With an introduction by Brian Cosgrove OBE, this project demonstrates easy-to-learn stop motion skills from some of the animation industry’s leading artists.

Animated by BAFTA award winning director and animator Barry Purves (The Wind in the Willows, The Pied Piper of Hamlin) with character designs by Bridget Appleby (The Reluctant Dragon), this short film aims to provide an accessible insight to the development of character, setting and in-camera stop motion techniques.

Barry Purves on the set of Socket

Barry Purves on the set of Socket

The making of this film is part of a wider initiative to provide a platform for local artists, where new collaborations can be made between makers, writers, and animators. Using CHFA as a living resource, we hope to maintain traditional stop motion techniques while supporting new and exciting projects.

This project has been produced by Cosgrove Hall Films Archive with support from Heritage Lottery Fund and Waterside.

With the release of ‘Socket: A Robot Odyssey’ we invite emerging animators to create their own stop motion shorts and share them with us by sending them to animation.waterside@gmail.com. We hope to screen a selection of short films at one of our upcoming AniMates meet-ups at Waterside Arts.


Writer & director Barry Purves

Producers Jessica Wheeler, Richard Evans

Lead stop motion animator Barry Purves

Character designer Bridget Appleby

Puppet maker Mark Thompson

Set Designer Anthony Fellows

Camera operator Dan Beckett

3D animators Kalon Smith, Riley Hewitt, Sanna Rasanen, Lily Mae Kroese, Jonathan Garvey

Lighting Dan Beckett

Photography Grace Philip

Music & Sound Richard Evans

Interview with Brian Cosgrove

Camera 1 Jason Lock

Camera 2 Phil Peden

With special thanks to Brian Cosgrove, Rachel Dargavel-Leafe, Steve Henderson, Mackinnon & Saunders, Rosy Whittemore, Westley Wood.