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FILMCLUB Live - Robin Shaw, Assistant Director of The Snowman and the Snowdog

16th January, 2013

With the UK covered in a blanket of snow this past week, you will have noticed lots of snowmen appearing in fields, parks and gardens. A big part of what makes the snowman so special is the thought that it might just come alive and become our friend - a magical thought first introduced to us by the beautiful 1982 animation The Snowman.

Last Christmas, over six million television viewers were treated to the follow up - The Snowman and the Snowdog - and on Tuesday 29 January, we spoke LIVE to the Assistant Director, Robin Shaw. 

How did Robin get involved in the project?

Before working on The Snowman and the Snowdog, Robin's background was in animated adverts. Remarkably, he made a soft drink advert which spoofed the animation style of The Snowman and added modern techniques to produce exciting, dynamic and complex sequences. 

The makers of The Snowman and the Snowdog, many of whom worked on the original 30 years ago, saw Robin's brilliant skill and asked him to help them create their film! Which just goes to show, when you make your own film you never know who is watching and what wonderful opportunities can spring from it.

Flying with the snowman

As well as helping the director oversee the whole project, Robin was given the task of animating the most difficult scene in the whole animation - the beautiful and unforgettable scene that sees the snowman, the boy and of course his adorable dog fly across the countryside, through the great landmarks of Britain and up to the North Pole. It's several minutes of spellbinding animation and best of all, it's nearly entirely hand-drawn - the perfect tribute to the iconic look of the original.

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