Personal Profile

My passion is animation and storytelling - I love the process of bringing characters and their stories to life, filled with humour, heart and wonder. I’m full of creativity and the determination to keep learning and expand my knowledge and skills.

Currently I'm a Junior Story Artist at Aardman Animations on 'Chicken Run 2'. Previously I was a Junior Story Artist and Story Production Assistant on 'Ron's Gone Wrong' at Locksmith Animation.

After graduating with a MSc and BA(Hons) in Animation from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, I was then the Animator in Residence there in 2015.

At university I gained experience in directing, project management and all creative/technical roles involved in the production pipeline of a 3D animated film.

 

I have strong drawing skills and lots of experience with life and observational drawing. I regularly sign up for arts and crafts workshops, including calligraphy, bookbinding, pottery, and drawing classes. 

Experience

Aardman Animations

Junior Storyboard Artist - Chicken Run 2

Nov 2020 - Present

Locksmith Animation

Junior Story Artist / Story Production Assistant - Ron's Gone Wrong

Nov 2017 - Jun 2020

Whilst working as a Production Assistant in the Story Department (‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ – Locksmith Animation), I also gained experience working as a Story Artist since May 2018.

Boards:

  • Creating story boards from script

Fixes:

  • Clean-ups

  • Drawing/adjusting additional character poses and expressions

  • In-between and extending a shot to help describe an action

  • Creating new panels from scratch for an additional shot

  • Adding details to backgrounds and props, and prop replacement

  • Adding colour/tone to characters / props / backgrounds

  • Adjusting camera moves

  • Drawing effects (such as leaves)

Story exploration work:

  • Character development including back-story and personalities

  • Story development including ideas and alts for sequences, ideas for how to enhance a sequence to make it more cinematic/exciting/funny and exploring ways to use an already designed set.

Story Production Assistant:

  • Work with Production staff and Head of Story to assist with managing in-house and remote story artists (up to 12 story artists at a time).

  • Work with Production staff to ensure sequence deadlines, launch and dates are being tracked and communicated.

  • Work with story artists to regularly check progress and help identify/solve any technical or workflow difficulties.

  • Keep track of sequences that have been launched with story artists, including keeping ‘patches’ (parts of a sequence that have not been boarded).

  • Keeping a sequence timeline pin board up to date.

  • Schedule and prepare meetings. Keep track of story launches, check-in reviews and pitch-outs, to ensure artists have regular check-ins.

  • Take detailed creative notes during story reviews, launches, team meetings and also in Editorial for launching fixes back to story artists.

  • Manage distribution of notes and launch materials, including artwork, scanned sketches, QuickTime’s, script pages and storyboard PDFs.

  • Manage the delivery of story panels and process them for delivery to Editorial – which can include uploading/updating panels in Flix.

  • Work with Director and Head of Story to keep track of board selects for characters and staging. Put together character sheets using the selects, for story and art departments to use as reference.

Locksmith Animation

Runner

Oct 2016 - Oct 2017

 

  • Assist key talent/personnel, provide support to Producers and Managers to enable them to work effectively, helping to resolve any problems.

  • Assist with document presentation, binding, scanning, photocopying, and editing booklets/artboards using InDesign and Photoshop.

  • I have also helped with research, 2D and 3D pipeline testing (involving storyboarding), crafting with 3D-printed models, publishing artwork to Shotgun, printing and presenting pinboards of artwork.

  • Work with reception - dealing with switchboard calls, welcoming clients, providing refreshments for meetings and clients, booking cars and couriers. Manage stocks and supplies, arrange orders.

  • Banking, dispatching and delivering documents/post both in house and out of house.

  • Daily coffee/tea runs, organizing buying and circulating lunch for the company, guests, and any board or lunchtime meetings.

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee

Associate Staff/ Designer in Residence (Animation)

2014 - 2015

During my residency I worked on personal projects to develop my character animation skills. I also aided the staff and contributed to student mentorship by running peer reviews and a life drawing class for the animation students, and advised general foundation students on their Communication Design projects.

Primary Skills

 

Storyboarding

Story Development

Cinematography

2D / 3D Animation

Life Drawing

Observational Drawing

Directing

Project Management

Animatics

Script Writing

 

Technical Skills

 

- Adobe Photoshop

- Storyboarder

- Flix

- Shotgun

- After Effects

- Autodesk Maya

 

I also have experience working with Adobe Bridge, Premiere Pro, Final Cut and InDesign.

 

I am proficient with word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software (MS Office).

2010 - present

2010 - present

Education

 

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee

Master of Science (MSc), Animation & Visualisation

2013 – 2014

 

Throughout this course I worked on developing animations skills, researching and exploring how to create convincing and believable character performances, through the production of a short film I directed and animated on. I worked an industry-set project which was a very valuable experience. The start of the course also ran a 48 hour film project which gave me experience organising, shooting and then editing a short film.

 
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee

BA (Hons) 2:1, Animation and Electronic Media

2009 – 2013

 

During this course I learned about the principles of animation and working with various software packages on team projects to produce short animated films. I also gained experience with directing and project managing.

Awarded the Armistead Bursary for session 2011/2 from the DJCAD prize list based on academic performance.