Hailing from Gravesend in Kent, Tristan moved to study English and theatre at the University of Bristol. But after graduation, he ambled into a period of uncertainty, which he openly describes as ‘stepping off a cliff’. Tristan’s destiny swiftly changed when he enrolled in the local film school, during which time he earned the well-regarded BP Kodak and Fuji Student Cinematography prizes, becoming a springboard for a long career behind the camera.
While he started out in music videos, it wasn’t long before he found his way to working with Bristol-based Aardman Animations, shooting now-iconic stop-frame animations with director Nick Park to bring puppets, modelling-clay and static sets to life. This marked the beginning of a long-term relationship with the company, leading to work on Academy Award winning films such as the Wallace and Gromit tales The Wrong Trousers (1993), A Close Shave (1995), and later, Chicken Run (2000).