Award-winning indie production house Passion Pictures has just signed animated feature film director Sam Fell for worldwide commercial representation. Fell has recently received both an Academy Award and BAFTA nomination for LAIKA/Focus Features’ stop-motion film ParaNorman, which he co-directed with Chris Butler.
Fell’s previous animated feature directing credits include Flushed Away, for which he also penned the original story (DreamWorks, 2006) and The Tales of Despereaux (Universal, 2008, with Robert Stevenhagen). Fell received Annie Award, BAFTA and Children’s BAFTA nominations for Flushed Away; he was also nominated for an Annie for The Tales of Despereaux.
Before launching his features career, Fell was a commercials director at acclaimed stop-mo studio Aardman Animations, where he also developed the children’s TV series Rabbits! and directed episodes of Rex the Runt.
“I’ve long been a fan of Passion Pictures—their work in cool, funny and exciting, which are qualities I’ve always aspired to in my own work,” says Fell. “I’m looking forward to a great partnership.”