Aardman: Animating Early Man exhibition opens at Bristol’s M Shed

Fans of Aardman’s 2018 film Early Man will be able to explore the making of the movie in a new ‘behind the scenes’ exhibition at Bristol’s M Shed.

Running from 6th July – 3rd November 2019, Aardman: Animating Early Man features original puppets, sets, props and backstage footage which showcases the studio’s wealth of outstanding skill and talent for producing stop-motion animation. Original drawings and the latest CGI technology take visitors on a journey of all production stages, from sketchbook to screen.

Animating Early Man

Younger visitors can get involved in a range of engaging hands-on activities, such as dressing-up as a member of the Stone Age tribe, creating a live action sequence on a green screen, and making sound effects, before becoming part of the film’s epic stadium crowd scenes.

Alongside the exhibition there will be a further programme of events, including Human Table Football on M Shed Square, an outdoor screening of Early Man, and an Animation Challenge for older children.

Philip Walker, Head of Engagement at M Shed, said:
“It’s been fantastic working with Aardman on this exhibition. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the inner workings of Aardman’s most complicated puppet to date – a mammoth which really is a feat of art and engineering. Creative industries thrive in Bristol and we hope this show will inspire young people to be the animation stars of the future. I’d like to thank our exhibition sponsors, Canada Life for their generous support.”

Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director at Aardman, comments:
Having spent a long time entrenched in the studio making Early Man, working with an amazing crew who live and work in Bristol, it is with great pleasure that we can now share how we made the film in this very special exhibition in partnership with M Shed. This is a unique opportunity to see how our creative process works and get up close to the actual sets, props and characters from Early Man.”

Tim Stoves, Managing Director at Canada Life said: 
“Our Life and Health Protection business is based in Bristol. Canada Life loves the creativity of Aardman and we love this city. The museums contribute greatly to the city’s culture and quality. Sponsoring the Early Man exhibition and its family-friendly programme is a fabulous way to show our appreciation. We’re proud to play a part in bringing learning and enjoyment to thousands of visitors from Bristol and beyond.”

More information and tickets can be found at bristolmuseums.org.uk

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