I first became interested in animation while working towards my BA in Architecture at the University of Cambridge. Working heavily with 3D modelling I designed buildings which were intended to be experienced as cinematic sequences and exhibited strong use of narrative structure in their layout. Following my BA I worked as a volunteer artist on Bassam Kurdali’s ‘Tube’ project in the BitFilms incubator lab at Hampshire College, Northampton, Massachusetts. There I focussed primarily on model and set design as well as being involved in special effects programming.
Following my time in the US I undertook a postgraduate diploma in Character Animation at Central St Martins, studying character acting and trying to further my script-writing abilities. With that experience I was able to gain a place on the Royal College of Art’s Animation MA programme. I spent the first year of my two years at the RCA trying to develop my drawing and script-writing, in both cases working from life and observation as much as possible. Alongside my practice I also undertook theoretical research towards my dissertation on the topic of audience perception of narrative construction in film. In my final year my time was almost completely consumed with the production of my graduation film, “The North Sea Riviera”.
Away from the studio I am a former Great Britain U16-18 international rower and an avid but relatively untalented surfer who enjoys the icy waters of Cornwall on a rainy day. In August 2013 I will be moving to New Zealand in search of warmer waves.