Thursday, 20 February 2014

Shaun the Sheep Series 4: The Spider, now on iPlayer!

It's been a while since my last post! Over the past couple months I've been quite busy, including having worked on an exciting new project that, regrettably, cannot yet be revealed. Sit tight however, for I shall reveal all in good time!

Meanwhile, I have something which I can show you at long last! Back in the summer, I had the fantastic opportunity to work at Aardman Animations as part of the model making team, contributing towards an episode of Shaun the Sheep Series 4, entitled 'The Spider'. The episode has now been made available in its entirety through the BBC iPlayer! Feel free to watch it via the link below:

I was tasked with designing and creating the titular Spider puppet, as well as a myriad of other hands-on tasks. As you can see in the episode, there are two sizes of spider; the larger more characterful version for the close ups, and some tiny spiders in scale with Shaun and Co. that feature a simpler design. Designs were approved by the director before being created in full and sent to the animators.

I created two large spiders and ten small ones, for concurrent filming of different shots. They were very fun to make, and it's great to finally see them animated! The animators have done an amazing job, especially with making the tiny spiders' legs move- they are less than 1cm wide!


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