Aardman's Honorary Fellows!

Falmouth celebrates as Peter Lord &  David Sproxton are honoured!

The Animation & VFX department were quite literally animated when the founders of Aardman Animations arrived last week to become Honorary Fellows of the University.

Peter Lord and David Sproxton were treated to a tour of the studios meeting students with smiles as big and cheesy as Wallace's! The pair took time to talk to all of them and at times it looked like they were giving tutorials rather than going on a tour - many words of wisdom were imparted - especially to the third years who were in the process of finishing off their final films.

Peter seemed most at home chatting to MFA student Adam Taylor on the set of his film 'The Hair Hungry Heaver' (or that film about beards). The two talked about all things stop motion - and Peter was fascinated to learn about the process that Adam has used - stop motion puppets with 2D facial animation composited on to their faces.

A beard-off on set. Looks like Adam might win with his....

You can see more of Adam's work here

The big surprise of the day however was when Morph made an unannounced appearance on the stage complete with ceremonial cap and scroll. And following in his creator's footsteps he came forward to be conferred as a Fellow of the University. Unusually he was lost for words, as was the Chancellor Dawn French.

Morph gate-crashing the ceremony

Both Peter and David in their speeches commented on the quality of the students work that was on show, the studios they work in and the way in which the course carefully prepares the students for a life in the industry. Team work is key!

Chancellor Dawn French has words with Morph who crashed proceedings.


The day finished off with a party in the main TV Studio where staff, students and guests were treated to plates of mouth watering canapés and the odd bottle of the fizzy stuff. The music played, the lights were low but in true fashion nobody danced. We all wanted a bit of Pete & Dave time! 

The party stops for a group hug. Rob wins the best glowing t-shirt award.
The course is immensely proud to have had both Peter and David come to visit only a few weeks after another Aardman giant Loyd Price was here. The day was a huge success and we are really looking forward to working with Aardman in the future. Happy days! 


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