My role as a story artist is built on a classical animation background and a love of storytelling, acting and cinema. Filming my first animation aged 9 with a super-8 camera. I studied Classical Animation at Dublin's renowned Senior College Ballyfermot, winning an internship in Visual Effects at Walt Disney Feature Animation, France. I sequence directed animation for 35mm cinema short, Wilfred in my final year at Ballyfermot, premiering at Cannes Film Festival in 2000. Credits as a drawn effects animator include Disney’s The Tigger Movie (2000 - Family Tree sequence) and the title sequence for Thunderbirds (2004).
I trained in feature film storyboarding at Aardman Animations under the tuition of Frank Gladstone (Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks Animation SKG) in 2008, followed by the chance to storyboard on Shaun the Sheep.
Recent storyboard credits include Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed!, Bob the Builder, Chuggington and CITV/Netflix upcoming series, Robozuna. As well as drawing classical 2D boards, I have extensive CG storyboarding experience which enables me to plan production ready shots with a director as a digital cinematographer.
My story, education and producing skills combined to produce the multi-award winning 4mations Digital Short The Astronomers Sun at Duchy Parade Films for Channel 4 television. I teach animation internationally to all ages, from schools, universities, museums and festivals including The BFI Academy, Into Film, Fest Anca and Leeds International Film Festival. I co-curate and direct Animation Central, the UKs biggest family animation celebration at. Leeds Young Peoples Film Festival.
Jury experience includes Fest Anca, Slovakia and the Academy qualifying International Animation selection at Leeds International Film Festival.