Bill Desowitz interviews Richard Starzak, who shares directing credit with Mark Burton on the Aardman stop-motion animated feature Shaun the Sheep. With no dialogue, Shaun relies on many of the storytelling elements used in silent filmmaking. "We did quite a lot of research," Starzak recalls. "We're big fans anyway. I'd always based Shaun on Buster Keaton, given that he has such a deadpan face. That was our inspiration."
Read Bill Desowitz's interview with Richard Starzak on Indiewire: Richard Starzak Talks Going Silent with Aardman's "Shaun the Sheep Movie" (August 5, 2015)