Shaun the Sheep comes to Falmouth, and luckily for us he brought Aardman's Head of Features Animation, Loyd Price, with him.

It was an otherwise ordinary Tuesday. Lectures started as usual at 9 a.m. and the still-slightly-sleepy students stepped off buses, climbed the steps to the campus and settled into the day's work. Unbeknownst to them, at a little past elevenses, a very small sheep (around 5 inches tall) was disembarking the train from Bristol with several of his friends, who were also making their way up the hill to the Penryn Campus.

Very luckily for us, one of the friends that Shaun bought with him was Loyd Price, Head of Features Animation at Aardman... and Loyd knows a thing or two about animation.

While Shaun relaxed in the staff room Loyd was shown around the animation facilities, and after a spot of lunch he talked to a packed audience of animation, visual effects and film students about his work with Shaun on on his recent movie, the aptly named
The Shaun the Sheep Movie. Loyd talked at length about all stages of the production process, from storyboarding, through the design and construction of the puppets and extensive sets, to the post production process and some of the CGI techniques that seamlessly interweave with the stop-motion footage.

Following the talk there was a Q&A session and then students took the opportunity to say hello and to take selfies with Shaun, Blitzer and the Farmer. Later, Loyd spend some time with our third year animation students in the studio, looking at and discussing their nearly completed graduation films.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to Sean for bringing Loyd to see us - his talk was absolutely fantastic and hugely valuable to our students.  It was also good to meet Shaun and the others. We would love to see you all again sometime soon.


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