How would you describe what you do?
I tend to use the term animation director as I mostly write, storyboard and edit things. When I’m working on a project, I’ll oversee the team and make sure all the animation is up to standard and doing the job it is supposed to. I also design characters and backgrounds. I work mostly through production companies and I’m represented by Blink. Commercially I have worked for a multitude of brands [including Moncler, Converse, Harvey Nichols, Three UK] and on narrative and entertainment projects with networks such as Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney and ADHD.
What does a typical working day look like?
Days vary from the big and busy to the scarily quiet. The nature of freelancing means that routines are quickly dismantled once a big project kicks off. Either way a lot of the day will be spent in front of a screen. I try to work on paper whenever possible, mostly during the incubation of ideas. And also try and get out and moving if I can. It’s not natural to be bound to a desk for so long and often my favourite ideas pop up when I’m on the move.
Where does the majority of your work take place?
I am fortunate enough to have a little box room studio at home so my commute is pretty short! That said, when a project is on that requires a team, I’ll travel into town to work in the studio so I can communicate more directly.
How does your work usually come about?
Commercial work often comes through Blink. They work hard to find opportunities for us directors to take a swing at. Otherwise, it’ll be an email out of the blue where I assume someone has seen our work floating about and liked it enough to track us down.