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Daniel Crook

Dan's degree set him up for a career in animation for film and television.

BA (Hons) Computer Character Animation

'University prepared me by giving me a broad range of skills, whilst allowing me to specialise into the field that I was most interested in.'

Daniel Crook

What brought you to study at Teesside University?


I chose to study at Teesside University because of the quality of student work, the positive atmosphere, the resources and the student animation festival, Animex.

What did you enjoy about your course?


I enjoyed learning to animate – I developed a wide range of skills across the medium, from modelling and texturing through to compositing, filming, illustration, drawing. But I chose to specialise in character animation. I most liked the freedom to animate whatever I wanted with the guidance of tutors and peers.

How has your time at Teesside prepared you for your future career?


It has prepared me by giving me a broad range of skills, whilst allowing me to specialise into the field that I was most interested in. I also got to network with people at Animex and consequently this aided me in getting a job at Double Negative.

What was your overall experience of university like?


My university experience was very positive, I enjoyed learning and making new friends. I got involved with the Christian Union society and consequently met my wife-to-be. I also made friends for life whom I still regularly work with on our own projects.

What have you been doing since graduating?


Since leaving University two years ago I have had non-stop work for a variety of award-winning 2D and 3D/VFX studios including Lupus films, Double Negative and Milk VFX. I have animated on TV shows and films such as Fungus the Bogeyman, Ethel and Ernest, We're going on a Bear Hunt, and Doctor Who.

What advice would you give to someone considering Teesside University?


I would say go with your gut. Remember animation is primarily a craft that is learnt by the time and effort you put into it, and although quality lectures are inspiring and helpful the way to be a great animator is to practice. So find somewhere where you know you will get to animate a lot!