchester’s most prolific moving image studios. With an ethos based on a respect for ideas and a playful nature, Plastic Zoo have become a regular collaborator with other established Manchester creative organisations, taking their work into the realms of advertising and live visual installations.
LATEST: Brown Brogues: ‘May I Walk With You?’
SoundBytes: Unconvention Preston
A short film summing up the days events at SoundBytes: Unconvention preston. Featuring wise words from UK Indie Touring, Song By Toad and Hospital Records.
Music by The Travelling Band
Envirofone – ‘Old Mobile’
We teamed up with the wonderful men and women of Edit 19 to create this 30 second animated TV advert for mobile phone recyclers Envirofone.
We were brought in to illustrate this script voiced by Inbetweeners’ James Buckley.
Brown Brogues: ‘May I Walk With You’
Aidan Smith and his Indulgent Friends: ‘The Devil Woman Living On Our Street’ [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Animated music video for ‘The Devil Woman Living On Our Street’ by Aidan Smith and his Indulgent Friends
Illustrated & animated by Sam Alder
Embers: Tunnel Vision
We set up a load of projectors and filmed the handsome men of epic rock band Embers to make this video for their track ‘Tunnel Vision’
Cameras: Luke Bather, Nathan Bather, Sam Alder
Edit: Sam Alder
Director/Producer: Sam Alder & Toby Potter
You can make Embers related purchases here: embersembers.bigcartel.com/
The Riptide Movement: Without You
Them lovely lads The Riptide Movement got in touch with the idea of creating trilogy of animated music videos, so along with Animator Scott Lockhart we got to work.
Here is part one of the trilogy, ‘Without You’.
Designed: Sam Alder
Animated: Scott Lockhart
Directed/Produced: Sam Alder
Story: The Riptide Movement
You can purchase the single here:
Music video for ‘Moulting’ by the bestest, most badass boys alive, Eagulls.
Filmed on VHS with live colour mixing.
Directed by Sam Alder & Toby Potter
The EP is available on either transparent green 12” vinyl (with digital download code) or via digital download at sexbeatlondon.com/store/
O Emperor ‘Po’
Music video for ‘Po’ By O Emperor. We co-designed and directed this animated music video for the wonderful O Emperor. We created a set of illustrations which were then passed on to animator Jono Candlish-Wilson who added is own twist to the designs before bringing it to life.
Blacksticks Cheese TV Advert
As well as collaborating on the concept and storyboards for this national TV ad for Blacksticks Cheese, we supplied our friends at Edit 19 with a whole load of illustrations, which they used to produce this dynamic animation. The music was composed and recorded by Manchester’s own Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six.
We provided a whole load of illustrations for this lovely advert put together by our friends Edit 19. We prepared the hand drawn illustrations in Photoshop and those clever souls made it move!
JD Woman Autumn/Winter Collection
Produced by Photolink, we were commissioned to edit this promo video for JD Woman’s Autumn & Winter collection.
Brown Brogues ‘Anyone But You’
Filmed on our faithful and ever-giving Hitachi VHS camera, this end of the world ramble took us to the beautifully eerie Formby Beach, where our favourite garage rockers Brown Brogues slowly but an end to an unfortunate guitar’s life!
Plastic Zoo Viral
Selfishly, we filmed this for ourselves. We went into the woods and jumped up and down until our shins could take no more.
We were commissioned to document this fantastic event by Manchester’s Unconvention. The premise to the event was that eight bands, along with three hundred volunteers and sixty industry experts, would produce an album…in a day. We were there to document the process and enjoy the amazing atmosphere and working environment.
In The City Festival 2010
in 2010, we were commissioned to produce the official In The City Festival promo film. We filmed live panels, band performances as well as the good time vibes of the festival itself.
Ghost Oufit ‘I Was Good When I Was Young’
Commissioned as part of Ghost Outfit’s ‘Young Ghosts Project’, this video was filmed on an old VHS camera. We chased Ghost Outfit around Manchester’s city centre as they terrified the public in their Ghostly costumes.
Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six ‘The Tell-Tale Hound’
This music video was animated using After Effects by our cohort Scott Lockhart and was heavily inspired by German expressionist aesthetics and shadow puppetry.
Brown Brogues ‘Treet U Beta’
The initial idea behind this video was to film Mark & Ben from Brown Brogues drinking “until they puked”. However, as our evening at The Swinley Working Men’s Club unfolded, we got a whole lot more than that. There was dancing, romancing and even a high kicking cabaret maniac. The resulting music video has been seen at SXSW and provided Hew Stephens himself with “lols”!
Aidan Smith ‘Living On Allotments’
We made this video for Aidan Smith and his overlords at Humble Soul in 2009. We combine live action and stop motion animation techniques to produce this fun, family friendly, allotment reveling tour de force!