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Nick Park

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 4:55 AM
Well I am sure this is a name a lot of you are familiar with! But for those of you who need an introduction to him, Nick Park is stop motion animator who works for Aardman Animations in Bristol. So to name a few works that you may be familiar with are Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Creature Comforts.

His works have been nominated for and also won quite a few BAFTA awards and Oscars.


He continues to work with traditional stop motion animation and plasticine, so the old 'move it a bit and take a photo' technique. His first feature piece for Aardman, A Grand Day Out, was a student project at the time. This was funded by the studio which allowed him to continue to work on it part time whilst continuing his studies. This became a huge hit and was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Unfortunately he lost this award to another short, Creature Comforts, which was also his work anyway!


His animations have graced British TV for many years and it has gained a lot of attention all over the world too. Creature Comforts had a US adaptation created, and you may have heard of his feature film, Chicken Run.

In this day and age, many animators do their work digitally but it is fantastic there are still animators, such as Nick Park, that keep the old  traditions alive.

Here's a little food for thought for you budding animators out there.

"All of our stuff has taken time to grow on people. It started small and had this long, slow, organic growth. You can't knock stuff out quick if it's going to be good." - Nick Park

Source: Telegraph.co.uk, A Grand Day Out - Wiki, Guardian, Daily Mail



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:iconjimfield:
JimField Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Cracking Cheese
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
*nostalgic moment* :happycry:
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JimField Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
:D
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:iconabi-m:
abi-m Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Great article, thanks for sharing, one of my favorite animation studios and creators, this brings back nice childhood memories (= :heart:
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
My pleasure! :D
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missadorable1425 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
yo come check out my journal eneteries there waiting for the people who aint hatas
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:iconaegiandyad:
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
"Well, that went about as well as could be expected..."
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I LOVE his work!
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Chicken Run is brilliant! :D
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Indeed! Tempted to dig up a copy somewhere again, haven't watched it in such a long time!
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Do it! :la:
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sekeedil Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
i grew up with wallace and gromit!! i still remember that wererabbit episode where he turns into a rabbit xD /right in the childhood
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:iconpilotslover:
Pilotslover Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I feel really old now ... Wererabbit feels comparatively new to me. xD
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I love the wererabbit one! :D
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:iconwondersparks:
WonderSparks Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Third image... That was a cornerstone of my childhood. :aww:
OH MY GOD I MISS THOSE TWO. :dummy:
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
It was part of mine too! Fantastic bit of animation! ;)
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WonderSparks Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic indeed! :iconexplodelaplz:
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KoreeluStromboli Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've watched and enjoyed every Wallace and Gromit film to date among other Aardman animations such as Shaun the Sheep, Chicken Run and The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists. :aww: This is a cool journal for a cool animator kingmancheng! :-)
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it, he is a pretty cool animator! ;)
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!

Not many people can say they lost an award to themselves. :lol:
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
inorite?

He sucked but was awesome at the same time.

Cannot compute! :O
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I iz confuzzled! :iconomgzoomplz:
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:iconbluezebra83:
BlueZebra83 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yaay! Cool that people still acknowledge him, his stuff was a bif part of my early childhood!
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
He was part of mine as well, I think his work is timeless if you ask me so he'll be acknowledged for a long time to come! :)
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BlueZebra83 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I hope so, I wish there was more stuff like his.
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
If you haven't checked out Creature Comforts, I would recommend you finding a copy somewhere. :#1:
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:iconbluezebra83:
BlueZebra83 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'll give it a go.
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:iconarmonah:
Armonah Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I love his work, it really has a charm to it :meow:
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Absolutely, there's no mistaking his work! :nod:
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:iconpilotslover:
Pilotslover Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think it's to the point now that Christmas here in the UK wouldn't be Christmas without a Nick Park feature on TV, be it Wallace And Gromit or something like Chicken Run or Creature Comforts.
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Nick Park + The Snowman. ;P
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:iconpilotslover:
Pilotslover Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
And Bridge over the River Kwai! We do so love our repeats ... XD
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
People at my college do stop motion stuff and it's all pretty cool. They guard their little rooms with their lives though. Most secure part of the campus! XD
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
You better believe it's safe guarded, one tiny little nudge and they'll stick your head on a pike!
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Yep!
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PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I am LOVING this article! Thanks for sharing (a journal feature on) the genius that is Nick Park, here on DA!!
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome! Was my pleasure to write this! :)
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:iconpurpleink777:
PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
And it was a pleasure to read it! ;) :iconthumbupplz:

Ooh, I love your icon! Did you make it yourself? (A fellow deviant made mine!) :) I just love animated icons... :dummy:
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
:iconkingmancheng: Yes I drew and animated it myself! :)
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:iconpurpleink777:
PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Awesome! :iconhappyfellaavatar:

What programs did/do you use; when animating?
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That icon is pure Photoshop work!
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:iconpurpleink777:
PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
:iconawesomesaucesignplz:

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TheHappySpaceman01 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Big Wallace and Gromit fan right here. :D
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Then this article was made for you! :#1:
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:iconthehappyspaceman01:
TheHappySpaceman01 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've tried stop motion many times before, with my LEGOs. Many of the videos I made were removed from YouTube. It was quite time-consuming, really.
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PaulineFrench Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Curious, why were they removed? :confused:
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:iconthehappyspaceman01:
TheHappySpaceman01 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mostly copyright issues. I used to make shot-by-shot YouTube remakes of Queen videos.
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:iconpaulinefrench:
PaulineFrench Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But... that's a parody. I didn't think they could have it removed for that unless you edited into their footage? That's silly =(
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Andvili Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Youtube tends to be stupid like that.
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:iconkingmancheng:
kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I totally feel your pain, believe me! :fear:
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