In Memory of Darren Edward Lee (17.3.75 – 22.5.18) I struggled with how to begin this video as there was not really an appropriate enough way of saying what has happened, on the 22nd of May we lost an amazing man by the name of Darren Edward Lee. Everyone here on the channel would probably know him best for his massive contributions the Alien Awakening Animated Series leading originally to its conception and its growth into project supported and cared for by so many that if he were here right now I know he would be proud of it, myself and more so his friends and his family will know him for the kind, caring, passionate and loving person that he was to everyone around him.
Darren began talking to me around about June last year. Originally, he began to comment on my videos and shortly after wished to help me improve upon my ideas for an explanation to bridge the alien prequels and the original film, a project we originally referred to as the “way to save the Alien franchise”. We eventually got talking and begun to email each other in increasing frequency, talking sometimes up to twice-three times a day at its peak. We talked for hours about our separate ideas and began to form the basis of what we wanted to create. Darren was a visionary, he was able to craft together a story that was so inventive and interesting that it captured my attention immediately and work began on the Alien: Awakening Animated Series.
Darren was well informed, articulate and verbose in all his conversations wherever he spoke… Slovakia or Mexico, Brixton or Las Vegas, whether growing up in West Haddon or doing his shift at Fords, letting his hair down at Passion in Coalville or rocking out in the smoking shelter at Rock City in Nottingham… he was a great person to talk to. When Darren was passionate and enthusiastic about a subject he could be quite persuasive and very contagious! Darren’s words will always resonate and permeate in those places. He was a poignant, dry humoured and forward-thinking guy. Darren was always a good friend. Darren was the resoundingly charismatic if a reluctant leader of our group, a man who will be sorely missed by us all. – Alexander Burns and Brent Hulme (Speech’s Read at Darren funeral)