Creating characters is quite a long process - from the initial sketches and design, to constructing the figure from the component pieces and adding pivot points on the Mac. On the image above you can see some of the layers needed to create the scene, represented as a timeline.
We have been working on the script for the last few days, and have got a final version. That has been checked and approved by the team in Manchester, so we can record the script and start to bring the story to life. We decided to use a female narrator to tell the story, as there are quite a few male characters already.
To represent co-ops spreading across the world, we've created a visual representation of the world, with lots of little people, who will 'pop' into the scene. As there is a lot of information to cover, we wanted to ensure that the visuals reinforce the points that the narrator will be making.
At the moment we are working on the scene about the Rochdale Pioneers opening their shop, and having to use candles for light, as the gas company wouldn't supply the shop with gas. We're using several different software packages to creat lighting effects and make the flame on the candle look realistic.