My name is Helen Yates and I am a Model and Prop Maker, Puppet Maker, Animator and Art Department Assistant. I have gained invaluable work experience placements with Aardman Animation Studios and sand and ice sculpture company Sand In Your Eye – my roles have varied from Set Runner to Animation Assistant to Model Maker. I am currently doing voluntary freelance work for two local live action/animation short film projects, this ranges from designing characters and their puppets, to model-making, puppet-making and animating. When I am not working for others I use my free time to work on my own projects; develop new ideas, discover new methods and techniques, or build upon skills I already have.
My main skills are model and prop making, sculpting, mould-making/casting, stop-motion armature/puppet making, drawing/designing characters, animation (stop-motion) and time management/organisation.
I am creative, enthusiastic, reliable, and am hugely passionate about what I do. I am incredibly flexible both in terms of creativity and availability. I thrive both working in a group and as an individual. I thoroughly enjoy the creative process, from the brainstorming stage right through to production and to the finished piece. I have learnt a lot from working in collaboratio¬n with others, I am committed to and meticulous about my creations. I keep sketchbook and pencil with me at all times for when inspiration strikes.
I have bases in Brighton, London, Bristol and Cardiff, but am prepared to travel anywhere in the world for work.