THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE
JOHN STEPHENSON has vast experience with visual effects, CG
animation, creature-effects, animatronics and puppets, and it's this background
that his shaped his directing style into what it is today.
For 15 years John was Creative Director of Jim Henson's Creature Shop,
designing and making animatronic creatures for films as varied as THE DARK
CRYSTAL, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and BABE.
He drew on this broad experience to launch his directing career, applying his
hand to both
commercials and feature films involving creature-effects.
In 2000, he helmed award-winning TV feature ANIMAL FARM and in 2004, he
directed FIVE CHILDREN & IT, featuring an animatronic "It", voiced by Eddie
As a commercials director, John's strong and imaginative syle also takes
influence from his visual effects background, and work includes campaigns for
Comfort, Lemsip, McDonald's and Legoland.
In 2005 John was awarded an OBE for this services to the British film
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