An exciting piece of stop motion news ! – Beochan Stop Motion Ireland located in the Connemara in West Ireland is a brand new stop motion animation studio. The new Beochan stop motion studio employs 40 staff in the region. It was set up by TELEGAEL to produce the second series of Igam Ogam which was then distributed to Channel 5 (UK), S4C (Wales), TG4 (Ireland) plus many more international channels. This series was completed in 2013 by Bechan Stop Motion Ireland, is aimed at toddlers and has been shortlisted for Best Animation at The Celtic Media Festival, which takes place in April 2014. Igam Ogam stars a cave girl and her pet dinosaur Doggie and friends Roly Monkey, Triple Tog, the sabre toothed tiger, Big Daddy the T-Rex and Birdie the Pterodactyl. Stop Motion Ireland is also involved in a number of other stop motion projects including Morten (a family adventure feature film), Shaggy Dog Stories (26/11 min TV mini-series) among others.

Beochan Stop Motion
The studio is 6,000 sq ft, there is also a workshop, construction workshop and many other areas. The animation is created using Avid Edit Studio, Dragon DMX, for lighting, and AfterFX. Post-picture and post-sound production facilities are then completed via the Emmy award-winning Telegael in Spiddal, Co. Galway. The entire project from making props to animating is made at the stop motion Ireland studio by a talented team of hard working animators. The team currently includes 6 animators, 2 junior animators, puppet makers, set builders and many other people with extensive portfolios. Ben Halliwell is the director at Beochan Stop Motion Ireland and he has worked on previous projects such as “Postman Pat”, “Fireman Sam”, and Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie”. The team also includes a BAFTA award winning executive producer, Robin Lyons, who has worked on projects such as “Hilltop Hospital” and Heather Mills, the Production Manager, is well known for her work on the award winning 3D(s) feature “Niko & The Way To The Stars” and the follow up “Little Brother, Big Trouble”. It’s inspiring to see Bechan Stop Motion Ireland situated in such a rural setting creating wonderful animations for potentially global release.