Thursday, 16 April 2015

Company research: Mackinnon and Sauders

Well what aspiring model maker would not love to work for Mackinnon and Saunders? 

"Mackinnon & Saunders are one of the world’s leading puppet making companies specialising in the design and construction of characters for television shows,feature films and commercials."
Ian Mackinnon and Peter Saunders' team of talented artists have over 30 years of experience, and have brought some of the worlds love animated puppets to life. From Bob the builder and Postman Pat, to big Hollywood films such as Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox.   

The very company who's artists made the puppets for Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) My favourite Tim Burton film by far. I love the contrast between life and death, and the irony that the land of the dead is more "alive" than the land of the living. Visually the film is extremely engaging with all the beautifully hand crafted puppets, props and sets in their cleverly chosen colours.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

I feel like I've said the same thing about stop motion over 100 times, about how incredible it is. How everything is hand crafted from scratch and the detail is fantastic. Unless your a stop - motion enthusiast, people just don't understand the amazing artistry, unbelievably amount of talent and patients it takes to create such an art form. Therefore, I'm going to try and not repeat myself, but I suggest you have a look at the making of videos for stop-motion films. Below I've added the making of video from Fantastic Mr.Fox, it's only a couple of minutes and worth it too.


Mackinnon and Saunders have made puppets for many feature films but also for commericals and television series too. Not only do they produce puppets but also provide consultancy for all aspects of animated projects from concept designs all the way through to production. The company also provides a full production service from "managing a project in Stop Motion, 2D or CG from concept to final delivery."

We can also help with any individual element of production from concept and script development to character design, budgeting, scheduling, talent hire, shooting and post.

Below is the link to Mackinnon and Saunders website, with a visual portfolio of their work and a full archive of everything they have ever worked on.

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