Mat studied Animation at undergraduate level at the University of Lincoln and then was part of a team in the BFX Competition during summer 2013. He then secured a BFX/Framestore Scholarship to undertake the MA Animation Production course at Arts University Bournemouth.
During his MA studies at AUB, Mat worked on a placement at King Rollo Films in Honiton, Devon, where he was inducted into using 2D cut-out software CelAction. His MA work explored CelAction from practical, theoretical and professional perspectives; this involved him working day-to-day with the software, as well as gathering extensive interview material from a range of people, including producer Claire Jennings, animators Tim Searle and Kitty Taylor, and owner/founder of CelAction, Andy Blazdell.
Mat’s industry liaison with King Rollo was so successful that he now works at the studio full time, working on shows such as Poppy Cat, having completed his MA in September 2014. Mat says of his time on the AUB MA Animation Production course:
“After my BA course, I had built and developed my creative skills but the industry still remained a bit of a mystery to me. Studying the MA at AUB was certainly the instigator for my transformation from student to professional. It has incredible artistic facilities, a strong graduate pedigree and a great reputation and relationship with the UK animation industry. However, what really makes this MA course stand out is its emphasis on current and relevant entrepreneurial study and critical professional development. This gave me the perfect environment and opportunity to find, research and experience the area of animation I had always wanted to be a part of.
AUB has completely changed me: my outlook and knowledge of the industry; the level and quality of my practical work; how I approach the opportunities that the MA course has helped me to procure. I was hard working, driven and passionate about animation and the creative industries and I think anyone considering this MA course has to be because of its emphasis on self-motivated study. But it was the help and support I received from the MA tutors, specialists in a vast variety of disciplines both practical and academic, that allowed me to hone the industry-level practical skills I developed and apply them as an entrepreneur of animation. I truly wouldn’t be where I am currently without this MA course and the way it has changed my outlook on professional animation. I could not recommend this experience more highly.”