This weekend I had the massive honour of attending the premiere of the Shaun the Sheep Movie at Leicester Square in London! I had seen the film in a few different stages throughout production, from animatic stage to fully animated, but it that was last year, so I was SO excited to see the finished thing in all it's glory, in the most exciting of settings!
Myself, Dan, Lorna & Katie went from the Digital department, on the fun bus with the Shaun the Sheep crew. The dress code was 'Down on the farm', so there was a mix of posh suits & flat caps right through to the full-on wellies & tweed combo (Dan, Lorna, Katie and me went for the latter!).
Shaun the Sheep had well and truly taken over the Square - There was a Shaun bus, a selection of the Shaun in the City artist-painted statues and even a green carpet!
We even spotted some celebs as we went in - Andy Serkis was getting papped in front of us and Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks & Danny Wallace were in attendance too!
The screening was brilliant - there was a great mix of adults and children, with the Aardman crew taking up half the seats with special guests and their families taking up the other half, it was so nice to see and hear the reaction from people who haven't seen it before!
I can honestly say it's brilliant - I know I'm biased but i genuinely mean it! It's funny, sweet, silly, honest, sincere and beautiful. I'm very proud to call myself an Aardmanite, because they've really made something special! The joke-rate is bonkers high and there's so many in-jokes and film references in there, I kept pointed excitedly at the screen every few seconds!
I was over the moon to see my sequence on the big screen, I grinned like a loon seeing it in context with the whole film, I feel very fortunate to be a part of it! Seeing my name roll by on the credits was very, very special and something I'll never forget! Thank you to the directors Golly & Mark, the producers Julie & Paul, the co-ordinators Sophie, Ellie, Kelly, Nia, my motion graphics partner in crime Ciaran and everyone that welcomed us into the crew, it's been an incredible experience!
For now, my contribution is under wraps, you're going to have go and watch the film to spot it! All I can say, is look out for the part where a central character meets the modern age and things spread like wildfire...
The Shaun the Sheep Movie hits the UK cinemas on February 6th, check out the website for more details and worldwide release dates!