I've been hooked on animation and storytelling my whole life, 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. Credits as a drawn effects animator include the title sequence for Thunderbirds (2004) and Disney’s The Tigger Movie (2000 - Family Tree sequence). In 2008 I trained in feature film storyboarding at Aardman Animations under the tuition of Frank Gladstone (Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks Animation SKG).
Currently storyboarding on a new series, Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed series at Jellyfish Animation for Beano Studios and CBBC, my role as a story artist is built on 18 years professional experience and a love of storytelling, acting and cinema. I enjoy working with both established TV characters, such as Bob the Builder and creating new ones, such as the pre-school series, Boy and the Dinosaur for 1461 Ltd, which I co-created, produced and directed. Other recent storyboarding credits include Aardman Animations BAFTA winning series Shaun the Sheep and Ludorum's Annie nominated Pre-School series, Chuggington. 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 winning4mations 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 am honoured to 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.