Sunday, 17 January 2010

Zoom Animation - a little about us

We're committed to making good quality animation, from our base in the hills in Marsden, West Yorkshire.
We have the best of both worlds with great countryside on our doorstep and easy access to the cities of Manchester, Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield. We're well linked in to technology and business support locally and regionally, and are looking for new ideas and partnerships to make animation which looks great, moves well and meets the needs of commissioners and audiences.

Zane Whittingham

Is a character animator with 20 years' experience.

He's worked across TV, film and computer games, working freelance in London animation studios and latterly working for 3 computer games companies in Leeds and Manchester.

After years of working on other people's stuff, he's taking time to develop his own voice in animation. He's passionate that making animation needn't be expensive and can be made from anywhere in the world, so why not make it in a place that you love?

He's been busily working on a range of projects on his own and in collaboration with others. He's also started to gather together all that he has learnt ready to share with the world and is now delivering lectures about the principles and processes of animation to a variety of groups.

He graduated from Humberside University back in 1990 from a graphic design course specialising in animation. He's learnt from some of the best people in the business throughout his career working in animation studios, starting off as an assistant animator, working his way up.

He put down his pencil a while back and ventured into the world of computers and has used 3D Studio Max, Character Studio, Motion Capture, Human IK, Photoshop, Lightwave and has tried a bit of Maya. However, 2D is still his first love and recently most of his animation has combined his hand drawn techniques with using Adobe Flash.

Its taken him a lot of work and experimentation to achieve the kind of look he's been seeking, so he's supported this work with a range of education projects with groups across the North. Its given him the chance to hone his communication skills, and he's made around 20 films with groups in recent years. He's gradually doing less of this as his commercial animation work is beginning to take off.
Some samples of his work are on his blog

Kath Shackleton

Has a background in community arts and as a local government arts officer, and is developing the skills to become an animation producer. She's given advice, funding and business support to artists and arts organisations over the past 14 years and managed and evaluated a diverse range of projects. She's listened to animators' trials and tribulations over many years, and wondered if she could put her skills to good use helping to develop the animation industry in Yorkshire.

After getting a research grant from Screen Yorkshire and the National Media Museum in 2007, Kath set off to find out who was doing what in animation regionally. She came across a wonderful group of people who wanted to meet up and work collaboratively. The organisation Animated Yorkshire (also known as Ay Up!) was born. We've met up regularly, screened work, listened to industry speakers, organised training events, run projects and had some good fun along the way! They are a talented bunch with huge potential. We've got everyone from script writers, to sound people, to voice artists and musicians involved as well as 2D, 3D and stop motion animators. Kath has been really proud of the achievements, a couple of our animators ran a really successful Animation Lab in the National Media Museum and she particularly enjoyed producing and recording sound for "Sounds Like Bradford", a sampler of animators' skills.

Kath has developed skills in animation working in education, working with young people to make animation. Working with Zane she's organised and managed all of the processes in making animation creatively, interpreting diverse themes with a wide range of clients, delivered within tight deadlines. She's learnt quickly to work to schedules, various animation techniques, sound recording, editing and a lot of technical skills.

Kath has now realised the potential of developing this work with professional animators, and is looking to develop employment and creative opportunities for animators in Yorkshire. She also enjoys thinking strategically, and would like to work with the key players in animation to help to keep animation talent in the region, to develop new ways to fund animation and to make new places to screen and show work.

Kath Shackleton Employment History
Director Animated Yorkshire June 2007 - present
Acting Senior Arts Development Officer Kirklees Council September 2009 - August 2010
Creative Agent/Evaluator/Action Researcher Freelance roles Creative Partnerships Manchester/East Lancashire 2007 - 2009
Freelance Arts/business consultant Arts Council England North West, Leigh and Wigan Words Together Festival, Screen Yorkshire, Cartwheel Arts Rochdale 2004 - 2008
Arts and Regeneration Officer Tameside MBC (Greater Manchester)March 2001- July 2003
Arts Development Officer Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead April 1997 – March 2001
Community Arts Worker Slough Borough Council March 1995 – April 1997
Freelance Puppeteer Self employed January 1992 – March 1995

Zane Whittingham Animation work
Independent animated films

Untold Stories Animation January 2011
4 Children's ITV Idents January 2011
Lightgarden Animated Installation December 2010
Childrens Media Conference Titles June 2010
East Leeds FM Internet Sting May 2010
Voting Matters Election Promo May 2010
Cats for Peru : Answers Music Video April 2010
The Fragility of Thingz
Zoom Animation January 2010
The Girl With the World In Her Hair Big Buddha Films December 2009
Sounds Like Bradford Animated Yorkshire June 2009
GLUW (Get the Life U Want) Pocket Projects June 2009
The Jumbly Girl Hull Sinfonietta/Rozi Fuller December 2008
Bee Cowz Zoom Animation May 2008
Computer Animation Credits 2000 - 2006
Animator WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SNOOKER AND POOL 2006 Sega Blade Interactive Studios Manchester 2006
Animator THE HUSTLE – DETROIT STREETS Activision Blade Interactive Studios Manchester 2005
Animator WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP 2005 Sega Blade Interactive Studios Manchester 2005
Animator GLADIATOR SWORD OF VENGEANCE Acclaim Studios Manchester 2004
Animator THE SIMPSONS SKATEBOARDING EA/Fox Interactive The Code Monkeys Ltd Leeds 2003
Animator X-BLADEZ IN-LINE SKATING Crave Entertainment/Nintendo The Code Monkeys Ltd Leeds 2003
Animator GOOFY’S FUN HOUSE Disney Interactive/New Kid Co The Code Monkeys Ltd Leeds 2002
3D Animator CUBEEZ
GMTV 3D computer animated TV series Optical Image Broadcast Ltd Birmingham 2000
2D Film and TV Credits 1990 - 2000
Telemagination Ltd London
Assistant Animator THE LAST POLAR BEARS Carlton International.
Assistant Animator PONGWIFFY Pilot cartoon episode
Flicks Films London
Assistant Animator DOMINO PIZZA ADVERT Advert for Sky TV Channels
Flicks Films London
Animator WWW.JUNGLE.COM advert
Animator WELCOME TO OURTY FOU Comedy Carlton TV
Assistant Animator PEA BOT Ident Sky One
Telemagination Ltd
Assistant Animator N.U.T.S. Pilot series Carlton TV
Storyboard Artist NOAHS ISLAND BBC TV Series 3
Flicks Films London
Animator MR MEN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Cartoon Network/Channel 5
Assistant Animator SOUL NIGHTS BBC2 TV music night ident
Telemagination Ltd London
Assistant Animator THE SUPERNATURALS Pop Promo for the Sheffield Song
ONE 2 ONE ADVERT Fantasy cartoon sequence with Chris Evans & John Lennon
BLUNDERBUS Pilot cartoon episode
CLEOPATRA POP VIDEO Cartoon sequence for teen pop band
One Eye Productions Cardiff
Animator MOHAMMED S4C / CHANNEL 4 15 minute animated educational story
Telemagination Ltd London
Assistant Animator CLEOPATRA Pop video
NICK NICKEL Advert for VW Motors Germany Running ad campaign in comicbook style
Bermuda Shorts Ltd London
Background/Layout Artist POND LIFE Series CHANNEL 4 Multi award-winning adult animation
Telemagination Ltd London
Assistant Animator NOAHS ISLAND BBC TV Series 1 Popular children’s series
WIGGLY PARK BBC TV pre-school series Pilot Episode
Cartwn Cymru Cyf Cardiff
Assistant Animator ELIJAH S4C/ CHANNEL 4Award-winning animated Bible film
Honeycomb Animation Devon
Assistant Animator WOLVES,WITCHES AND GIANTS Carlton TV
Juniper Jungle Productions Ltd Manchester
Assistant Animator JUNIPER JUNGLE BBC TV Children’s cartoon series