Andrew Pulver “Baa-hind the scenes on the Shaun the Sheep movie: 'In a good week we can shoot two minutes' “ http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jan/22/shaun-the-sheep-movie-aardman-studio-tour
A visit to Aardman’s Aztec West production studio, where Shaun is being shot, is an invaluable reminder of what an ultra-successful British film company looks like. A low-rise warehouse in a nondescript industrial estate on the northern edge of Bristol – “There’s a Spandex factory next door,” says Shaun producer Paul Kewley proudly – is home to what Kewley describes as “an extraordinary group of people”. Shaun joint director Mark Burton – in his first directing job after writing credits on Chicken Run, Madagascar and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – likens it to “sitting in the seat of a Rolls-Royce”. Goleszowski – who is now rather confusingly called Richard Starzak, after changing his surname back to an old Polish family name, but is universally known as “Golly” to his Aardman confreres – is a little more blunt about the company’s progress. “In the past, when I’ve worked on commercials, the film crews sometimes treated you like you’re from out in the sticks and didn’t know what you were doing. But these days, Aardman’s reputation is enormous.”
It is fair to say, however, that Aardman – despite all its success – occupies a semi-detached position in the wider British film industry; its pre-eminence in animation doesn’t necessarily translate into similar levels of credibility and visibility of what you might call its live-action peers – Working Title, 007 producers Eon, Ridley Scott’s outfit Scott Free, Harry Potter makers Heyday. It is perhaps a result of the modesty and self-effacement of Aardman’s totemic figures: founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton, Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, who joined in 1985, and early hire Richard Goleszowski – “employee No 1”, in Aardman lore – who developed the Shaun TV series and is credited as joint director on the feature. All of them are now in their late 50s and early 60s, but given animation’s lengthy creative cycles, seem be only just getting started.
Andrew Pulver “Shaun the Sheep the Movie review – Aardman have woolly mammoth hit” http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jan/26/shaun-the-sheep-the-movie-review-aardman-have-woolly-mammoth-hit-as-on-the-lamb
*1:http://www.shaunthesheep.com/ http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/shaun/ http://www.aardman-jp.com/shaun/ See eg. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_the_Sheep http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%81%B2%E3%81%A4%E3%81%98%E3%81%AE%E3%82%B7%E3%83%A7%E3%83%BC%E3%83%B3 Mentioned in http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20131122/1385106574
*3:http://www.aardman.com/ See eg. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aardman_Animations http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%A2%E3%83%BC%E3%83%89%E3%83%9E%E3%83%B3%E3%83%BB%E3%82%A2%E3%83%8B%E3%83%A1%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B7%E3%83%A7%E3%83%B3%E3%82%BA
*4:Mentioned in http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20100418/1271571481