Sphere (2013 film)

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Directed by Rich Webber
Produced by Helen Argo
Heather Wright
Written by Rich Webber
Starring Margaret Dogan
Peter Flach
Collins Suleaudu
Mike Wilkes
James Wall
Music by Dominic Lewis
Edited by Michael Percival
Ben Craske
Will Norie
Release date
Running time
7 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Sphere is a British animated short film created in 2013 by Aardman Animations for the University of Bristol and the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.[1] It was directed by Richard Webber.


Sphere "involved asking members of the general public for their views on the technologies being developed in a project called SPHERE (Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment), and what the outcomes might mean for them".[2] As a result, "The creatures within the animation voiced opinions which reflected public reaction to SPHERE".[3]


  • Margaret Dogan
  • Peter Flach
  • Collins Suleaudu
  • Mike Wilkes
  • James Wall


Sphere was created in preparation for the launch of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.[2] According to the EPSRC:

As part of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute launch in July 2013, an audience was shown a presentation of SPHERE [which] involved a panel discussion as well as a question and answer session with the audience.[3]

Sphere was uploaded to YouTube via the UniversityOfBristol channel on 4 September 2013,[4] and uploaded to the aardmancommercials channel six days later.

Critical reception[edit]

The EPSRC described the film as a "Creature comforts-style animation film".[3]


  1. ^ "Launch of new Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research – 22 July (University of Bristol) -Worldnews.com". article.wn.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Bristol University – Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research – SPHERE Project animation". bris.ac.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, EPSRC. "Public Engagement - EPSRC". epsrc.ac.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "YouTube - SPHERE: sensors for the home environment". youtube.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 

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