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David Sproxton

Director/Founder

Aardman Animations Ltd

David Sproxton David is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman. Together with co-founder Peter Lord, he has overseen the development of the company from a two-man partnership to one of the pre-eminent animation houses in the industry. David has served as a producer, director or cinematographer on a number of animated projects at Aardman.

Sproxton and Lord met at Woking Grammar School for Boys, and in 1970 made their first animated film using David's Bolex camera. It was a crude piece using cutouts and chalk drawings yet showed enough talent for a BBC Children's Television producer to offer the pair a chance to make short animated films for his programme "Vision On."

After graduating from Durham University, David decided to pursue filmmaking full-time. In 1972, Sproxton and Lord formed Aardman and in 1976, moved to their permanent home in Bristol, England. Their first professional creation was the character Morph, who went on to star in the BBC series "The Amazing Adventures of Morph."

During this period, the duo made two short animated films, "Down and Out" and "Confessions of a Foyer Girl," to which they applied the groundbreaking technique of using recorded conversations of real people as the basis for the script. Later, five more films called "Conversation Pieces," using the same "vox pop" technique, were commissioned by Channel 4. "Vox pop" was also utilized in Aardman's "Lip Synch" series for Channel 4 which included Nick Park's OscarĀ®-winning "Creature Comforts."

In addition to Nick, the studio is known for discovering and nurturing new filmmakers such as Steve Box who won a BAFTA Award for his direction of "Stage Fright"; the OscarĀ®-nominated and BAFTA-winning Peter Peake the director of "HumDrum"; and Richard Goleszowski who directs the "Rex the Runt" series for BBC 2. Aardman's most recent short film projects include Darren Walsh's "Angry Kid" series.

David co-produced Aardman's first feature film 'Chicken Run' in association with Dreamworks which was released in June 2000. He is currently involved in the development of the company's next feature film.

Furthermore, David spent 9 years as Chairman of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Trust. He is also a Board Director of Encounters Festivals which runs Brief Encounters - Bristol's celebration of the Short film - and Animated Encounters, its sister animation festival.

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