Why stop motion, and how did you become so specialised in stop motion animation? Is a question I often get asked.
I remember watching Nick Park earn his first Oscar for the Creature comfort adverts.
He collected his award wearing a giant green dicky bow, and a few pennies dropped.
People actually get paid to make animation??!?!?!?
Thats what I want to do. I must have been about 10 at the time.
During my education I chose design and creative led subjects until I started my degree in animation at Hull School of art and Design as part of Lincoln University . During my second year I competed work experience at the now defunct Hot animation. Upon completion of my degree, I applied for further work experience and was able to audition for an 8 week training scholarship at the studio. After 8 weeks I was able to start working on the loveable Rubbadubbers! And thereafter Bob The Builder.
I was very happily employed there as a stop motion animator for 5 years, and sadly it had to come to an end, as redundancies were announced and that is when I strived to set up Seconds That Count!
Since leaving the comfort of employment, I also worked on the comedy sketch show Ooglies as well! This was a bit different as it was a for aa slightly older audience, and we were able to contribute to the comedy development of the sketches!
My career culminated to working on Disney and Tim Burton's Frankenweenie.
After that I knew I had to focus on myself and the next stage of my career and stop motion business! The rest is history!