‘B is for Baby’ premieres on Sesame Street season 46
Oh baby, do I have some news for you! Last year I co-produced a segment for Sesame Street with an amazing director, writer and extremely talented friend Kelly Boulton.
It’s been under wraps so you can imagine my joy when it aired last Friday on Sesame Street’s 46th season. The segment is called ‘B is for Baby’ and features a rap song written by Kelly about, you guessed it, babies.
This was a fabulous passion project with Kelly at helm. A two day shoot of volunteer babies between the ages of 12 weeks and 1 year was followed by two days of stop motion.
The set was dressed in beautiful paper spheres and props, all handmade by Kelly and animator Dan Smith who created, cut and glued around the clock for two weeks leading up to the shoot.
The opportunity to work with Sesame Street is highly coveted with the segments put out to pitch to production companies worldwide. ‘B is for Baby’ is the second segment Kelly has directed in as many years with her stop motion animation ‘Pizza Face’ appearing in Sesame Street Series 45 in 2015.
Of course, it takes the hands of many legends to create a project like this and it was such a pleasure to escape Sydney traffic and meet an amazing group of filmmakers on location in Newcastle. Check out the credits below because every name represents a champion at the top of their game.
I loved every second of shooting at Sawtooth Studios, Maree Lowes and Clint Topic have created an awesome space and it was fantastic working with Yanni Kronenberg and Andy Gallagher for the first time.
Check out more work from Kelly Boulton at her show reel
Kelly Boulton - Writer / Director / Animator
Belinda Kari Nowell - Producer
Yanni Kronenberg - Cinematographer
Maree Lowes - 1st Assistant Director / Studio Management
Andy Gallagher - 1st Camera Assist / Editor
Clint Topic - Grip, Studio Management
Ange Danger Maloney - Stop Motion Photography
James Ashbolt - Editor
Dan Smith - Set Builder / Animator
Michael Chapman - Set Builder
Joel Bateman - Post Film Conversion
Damian de Boos-Smith - Co Composer / Musician / Producer
Kelly Boulton - Co Composer, Lyricist
Steve Clisby- Vocalist
Ashton Bullock - Backing Vocals / Creative Inspiration
Commissioned by Sesame Workshop, New York, USA
Filmed at Sawtooth Studios, Newcastle, Australia
Sound track recorded at Church St Studios, Sydney, Australia