Run Wrake Archive

Wrake, John ("Run")

This collection relates to work of animator John “Run” Wrake (1965-2012) including designs, animation cels, film cells and reels, scripts, betacam casette tapes, storyboards, and correspondence. The works range from Wrake’s college work in the late 1980s to animation designs for a U2 tour in 2011.

The collection includes designs and animation cels for short independent films “Jukebox” (1994) and his award winning “Rabbit” (2005). There are also many cels and designs relating to music videos such as Wrake’s work on Howie B’s music videos “Music for Babies” (1996), “Butt meat” (1996), Howie B and Robbie Robertson’s “Take Your Partner By The Hand” (1998) and for Gang of Four’s “Cadillac” (1991), as well as U2 graphics and correspondence and designs for U2’s 2011 tour set.

There are also designs and animation cels for MTV's European channel M2 launch film “M2 Director's Cut” (1998), Wrake’s MTV ident “M also stands for” (1996) and his “Ping Batter Pong” (1998) animation sequence which features in “M2 Director’s Cut”.

Wrake’s work for advertising commercials is also represented in the collection with animation cels for his Coca-Cola commercial “Falling” (1998) and designs for Natwest (1999) and Halifax (2006). There is also work for the Jonathon Ross Show credits (1990).

There are also unidentified sequences and developmental works which show Wrake’s design process.


c. 8,000 items
Film Making, Animation, Music, Advertising, Television
Access is given in accordance with the NMeM access policy. Material from this collection is available to researchers through the museum’s Insight facility.
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