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Jason Theaker

Lecturer in Computer Animation

Faculty/Dept/School Department of Media, Design and Technology
(Faculty of Engineering and Informatics)
Emailj.theaker@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone +441274 235562

Biography

BIOGRAPHY

Professional Credits

2012 'Eye Doctor' for the DWMA Directed
2010 'Overcharged' DFI Directed / Client
2002 Bounty Hunter (Mace Griffin) Warthog artist / animator/ FMV
2001 Loons fight for fame Infogrames artist/animator/FMV
1999 Wargasum DID artist / animator/
1999 Unpublished racing game DID artist / animator/
1999 Eurofighter Typhoon DID artist / animator/ FMV
1998 Unpublished n64 game DID artist / animator
1998 Bob the Builder Hot sculptor / props
1997 Dairylea TV commercial Passion Pictures sculptor / props / models
1997 Pony Tails kids animation Bumper Films sculptor / props / models
1997 Brisk Tea Commercial Passion Picturessculptor / props / models
1997 The Animal Shelf Cosgrove Hall sculptor / props / models
1997 Rigoletto Bare boards sculptor / props / models
1996 Brambly Hedge Cosgrove Hall sculptor / props / models
1995 Oakie Doke Cosgrove Hall sculptor / props / models
1996 Adam F music video Adam F productions animator / props / models
1995 Quest for Camelot Warner Brothers sculptor / props / models
1995 Mars Attacks (Tim Burton) Warner Brothers sculptor / props / models

Employment History

2004 - Present Bradford University Animation Lecturer
2002 - 2008 LCAD Animation Lecturer
2002 Warthog Computer Animator / Artist
1999 - 2002 Infogrames Computer Animator / Artist
1998 - 1999 Digital Image Design Computer Animator / Artist
1998 Mackinnon & Saunders Sculptor / Model and prop Maker
1997 - 1997 Barrow Model Makers Sculptor / Model and prop Maker
1995 - 1997 Mackinnon & Saunders Sculptor / Model and prop Maker


My Training Company

http://www.landscapeinspired.com/

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

An early love of lens-based media, in particular stop motion animation; led me into me graduating with an animation degree and a career in films, TV and computer games. Have spent most of my professional career following the varied jobs that this offers, from modelling puppet alien heads in Tim Burton's Mars Attacks to fiddling with Bob the Builders bits. I've worked in computer games with first person shooters; to spending a couple of years getting inside Daffy Duck's mind. I now teach at Bradford University.

I have taught animation, photography and digital manipulation for 14 years at Leeds College of Art and Bradford University, so am well versed to deliver and communicate on a one to one basis, or in front of large groups. I'm a qualified teacher and my second degree (from Leeds University) was specifically aimed at teaching adults. I can think of nothing more professionally rewarding than being able to stimulate inspiration in others and witness genuine development. I have a VERY strong conviction that it is my job to create the optimum environment for learning.

Publications / Exposure

Eye Doctor
Eye Doctor
This is an award winning animation I directed for the "Digital Working Media Academy" at the University of Bradford. It was for the Optometry department, who wanted an animation aimed at children, to both inform and reduce the anxiety in advance of their eye tests. It was a commercial project designed to give valuable paid work experience to students.

Over Charged
Overcharged
This is an animation I directed with a bunch of talented final year students who spent a few months slaving away on this! A young selfish boy is too concerned about satisfying his desire for pleasure and he disregards the consequences.

Awards and Recognition
Nov 12 Speaker at Bradford Animation Festival
Nov 12 LPOTY book and exhibition in the National Theatre
Oct 12 Award for Best Educational Video
July + Oct 12 Publication Optometry Today
July 12 Directed "Eye Doctor" for Digital Working Media Academy
June 12 School Animation Talk PHGS
March 12 Article in On landscape "Portfolio interview"
April 11 Article in Photo Radar about "theft of images"
March 11 Article in Yorkshire Ridings Magazine
March 11 Article in On landscape "Theft of images"
Jan 11 Article in Amateur Photographer "Polarization"
April 10 Article in Amateur Photographer "Composition In Forests"
March 10 What Digital Camera
March 10 Article in Amateur Photographer "The Creative Choices of a Sunrise Shoot"
Sep 09 Interviewed by Amateur Photographer
June 09 Article in Digital Camera Magazine "Movement in Landscape"
Nov 09 LPOTY book and exhibition in the National Theatre
Sep 08 Speaker at PhotoCamp Leeds Met University
Nov 08 LPOTY book and exhibition in the National Theatre
Sep 08 Guardian newspaper
Sep 08 Wharfedale and Airedale Observer
Aug 08 What Digital Camera portfolio piece

Supervision on:

Supervising external placements in industry Disney Interactive, Quantic Lab
Royal Television Society Winner: The Mascot. Director: Simon McClure
Royal Television Society Winner: A Friend of Mine. Director: Dawid Lubryka
Royal Television Society Winner: Oui Oui. Director: James Rodgers