Christopher Sadler

Director, writer, series developer.

Projects

About me

I am a director, animator and writer with over twenty years experience in the film and television industry. I have extensive experience in directing animation and pre/post production for stop frame, 2D and CGI animated series. I have series-directed a multi-award winning stop frame series and developed a high budget movie series spin-off in CGI. I have worked as a stop frame character animator at the highest level on several award-winning movie projects. I also have writing, story editing and storyboarding credits, as well as a basic knowledge of Maya, with experience in facial animation for RP on a feature film project.

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Skills

  • Film
  • TV
  • Directing
  • Story Boarding and Script Writing
  • Story Development
  • Sculptor
  • Series Creator
  • Stop Motion Animator
  • Script Writer/editor
  • Series Director
  • Episode Director

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  • BBC

    BBC

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    • TV
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    Freelance

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    Work history

    Currently

    Director & Writer

    Freelance

    Dec 2015
    • Freelance
    • Writer/script consultant for new series in development. Writing and developing personal projects. Writing for "Piggy Tales" series 4. Rovio Entertainment.

    2015

    Director

    Rovio Entertainment

    Nov 2012 - May 2015
    • Helsinki, Finland
    • Full Time
    • "Angry Birds Toons", series one. (Director, writer, script editor, story artist.) "Piggy Tales", series one. (Director, writer, story artist.) "Angry Birds Toons", series two. (Writer.) "Bad Piggies": AB movie series one. (Series creator. Series director, writer and script editor during series development phase.)

    2012

    Key Animator & Director

    Aardman Animations

    Nov 2000 - Aug 2012
    • Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Jan 2012 — Aug 2012. Director. "Shaun the Sheep" series 3. Directing five episodes of a twenty episode series. Apr 2010 — Dec 2011. Key Character Animator. "The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists" (alt. "Band of Misfits"). Feature Film. July 2008 — March 2010. Series Director. "Shaun the Sheep" Series 2. Series directing a forty episode series. May 2008 — June 2008. Key Animator. "Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death". Key Animator on a half hour film. Sept 2007 — Apr 2008. Script Developer / Writer. "Shaun the Sheep" Series 2. Script development and writer. Pre-production for forty episodes. May 2007 — Sept 2007. Director, Story Artist, Writer, Designer, Animator. "Shaun the Sheep" (Series 1). Launch stings, CBBC idents, music video. Oct 2005 — April 2007. Director, Story Artist, Animator. "Shaun the Sheep" (series 1). Director of 10 episodes. Also, story artist and animator. Aug 2003 — July 2005. Key Character Animator. "Wallace and Gromit in: Curse of the WereRabbit". Key character animator. Apr 2003 — Aug 2003. Director, Writer, Animator. PG tips commercials for “Creature Comforts” series 1. 2 x 15 secs, 2 x 10 secs. Aardman Animations (cont). Nov 2002 — Apr 2003. Key Animator. “Creature Comforts” series 1. 12 x 10 mins. Dec 2001 — Oct 2002. Director, Writer. “Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions”. 7 x 1-3min episodes (of 10 episode series.) Apr 2000 — Dec 2000. Director. “Rex the Runt” (Series 2). 3x10 min episodes (of 13 ep. Series) Oct 1999 — Apr 2000. Additional Key Animator. “Chicken Run”. Feature film. Primarily animating "Nick and Fetcher" the rats.

    1999

    Animator

    BBC

    Dec 1998 - Sep 1999
    • Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Stop Motion Animator/Model maker/Character design. "Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire". 30 min film.

    2000

    Animator, Model Maker and Set Dresser

    Freelance

    Oct 1993 - Nov 2000
    • Freelance
    • Freelance animator, model maker and set dresser working in Bristol, Cardiff and Wellington, New Zealand

    Education

    1993

    Graphic Design

    University of the West of England, Bristol

    Sep 1990 - Jun 1993
    • Bristol, United Kingdom

    Awards

    2011

    Best Design. Kidscreen.

    Kidscreen

    • Winner of Best Design. Kidscreen, New York 2011. "Shaun the Sheep" (series 2). Aardman Animations. Series Director, Christopher Sadler.

    2011

    Best Animation. Kidscreen.

    Kidscreen

    • Winner of Best Animation. Kidscreen, New York 2011. "Shaun the Sheep" (series 2). Aardman Animations. Series Director, Christopher Sadler.

    2011

    Best Kids Series. Kidscreen.

    Kidscreen

    • Winner of Best Kids Series. Kidscreen, New York 2011.

    2011

    Viewer's Choice. Kidscreen.

    Kidscreen

    • Winner of Viewer's Choice. Kidscreen, New York 2011.

    2010

    Best Children's Television Comedy. The Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards

    Writers Guild of Great Britain

    • Winner of Best Children's Television Comedy. The Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards 2010. "Shaun the Sheep" (series 2). Aardman Animations. Series Director, Christopher Sadler Writer, "Bitzer's New Hat" and "Foxy Laddie", Christopher Sadler.

    2010

    International Emmy in Children and Young People category. International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

    International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

    • Winner of International Emmy in Children and Young People category. International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 2010. "Shaun the Sheep" (series 2). Aardman Animations. Series Director, Christopher Sadler.

    2010

    BAFTA for Best Children's Animation. BAFTA Children's Awards 2010.

    BAFTA

    • Winner of BAFTA for Best Children's Animation. BAFTA Children's Awards 2010. "Shaun the Sheep" (series 2) Aardman Animations. Series Director, Christopher Sadler.

    2010

    Best Children's Series. The British Animation Awards 2010.

    British Animation Awards

    • Winner of Best Children's Series. The British Animation Awards 2010. "Shaun the Sheep: Ewe've Been Framed." Aardman Animations. Series Director, Christopher Sadler.

    2008

    International Emmy in Children and Young People category. International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

    International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

    • Winner of International Emmy in Children and Young People category. International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 2008. "Shaun the Sheep" (series 1). Aardman Animations. Episode Director, 10 of 40 episodes, Christopher Sadler.

    2008

    Best Children's Series and Children's Choice awards. The British Animation Awards

    British Animation Awards

    • Winner of Best Children's Series and Children's Choice awards. The British Animation Awards 2008. "Shaun the Sheep: Still Life". Aardman Animations. Director, "Still Life". Christopher Sadler.

    2007

    The Animation Award. Rushes Soho Shorts Festival.

    Rushes Soho Shorts Festival

    • "Off the Baa", directed by Christopher Sadler Shaun the Sheep, series one.

    2007

    Cristal for best TV production. Annecy International Animation Festival.

    Annecy International Animation Festival

    • Winner of Cristal for best TV production. Annecy International Animation Festival 2007. "Shaun the Sheep: Still Life". Aardman Animations. Director, "Still Life", Christopher Sadler.