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Thursday May 04
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
David Sproxton, Executive Chairman, Aardman Animations Ltd

David Sproxton will give a short history of how W&G got to the big screen followed by an overview of the making of The Curse of the Were-Rabbit from pre-production through to post-production. He will be looking at the development process, character development, storyboard and storyreel, sound and special effects.

David is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman. Together with 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. David co-produced Aardman's first feature film "Chicken Run", made in association with DreamWorks, which was released in June 2000. This work continues with the Wallace and Gromit feature "The Curse of the Wererabbit", 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 SockyChooks".

David Sproxton
Executive Chairman
Aardman Animations Ltd

David Sproxton and Peter Lord met at school and began their animating partnership. In 1976, they established Aardman Animations in Bristol, determined to make animated films that appealed to all age groups. In 1985, Nick Park joined the studio and finished off his NFTS graduation film "A Grand Day Out". Since then, Aardman has received six Oscar nominations and has won three times ("Creature Comforts", "The Wrong Trousers" and "A Close Shave") and is now recognised as the world’s leading model animation studio. They have a thriving CGI department producing approximately 25-30 TV commercials each year and ideas for broadcast projects. During the late nineties, Aardman Features was established, with "Chicken Run" as the first feature to be produced in this new studio as part of a 5-picture arrangement with DreamWorks. The second film, "Wallace and Gromitin The Curse of the Wererabbit" is directed by Nick Park and Steve Box and was released in Oct 2005.

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