During this period Ian made numerous other experimental films such as The Beard (Berlin 1980), and The Box of Delights (BBC 1984). His London studio gained a reputation for ground breaking visuals and he was cited as the foremost British animator of the eighties, winning accolades around the world. In 1982 his achievements were celebrated in a retrospective at the National Film Theatre.
Concurrently Ian diversified into live-action, writing and directing short films, amongst them Goodie Two Shoes, (produced by Jeff Katzenberg for Paramount Pictures, receiving a British Academy Award and Oscar Nomination, 1983).
Music videos include the ‘masterpiece’ The Chauffeur (Duran Duran 1982), and The Wall – Live in Berlin (Roger Waters, starring Rupert Everett and Marianne Faithful, 1990). He has directed numerous award-winning commercials for Ridley Scott Associates.
Television series include the cult How to Be Cool (starring Roger Daltrey, adapted by Ian from the novel by Phillip Pullman, 1989), Streetwise (starring Andy Serkis 1989), Buddy Faro (starring Dennis Farina, NBC, 1992), The Invisible Man (Universal, 2000), Sir Gadabout (starring Tamsin Egerton, produced by Linda James and Lucy Goodman, receiving a British Academy Award Nomination and INDIE Awards Best Children’s Programme, 2002).
He has made four feature length films, Knights and Emeralds (produced by Sir David Puttnam for Warner Brothers, adapted into a novel for Fontana Paperbacks, 1987), the cult film The Yob (starring Keith Allen, C4, 1988), The Munsters Scary Christmas (produced by John Landis for Universal, 1996) and the critically acclaimed Deadly Summer (starring Francesca Annis and Pauline Quirke, C5, 1997).
Recent works include the music video Space and the Woods for Late of the Pier and a retrospective exhibition It Was A Thursday Night at the Horse Hospital in London and DNA, a collective show with celebrated filmmakers and musicians such as Alex Proyas and Gary Numan.
Next up is the surround-screen film and dance event Scarlet Moon in collaboration with innovative dance artists Flock Dance. His installation film Flightpath Tegel will be screening at the John Foxx 30th Anniversary Show at the Roundhouse on the 5th of June and he is participating a collective exhibition It Could Happen To You at the Ikon gallery from the 21st of June. Ian has just won a British Academy Award with Lucy Goodman, for co-directing the TV series Bookaboo, which has also scooped Best Children’s Programme at the Broadcast Awards. He has just completed directing the second series.