I make independent animated films in various animation styles and techniques. You can see four of my painterly style films here – ‘The Gates of Heaven‘ 2004, ‘Safe‘ 2004 ’Waiting‘ 2002, and ‘Bird Becomes Bird‘ 1997 being the best example. Also one of my puppet films ‘House on a Frozen Lake‘ 1996. A film hand painted onto 16mm film, ‘Hidden Hearts of Fish‘ 1993. Each film has with it it’s details, awards won, reviews, a discussion or background, full credits, festivals and distribution, and a discussion on technique. You can also leave a comment, or ask a question. You can see more films on my YouTube Channel here and buy a DVD compilation here. Each of these films was an experiment in developing a certain feel or look, and explore some psychological idea or phenomenon.
Influences – I have had the opportunity of making a film and working in Russia in Sverdlovsk Film Studios (Ekaterinburg), where I worked with Andrey Zolotuchin (who worked with Petrov as an art director). I learnt an enormous amount from this studio and the directors there. So my work is very influenced by Russian animation, also East European and Canadian directors.
Opportunities - My films so far have won various awards and been in numerous International Film Festivals, in and out of competition. This has allowed me to travel all over the world and meet animation artists of all cultures, be invited on panel discussions, and teach workshops across the globe.
I have made animated title sequences for TV, two pilots for S4C World History project, collaborated with other directors on educational films, and made animated segments for various educational and promotional media such as websites, interactive CD-ROMs and DVDs.
Techniques and styles include Flash animation, hand drawn, cut out, mixed media and stop motion.