Tethered is a short film exploring the experience of gender dysphoria and the resulting struggles individuals are faced with when transitioning in a society where the opinions on gender are still very black or white. The film is partially autobiographical in nature and explores my own views and opinions on gender, expressing my discontent with the reductionist nature of its current definitions. I hoped to develop my character animation skills and also allow myself to explore abstract animation within a narrative. I explore 2D digital animation as well as traditional abstract animation techniques within the short, utilising the software’s: Toonboom Harmony, Premiere Pro and After Effects.
2D Animation and Stop Motion
I’m a 2D animator particularly interested in traditional 2D animation techniques and character animation. I have experience with both 2D animation and stop motion animation and am interested in experimental and abstract animation techniques. Previously I’ve directed a 2D animated music video for a musician and worked on 3 short films, two of which I’ve also directed.
Software & Hardware Proficiencies
Toonboom Harmony, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dragon frame, Photoshop
Employment, Work Experience & Volunteering
Nobody Project 2020- During the summer of 2020 I directed a music video for Irish Musician Owen Lamont, leading a group of 5 students we created a fully animated 5 minute music video to aid the release of Owens’ single. The music video incorporated both digital 2D animation and stop motion animation techniques and features experimental and abstract animation whilst also maintaining a running narrative. I edited the entire video as well as contributing to the narrative animation, experimental running sequence and provided 2D animated additions to the stop motion abstract sequence. The music video was received enthusiastically by Owen and has since been accepted as a finalist in: the International Youth Film Festival “Light to the World” in Russia, the AnimArte Festival in Brazil and the London Lift Off film festival.
Salvation Army 2019 – I volunteered at the local Salvation Army centre in Middlesbrough for a month teaching art classes to the attendees. I created sessions mainly focusing on watercolour painting and helped participants develop their skills and increase their confidence artistically.
On top of animation I’m passionate about art and music and spend a lot of free time practicing my piano playing or doodling in sketchbooks.