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Monday, May 17, 2010

Behind the scenes of Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep has got his own TV show on CBBC, 12 years after he made his on-screen debut alongside Wallace and Gromit in the film A Close Shave.

Bitzer with some of the flock

The 40-part series follows Shaun and the rest of his flock as they get into all sorts of trouble on the farm.

Artist working on storyboards

But before Shaun and his mates leap onto the set, artists and scriptwriters have to come up with a storyboard for each episode so animators know what Shaun needs to do.

Making the backdrops for the Shaun the Sheep series

This is the backdrop for the farm. The grass is made from painted felt, with real tufts of grass and daisies added to it.

The rest of Shaun's flock gets caught out having a rest

Looks like we've caught Shaun's mates having a rest before they're due on set. The sheep's bodies are made by moulding them into shape and wrapping them in white fleece.

Making the Shaun the Sheep series

Bitzer the sheep dog is yellow, rather than black and white, so he stands out. He tries his best to make Shaun and the others behave but it doesn't always work.

Prop maker in action

This woman is part of a team of people who make all the props for the show including everything from sheep-sized beach towels to bath toys for Timmy the baby sheep.

Making the Shaun the Sheep series

Because the sheep don't talk, their expressions are used to tell the story. Each one has tiny holes in its eyes so they can be moved to make them look the right way.

Storage shelves where the sheep live between takes

These take-away boxes and shelves are home to the sheep extras between takes. But there's one place none of them want to end up - in the box of broken sheep on the top shelf!

Shaun the Sheep TV series

Shaun the Sheep is a silent series apart from the odd baas from the sheep, growls from Bitzer and grunts from the farmer.

Making the Shaun the Sheep series

The characters move 25 times per second which means animators have to reset the scenes 1,500 times for every minute of footage you see on screen!

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