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Bren Russell

Freelance Animator, Cartoonist, & More

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Location:Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/commongorilla
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I can provide Lo-Fi, affordable animation production. I produce a limited style of animation which cuts back on a lot of the animation traditions to allows for a much faster and cheaper animation alternative. This style of animation can be ideal for comedy, successful examples include South Park and The Life and Times of Tim. This style is also ideal for animation tests and pilots which don't need to look polished.

I have Six years extensive experience, producing high quality content across a wide range of production formats and genres (audio, animation, video, and web) for high-profile organisations throughout Ireland and the UK. Through my wide ranging experience I have gathered skills across every element of media production which allows me to be extremely versatile and adaptable.

Employers/ Experience:

Animation Director/2d Designer @ Brown bag films (August 2012 – July 2014)

I was initially hired by Brown Bag Films to work on the development of 2d Flash based animation tailored for an adult audience. Some of my tasks and accomplishments include:
Solely animated, edited and soundtracked 24 minute pilot episode for an adult comedy, which was subsequently commissioned for a full series.
I have taken on a number of roles in Brown Bag’s development department ranging from 2D concept design, animation tests, animation composition, video editing, creating promos and working as an additional 2D artist on Brown Bag’s newest pre-school show Bing Bunny.

Production Engineer/Programming Assistant @ Classic Hits 4FM (March 2009 – December 2011)

I was hired as Programming assistant to undertake a number of tasks
• Producer of ‘Guaranteed Irish’ music show
• Production of On-Air Commercials
• Production of Station Imagery
• Overseeing audio quality of all station output.
• Programme and Production Administration
• Adding of audio content through RCS systems for relevant Programming.
• On-Air Music & Library management
• Scheduling music logs and assisting with maintenance of On-Air Systems
• Live sound operation for various shows.
• On Air Technical Support
• Assistant to Head of Music

Co-Founder/Producer @ Eyebrowy Productions (July 2005 – January 2009)

I co-founded Eyebrowy along with two colleagues in 2005. Eyebrowy.com was the venture’s highly acclaimed website which rapidly established a cult following. Typically, the site includes a large collection of our animations as well as links to our TV work.

From my involvement with Eyebrowy, I have developed a new range of skills by taking personal responsibility for every aspect of the organisation including communicating with clients/media, research, initial concept stages, problem solving, production and delivery.

Achievements and notable media coverage include:
•Using the web as a new media broadcasting and marketing tool, we received favourable features in national newspapers and on Irish radio with presenters Ian Dempsey, Dave Fanning and Tom Dunne
•Produced five four-minute shorts for Dave Fanning’s The Last Broadcast on RTÉ2 in October of 2005.
•Worked in association with Aiken Promotions to produce a number of shorts which were screened on the Comedy Stage of the Electric Picnic music festival.
•Selected to produce a series of shorts which were screened live at the Choice Music Prize. We received so much positive feedback that we were invited back for a second year.
•Successfully produced a 79-minute DVD entitled “I Prefer the Early Stuff” in association with RMG Entertainment. I was heavily involved in all animation, production, directing and editing.
• Received positive DVD reviews from national publications including The Irish Independent (DVD of the year 2006), The Star, The RTÉ Guide, The Irish Times, In-Dublin magazine, Hotpress (DVD of the year 2006) and on Newstalk 106 radio.
•Commissioned by BBC Northern Ireland to produce series of shorts for their ATL TV series.
•Approached by the Head of Programming in MTV UK to produce 10 animated shorts for broadcast on MTV2.