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Meavatardesk
I am a freelance animator and writer based in London. In 1999 I began creating cartoon strips on computers. Then in 2008 I produced my first 2D cut-out animation in Toonboom Studio. Immediately my years as an actor proved invaluable to the flow of action and comedy timing. Subsequent animations have built on my vocal skills as an actor and impressionist. But it is my focus as a writer on the storyline which ensures the success of my animations. I believe in animation serving the story, rather than animation for its own sake.
My principal animation software is now Toonboom Animate Pro. I base the majority of the animation around 2D cut-out puppets, but I also use traditional 2D techniques for head turns and other non-linear movements. The 3D option in Animate Pro also allows me to build simple 3D environments - such as the bedroom used in my recent film 'Death and Sex' which has been submitted to the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Poser 3D allows me to add sequences involving 3D models - like the rotating Earth and Space Shuttle in 'Shuttle Farmer'. Compositing is chiefly done within Animate Pro, but I also use Final Cut Pro for additional effects and compositing. For highly textured backgrounds I use Photoshop. Drawing is done directly using a Wacom Cintiq LCD tablet.
Whether I am producing an independent animation film, a sequence for a documentary, or an advertisement for a commercial company, my focus is always on the story - what is being said, or sold. Animation is a great way to get those ideas across.