Aardman is a Bristol based animation studio that was founded by Peter Lord and David Sproxton in 1972. Even if you don't recognise the name, you probably well aware of their famous characters and stop motion cartoons, such as Morph, Wallace & Gromit, and Chicken Run.
Starting out as students on a low budget, Lord and Sproxton are keen to make animation accessible, affordable, and easy for those - particularly young people - who have an interest in the industry. That is why they have created an inexpensive software programme called Animate It! specifically designed for stop motion animation. You can download it for a free seven day trial.
Alongside the software, they also run several competitions to get people motivated and enjoying the experience of filmmaking. Aardman are currently running two competitions.
The first competition is all about Morph, the clay figure that started it all. The competition is part of a campaign to bring back the character for a new series of adventures. Open to all ages, the movies must be no longer than one minute, and Morph must be the main character. Once your movie is complete, upload it to Youtube, and submit before the 13th December.
For the second competition, Aardman has teamed up with Crayola for a hand-drawn animation competition. Anyone 16 or under can enter, and winners will have their film premiered on the Odeon big screen. You will also win a family ticket to a movie of your choice, family ticket to the Animate It! exhibition, and £200 worth of Crayola goodies. Once your movie is complete, upload it to Youtube, and submit before the 13th December.