British animator and illustrator Run Wrake, whose Rabbit was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Animated Short, died at 5 a.m. Sunday due to cancer. He was 47.
“He had spent a beautiful Saturday with his two children Florence and Joe, his sister Fiona and myself,” his wife Lisa posted on his Facebook page. “We left him at 7 p.m. doing what he loved best — drawing and animating with peg bar and paper. I was with him for his last moments.”
Rabbit (2005) won a host of awards at film festivals across the world, including Best Film at the 2006 British Animation Awards and the McLaren Award for Animation at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Wrake was developing an animated feature, The Way to a Whole New You, with writer Neil Jaworski for BBC Films.
Born John Wrake in Yemen in 1965, he studied graphic design at the Chelsea School of Art and then completed an MA at the Royal College of Art.
As well as making films, he worked on commercials and live visuals for bands including U2 and Oasis, and worked extensively with Howie B, initially on a short film to accompany the release of his album Music for Babies and then on a series of promos. In 2010, he developed visuals for U2′s 360 worldwide tour.