I am a 38 year [getting] old CG Animator with 16 years experience in the world of VFX, commercials, feature animation and games cinematics.
I have been living in Bristol for six years and I love it here. I own a horse called Moo (because she looks a bit like a cow) we compete at Showjumping and Eventing.
I also have a lovely Patterdale terrier called Beryl.
I graduated from the Animation degree in Newport in 2000 and moved to London in search of the bright lights, which I found in the form of a job as a Runner at Framestore. From there, I went on to be a Motion Tracker and then a Junior Animator and then, at last, a fully fledged Animator.
After working on some great projects, including Buckbeak the Hippogriff in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, in 2005 I decided a change was needed, so I moved to Sydney for a year to work on Happy Feet.
Being in Australia made me realise I had always wanted to be a cowgirl, so I got a job as a 'Jilleroo' on a cattle station in the bush for six months. It was very hard work, especially as there was an awful drought at the time. But it was a fantastic experience that will stay with me forever.
At the end of the six months I had to say Goodbye to my new-found family, horses and dogs and move back to London to work on The Golden Compass at Framestore. I then got the opportunity to work on The Tale of Despereaux and Where The Wild Things Are. Although these were great projects and I learnt a great deal, I found the transition back to London very difficult and pined for the country life...
After two years back in the UK I finally got six weeks' work at Aardman. This seemed to suit me and them so well that they contracted me for two years on Arthur Christmas, which was released in November 2011.
Since finishing on Arthur Christmas in June 2011 I have worked as a freelance animator mainly in Bristol but I'm happy to travel for short stints as I have done to London and Glasgow. I also work from home if it suits the project.
I really enjoy the variety that comes with freelancing, not only of the work but also the people and places, I see every new project as a new adventure as well as a new challenge.