Thousands of drawings, sound effects and story ideas by children from across the UK make up this action-packed, Guinness-world-record breaking animation. Here, the team from Tate and Aardman Animations explain how it was done.



A year in the making, the Tate Movie Project’s film ‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’ premiered on 29 June, 2011 in Leicester Square. A surreal and spectacular adventure, ‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’ follows 11-year-old hero Beanie on his mission to save his parents from Evil Stella and to return the Golden Nit to its rightful place at the heart of the sun, thereby saving the universe. Children were able to participate in two ways. Online, the Tate Movie Project lived through a virtual film studio where children could upload drawings, sound effects and ideas; with over 25,000 children joining the online Movie Crew. On the ground, over 9,000 children took part in workshops held across the UK.

‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’ was broadcast on the BBC and is being shown at galleries and in Vue cinemas over the summer. It was also screened in Trafalgar Square and on London 2012 Live Sites (big screens) in cities across the UK, as part of London 2012 Open Weekend. An exhibition about the project opened at Tate Modern on 6 July, running until 4 September 2011. Children can still take part in new film-making challenges on the project website . ‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’ is available on DVD and as an illustrated book from Tate Shops. Part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, The Tate Movie Project is funded by Legacy Trust UK and BP, with additional support and resources from the BBC.