|Claire Armstrong - Animation History & CV||If a picture speaks a 1000 words then animation speaks volumes!|
Technical Equip Demo’s
TV Logo's & Tags
TV & Video Series (DVD)
Video Productions (DVD)
1) Direction / Art Direction - advice & service with a smile!
2) Animation - Computer, Cel, (drawn) Model, Cut-out
4) Rostrum Camera Work
6) Paint and Trace
7) Presentation & Graphics
8) Models - scaled models (inc computer), mechanical & cartoon
9) Computer Scanning
10) Broadcast Quality Transfer of Image (Digital) Data to Video Tape
11) Dye-sublimation(A4) or Photo(A3) Colour Printing of Digital / Scanned Data to Colour Printing
12 ) Hire of Bell & Howell or Elf (xennon lamp) 16mm projectors
13) Training onto computers for traditional animators
Series worked on :
Super Ted (cel) - Cathedral (French Production) - When the Wind Blows (cel) - The Reluctant Dragon (model) - Santa Claus - the movie (cel) - Snatch and Friends (computer 2d animation) - Caribou Kitchen (drawn animation STV) Recent Animation Transend Services - Wrath of Earth (computer animation) Hannah Homes - Architectural Model (computer animation) Frax Ltd - Exhibition Animation (computer animation) GTV - Loch Ness Monster (computer animation) Sugar & Spice - 10 sec TV advert (computer animation) Caithness & Sutherland Produce Quality Logo - Royal Highland Show (computer animation) Caithness & Sutherland Menu - promotion of local produce - Royal Highland Show (computer animation) AGI - Logo - Danish Company (computer animation) Mike Clark Productions - Sleeping Beauty - rescue ride (computer animation) Maddox Productions (STV) - Caribou Kitchen 9 of 13 episodes (drawn animation) Applied Research & Technology - Osprey working scaled models (computer animation) Bevanfield Films (BBC) - Animals of Farthing Wood(drawn animation) Mike Clark Productions - Laser animation pre-work (animation held off due to local council) The Official Loch Ness Monster Exhibition - art direction & computer animation - 6 rooms 3 length production for each, 45 min. Scottish National Trust - computer model (3D samples) of Fair Isle commemorative bench and all design and artwork for sandblasting. Tom Black Construction - art & animation direction for buildings,computer 3D models inc CD Rom interactive product. Screen Subtitling Systems Ltd - animated logos to demonstrate video overlay hardware, for TV dog tags. Tain Community Market - 10 sec advert, local market launch. Design Mill (Eden Court) - 20 sec ad. for pantomime promotion Cellar Systems - new logo and stationery design.
Asst animator, this included animating)
Animation (London studios)
Having always retained an interest in the graphic arts there have been many additional projects alongside the animation such as web design, posters, logos, leaflets, brochures, stationery, some model creation, etc. I am happy to discuss any graphic work that may be required. It can often be the case that art materials which are used in the animation industry can be readily used in graphic applications, perhaps even reducing the cost and provide an unusual and more effective result. I am always happy to work to a fixed price quotation which can be extremely important if there is a particularly tight budget!
Westbury Homes - house interior design.
Bensen & Hedges - model sign for advert.
Croy Village Model - building site scaled model of 10 homes.
Northern Meeting Society Meeting House - scaled model.
Presentation House Displays (internal and window) Croy Development / Braeface Development / Royal Park - Ullapool including outside sign / Balconie Steading Development / ..plus additional art work for new/upgaded buildings. Brochure for Croy including individual leaflets. A `welcome to your new home’ cartoon illustration. On-site portacabin outside signs and interior design.
Tain Royal Academy Community Complex : Fun For All The Family - summer leaflet / Academy presentation information, including timetables / price-list / conditions of let and constitution. New Logo design for stationery.
Tain Pet Shop - Shop sign / Window display designs. Van signs.
Tain Shoe Repair Shop - Point of Sale Outside sign and store sign.
Animation Tutoring at Duncan of Jordanstone College.
Advertising Seminar at Wick for Local businesses.
Eden Court Theatre - animation consultancy.
St. Genevivies Convent 1972 - 1979
Centenary College of Louisiana, USA 1979 - 1980 Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. Attended 1980 - 1983 Qualifications South West Regional Diploma in Art and Design.
Awarded 1982 (Specialization : animation) Membership of Professional Bodies Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (SIAD) since 1983. (Association of Cinematographic Television and Allied Technicians) now BECTU since 1983. Grade : Animation Director.
Car Driving, Mountain Biking (with Husky), Horses, Study of Herpetology, Study of Marine Fish and Inverterbrates, Study of Cactus, Carnivorous and Aroid Plants, Tennis, Music, Photography, Helicopters, Enjoying the country-side : walking, cycling, & horse trail riding
After studying in England and then America, I commenced a three year graphic design course at an English college. After my first year I chose to specialise in the techniques and skills of animated filming, gathering education and experience with cel, paper, cut-out, collage, silhouette, sand and model animation. I also covered skills in animation rostrum camera work. Working in animation since 1983 has taught me further skills and helped refine those taught to me at college. I have particularly enjoyed working with traditional models and computers, as well as combining mediums.
Having achieved notable success, I started to produce our own animation films, opportunities were few and far between. Having moved out of London hadn't helped and with some financial pressure in the late '80's I decided to obtain additional work. I obtained a freelance sales position with British Airways.
After a short while (Feb 1990) a job was created for me at Thompson International Business Publishing (TV World Special Features), in Central London, with my vast animation experience I could bring them a unique angle to their publications. It also helped me appreciate the World-wide financial side to the film industry.
Three months later I was achieving excellent results with Thompson but sadly some personal reasons saw myself and my partner leaving the South.
We visited Scotland and decided to stay as it was so beautiful. Shortly after settling I obtained a display sales position working for the Highland News Group with their weekly newspaper the 'Ross-shire Journal'. Although it was enjoyable I missed the creative work, so realising the need for graphic design and animation in this area, I left the sales position to re-commence my freelance business.
With the graphic side of the business established, I concentrated on the animation. In '93 I purchased computer equipment which I regularly upgrade, ensuring that I can offer top quality work and almost all the lastest animation, graphic effects and creations which are proving to be very popular.
I can still offer all the traditional animation mediums such as drawn, model, cut-out, clay, collage, ink and paint. With added technical abilities such as transfer direct to video in real time and some computer editing of sound and images, I no longer need to always rely on production house facilities. Work can be completed here and sent anywhere around the Globe.
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