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Academic Biography

Penny started as a junior animator at Touch Animation in London in 1991, within 2 years she was a senior animator and by 1995 she was a company director and shareholder. During her time at the company she worked on title sequences such as Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge and The Day Today.

In 1997 she left to start a new company: Skaramoosh with colleague Daniel Slight. Their aim was to be an independent, creative, design and animation company.

By 2004 Skaramoosh had 25 employees on 2 sites in London doing design, compositing, 3D animation and editing.  It also had a satellite studio at the Disney Channel and was responsible for all Disney Channels on air graphics in UK and Scandinavia.

Penny’s Skaramoosh credits include BBC’s The Human Face and Brain Story, Discovery’s Land of the Mammoth, Channel 4’s Extinct Series and Spooky Sisters for the Disney Channel, which was a Disney/Skaramoosh co-production.

Following the birth of her first child in 2004 she decided to leave Skaramoosh and began to work part time as a freelance animator. She joined the team at Teesside as a part time lecturer in 2005 while continuing to work freelance.

In 2009 she became a full-time senior lecturer in animation at Teesside University and is now course leader for Computer Character Animation. She continues to do commercial work with other staff including working on VFX for two feature documentaries Last Man on the Moon and Mission Control. She recently completed the title sequence and motion graphics for a new documentary Running for the Revolution

Enterprise Interest and Activities

I work with a small team of fellow lecturers and students on visual effects for feature films.

To date we have worked on:

  • The Last Man on the Moon (2015)
  • Mission Control (2017)


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