Great Exhibition of the North

Bridges is a 24 minute animated film and music composition, telling the story of a man, a dog, and their small fishing boat as they navigate a series of challenges along the River Tyne, to reach an incident at Dunston Staithes.

The animation introduces the seven bridges as a different characters, each setting a musical challenge based on its own architectural structure.


Written and directed by Ed Carter
Co-written by Katie Simmons
Design and animation by NOVAK
3D character rigging by Murray Lambert
Music composed and produced by Ed Carter
Music performed by Royal Northern Sinfonia
Conductor and orchestration advisor – Timothy Burke
Recording engineer – Richard Halling
Recording assistant – Nicky Milburn
Mix engineer – John Martindale

Commissioned by Sage Gateshead as part of the Great Exhibition of the North
Supported by Sunderland University and Arts & Humanities Research Council
Many thanks to Kate Hunter and Tamsin Austin at Sage Gateshead, and Captain Steve and Deep Sea Dave from the good ship Clearwater.