Behind the lens (take 2) - the art of making an animated film
Talk with Art Director for Aardman Richard Edmunds
Ever wondered whilst reading the credits of a film, what all those job titles are and what they do?
Well come along and join Richard Edmunds - Art Director of Aardman studios (and resident of Dursley) who will be talking about the many stop-motion animated programmes and films he has worked on, over his 22 year career in the film industry.
This should be a real treat for all ages – both informative and fun and give you a small glimpse of what goes on behind the camera lens of film making.
So come along to Kingshill House, Dursley on Saturday 26 November 2022
Doors open at 7pm where the bar will be available.
Talk starts at 7.30pm
£8 per person.
From his early start at studios in Manchester working on Bob the Builder and Pingu, to currently working with the creator of the Wallace and Gromit Features, Nick Park - at their Bristol based Aardman Animation studios, Edmunds will be giving an evening talk about how they’re made.
He’ll be talking you through the processes of film making from an art department point of view, with scale models, technical drawings, visual images, puppets and props. Taking you on a ‘Grand’ backstage tour of a film studio and showing you how some of our best-loved animated programmes such as Shaun the Sheep, Early Man, Robin Robin and the nations favourite comedy man and dog duo, Wallace and Gromit, come to life!
Edmunds is also exhibiting some of his works at Kingshill House during the Tyndale Arts weekend, which is certainly worth a visit.
Richard Edmunds Bio
Richard was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire in 1970. After school he went on to study 3-Dimensional Design at Suffolk College, Ipswich and graduated in 1990. Over a 10-year period, he worked in various theatres in England and Scotland as a set designer, prop maker and scenic artist.
Much to his surprise and delight, his skill set and background meant he was well set up to move into the stop-frame animation industry. So, along came the year 2000 – a time for new beginninsg and a fresh start, where he joined a new studio called Hot Animation in Manchester. This was his first role as an art director, working on productions of Bob the Builder, Pingu and Rubbadubbers.
After working there for 7 years and loving every minute, redundancy loomed but this opened other opportunities. He then moved down to live in Dursley, Gloucestershire, as he became a production designer and art director with Aardman Animations in Bristol, developing their new pre-school production of Timmy Time. This was a great success with audiences and went onto win 2 Bafta awards. He then carried on with Aardman Animations, where he continued as an art director for Pirates In an Adventure with Scientists, two Shaun the Sheep Feature films, Nick Park’s film about cavemen called Early Man, the new (and long awaited) sequel to Chicken Run and is now currently art directing on a new Wallace and Gromit film. Many of these films have been nominated for Oscars, Baftas and other industry awards. He has also worked on numerous TV commercials with Wallace and Gromit for DFS and toured the world setting up an exhibition to celebrate 40 years of Aardman.
In between his full-time job in the film industry, his interest in painting has continued from his days at art college and has taken part in many collective and solo art exhibitions and won several awards for his work.
He loves living in Gloucestershire, where he happily walks his dog, Wilf, along with his wife and two children (now all grown up) in the beautiful hills that surround the town of Dursley.