I thought I'd try to answer any of your questions in a separate thread.
Here's a start, I'm sorry I haven't got around to answering them all yet...
How many new episodes will there be?
How big are the sets?
There are 18 units (sets), the biggest four are about 10.5 x 9 metres (35x30 feet). They represent the four compass points around the farm, as view from the middle of the sheep’s field.
Do we ever use Blue or Green screen?
Yes, all the time.
How many sets are operating at one time?
All of them are in use, but on an average day about half will be recording animation. This will increase rapidly as the shoot progresses.
Will there be a new opening sequence?
We are shooting a new, high definition version of the title sequence.
Will there be new characters?
Yes! (But I’m not releasing any details yet!)
Will there be another competition to design a character?
Sadly, not this time I’m afraid.
What is the grass made of?
It’s a fabric we buy in huge rolls called, “Fun fur”. It’s manufactured for making soft toys. We paint it green to stiffen it up and glue it on to a perforated steel base. We can then use magnets to hold the characters up.
What are the (dry stone) walls made of?
For series 2, we made lengths of wall out of real stones. Then we made moulds from them so that we could cast as many sections as we needed from resin. Finally they are painted to look like stone again!
How do we make the wallpaper?
We create or own art work from patterns and colours we like, then scale it down on a computer. All we need to do then is print the paper out and paste it up on the walls of the set (The farmer’s lounge for example), just like real life!
Will there be any more episodes with Timmy?
Will the Naughty Pigs still be involved?
How long do the puppets take to make?
It can vary between a couple of weeks for a “one off” puppet to a few months for a major cast member.
What material are models made from?
It very much depends on the puppet! But here are the basics...
Most human characters will have a steel skeleton or “armature”. Over the top of that they will have some elements made of moulded silicon or foam latex; usually the bodies, arms and legs. The head and hands are usually plasticene although we are using silicon versions more regularly to save time. The sheep have a hard core, covered in fur/ fleece fabric. The arms and ears are moulded silicon, the heads are cast resin and the eyes are plastic beads. There are two types of sheep – standing on two legs and standing on four legs.
How many shots are taken per episode?
In series two, it will average between 90-120.
What kind of cameras are used?
Canon EOS1 Digital stills cameras, recording on to computers running "Stop Motion Pro" software.