My role as a story artist is built on 18 years professional experience and a love of storytelling, acting and cinema. I 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. The film was launched at Cannes International 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).
With a thirst for storytelling, I jumped at the chance to retrain 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 for Hit Entertainment, and Chuggington. David is currently storyboarding, Robozuna, at Kids Cave Entertainment for ITV Studios and Netflix.As well as drawing classical 2D boards, I have 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 also enjoy teaching animation in schools, universities, museums and festivals including The BFI Academy, Into Film and Leeds International Film Festival. I co-curate and direct Animation Central, the UKs biggest family animation celebration at. Leeds Young Peoples Film Festival, supported by Arts Council England and BAFTA Kids.
Jury experience includes the Academy qualifying International Animation selection at Leeds International Film Festival.