I remember my own sense of achievement when I was in fourth class. We were sent home early due to a school, heating problem. My brother had the idea of making a cartoon. We set about making a series of flipbook drawings. We spent hours trying to figure out a way of making them work using a torch to project the movie on to the wall.
It wasn’t a Walt Disney standard production, but what we did get out of it were hours of play, that we worked together, and that we tried to figure out the problems it threw up at us; but perhaps most importantly, that we had fun!
After my Leaving Cert, I obtained a degree in fine art (sculpture) and completed a master’s degree in computer animation at Bournemouth University. This has brought a range of working experiences as a digital artist and technical director.
I have worked on children’s TV shows, advertisements and websites as well as facilitating many animation workshops.
In the spring of 2009, as the inventor of Animatazz I went looking for an investor for Animatazz. I put on my best suit of armour and went up against the dreaded dragons of RTE’s Dragon’s Den show to pitch my innovative toy and daring business plan. After hours of gruelling and at times rough battle, I emerged victorious from the tournament with Gavin Duffy’s investment as his prize! With Gavin's help, Animatazz has been able to go from “a box of yoghurt pots and pipe cleaners” to the sophisticated kit that I had in mind, including the Easy-Action Animation Figure (which I am proud to say has, like the rest of the kit, been manufactured in Ireland).
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