Author: Ashleigh Allsopp
Staff Writer at Digital Arts and Macworld. Ashleigh is also a book blogger, duck collector, Galaxy Defender and Potterhead (that’s a mad McFly and Harry Potter fan to you and me).
We go behind the scenes on Aardman's new animation for BBC Radio 2.
Aardman Animations, the Bristol-based creators of Wallace and Gromit, have created a new three-minute film to accompany the upcoming Darkside BBC Radio 2 play celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side Of The Moon.
Aardman was commissioned by BBC Radio 2 to create two films to support the radio drama: a short promo film shown above, as well as an extended film loop that will compliment the audio experience both online and on the red button.
Aardman director Darren Dubicki says that his team spent time listening to Pink Floyd's music and the play, which was written by Sir Tom Stoppard, in order to develop a visual concept based on the lyrics, dialogue and themes.
"What was fundamentally important to us was that we retained a consistent visual tone that echoed the imagery created over the years for the band," says Darren. "The intensely surreal and powerful artwork created by Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis has always had a strong distortion on reality."
"Their sense of space and twisted context make for some uncomfortably beautiful art. This tone has been consistent for decades and we wanted to honour this with our contemporary digital (and analogue) slant on the style."
Aardman created the animation using digital imaging, CGI, studio-based effects and hand crafted elements.
The hour-long radio drama, Darkside, is based on Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon album, and stars Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell, Adrian Scarborough, Iwan Rhoen and Amaka Okafor.
It will air on bank holiday Monday (26 August) at 10pm.
Use the slideshow controls above and right to read more about the animation and have a look behind the scenes.