Editors' Choice

From The Creator of Wallace and Gromit – Early Man

Steve Porter / April 10, 2017

It should go without saying that Early Man comes to us by way of Nick Park the mastermind behind Shaun of the Sheep, The Wallace and Gromit series, and Chicken Run. All of his films have a similar look to them – which heavily relies on using “claymation” to tell their stories. Claymation is a method of animation where clay figures are filmed using stop motion photography.

 

 

This is not an easy method for telling stories either. So let’s break this down, using Shaun of the Sheep as our example. Firstly – film is moving pictures – which has a standard of 24 frames per second. The film had a total run time of 1 hour and 25 minutes or 5100 seconds which means at minimum, there were 122,400 single images stitched together in the film. Producers of the film stated it took their team of 17 animators an entire day to make about 2 seconds of the film (48 frames). Just think about the work and commitment it takes to make these kinds of films! It’s really pretty cool.

 

 

We’re going to have to be waiting for a little while for this one as the film doesn’t actually come out until the 26th of January, 2018. Nick Park is directing and the screenplay was written by Mark Burton, James Higginson, and John O’Farrell. There are some pretty big names lending their voices to the project as well. For instance, we’ve for Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Richard Ayoade, Timothy Spall, and Mark Williams.

 

Early Man takes place, as it’s name suggests – at the dawn of time – when Cavemen, woolly mammoths and dinosaurs inhabited the Earth together. We follow one dopey caveman as he unites his tribe against a terrifying enemy and saves the day.