BBC Christmas "The Supporting Act"

Elliot Dear
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Elliot’s Christmas fIlm for BBC One shows his ability to take a simple story and turn it into something truly magical. 

The characters were animated using stop-motion but the facial expressions were created and mapped on the puppets using CGI to bring them to life. The dance routine was choreographed first in live action and then an expert team of Blinkink animators recreated the moves one painstaking frame at a time.

This relatable story of a young girl preparing for the biggest performance of her life will have you wiping your eyes (and tapping your feet).

if you want to find out more have a look at the articles below:

'elliot dear directs bbc christmas animation 'the supporting act', using stop frame with cgi faces' - it's nice that

'the wonderful work of elliot dear' - creative review

'bbc one's christmas trailer is melting hearts' - the independant

Making Of
Awards & Recognition

Cannes Lions Gold in Film Craft - Animation and Silver in Film Craft - Direction

D&AD Awards: Wooden Pencil Film Advertising Crafts, Animation for Film Advertising 2018

Creative Circle Awards 2018 Gold for Best Animation

Creative Circle Awards 2018 Silver for Best TV ad over 60s

British Arrows 2018 Gold for Entertainment Promotions

Featured in the APA Show 2018

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