I graduated in 2003 in BA (Hons) Film and Animation Production from The Arts Insitute at Bournemouth. It was on this course that I made my 2D animated graduation film, The Typewriter. I then found work as a Stop Motion Animator at Cosgrove Hall Films in Manchester, where I remained for 5 years, working on a variety of children’s TV programmes, inclusing Little Robots, Fifi and the Flowertots, Roary the Racing Car, Rupet Bear and Postman Pat. I then worked on further series of Fifi and Roary at Chapman Entertainment in Altrincham, before joining Aardman in 2009, where I worked on Shaun the Sheep and the feature film (and special) of The Pirates – In an Adventure with Scientists. I joined The Arts University Bournemouth in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Animation Production course, and keep up my own personal animation and photography work on the side. I work in the industry on sabbaticals when possible, and additional recent credits include the Shaun the Sheep Movie (2014) and Early Man (2018). I graduated in 2018 in MA Animation, completed at London Metropolitan University.
Teaching & professional practice
I have lectured at various colleges and institutions around the UK, as well as the USA and Japan, and have been with The Arts University since 2012.
I have two primary areas of research that interest me. The first focusses on archiving and writing about the history of the Stop Motion side of Manchester-based animation studio Cosgrove Hall Films. A multitude of interviews have been conducted since 2012, as has much archiving of rare material through scanning (stills) and recording (films). The plan is to eventually bring this all together in the form of a historical book which tells the story of the company chronologically, through the words of those who worked there. I have a potential collaborator who has agreed to conduct interviews surrounding the 2D animation aspects. I have delivered a couple of academic papers related to it so far, as well as a book chapter on Aardman, in relation to it, and the proposed book is likely to start coming together more seriously from 2018. I will start by building a website focussing on (primarily) the ‘Wind in the Willows’ series, and will also develop two conference papers centred around the nostalgia behind it (the subject of my recent MA studies). My MA in Animation was completed in July 2018 and I received a Distinction. My blog can be viewed at:
I am very interested in nostalgia and have a particular affection – or you could say ‘obsession’ – for my own childhood memories, many of which centre around television programmes that led me to working at Cosgrove Hall between 2003 and 2008 and essentially becoming a stop motion animator. My co-restoration of the original ‘Gypsy caravan’ from the ‘Wind in the Willows’ TV series, and foam-board – and then wooden – replicas that followed, is shaping the basis of my research, which has gotten me interested in simulation/simulacra, mythology, propaganda, British culture, and representation and identification in general – exploring specifically what is symbolised in this caravan. My ultimate aim is to combine this more ‘philosophical’ approach to filmmaking with the more mainstream techniques with which I am more familiar, and bring them together within my pedagogic practice.