Director, Animator and Producer
Chris Shepherd was born in Liverpool in 1966. In 1985 he studied Foundation Art at Liverpool Polytechnic, after which he became an editor at a production company called NGP Ltd. From 1989 to 1992 he studied animation at West Surrey College of Art and Design. After graduating he became studio manager at Speedy Films and co-ordinated adverts and short films for TV.
In 1995 he set up a production company called Polkadot Productions Ltd. He directed and produced the multi award winning film for Channel Four called The Broken Jaw. Since then he has directed adverts, title sequences and the award winning Stareout sketches on Big Train. He is the co-founder of new animation company, Slinky Pictures, with producer Maria Manton. Recent direction credits include a ten part series for Channel Four called People's Britain and his latest short for Channel 4/Arts Council of Great Britain is called Dad's Dead. He is also the producer of the Channel Four/BFI Animator In Residence scheme.
Dad's Dead (1x 6 minute short. Slinky Pictures for Animate!-Arts Council of Great Britain and Channel4 TV)
Quantel Animation Award, Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival 2003.
Metropolis Prize, 9th L'Isola del Cinema International Film Festival 2003, Rome, Italy.
People's Britain - 10 x 1 minutes. (Slinky Pictures for Channel Four TV)
Best Comedy Series,British Animation Awards 2002
Deckstar - 1 x 2 minute pilot, (Slinky Pictures for Zeppotron.com)
Pop Skool - 8 x 3 interactive minutes. Internet series. Slinky Pictures for Zeppotron.com)
Big Train Series 1 - "Stareout" sketches for 6 x 30 min TV comedy sketch show (Polkadot
Bronze award at 1999 Montreux Comedy Festival
Best Broken Comedy Show, 1999 British Comedy Awards.
The Broken Jaw 1 x 6 min( Polkadot for Channel Four TV)
Winner of Gold Plaque, Chicago Int. Film Festival,USA
1997, Gold Award for best animated short at Charleston Int. Film Festival, USA
Best short Film, Everyman Animation Festival,UK. 1997
Grand Prix Du Jury, Festival Cinematographique d'Automne de Gardanne, France. 1997
Best Animated Short Film, Cleveland Int. Film Festival, USA, 1998
Trophy of Menicon, Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival,1997.
Strongman ( 1x 15' Polkadot for The British Council)
43rd World Stareout Competion for "Big Train" - animated sketches for TV pilot. (Polkadot for Talkback / BBC)
Best animation for a TV comedy series, Everyman Animation Festival 1997.
A Load Of Balls
Chris Shepherd has directed many advertising campaigns including: Learn Direct (DFGW), Christian Aid (Partners BDDH), Eagle Star (Ogilvy and Mather) ShakeyJake (Ogilvy and Mather) Western Union (D&BB) Milky Bar (Amarti Puris Lintas) Vibrant (Greys) BMI Baby (Partners BDDH) and the very popular "Staying Alive" Hedgehogs road saftey adverts (D'Arcys).
The Girl And The Horse - 1 x 3 minute short directed by Rebecca Manley. (Slinky Pictures for Channel4 TV)
The World Of Interiors - 5 minute short directed by Bunny Schendler. (Polkadot for Channel4 TV)
BAFTA Nominee 2002
Animated Eye Award (Best Animated Film),
Aspen, International Film Festival, USA
School Disco - 5 minute short directed by Brian Wood. Polkadot for Channel Four TV)
Honerable mention, Chris Awards, USA 1999
Farmergeddon - sketches directed by Suzanne Deakin for 6 x 30min BBC TV magazine
Show called "The Big End". (Polkadot for BBC)
Chris has also been the consultant producer for Channel 4/BFI's Animator In Residence scheme since 1997. He has helped to develop over twenty short films during his time with the scheme.
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