Merlin Crossingham joined Aardman in 1995 through an animation training course run in conjunction with the University of the West of England, having already completing a degree in Film and Photography at the Newport Film School in 1994.
As an animator at Aardman, Merlin initially worked on many TV commercials and Morph shorts, before taking the roles of Key Animator on the feature film ‘Chicken Run’, and Second Unit Director on ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were Rabbit’. He also co-directed the Creature Comforts USA series for CBS, for which he gained an Emmy nomination.
Since then, Merlin has focused on directing Wallace & Gromit at Aardman. Indeed, his significant role across Wallace & Gromit activity eventually led to his promotion to Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit in 2009.
Before attending University, Merlin specialised in acrobatics, uni-cycling and trapeze, and trained with the Moscow State Circus during one of their stays in Bristol. These activities led him into climbing; he became a climbing instructor and climbed professionally before choosing to work in animation.
At TEDxGranta, Merlin will be talking about character animation, the way Aardman do it. He’ll give us a glimpse into how to make an animated character appear to be a living, breathing, thinking individual, and he’ll be bringing Wallace & Gromit along to help out!
It’ll be a rare treat to glimpse the magic of animation with the combined talents of Merlin, Wallace & Gromit, so we hope you’ll join us on March 9th.