My aims: Moving stories, important subjects, emotionally engaging, beautiful images, atmospheric.
I make independent films that explore issues that are important for me, and thus hope to add to the worldwide dialogue on how to live a happy and fulfilled life. To do this we sometimes have to face difficult topics, and other times create food for thought. I aim to make films that help change the way people think by raising awareness and encouraging dialogue.
I make commissioned films to help others to communicate, explain ideas, and make the audience think a bit differently about something, or see something in a new way.
I work in a variety of media digital and hand made; including oil on glass, sand, drawn animation, puppets and cut outs, as well as the digital; TV Paint, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere… You get the idea.
I like to tell stories and give people a voice in my documentary work. Dance and music video is an area I’d like to develop too. I have also started some illustrated books, one is complete.
My independent animated narrative films have a lyrical and painterly style, which are shown at festivals around the world. This work has been described by Time Out as ‘Ravishingly Lyrical’, ‘Painterly and Mystical’ by Asian Reporter, ‘a masterpiece…stunning’ Aesthetica Magazine. My independent films have won many international awards, including the Gold Hugo (Chicago), Canal + Buyers Award (Poitiers), Best Art Direction (Tarusa), Jose Abel (Cinanima), amongst other awards and nominations.
I graduated from the National Film and Television School in 1997 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Animation Direction, and completed an MA in 2013 in Visual Communication at Derby University, specialising in animation.