NICK PARK Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Name: Nicholas Wulstan Park                                                                       
Born: 6 December 1958 Preston, England                                                             
Nicholas Wulstan Park (b. December 6, 1958) is a four-time Academy Award-winning                   
English filmmaker of stop motion animation best known as the creator of Wallace                   
and Gromit. He has been nominated for an Oscar five times and won four times (the                 
fifth nomination was against another of his own films).                                           
Nick Park was born in Preston in Lancashire, England, and attended Cuthbert                       
Mayne High School (now Our Lady's Catholic High School). He grew up with a keen                   
interest in drawing cartoons. He studied Communication Arts at Sheffield                           
Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University) and then went to the National Film                   
and Television School, where he started making the first Wallace and Gromit film,                 
A Grand Day Out.                                                                                   
In 1985, he joined the staff of Aardman Animations in Bristol, where he worked                     
as an animator on commercial products (including the video for Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer").   
He had also had a part in animating Pee-wee's Playhouse. Along with all this, he                   
had finally completed A Grand Day Out, and with that in post-production, he made                   
Creature Comforts as his contribution to a series of shorts called "Lip Synch".                   
Creature Comforts matched animated zoo animals with a soundtrack of people                         
talking about their homes. The two films were nominated for a host of awards; A                   
Grand Day Out beat Creature Comforts for the BAFTA award, but it was Creature                     
Comforts that won Park his first Oscar.                                                           
Two more Wallace and Gromit shorts, The Wrong Trousers (1993) and A Close Shave                   
(1995), followed, both winning Oscars. He then made his first feature-length                       
film, Chicken Run (2000), co-directed with Aardman founder Peter Lord. He also                     
supervised a new series of "Creature Comforts" films for British television in                     
His second theatrical feature-length film and first Wallace and Gromit feature,                   
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, was released on October 5, 2005,                   
to much critical acclaim. The film was rewarded with the Best Animated Feature                     
Oscar at the 78th Annual Awards, March 6, 2006.                                                   
On October 10, 2005, fire gutted out Aardman Animations' archive warehouse.                       
The fire resulted in the loss of most of Park's creations, including the models                   
and sets used in the hit movie Chicken Run. However, some of the original                         
Wallace & Gromit models and sets, as well as the master prints of the finished                     
films, were elsewhere and survived.                                                               
Park's most recent work includes a U.S. version of Creature Comforts, a weekly                     
television series that was on CBS every Monday evening at 8 p.m. ET. In the                       
series, Americans were interviewed about a range of subjects. The interviews                       
were lip synced to Aardman animal characters.                                                     
In September 2007, it was announced that Nick Park has been commissioned to                       
design a bronze statue of Wallace and Gromit, which will be placed in his home                     
town of Preston. In October 2007 it was announced that the BBC has                                 
commissioned another Wallace & Gromit short film to be entitled Trouble at Mill.