In Your Own Time (15)
We meet the UK’s leading stop motion talents and look back at the projects and passions that cemented their positions in the animation industry. 25 years after its release Ian Mackinnon will introduce influential short The Sandman, Mike Mort will present Chuck Steel and 40 years of Aardman will be celebrated with Peter Lord and David Sproxton.
As well as reminiscing with the creatives themselves and looking at how these passion projects became such prominent productions, we will be screening some of their films including The Sandman and Raging Balls of Steel Justice.
Mike Mort’s career in stop motion began in the early 90s when he then teamed up Deiniol Morris to form AAARGH! Animation where they created the award winning Gogs – an animated series featuring the slapstick exploits of a group of moronic cavemen. During his time with AAARGH! Animation Mike Mort also won a BAFTA for the short animated film, Aunt Tiger for the Animated Tales of the World series and directed the animated end sequence for Danny Boyle’s Life Less Ordinary. When AAARGH! was disbanded, Mike forged a career in commercials. In 2012 Mike began work on Raging Balls of Steel Justice in his basement studio at home, a short film showcasing the potential of the Chuck Steel, a character he created in his school days. After the films success, Mike is now completing his debut feature film - Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires.
Ian’s career began at Cosgrove Hall in the 1980s. Whilst there, he collaborated with animator Paul Berry and designer/sculptor Colin Batty on The Sandman.
In 1995, Ian and Peter Saunders set up Mackinnon & Saunders, specialising in puppet making for stop motion TV series, commercials, indie shorts and feature films. The company now also produces award-winning animation.
Peter Lord is co-owner and Creative Director of Aardman Animations.
In the 1980’s and 90’s Peter directed a series of independent short films, including Conversation Pieces, the Lip Sync series and Babylon. In 2000 he co-directed, with Nick Park, Aardman’s first feature film Chicken Run. Since then, Peter has been intimately involved as executive produce, producer or director on five more feature films.
As a director, Peter has been honoured with three Academy Award® nominations for Adam in 1992, for Wat’s Pig in 1996 and for his first solo feature The Pirates! Band of Misfits in 2013.
Peter is Executive Producer for Nick Park’s series of films starring Wallace and Gromit and was co-producer on Shaun the Sheep The Movie.
In 2006 Peter and David were awarded CBE’s in Queen’s Birthday honours list.
David Sproxton is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman.
David has served as a producer, director or cinematographer on many of the animated projects at Aardman.
David Sproxton spent 3 years on the Board of the UK Film Council. He is now chairman of Encounters Festivals (Bristol’s celebration of the Short film).
In 2006 David and Peter were awarded CBE’s in Queen’s Birthday honours list.
|Date & Time:||Wed, 16 Nov - 20:00|
|Approx. Runtime:||90 mins|
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