Rubber ducks lined-up perfectly in a row. A thousand stamps stuck to a bedroom wall. A pyramid of thimbles knocked to the floor. These are just some of Luka’s obsessive routines, a daily performance played-out under the anxious gaze of his sister, Lucy. She thinks Luka needs fixing as every time she disturbs his routine, Luka falls apart. Literally.
One evening – battered by his springs and rejections – Lucy finally loses her patience and runs away. Stumbling in the forest, she discovers a clockwork soldier in a shack. When she manages to fix his head, Lucy thinks she’s found the solution to her problems at home.
Based on Jessica Ashman’s personal experience of growing-up with an autistic brother, Fixing Luka is a tale of hope, determination and acceptance.
Jessica Ashman is a filmmaker with a passion for moving things in tiny increments. She specialises in stop-motion, cut-out and 2-D animation.
Since graduating in 2007 she has worked at BBC Wales and Sequence design, Cardiff, training in new media production and design and in 2008, gained one of 5 places out of 250 applicants on the Skillset/Creative Scotland funded training scheme, G.A.S.P (Generating Animation Skills Programme). This apprenticeship saw her animating on BBC Scotland’s childrens series ‘Ooglies’ and working in Glasgow based design studio, ISO.
During this period, Jessica was also selected to participate in DigiCult’s talent pool on Scottish Digital Shorts (2010). Through the project’s development process, she wrote a ‘Fixing Luka’. The film received its international premiere in 2011 and has gone on to be selected in over 30 festivals worldwide, picking up a win for Best Animation at the BAFTA in Scotland Awards (2011) and a New Talent BAFTA Award for Best Music (2011).
Jessica now resides in London, after having completed a masters at the Royal College of Art’s prestigious Animation MA course. She is currently freelancing as a director, as well as conducting animation workshops and teaching.
Anna Odell is an independent producer working between Glasgow and London. She has a background in motion graphics for broadcast and museum installation.
Fixing Luka is Anna’s second stop frame animation after previously producing DigiCult’s ‘Battenberg‘ (Dir: Stewart Comrie) in 2009, a BAFTA and Jim Poole award winner.
Anna studied Visual Communication at Chelsea College of Art & Design where she specialised in 2D animation.