James McDonald


I am a freelance designer/animator studying at the Bristol School of Animation at UWE, with a strong understanding of rigging 2D characters and compositing in Adobe After Effects. I have a keen interest in art and design, theatre and science fiction. I can work under pressure independently or together with a team for a company. I always deliver high-quality work to deadline. My peers recognise my skills in project management, such that I have been a student rep for my course for two years at UWE and President of the UWE Animation Society for a year. I was a member of the organising committee for my degree show and a member of the UWE LGBT+ team for six months.

Achievements & Experience

BA(Hons) Animation, University of the West of England

Experience – Society of Animation Studies
2020 Conference
(Delayed to June 2021)
Presenting a talk on my paper: ‘A Flight Through Time: the animated incarnations of the Doctor Who title sequence’ at the SAS 2020 Conference in New Orleans

Junior Comper - Sun & Moon Studios
June 2020 - December 2020
Compositing in Adobe After Effects on Project Emerald

Commission – Somerset FA
August 2019
Character Design for the mascot and several still images of the character in various actions

Commission – Bristol Pride
February 2019
Animated logos and title/end cards for Bristol Pride 2019

Commission – UoS Airsoc Squash
December 2018
Logo Design for the University of Sheffield aerospace engineering society squash team

Commission – Online Client
July 2019
Digital painting for the client’s partner’s birthday


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Featured Projects:

The Space Bar - Ship Sequence

My goal this year was to create a pilot episode for a series I could work to pitch after graduating. Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus, I wasn't able to complete the episode to its full planned length so I made sure to complete this sequence. Language Warning!