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David Sproxton

Executive Chairman/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.

In 1970 David and Peter 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 pursued filmmaking full-time and 1972, he and Peter formed Aardman, moving to their permanent home in Bristol in 1976. Their first professional creation was the character Morph, who went on to star in the BBC series The Amazing Adventures of Morph.

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 utilised in Aardman's Lip Synch series for Channel 4 which included Nick Park's OscarĀ®-winning short Creature Comforts.

David co-produced Aardman's first feature film Chicken Run, made in association with DreamWorks, and also co-produced the Wallace and Gromit feature The Curse of the Wererabbit in association with DreamWorks which was released in October 2005. The CGI feature Flushed Away and the continuing development of further feature ideas. He is also involved in the many TV projects the studio is developing including Angry Kid, Shaun the Sheep and Chop Socky Chooks.

David spent nine years on the board of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Trust. He is also a Board Director of Encounters Festivals which oversees Brief Encounters (Bristol's celebration of the Short film) and Animated Encounters, its sister animation festival. He is also on the Board of the UK Film Council, At-Bristol and the National Film Television School.

In 2006 Aardman's 30th year, David and Peter celebrated being awarded CBEs in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The studio is also known for discovering and nurturing new filmmakers. These include Steve Box who won a BAFTA Award for his direction of Stage Fright and co-directed The Curse of the Wererabbit with Nick Park; the OscarĀ®-nominated and BAFTA-winning Peter Peake the director of HumDrum and many commercials. Also, Richard Goleszowski who directed the Rex the Runt series for BBC 2 and the Creature Comforts series for ITV; Darren Walsh (Angry Kid) and Stefan Marjoram (BBC3 Blobs and Presentators for Nickleodeon).