I'm a freelance animator and animation director specialising in cartoon/character and illustrative animation in a variety of styles.
I’ve been working as an independent animator since 1998. I began my professional career with “Roobarb and Custard” creator Bob Godfrey, and went on to work on various TV and film productions both for kids (“Yoko Jakamoko Toto”, “The Secret Show”, “Horrible Histories” , “The Moshi Monsters Movie”, "Claude") and adults (“Monkey Dust”, “Modern Toss”, “2DTV”). Recent work includes a spell as animation director and storyboard artist for the CBEEBIES series "Nick Cope's Popcast", for Bath-based studio Complete Control.
I now spend most of my time creating short films for business clients, such as corporate presentations, whiteboard animations, advertising and charity promotions. My work includes projects for Unilever, AQA, PricewaterhouseCooper, Blackrock, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Nissan and Audi, and a TV commercial for Irn Bru which was nominated for a Brtitish Animation Award.
Although I always enjoy working on narrative cartoon-type material, I feel there is a great deal of untapped potential in animation as a tool for communication and education and I’m always looking for opportunities to explore this.
After many years based in London I now work from home in rural Northumberland - but close enough to the main line railway that I can easily get to London or Edinburgh or anywhere in between for meetings if necessary, and still get back home the same day!
Dennis is a pleasure to work with. He’s a great brainstormer and translates scripts into storyboards and animated films quickly and efficiently and with a friendly, subtle sense of humour. His characterisation and sense of comic timing is great too. I can’t recommend him highly enough as an illustrator, storyboard artist, animator or animation director!
– Jonathan Bairstow, Sherbet
I’ve worked with Dennis on numerous projects over many years. He is an accomplished film-maker and excellent animator, with a strong understanding of acting and comedy timing as well as having great design and communication skills. Dennis works well within a team or running his own team. I hope to work with him in the future.
Dennis is a really talented animator that thrives on creating eye catching, dynamic productions. He has a professional attitude and is a real pleasure to work with. Highly recommended.
-Quint Boa, Shoot You
I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with Dennis for two series, on our TV series for CBeebies - Nick Copes Popcast. Dennis always brought a brilliant sense of fun, energy, ideas to the animated music videos and always encapsulated this in a brilliant animatic to give the animation team to follow. Dennis was a joy for me to work with at the early ideas stage of the animation process and looking forward to creating more fun things together.
Series Director: "Nick Cope's Popcast", Complete Control