Gromit Making

Animation, Bristol

So this weekend, I (Cai) had an amazing opportunity where I got to go to a workshop with one of the animators from Aardman Studios! For those of you who don’t know, Aardman Studios are the masterminds behind Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, Pirates! and much more!

The workshop started off with one of their model makers showing us some of the models they actually use (Including The Golden Carrot from the curse of the were-rabbit!). What was really cool was that he showed us a model that had been cut down the middle. This meant that we could see what was inside their models. They use a metal wire frame that means that they can move it round, which was not what I expected!

W&G models

After that, we were then shown how we could use very simple shapes to create our very own model Gromit! It was all lots of fun – we pretty much spent an hour playing with plasticine! But it was quite challenging at the same time…

Some of the plasticine was quite hard to work with, and you could accidentally mix in other colours to yours! I was sat with a hairdryer warming up my plasticine, because it was too cold! Since we did it though, I’m always smoothing down little bits, making it even smoother. I don’t think I did too badly!

It was cool to see all the multi-coloured Gromits all together at the end!

 

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