As we launched into our second half-century of shows we celebrated a significant birthday: last month saw the 30th anniversary of the release of Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer video. Directed by American animation director Stephen R Johnston and made at Aardman Studios with animators including Nick Park and the Brothers Quay, Sledgehammer has become the most awarded and the most played video in MTV’s history.
We explore Sledgehammer as part of the history of one form of animation featured in the video, and in numerous other landmark promos – Claymation.
We also welcomed special guest Lee Hardcastle, who is something of a Claymation - directing legend himself.
(a warning: his work is not suitable for children).
Special guest: Lee Hardcastle
BUG 51 programme notes.pdf
BUG 51 Director's Cut programme notes.pdf