When I was 13 years old I persuaded my father to buy me a Lego Studios film-making set and I used the software to make my first stop motion shorts. Little did I know then that this would be the start of a passion for making animated films.
Inspired by the animations that I loved to watch when I was growing up, I spent hours making and animating characters out of Blu Tack. At school and college I researched and experimented with different materials and techniques, and each animation I made helped me to learn and to develop my work. The experience led me to win three local awards for my projects and helped me decide that I wanted to pursue a career in animation.
Towards the end of college I was awarded a grant by the Prince’s Trust. I used the funding to invest in industry quality software and a higher spec camera, and made my series of ‘Viv & Mandy’ short films. These films allowed me build up my online profile and make my first connections in the animation industry.
I have just graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in stop motion animation and puppet making, and my graduation piece ‘The Piper’ has received a lot of very positive feedback following its release.
My university study developed my skills and passion for animating and puppet making and has given me access to lots of other exciting and rewarding opportunities. I’m an active member of the Animation Society and have attended and participated in a number of festivals, talks, networking events and collaborative projects. I’ve built up a circle of contacts in the animation community and, as well as helping me to grow and develop, this has resulted in me visiting a number of studios and also getting some fantastic work experience.