Congratulations Barry Purves!

The fabulous animator, director (and Bloomsbury author ;) Barry Purves will be at this year’s Romics International Festival to collect a Romics d’Oro lifetime achievements award.

What is there to say about Barry that has not been said already?

His work has seen him nominated for Oscars and BAFTAs, has won over sixty major international awards,  worked in film, theatre, advertising, and still found the time to write books and give workshops and training courses all around the world.

There will now be a new award added to the list – the Romics D’oro – and Barry will be in Rome next week to collect it. The Festival takes place 03-06 April, so if you find yourself there around that time this is your chance for an autograph – and some unbelievable photos too, if last year’s Gallery of the Cosplay Award is anything to go by:

Barry also holds an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University for services to the University and Animation, and is now working with us in putting the finishing touches to the second edition of Stop-motion Animation: Frame by Frame Film-making with Puppets and Models – a textbook that we can’t recommend enough. And we are not the only ones:

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“This is the must-have book for the stop-motion animator who wants to learn what it is to be a professional.” – Pike Baker,

“This is not simply a book you will read once. As you grow as a film maker you will come back again and again, always finding something new to try, and always be left wanting to try more.”

“I wish I had a book like this when I was starting out … To say this book is a perfect companion for anyone interested in stop-motion at any level is a tremendous understatement.”– Mark Osborne, co-director of DreamWorks Animation’s Oscar-nominated Kung Fu Panda (

You can’t get hold of a copy just yet – the new edition won’t be available until August – but you will want to … especially when you find out that with it you will also be obtaining the tools to create your very own one-minute animation video, with first-hand instructions from the man himself!


Many congratulations, Barry!