The world of animation is full of geniuses who, with their hard work and determination, have managed to make the industry one of the most lucrative and profit-making ones in this highly competitive market. Let us have a look at some of the top animation gurus whose contribution to the field is indelible.
Sam Fell: He is a British screenwriter, film director, animator and voice actor. His directorial career started with The Big Cheese, a short film for 3 Peach Animation. However, soon, he became a part of Aardman, a British animation studio situated in Bristol, UK. Here, he worked on some of the most prestigious projects including Pop, Rex The Runt and Wat’s Pig, the short film by Peter Lord which was nominated for the Oscars. A television series for kids known as Rabbits was also developed by him.
From 2001 to 2002, he worked on the script of Flushed Away which was finally made into a film in 2003. Along with directing, he also gave the voiceover for a number of characters including Ladykiller, Fanseller and Liam. Among his recent works, the most notable one is the film ParaNorman which he directed for Focus Features and Laika Studios. Here, he combined the techniques of traditional stop-motion with that of high-tech 3D.
Barry Cook: Born and brought up in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, his first stint at filmmaking happened at the tender age of 10 on a super 8 camera. What is more, two prizes were won by him in the local Young Filmmakers Festival for “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide” and “The Vampire” when he was just twelve years old. With the intention of joining motion pictures, he soon shifted base to California.
While studying at Columbia College, Barry used to spend a lot of time helping others to complete their student film projects. Finally, after working as an intern for some years, he became a part of Disney in the year 1981 and worked on “Tron”. From then on, it has been a successful journey for him having worked on numerous Disney films as an animator that include gems like “Captain EO” and “Oliver & Company”.
Jamie Beard: He had an inherent knack for animation and it certainly helped that he had very supportive parents who allowed him to study it and pursue a career in it. After working in London for many years, he was contacted by Weta one day to work on the cult Lord of the Rings series. It was a big opportunity for him and he immediately grabbed it and shifted base to New Zealand.
His association with Weta Digital resulted in many blockbuster films including King Kong. His latest work includes the much-acclaimed ‘The Adventures of Tintin”.
Seamus Malone: His journey too began in Aardman Animations and he worked on several films as key animator that include Rex The Runt, Creature Comforts USA, Chicken Run, Creature Comforts 2 and A Matter of Loaf and Death to name a few. In 2002, he enhanced his skills by getting training in computer graphics and character acting development which he applied in Shrek 2, Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas.
These are some of the prominent names in the animation industry whose works give shape to the liveliest and most realistic animation movies.