Where was Interlude filmed in Prague
John Stephenson (director)
John Stephenson (born May 28, 1952 in London) is a British director and former Vice President and Creative Supervisor of Jim Henson's Creature Shop. He was nominated for a BAFTA film award for Dreamchild in 1985 and won an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar in 1991. Stephenson was born in London, England. Educated at the Kingston School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1979. He moved to the USA and worked briefly as a designer for West End Interiors in Los Angeles. Stephenson joined Jim Henson's Creature Shop in the early 1980s and became a member of the unique group of artists, designers, and craftsmen who worked on the groundbreaking film The Dark Crystal. In addition to his work as a designer, he also worked as a puppeteer for cable control at Dreamchild. In 1985 he became Creative Supervisor and later Executive Vice President and CEO of the Creature Shop. His work for Henson productions has included The Storyteller (TV series), Labyrinth (1986), The Witches (1990), and Dinosaurs (TV series). Stephenson Art directed Jacque Annaud's The Bear (1988 film) and contributed to the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 film), for which Jim Henson's Creature Shop supplied Ninja Turtle Suit Puppets. In 1987, Stephenson was nominated along with two other colleagues for a BAFTA film award for best visual special effects in the 1985 British drama film Dreamchild. At the 64th Academy Awards in 1991, John and four other colleagues received a science and engineering award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for developing the Henson Performance Control System. In the same year he was nominated for his work in The Witches (film from 1990) at the Saturn Award for the best make-up of the academy for science fiction, fantasy and horror films. John Stephenson gained extensive experience monitoring puppet shows, CG animation, creature effects, animatronics and visual effects spanning a wide range of stories and styles including Return to Oz, The Flintstones (film), The Neverending Story III, Babe (Film), Loch Ness (film), The English Patient (film) and Lost in Space (film). With this vast experience, he began his directing career by laying his hand on both commercials and creature-effect films and directing the Hallmark / Creature Shop coproduction of Animal Farm (1999). This is his background. In 2000, as a designer for the Millennium Project, John was awarded an OBE on the Queen's Millennium 2000 New Year Honors List for Services to the Computer Animation Industry. His film Animal Farm (1999) was also nominated for Best Picture at the Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award of the 2000s and nominated for the Starboy Award at the Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival of the 2000s. In 2001, John worked as animation director for the French historical action horror film Brotherhood of the Wolf, in which special effects were created for the creature, is a combination of computer-generated imagery and puppetry and animatronics. Stephenson directed the 2004 film adaptation of the novel Five Children and It with live action and computer animation. Stephenson also directed the 2013 film adaptation of Max Lucado's novel The Christmas Candle (novel), which was distributed by EchoLight Studios in the US and Pinewood Pictures in the UK. In 2014, John Stephenson developed, wrote and directed Interlude in Prague, which was filmed entirely on location in the Czech Republic. In November 2017, the film won a Golden Angel Award for best international co-production film at the Chinese American Film Festival. In February 2019, John made a short film for British electronic music group Hybrid starring James Purefoy, which he was working on Hello
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