It has been a real pleasure to work with Tessa on several recent illustration and animation projects. Our timescales, demands and budgets were less than ideal, but Tessa delivered work that was ideal every time. We are looking forward to working with her again in early 2010 and beyond.

Howard Swift Director of Document Design, Bristol


It's always a pleasure to work with Tess, she has an infectious enthusiasm and her eye for composition, light and texture is excellent. She works quickly, accurately and professionally...I can't wait for the next time!

Nigel Davies Director [Freelance]for Aardman Animations, Bristol


I've always enjoyed working with Tessa. She's quick to understand what I'm after, shows great dedication and always produces work of the highest quality. I saw her eat a brain once.

Stefan Marjoram Director [Freelance]for Aardman Animations, Bristol


Over the past few years I have worked with Tessa on several productions at Animal Logic and Weta FX. Tessa brings a fantastic eye and sure judgment to her work, providing a great lead to her colleagues and relieving always nervous supervisors by solving difficult visual problems. Her abilities to pick up new technical skills and patient support of the people around her made her a key resource at the places we worked together. Some people are useful to have around, but Tessa is someone who raises show standards for talent and design. I look forward to working with her again.

Rick Sander Creative Director at Hoax Films, California,USA


Your help was invaluable in getting the whole thing out the door, you were a pleasure to work with, a great problem solver and team member.

Seth Watkins Director of A Large Evil Corporation, Bath


About me

I Graduated in 2003 with a First Class degree in Computer Visualisation from the 'National Centre for Computer Animation' [NCCA, Bournemouth University] and then spent the next 5 years traveling the globe, continuing my learning experience and specialising in look development (lighting and compositing).

First on the groundbreaking CG TV series "The New Captain Scarlet" and then on the Oscar winning animated Film "Happy Feet" and a couple of other films at the acclaimed kiwi VFX studio "Weta Digital".

As a Freelancer in Bristol, I have worked on many commercials and Television productions at the main studios in the South West of the UK, Aardman Animations, A large Evil Corporation, 422 South, Hello Charlie to name a few. Life changed again in 2011 when I had my first son and a move to Vancouver, and again in 2013 with my second son. Since then it has been my choice to focus on my family. Fortunatly I managed to work part time on a Disney feature 'Super Buddies' in 2012 at a marvelous family friendly studio in Vancouver, "Western Post".

Moving back to the UK at the end of 2013 meant I was looking once again for work that can fit around my life and not the other way around. Being the flexible person I am, this led me into a completly new area. Recruitment for the most well known of British Animation Studios, Aardman.




aardman


I have learnt a lot in the last 2 years, working part time is hard for many reasons you wouldn't normally think. As of November 2016, I'm ready for a new challenge. I'm re-training as a CG generalist and Compositor, there has been a shift in the industry since I last worked professionally, raytracing and faster interacting rendering has taken some of the challenge away from pure lighting. I'm not stepping away from this area, but I do want to expand on my knowledge and work more as an all rounder if I can. Being Bristol based, this should offer me more opportunities at smaller studios who infrequently use specialist freelancers.

I'm also continuing with something I have been involved in for many years. CG Mentor (lighting Mentor) is a website I have set up in response to the gap in the market I see, and having worked as both a recruiter and an artist, I offer a unique perspective on the industry as a mentor.


Tessa came to Animal Logic as a Lighting TD. Very soon she was able to pick up complex shot arrangements and was able to take on the position of Senior Lighting TD. Tessa is extremely competent (as the above shows). Her strengths include: Clear comunictaion (at both personal and team level), an abillity to understand client needs, flexibillity and the abillity to organise technically and logistically complex 3D in a compositing pipeline. Above all, Tessa is creative, aware, and has the requisit eye for detail and form that film production needs. I have no hesitation in recommending Tessa in either a Supervisory, Senior or Team based role and would suspect that she would be more than capable in any production environment. It was a pleasure to work with her, and would certainly do so again.

William Burdis [was Lead Lighting TD, Animal Logic, Sydney, AU]
Now Lecturer at the College Of Fine Arts UNSW/Sydney


I had the pleasure to work with Tessa on 'Happy Feet'. Tessa was a valuable member of the team, producing quality work as well as problem solving. On top of that she also helped mentor new starters.

Julien Leveugle Compositing Supervisor, Animal Logic, Sydney, AU


Tessa is a top professional and it was a delightful to have her as a colleague on 'Happy Feet'. She created beautiful looking images for the film, but unfortunately for me they weren't on my sequences.

Richard Sandoval [was Sequence Lead, Animal Logic, Sydney, AU]


Tessa recently mentored 10 of my students via a Lighting blog whilst they worked on their final Masters project. Her feedback, guidance and knowledge regarding the subject matter was excellent, showing a natural gift for teaching and knowledge transfer. Her comments were clear, concise, in-depth and pertinent to the students project; helping them to understand lighting best practise and theory within a production environment. Student feedback regarding Tessa's mentoring cycle was second to none; they were very appreciative of Tessa's input and help. It was a pleasure to work with Tessa and I hope she is available to repeat the mentoring next year.

Sofronis Efstathiou [was Programme Leader MA3D Computer Animation, NCCA] Now Postragduate Framework Leader at Bournemouth University.
The blog can be found here ma3dlighting.blogspot.com


Tessa is a very talented artist. Thanks to her technical and artistic skills she produced great shots during Happy Feet. It was a pleasure to work with her.

Xavier Bernasconi [was Sequence Lead, Animal Logic, Sydney, AU]
Now Lighting Supervisor at Lucasfilm ILM Singapore


I was Tessa's Lighting/Compositing cooridinator on Happy Feet at Animal Logic. Tessa was always good at communicating the status of her shots as well as hitting her deadlines when working on a tight schedule. She is detail oriented and willing to do what it takes to get the job done. It would be a pleasure to work with Tessa again in the future.

Kelly Barschig [was Sequence Coordinator, Animal Logic, Sydney, AU]
Now Artistic Recruiter at DreamWorks Animation