Jackie Cockle Talks Timmy Time
JC: There are plusses and minuses on both sides, really. You gain in the quality and get a really nice depth of field, but you kind of have to readjust your thinking when you're directing as to how you can get the shots that you want. But it's fine and we've all got used to it by now. It's much easier to post-produce, obviously in online edit suites, but it takes more time on the floor when you're setting up shots and all the checks that you have to do and the management of all the data.
BD: How many episodes have you finished?
JC: We have 52 episodes delivered and we're now in production on the next 26 and a further 26 to follow. So we will end up with 104 episodes come 2012. We produce about five minutes of animation in a week, which is a pretty good going given the high production values.
JC: That's a hard one: it's usually the last ones you've done. But I've got one episode that I love and always will, which is Timmy's Hiccup Cure [the second]. He cures a kid of hiccups and there's something about that episode that I really love.
BD: And what is his cure?
JC: That's a secret: you've got to watch the episode.
BD: So what's in the future for Timmy?
JC: I think, because you're preschool audience is continually renewing itself, I would probably keep him in nursery for quite some time. But there is potential for characters to go on to other things. But personally I would keep him in preschool.
BD: What other Aardman projects do you have in the works?
JC: I have two other preschool shows in development and so it's a very, very busy studio, with more Shaun in the works and two features, Arthur Christmas and Pirates! and all the commercials.
BD: And when will we hear about more Wallace & Gromit?
JC: I would think in the very near future… yeah.
Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.