Mary Anning – The Girl Who Helped Discover Dinosaurs

Project Description:

Mary Anning’s story is both inspiring and heart breaking. She’s now considered one of the grandmothers of palaeontology, but at the time her incredible achievements and contributions to geology were largely unrewarded.

Made for the BBC, this forms part of our online series of animations called “Forgotten Females” where we celebrate different women who have been marginalised or written out of history.

Music by Alexandra Harwood.

This project was made using:

Sand Animation

Animating with sand can have magical results. It’s an earthy, natural medium, where we create morphing images by moving sand grains over a lightbox. We either work frame by frame or create live sand art depending on the project.

Stop Motion

We make lots of different forms of stop motion animation. We work in sand, with zoetropes and with paper, but it never fails to give us something hand crafted and unique. Probably the most time consuming style we work in!

They delivered a truly fantastic piece of work. Their talent, creativity and sense of fun shone through the piece. Anna was incredibly knowledgeable and put together a great script very quickly. The team set a clear timetable for the work – including storyboards, review points, time for tweaks etc – and stuck to it.

Cordelia Hebblethwaite

Commissioning Editor, BBC

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