Job role:Animator and model-maker
Skills:Stop motion and digital animations, prop making, papier-maché, resin casting.
I'm an animator and model-maker based in Northumberland. I combine digital animation techniques with more traditional methods like stop motion. I enjoy sharing my skills with others - I'm an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University and an animation mentor with TICE - introducing children to what it is like working in creative industries.
Recent project reports
For the animation I use a stills camera and move the character a little bit, taking a photo every time. This creates the illusion of movement. It takes quite a long time to do but it’s great when you start seeing the character come to life.
When I met with Bo we talked about where to set the scene of the animation. We decided a bus stop would be good as people get quite cold when waiting for their bus to arrive. I’ve made a little road and bus stop sign to put the character on. The background is green so that I can change it later on the computer.
So that the character can look cold before her auto shiver bracelet detects she’s cold, I thought her teeth could chatter so I’ve made lots of different mouth shapes so this can happen. It will also be useful to give the character expression.