Storyboard Artist and Animator
I am a creative storyboard artist and animator with a love for bringing stories to life. I’m looking to work on projects with humour and heart.
Stories have always been at the centre of everything I’ve done. I’ve written and illustrated stories and books since I was very young – one of my first about a woman who grew too many potatoes. Several sequels, and many other stories, followed.
My sister and I developed a complex illustrated history around our toys, involving space travel, royal succession, and farming. In addition to writing these stories down we put on plays for our long-suffering parents and friends. One of these plays, The Princess and the Cowboy, I developed into a short film for my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. With the help of several friends stepping in as actors, not one but two films were eventually made.
After turning away from the artistic side of things, I studied Media Production at university. This encompassed everything from animation and scriptwriting to production. Afterwards I decided not to pursue live action filmmaking, but took up my pencil again. I realised that I wanted to draw and tell stories and be a cinematographer and act and direct. This is when I decided to study animation, but more specifically to move towards storyboarding.
Since then I’ve learnt a lot about animation, storytelling, and doing my own taxes. I’ve worked on some wonderful and wonderfully diverse projects while continuing to develop my draftsmanship and personal ideas. I’m looking forward to what’s next!
You can me contact at aj.aiken [at] yahoo.co.uk for more information on my availability.
Freelance Storyboard Artist and Animator
May 2014 – Present
Clean Up Artist | dir. Sergio Pablos | Major Netflix Feature (in production)
SellOut Pictures Ltd, Edinburgh | May – August 2019
2D animated feature
Storyboard and Concept Artist | dir. Philip Todd | Quest for the Silver Pearl (pre-production)
Fellowship Film | April 2017, January – February 2018
Live action family adventure immersed in Scottish mythology
Storyboard Artist | co-dir. David Freedman, Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh | Unstable (in development)
November 2017 – February 2018
Animated musical comedy about an undercover police horse
Storyboard Artist and Character Designer | dir. David Freedman | Spiked! (pre-production)
Spiked Productions, Sevenoaks | September – December 2017
Animated family comedy about a lonely hedgehog and heroic rabbit
Storyboard and Concept Artist | dir. Philip Todd | The Gaelic King (2017)
Fellowship Film | July 2015 – March 2017
Live action action/adventure distributed by Sony Home Entertainment
Storyboard Artist | dir. Kitty Taylor | (Unannounced)
Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd | November 2018 – March 2019
Pilot episode for a show based on a best-selling book series
Illustrator and Animator | dir. Murdo MacLeod | KNOX (2015)
Trinity Digital | March – May 2015
Live Action/Animation: BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award-nominated documentary about John Knox
Training / Internships
Trainee Story Artist | Sony Pictures Animation, Once Were Farmers, Animation Centrifuge | Eat Prey Love (in development)
Animation Base Camp, Glasgow | July – September 2016
Relationship comedy directed by David Feiss (Cow and Chicken)
Trainee CG Animator | Aardman Animations, Bristol
January – February 2015
With mentorship, animated on a commercial and a personal project
Certificate in Character Animation
Aardman Animations / NFTS
September – December 2014
Diploma in Classical Animation
Vancouver Film School
April 2013 – May 2014
BA (Hons) Media Production
2007 – 2010