‘The Supporting Act’ is a Christmas short film commissioned by BBC One. It’s the hero piece in the 2017 Christmas campaign, consisting of four idents and a range of digital assets. It was directed by Elliot Dear through Blinkink.
The animation technique in the film is a world’s first, combining stop-motion and CGI facial expressions. The soundtrack is ‘Clean Bandit - Symphony feat. Zara Larsson’ and it was re-arranged by the award-winning producer Steve Mac who works with the likes of Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Rita Ora.
The production team behind the film normally work on Hollywood production. MacKinnon & Saunders, who made the puppets, work with the likes of Tim Burton and Wes Anderson, the lead animator was Dan Gill who worked on Wes Anderson’s latest film and Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’, the DOP was Toby Howell who has made several award-winning ads and the lead CGI artist was Rune Spaans who was the lead artist on Trollhunters.
It premiered exclusively in the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing, followed by an online and iPlayer release.