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Transcript of Nick Park
Biography of Nick Park
Nick Park was born on the 6th of December 1958 in Lancashire, England. He was the middle child in a family of 5 children. When he was growing up he was interested in cartoons and at age thirteen his mother helped him to create stop-motion films using cotton bobbins. Knowing that making films was his passion he studied the communication arts at Sheffield Hall University then went on to the National Film and Television School. He started his first Wallace & Gromit film ' A Grand Day Out' as a graduation project but then worked on it part time when he was hired by Aardman Animations.
While at Aardman Animations Nick went on to create 4 more Wallace & Gromit short films & movies; The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, The Curse of the Were-rabbit & A Matter of Loaf or Death. He also worked on other projects by Aardman Animation like Creature Comforts, Shaun the Sheep & Timmy Time. Throughout his career he has won 5 BAFTAS, 4 Oscars & 6 award nominations from BAFTAS, Emmys & Oscars.
Techniques used to gather
ideas & concepts
Nick Park doesn't have a specific technique to make & gather ideas. He just uses the people that are around him and the people he sees as inspiration. Wallace from Wallace & Gromit is partly based on Nick's father who was also an amateur inventor and is ironically named after an over-weight Labrador that Nick saw boarding a bus. He came up with the name for Gromit from the word 'grommets' which was a term used frequently by Nick's brother who was an electrician.
Process used by Nick Park to create stop motion animation
Firstly, Nick Park draws a storyboard (a rough sketch) of what the characters are doing in the scene while his co-worker writes a script of what the characters are going to say in the scene. Throughout this process Nick & his co-worker would swap roles so that the story reel (a series of storyboards that tell a movie or story)& the script could be worked on at the same time. Mock clay models are also made during this process. After the story reel & script have been 'completed' it further goes under changes by other staff who might remove a scene, edit a scene or add more scenes so that the animation is
Process used by Nick Park to create continued
After Nick has made a story reel he uses his own voice
to voice the characters and puts in temporary music & sounds so that he gets a feel of what the animation might be like and whether more changes should be made to the animation to make it even better. After the story reel is finalized, the animators begin to make the character models out of Aard-mix (A special mix of plasticine used by Aardman Animations) sometimes multiple amounts of the same character so that animating could be done faster and in different locations. Meanwhile the scenery & background is also being made. When scenery, characters & the voice recordings are done, Nick
begins positioning the character in the scene like
it is in the storyboard, along with adjusting
the lighting & camera so that the
animation looks good.
Concept Art for the Were-Rabbit in Wallace & Gromit : the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Making a plasticine figurine of Wallace
Preparing a scene for Wallace & Gromit : The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Nick Park directing a scene in Chicken Run
Emerging technologies in stop motion animation
that Nick Park could use in his animations is the process developed by Australian company Melodrama that uses Stop Motion Pro & XDT's custom software RawMotion. Firstly the camera uploads the image to RawMotion that then in a few minutes turns them into high resolution images. Then the images are managed automatically by CMS(Content Management System) and once the editing of the pictures are done, they are put into Stop Motion Pro that immediately turns them into a stop motion animation. This process is much
faster because it only takes a few minutes to process
the image so that it has a high resolution but in
other large scale productions a batch of
images may take a few days to turn into
high resolution images.
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Process used by Nick Park to create Stop motion Cont.
After all the images are reviewed and edited by Nick & some of the other staff members they are sent to a lab where the images take a couple of days to render into high quality & resolution images. After the images have been rendered they are put into a program called Stop Motion Pro which automatically turns the images into a Stop motion animation. The voices & other sounds are added to the animation to make it complete.
The Were-Rabbit from Wallace & Gromit : The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
A scene from Wallace & Gromit : A Matter of Loaf or Death