Darren Walsh (director)
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Darren Walsh is an English actor, director, writer, animator, voice artist, and comedian. He uses stop-frame animation, live-action, and CG in his work. He lives in London and is represented by production company Passion Pictures, having worked previously independently and for Aardman Animations.
Walsh trained in animation at West Surrey College of Art and Design, where his graduation film "Oozat" (1993), using pixelation and mask animation, was broadcast on Channel 4 and won awards at the Cork International Film Festival and the Hiroshima Animation Festival.
He devised, directed, and voiced the two series of Angry Kid animated short films, which were commissioned by the BBC, produced at Aardman Animations, and won awards including Best Animated Short at the World Comedy Short Film Festival, Toronto in February 2003. Walsh devised and directed Who Do I Think I Am? and also directed commercials, title sequences, and broadcast idents for BBC Television and Channel 4 before moving to London and joining Passion Pictures in 2003.
At Passion Pictures Walsh directed campaigns for Sony Bravia "Play-Doh" (with Frank Budgen at Gorgeous Enterprises), comparethemarket.com, Peperami, Specsavers, BBC iPlayer, Duracell and National Express Trains.
Walsh's animation direction on Sony Bravia "Play-Doh", where hundreds of plasticine rabbits take over Manhattan, won Best Animation at the 2007 D&AD Awards. The comparethemarket.com campaign, featuring the Russian meerkat character, Aleksandr Orlov, won a silver and three gold awards at the 2010 British Television Advertising Awards. The Orlov character was designed by Walsh and he has directed all of the TV advertisements for the campaign.
In total, his commercials have picked up over 50 industry and animation awards since 2006.