Aardman Animations Bring Insect Tattoos to Life for New Random Acts Film

Aardman Animations directors Karni & Saul recently directed a new Random Acts film titled "Skinmeal," and we wanted to share with you the trailer, here, prior to its broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK on Wednesday, July 3rd. "Skinmeal" is a miniature predator story in the world of tattoos. In a Lynchian-style beach scenario, a girl lies sunbathing in electric light and is suddenly infested by her own tattoos.

"In 'Skinmeal,' we tried to make a piece that was visually tempting and at the same time had a sharp edge to it," said Karni & Saul, directors at Aardman Animations.

The film is loosely inspired by the work of David Lynch. Karni shot the live action footage on a Digital SLR camera in the studio at Aardman. Saul drew inspiration from tribal art to design the tattoo bugs. The insect tattoos were then animated in Maya by the CG team at Aardman and composited in After Effects. Saul also created the mood music. The result was a moody piece based on the food chain or as we call it skin meal.

Karni & Saul were commissioned by Lupus Films to create a 3 minute short for Channel 4's Random Acts, a short-form daily arts strand screened on the channel late at night. Random Acts launched in 2011 and in its first year showcased 260 specially-commissioned three-minute films chosen for their bold and creative expressions of creativity.

Check out the "Skinmeal" trailer on Vimeo

Images from the film are below.


Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series and television commercials for both the domestic and international market. Their multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercials productions. More information can be found at: http://www.aardman.com

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