How We Make Cosmic Kids and Who We Are
All Cosmic Kids yoga adventures are home-made by a small team of us. Here’s how we do it…
First, Jaime writes a kids yoga adventure – a story with yoga postures in it. Then she tries it out on the kids who come to her yoga classes in Henley and Marlow in England.
Once she’s got it working really well, we film Jaime performing the story in front of a green screen (often in only one take!) with the help of our genius friend Konrad who does the filming, sound and post-production. We used to film Cosmic Kids in the Sports and Social Club in our village (thanks to Jake who got us started!). These days we do it at Meadows Farm Studios in Henley On Thames.
Konrad takes the footage into post-production (which is really a little garage in Bracknell), and creates a 3D animated world for Jaime to be in. He also ‘keys’ Jaime, which means cutting Jaime out of the original footage and making her look like she’s in the Cosmic Kids world (rather than a studio with green paint all over the walls). Konrad uses Blender for the animations, Nuke for compositing and Premier for editing and sound.
In Jaime’s classes, the kids always wanted to see who they were meeting on their yoga adventure that day, so Jaime used to print out a picture from the Internet to show them. Nowadays Nick Hilditch develops a character and animates them, which allows us to show the kids the character they are meeting when Jaime looks through the Cosminoculars.
Martin then writes the music. Martin also produces Cosmic Kids.
Jaime & Martin spend their days planning what to do next with Cosmic Kids and then get on and do it. Their friends and families are kind enough to listen to them banging on about it. Thank you, friends and families.
Anyway, here’s what it looks like when we film an episode: