Lecturer in Animation
Robert Bradbrook started his professional career as a cartographer whilst making slide shows and cine films in his spare time. In 1991 he returned to college to develop his passion and took an MA in Electronic Arts and Graphics at Coventry University. Here he created his first computer animation The Sleeper.
In 1993 he was awarded an Arts Council of England Animate! grant to make End of Restriction a 5-minute film created on an early home computer that enters the claustrophobic world of a teenager boy living in an English village.
He completed Home Road Movies in 2001 for Channel 4 and the Arts Council of England National Lottery. The film tells the true story of his father and their family car. The film went on to be nominated for a Bafta and won some of the most prestigious awards in animation including the Cartoon d'Or in 2004.
At present Robert is finishing his latest film Dead Air, which deals with the unstoppable nature of ‘change’ in our lives and in the communities where we live. He has also collaboration with many other film makers including Yousaf Ali Khan on his Bafta nominated live action short Talking with Angels and involved with the development his new feature film Osama Bin Laden’s My Dad.
Between personal films Robert runs his own company, and provides animation for film, television and new media. Most recently he has produce animated scenes, title sequences and visual effects for the feature films, Peter - A Study of Serial Killer, Karl Golden’s and the new documentary Will and Testament, about the life of politician Tony Benn.
As well as teaching at Middlesex University, Robert is the senior tutor in Animation Direction at NFTS and a visiting tutor at many colleges in the UK. He also writes and presents workshops on Film Language and Characterisation at Aardman Studios and film festivals around the world.
Robert personal work involves research in the idea of narrative through landscape and how to get emotional expression through the simplest form of animated character. For more information, please visit www.bradfilms.co.uk.