Thursday, April 26, 2007

From Morph to Flushed Away: Peter Lord

From Morph to Flushed Away
Peter Lord, 15th May, Cope Auditorium, Loughborough University

Loughborough University School of Art and Design is pleased to
announce its public lecture series exploring dynamic issues in
contemporary art and design.

PETER LORD is co-owner and Creative Director of Aardman, which he co-
founded with his long-time collaborator David Sproxton in 1972. As a
director, Lord has been honoured with two Academy Award® nominations
for Best Animated Short, the first in 1992 for Adam, and again in
1996 for Wat’s Pig. He has also earned BAFTA nominations for Adam,
The Amazing Adventures of Morph and War Story.

In 2000, Lord teamed up with Nick Park to co-direct Aardman’s first
full-length feature Chicken Run, starring the voice of Mel Gibson,
which was a commercial and critical smash. Lord also
produced the Oscar-winning first feature length film starring Wallace
and his faithful canine sidekick Gromit. Wallace and Gromit - The
Curse of the Were-Rabbit was released in 2005.

Lord was involved in the production of Aardman’s latest feature film
Flushed Away which was produced in collaboration with DreamWorks in
Glendale LA. It was Aardman’s first foray into CGI and was released
worldwide at the end of 2006. Peter continues to be heavily involved
in the development of Aardman’s future feature films.

Peter Lord is a visiting professor at UWE and also attends numerous
animation and film festivals to give talks and sit on jurys.

In 2006 Peter Lord and David Sproxton celebrated 30 years of Aardman
and were awarded CBE’s in the Queens Birthday honours list.

The talk will be accompanied by an exhibition of Aardman archive
material, includng a cartoon history of Aardman and a special
screening of short stop motion animations made by local students as
part of a series of workshops held over the Easter Break.

Tickets for this event are free, but must be booked through Animation
Academy. Please contact Gareth Howell - to
book a ticket.

Kindly supported by the Helen Jean Cope Trust.

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