THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX
In 1990, SAM FELL (Directed by) gained a first-class degree in fine art from
The University of Nottingham. At the end of the course, he won a place on the Channel
Four/MOMI animator-in-residence scheme, which was set up to enable young talent to
develop and produce new animation.
The scheme resulted in Fell directing a short film for Channel Four Television
called The Big Cheese, which was produced at 3 Peach Animation in London and
completed in 1992. During this period, Fell also worked as a freelance animator and
director on commercials, pop promos and short films for 3 Peach, Aardman Animations,
Redwing, FilmFair and the BBC. Around this time, Fell developed a working
relationship with Peter Lord at Aardman Animations, which resulted in him working as
the key animator on Wat's Pig, Lord's 1996 Academy AwardÂ®-nominated short film.
In 1996, Fell signed on as a commercials director at Aardman. He continued
making short films (Pop and Chump) while directing commercials and developing
Rabbits!, a combination CGI-and-claymation television series for children. He also
directed three episodes of the Aardman television series Rex the Runt for the BBC. These
experiences gave him the taste for both long-form work and new technology.
During 2001, he went on to develop several feature film ideas, one of which was
Flushed Away. When DreamWorks/Aardman decided to develop the idea into a movie,
Fell took on the challenge to direct Aardman's first CGI-animated feature film, produced
at DreamWorks Animation studio in Los Angeles from 2002 to 2006. In 2007, Flushed
Away was nominated for a BAFTA in the Animated Feature category and also for a
Children's BAFTA for Best Feature Film.
Fell lives in Kew, London, with his wife, Fran, and son, Vincent.
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