Richard Bazley

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Director and Animator Richard Bazley

Richard Bazley (born 28 November 1962 in Devon, England) is a film director.[1] Although now a Director of Live Action his background is in animation and his credits include Disney’s Pocahontas,[2] Hercules, Tarzan and a Lead Animator and Sequence Director on celebrated Warner Bros. Film The Iron Giant[3] (Directed by Brad Bird), a project he had pitched 9 years earlier to Don Bluth Studios.[4] Bazley started his career on the ground breaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Work[edit]

A versatile artist Bazley animates in CG as well as traditionally and has also animated on Harry Potter - The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He also storyboards on Features and Series. A versatile Director Bazley has a background in CGI as well as Traditional 2D.

Bazley who works on both sides of the Atlantic set up Bazley Films in the US and UK and produced the animated short The Journal of Edwin Carp narrated by Hugh Laurie (House). It was the first animated short created in Flash to be released Theatrically. Bazley also Co-wrote Flash Cartoons and Games with James Robertson and Bill Turner.

Bazley moved into Directing on commercials and series with popular commercials for Sky[5][6] and Go Compare.[7][8][9][10][11] In 2012 he Directed two Episodes of Full English at Rough Draft Studios (USA), a TV show made for the UK’s Channel Four (2012). On this Bazley teamed up with Alex Scarfe, the son of Gerald Scarfe with whom he had worked closely on Disney’s Hercules.

Through Argosy Film Group[12] Bazley Directed the Lost Treasure Hunt,[13] an animated half-hour pilot for a proposed TV Series. Lost Treasure Hunt was created by the award-winning feature animators behind Shrek, The Iron Giant, and Frozen. Combined with the work of nationally recognized educators and historians, Lost Treasure Hunt is a fast moving adventure and new type of history experience. In 2015 Bazley received two Emmy nominations for his work on the show.[14]

More recently Bazley has been developing Feature films and is attached to a number as Director. In 2011 Bazley teamed up with Gary Kurtz (Prod. Star Wars, Dark Crystal) and Paul Goodenough to set up the film production company GBK Hybrid based in London and Los Angeles. GBK Hybrid's first short[15] Centurion Resurrection filmed in Bath[16] has played at numerous Film Festivals[17][18][19][20][21][22] and won numerous awards.[23]

The Chimeran, a Live Action/Animation Hybrid is the first film in development.[24] Described as somewhere between Planet of the Apes and District 9 this is clearly not just another creature movie. With Gary Kurtz’s involvement it ensures that the film has depth and character with many sociological issues that take it out of the realms of regular Sci Fi. It is grounded in real scientific theory, is thought-provoking, and relevant to the human condition. GBK Hybrid’s first animated offering is Offbeat, an animated musical about a parallel musical world inhabited by anthropomorphised note characters which the main character Pick has to bring back into Harmony.[25]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film title Credited with Comments
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Inbetweener
1995 Pocahontas Animator
1997 Hercules Lead Animator
1999 The Iron Giant Lead Animator
2000 The Journal of Edwin Carp Producer, Director Featured In The Flash 5 Bible
2001 Osmosis Jones Supervising Animator CGI, Drix Voiced By David Hyde Pierce
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Animator
2005 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Animator (Uncredited)
2006 Barnyard Supervising Animator

TV commercials[edit]

Year Title Credited with
2007 Sky's Carbon Neutral Film Director
2012 Go Compare's Big bad Wolf Director

TV shows[edit]

Year Title Credited with Comments
2012 Full English Director Working title 'Happy Families' - 2 Episodes
2014 Lost Treasure Hunt Director Half hour animated pilot

Short films[edit]

Year Title Credited with Comments
2014 Centurion Resurrection Director Live action short film

Bibliography[edit]

Year Book title Credited with
2000 Flash-Cartoons And Games Co-Author
2001 Flash 5 Cartoons And Games f/x And Design Co-Author
2002 Flash X Cartoons f/x & Design Co-Author
2006 Macromedia Flash 8 Bible Contributor

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES ANNOUNCES The 42nd ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARD NOMINATIONS". The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Making Disney legends". BBC. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lead Animator for The Iron Giant". Animation Artist. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Biography for Richard Bazley". IMDb. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Richard Bazley details new Sky spot". Digital Arts Online. Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  6. ^ Sweney, Mark (14 September 2007). "Sky signs cartoon maestro". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Macleod, Ishbel. "New Go Compare ad created by Amazing Spectacles". The Drum. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Amazing Spectacles combines modern and traditional techniques for Gocompare.com's latest campaign". Uk Screen Association. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "GoCompare.com 'Big Bad Wof'". Prime Focus Group. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Browse: Home / Agencies, Clients, Creative, News / Gocompare goes posh with new Richard Bazley classic animation ad Gocompare goes posh with new Richard Bazley classic animation ad". More About Advertising. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Wolfish comparisons from Richard Bazley and Amazing Spectacles". Fired By Design. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Lost Treasure Hunt". American Public Television. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Lost Treasure Hunt (TV Movie 2014) - IMDb". IMDb. 
  14. ^ "THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES ANNOUNCES The 42nd ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARD NOMINATIONS". The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  15. ^ Rosser, Michael (4 April 2015). "Gary Kurtz execs Centurion Resurrection". Screen Daily. 
  16. ^ Crawley, James (27 March 2015). "Centurion Resurrection, shot at Roman Baths wins global competition's Award of Excellence". Bath Chronicle. 
  17. ^ "Centurion Resurrection". GBK Hybrid. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Centurion Resurrection". Inter Urban Film Festivals. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Best Shorts Competition". Best Shorts Competition. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "Film Schedule Firereel Film Festival". Firereel Film Festival. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "Accolade Global Film Competition". Accolade Global Film Competition. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "Programme Pennine Film Festival". Pennine Film Festival. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "Centurion Resurrection - Awards - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "Richard Bazley gives an exclusive interview about his new feature film - The Chimeran". Flip Animation. 6 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "The Chimeran Production Crew". GBK Hybrid. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 

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