Helen Brunsdon - Executive Consultant | Aardman

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WHY SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO HER…? Because she has eighteen years under her belt producing and developing in the animation industry.

Aardman Animations, BBC,  South West Screen and CBBC.

With eighteen years experience, Helen has worked extensively in the animation industry, firstly joining the BBC as a production co-ordinator and then as an assistant for the Cardiff International Animation Festival.  Joining Aardman in 1993, she established herself within production and was approached by S4C to produce two WORLD FAITH animated films. She then worked as a production manager on WIFE OF BATH directed by Joanna Quinn and produced by Les Mills, which received an Academy Award nomination and a host of other awards at major International Animation Festivals.

In 1999 Helen, returned to Aardman Animations where she played an important part in developing new projects for Aardman’s Broadcast production slate and heading up the short film content, executive producing the BAFTA winning THE PEARCE SISTERS.

Since December 2008 she has worked as a freelance animation producer and consultant for clients including ArthurCox, Brothers Mcleod, South West Screen, Childrens Media Conference and CBBC.

In addition to her busy work schedule she finds time to programme animation for festivals, sit on the board for South West Screen, Animated Exeter, the British Animation Awards and is a visiting lecturer in animation.  She has been on the advisory board for Animated Encounters and was a special jury member for SICAF, Seoul Animation festival in 2004 and Trickfilm festival, Stuttgart in 2007.  She also co-hosts a local animation forum.

Q:  What was your favourite film as a kid?


Q:  Who inspired you when you were starting out?

A:  Both Animation People, a producer called Jill Mcgreal and a TV exec called Linda Simensky 

Q:  What was your big break?

A:  Working for the Cardiff Animation Festival then Aardman Animations back in the early 1990’s.

Q:  What was the best day in your career?

A:  Winning the BAFTA as part of the team for a short animated film called THE PEARCE SISTERS in 2007.

Q:  What has been your most important lesson?

A:   Be nice to everyone.

Q:  If a niece or nephew wanted to be in the business, what would you advise them?

A:  Research, work hard, and don’t give up, be persistent.

Q:  What is the hardest part of your job and how do you overcome it?

A:   Raising finance to make projects, overcome it by keeping in touch with what monies are available.

Q:  What do you feel is a writers’ or filmmakers' key responsibility?

A:   To try to create something that no-one has seen before, be original with a twist.

Q:  What mistakes do you see writers or film makers making over and over?

A:   Not striving to do the above - be original and achieving the best results.

Q:  What advice would you offer a writer or film maker?
A:   Don’t give up, be persistent with applying for schemes and researching who’s doing what project wise.