PHIL LEWIS (Production Designer) studied at Twickenham College of Art and Design, and worked as a freelance model maker and art lecturer throughout the 1970s. In the early 1980s, he joined Asylum Models & Effects in London, initially as a model maker and eventually as a designer and director of the company.
During this time, he worked on numerous pop promos, still shoots and commercials, collaborating with such filmmakers as Terry Gilliam, Ridley Scott and Lester Bookbinder, among others.
Moving to Bristol in 1989, Lewis began working with Aardman, serving as an art director on the Wallace & Gromit films “The Wrong Trousers” and “A Close Shave,” as well as on many commercials for the studio.
In 1997, Lewis joined forces with scenic artist and set builder Tim Farrington, in response to Aardman’s feature film needs. Their collaboration resulted in Lewis serving as the production designer and head of the art department on “Chicken Run,” and Farrington Lewis Co. Ltd building the sets and models. The partnership lasted until 2001, during which time they designed and built sets for many commercials and other productions.