Peter Lord

Director, Executive, Animator
Co-founder of Aardman Animations, a company which would join with animator Nick Park to bring the field of stop-motion animation to unbelievable highs, director, producer and animator Peter Lord started his animation ... Read more »
Born: 11/03/1953 in Bristol, England, GB

Filmography

Producer (12)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chop Socky Chooks 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Jump Cuts 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Creature Comforts 2007 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Creature Comforts (BBCA) 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Flushed Away 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chicken Run 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Close Shave 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Grand Day Out 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Wrong Trousers 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (7)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Chicken Run 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Early Bird 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

My Baby Just Cares for Me 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Wat's Pig 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Going Equipped 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

War Story 1990 (Movie)

(Director)
Visual Effects & Animation (4)

Going Equipped 1991 (Movie)

animation/direction (Animator)

Pee-wee's Playhouse 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Animation Director

Sledgehammer 1991 (Movie)

animation (Animator)

War Story 1990 (Movie)

(Animator)
Writer (3)

Flushed Away 2006 (Movie)

(Story By)

Chicken Run 2000 (Movie)

(From Story)

Chicken Run 2000 (Movie)

(Story By)
Actor (2)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

(Voice)

Poultry in Motion: The Making of Chicken Run 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Co-founder of Aardman Animations, a company which would join with animator Nick Park to bring the field of stop-motion animation to unbelievable highs, director, producer and animator Peter Lord started his animation career as a young man in 1970 and went on to work on such groundbreaking projects as the music video for Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" (1986), the split-screen Oscar-nominated animated short "Wat's Pig" (1996) and the widely acclaimed feature-length comedy "Chicken Run" (2000). Lord partnered up with collaborator David Sproxton, making their first animated film in 1970 and officially launching Aardman in 1972. In 1978, after returning to his Bristol birthplace, Lord worked on two short films commissioned by BBC Bristol. The beloved children's series "The Amazing Adventures of Morph" followed, beginning in 1981, and next up for the animator and Aardman was a series of animated shorts based around real life audio clips. Titled "Conversation Pieces", the renowned shorts were commissioned by and aired on Channel Four.

EDUCATION

York University

York

Milestones

2005

Produced the Oscar winning Wallace and Grommit feature "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"; Co-written and directed by Nick Park and Steve Box

2000

Co-directed (with Park) the full-length animated feature "Chicken Run"

1996

His animated short "Wat's Pig" nominated for an Oscar

1995

"A Close Shave", directed and animated by Nick Park and executive produced by Lord, awarded Best Animated Film BAFTA and Best Animated Short Oscar

1993

Executive produced the animated short "Not Without My Handbag", directed and animated by Boris Kossmehl

1993

Was executive producer of "The Wrong Trousers", Nick Park's BAFTA- and Oscar-winning animated short, continuing the adventures of Wallace and Gromit

1992

His short, "Adam", nominated for both a BAFTA and Academy Award

1990

Executive produced Nick Park's Oscar-nominated, BAFTA Award-winning short "A Grand Day Out", starring the beloved Wallace and Gromit

1989

His animated film "War Story" nominated for a Best Animated Film BAFTA

1987

Directed the animated short "My Baby Just Cares For Me", a music video for Nina Simone's classic take on the romantic standard

1986

With Stephen Johnson and The Brothers Quay, created the legendary music video launching Peter Gabriel's hit "Sledgehammer"

1986

Was animation director for the groundbreaking CBS Saturday morning series "Pee-wee's Playhouse", another collaboration with the show's director Stephen Johnson

1985

Nick Park joins Aardman Animations

1981

The children's series "The Amazing Adventures of Morph" debuted on BBC

1978

Aardman comissioned by BBC Bristol to make two short films

1976

Returned to Bristol

1972

Co-founded Aardman Studios with Sproxton

1969

Made first animated film with co-director David Sproxton

Raised in Australia

Returned to Surrey, England

Born in Bristol, England

"Conversation Pieces", a series of animated shorts by Aardman Animations commmissioned by and aired on BBC Channel Four

Bonus Trivia

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Lord to Animation World Magazine, May 1997: "What doesn't interest me about animation is the hard work. I mean, I know this art is hard work, generally speaking, but I don't know why you should suffer unnecessarily - I often think that stop-frame animation is a way to suffer unnecessarily, so anything that you can do to ease that pain gets my vote. Really, you know, I'm not into this macho kind of thing when animators say, 'Hah! I did a sixteen-hour shot today and it was sweltering hot, the puppet was hanging on tungsten wire the whole time,' just to make the impression of how much they suffered. Who cares? All that really matters is the performance on the screen. So in that sense, looking at CGI as a labor-saver, then it gets my vote entirely."

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"There is a fundamental difference between working with your hands and your arms and your fingertips, and working on the keyboard. I don't know ... For all of us animators at Aardman now, we are trained in this craft, just like a musician or a painter, it's all hand and head, hand and brain. One of the guys said to me just the other day, 'When I animate, I can do it by sound.' I think he was dreaming actually, but he said that when he animates a puppet, it's the sound of the joint moving that he's aware of. This type of experience indicates how instinctive and tactile our art is. You grab the puppet with two hands, and you feel the whole thing move, you feel the twist of the chest away from the hips, the roll of the shoulders ... The camera has to move right, the light has to be right. Just for one moment in time. That's the way we work. I believe that the humanity in what we're doing, the process, all comes through in the final film." --to Animation World Magazine, May 1997.

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"With stop-frame if you're going from point A to point Z, you start at A and you can only get to Z by going through B, C, D, E, and so on. You have to work your way through from start to finish. It's sequential, like real life. Whereas, in other forms of animation, you may do A and Z and then fill in the gaps between. I think that's easier, but our way is more satisfying--when it works." --Peter Lord to Cinefantastique, August 1997.

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"There were two of us, me and my mate Nick Park, and we had a little drawing of a chicken making a hole with a spoon. That suggested the whole story. What made us laugh was that chickens live in these farms that look just like prison camps--they both have long, low wooden huts and a square of barbed wire around them. A long time ago, several films were made about heroic men escaping from prison, and we thought it would be very funny to replace those heroic men with cowardly chickens. We like things that are completely ridiculous." --Lord to a trio of children interviewers in Time Out New York, February 1-8, 2001.

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"I think chickens are inherently funny. But probably not much funnier than, say, geese or ducks. What's funny is to take these creatures who don't usually get really good press and make them really heroic--giving inspirational speeches, carrying big emotional moments, having love scenes and such." --Lord to Time Out New York, June 22-29, 2001.

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