Barry J.C. Purves is an English animator, director and screenwriter of puppet animation, television and cinema and theatre designer and director, primarily for the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse in Manchester. Known as one of Britain's most celebrated animators on account of his six short films each of which has been nominated for numerous international awards (including Academy Awardand, BAFA nominations), he has also directed and animated for several television programs and over seventyadvertisements, title sequences and animated insert sequences. His film credits include being head animator for Tim Burton's Mars Attack! and animation director for Peter Jackson's King Kong. Purves has taught animation, made documentaries, written articles for magazines and books and his own book Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Prformance was released through Focal Press in 2007. He has held workshops about animation in several colleges in Europe and beyond as well as major North American studios such as DreamWorks, Pacific Data Images, Pixar and Will Vinton Studios Around 1996 he made plans to shoot a full-length film of Noye’s Fludde, Benjamin Britten's opera version of a mystery play about the Deluge, one of his strangest credits was co-presenting, in Mandarin, the live final of the Chinese talent search show Super Girl in 2006.