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The South Bank Show - Nick Park & Aardman Animations
First broadcast by ITV on 26th November, 2006
The South Bank Show opens with presenter Melvyn Bragg's trademark introduction... but this time it's a little different: Melvyn has been crafted out of plasticine and animated by master animator and four-times Oscar winning film director Nick Park, the creative genius behind Wallace and Gromit.
This unusual opening leads the way for an intimate portrait of this usually publicity-shy filmmaker, providing an unprecedented insight into his background, his working practices, and where he plans to go next. The film examines the secret of Park's success, and despite his polite public persona, reveals him as strong-minded and hard to please; a director who insists on perfection, no matter how hard it is to achieve.
The film also portrays Aardman Animations - the creative community that nurtured Park - allowing him to evolve from a brilliant but painstakingly slow animator to the Oscar-winning film director he is today. Nick talks candidly about his love of plasticine and whether it has a future in a film world increasingly dominated by CG films. Soon after this documentary was made Aardman Animations released their first CG feature film 'Flushed Away' and although the characters are clearly reminiscent of the “Nick Park look”, Nick was not involved in the film.
Not my rip. I can't remember where I got it from, but thanks a lot to the original capper / uploader, and apologies for my scatty memory.
=== Video Information ===
Video Codec Name: XviD
Video Bitrate: 949 kb/s
Bits / Pixel: 0.136 bits/pixel
Resolution: 704x396 (1.78:1) [=16:9]
=== Audio Information ===
Audio Codec: 0x0055(MP3) ID'd as MPEG-1 Layer 3
Audio Bitrate: 128 kb/s (64/ch, stereo) CBR
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