I’m a motion designer

I use the Adobe Creative Suite and Blender to create illustrations and animations for indie games, entertainment, advertising, and social media campaigns.

In After Effects, I can animate typography, transitions, collages, 2D characters, and hand-drawn elements. I can make those hand-drawn animations in Animate CC.

In Blender, I can stage, animate, and light stylised low-poly scenes appropriate for fast GPU renders for small screens.

I can track and composite intermediate-level VFX using Mocha and After Effects.

As an illustrator, I can create style frames and artwork in Photoshop and Illustrator for animation or as standalone pieces of content. I can design original characters.

I know how to use Adobe Premiere and Audition, and can edit animations and add sound effects to them. I can also sequence music from samples in FL Studio.

I have a solid grasp of rhythm and pacing when putting together content and love thinking about audience reception. I pay particular attention to brand tone and comic timing (where appropriate) to produce motion that is effective and entertaining.

I work on long and short engagements, either as part of a team or as a solo motion designer. I have successfully worked in remote production pipelines on long-term projects, including an e-learning package for the BBC and an upcoming video game from a BAFTA-winning publisher.

I’m a generous collaborator and pay particular attention to product goals, technical workflow, and communication when planning my work, so that my contributions are functional for other team members. I like to take an iterative approach to graphics development and am comfortable presenting and contextualising lower fidelity drafts to a director or stakeholders. I can code simple JavaScript expressions to simplify the adjustment of recurring properties in my After Effects projects to keep me agile when making new iterations.

Scriptwriting

I can write and storyboard scripts for motion design pieces. When doing this, I’m mindful of marketing goals, audience, and the context in which a piece will be encountered. I’m comfortable adapting specialist language into eye-level conversations with new audiences. I’m then happy animating these scripts and boards myself or passing them on to another animator in a pipeline.

I also write original material. Check out my sci-fi comic Further Adventures!.

My background

I came to animation after first training in theatre and live-action production. And have extensive experience in both, including as a director. I maintain that time management, discipline, and communication when working remotely as an illustrator and animator.

I’ve worked with agencies and production companies to make moving image content for brands like the BBC and Burberry Corporate and completed direct-to-client work for startups including Brush DJ and TouchRight. I’ve directed music videos for artists Tom Hickox, Jack Edwards, and Tres B.

I’m a member of Directors UK, and I’m always learning from my peers to improve and develop new skills. I’ve completed BECTU’s Production Safety Passport and studied illustration and character animation with School of Motion.

Experience includes shadowing on ITV drama Emmerdale, where I followed a director through prep, principal photography, and post-production on a block of three episodes featuring vehicle stunts and pyrotechnics. I also participated in ITV’s Storylining workshop to learn television writing.

I was one of twenty creative professionals picked for Creative England’s Digital Bridge scheme. Producer Ivana Mackinnon mentored me to develop a feature film pitch to Channel 4.

I hold degrees in History and English, and a PhD in Theatre, Film & Television funded by the AHRC. All from the University of York.

During my PhD, I received formal training in post-production, including VFX and picture finishing theory and practice.

I’ve directed theatre, written plays, and acted in them. I’ve also designed video projections for multimedia productions.

Remote working

My base is York in the United Kingdom, and I prefer to work remotely from here. I’m comfortable using video conferencing and instant messaging for team meetings and collaboration. But I can travel to London, Leeds, Manchester, and Sheffield for an in-person meeting when necessary.

Contact

If you’d like to talk to me about a project, then please drop me an email. Or, if you only want to connect for now, please say hi on LinkedIn or follow me on Instagram.