How would you describe what you do?
I work in various roles in the moving image industry, often on my own projects as I also write and direct my own films. I studied animation at art college, specialising in character animation using digital techniques. This gave me a good grounding in the principles of design, which is another role I work on a freelance basis. In addition to making my own short films, I am currently in production for my first feature film. Therefore, I’d describe myself as a designer, animator, writer and director.
What does a typical working day look like?
A lot of time is spent behind a computer. When I’m working for myself, I usually begin work between 10 to 10.30am and finish around 7pm. I have a studio at an arts venue called Summerhall in Edinburgh, where I live. As I spend a lot of time doing digital work on a computer, I try to make sure I go for regular walks to stretch my legs and rest my eyes.
What do you like about working in the part of the UK you’re based in?
Working in Edinburgh is great, particularly due to the arts venue where I’m based. My collaborator Ainslie Henderson and I work together producing and directing live-action and animated films. Scotland has a small but supportive film scene. Lots of my friends do similar work and we often help each other out, and sometimes even appear in each other’s work. Summerhall houses a wide range of artists and businesses, so this makes for a great working environment. It’s also affordable considering the space we have.