Here is a small scale stop-motion film I produced during my 3rd semester at Staffordshire University. I produced all puppets, sets, props and animation for the film. The puppets themselves stand 4 inches high from their feet to their head.
This is an animated short I made in my free time at Staffordshire University.
Whilst still only on my first term, I was itching to sink my teeth into an animated short with a three act structure and story. Although it is a rough piece of animation, I consider it a success as it was a four minute film, scheduled and completed on a tight time frame. I had a week of pre-production, 3 weeks animation and a month of working in post-production. The film had over 40 separate shots and 10 setups. Please enjoy!
This set maquette on an old western saloon was completed in two days. It is made with predominantly foam board and acrylic paint. Although wood would have been a more suitable material to build the set with, the foam board served me well for the timescale given on this smaller scale project.
From May - September 2017 I worked as a Puppet Departmant Modeller / Additional Animator under Sam Holland and Darren Thompson at the Animortal Studio in South Wales. Although my duties primarily involved sculpting multiples of replacement heads, I was also tasked to animate a few shots for the film.
(None of the puppet/animation work in this teaser trailer is mine as I began work towards the end of production. Once the film is released, I will post images detailing my involvement.)
This is an animation completed by Giulia Marcolini and myself for the 48 hour "Crazy Horse" competition at the Stuttgart Animation Festival in Germany. We arrived with two suitcases of equipment, puppets and sets and after two days of work and 3 hours of sleep, we competed animation and edited the film.
From June of 2018 I underwent an animation internship at Aardman Animations. I worked under Lloyd Price and Grant Maisey, producing a series of short animated segments.
During this period I also worked in collaboration with Assistant Animators in producing replacement Plasticine mouths for feature characters.
This page showcases my professional and personal Animation work. The following sections feature various Animated projects including;
Wildbrain Spark - Fireman Sam and Lego Animation
Along with my model making skills I am also proficient in rigging puppets/elements as well as working in after effects. For my short film ‘St George and the Dragon’, I removed the rigging elements around the swords, utilising clean plates and various layer masks.
Completed during my final year at Staffordshire University. Along with Directing the project, I also produced all puppets, sets, props and animation for the film. The adult puppets stand 8 inches high from their feet to their head.
Once the film has completed the festival circuit, I will release it online.
Over the production of my short film, I utilised video reference which helped develop the performance in the final animation.
This is an animation test which I produced in TVpaint, Toon Boom and Adobe Animate/Flash. For this test I utilised my modelsheets which I had completed for my stop motion film.
From 2020 to 2021 I worked with London based studio, Wildbrain Spark, to produce a series of Youtube video animations with Fireman Sam Toys and Lego. Although I worked with a team of animators, most of the episode shown below was animated by myself.
I developed this live-action mock commercial while at Staffordshire University. Although there is not animation in this short, it did involve the use of puppetry and post-production production software (After Effects and Premier Pro).
These were for WildBrain's Billy Bricks YouTube channels. I animated the first episodes of each of the LEGO animations featured below. (1:30 minutes)