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Nicholas Park

Honorary Doctorate - 1991

Nick Park graduated from the Polytechnic in 1980 and went to the National Film and Television School in London. He moved from there to Aardman Animations in Bristol where he has worked ever since.

Nick specialises in working with plasticine and his talking and singing plasticine creatures have been seen in three national TV advertising campaigns - for Access, the Electricity Association (Heat Electric) and Lurpak butter. He was also the director of animation sequences in the award-winning Sledgehammer video for Peter Gabriel in 1986.

Nick's most notable achievements have stemmed from his short animated films. The half hour long BAFTA award winning film A Grand Day Out following the adventures of a plasticine (naturally) man and his dog who take a trip to the moon to stock up on cheese. His five minute film Creature Comforts, which has also appeared on Channel Four, won the BFI award for best animation last year.

Both the above films were nominated for 1991 Academy Awards and he not only won the Oscar for Best Short Animated Film for Creature Comforts, but his other film has also made the top three.

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