A collaborative group of versatile animators and an experienced marketing specialist, Distant Future has been helping companies inform and educate their audiences since 2011.

Meet the people that make up the Distant Future Animation Studios team!

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Bill / Managing Director

Bill started producing digital art in 1985 on an Amstrad CPC6128 with a light pen and a screen that showed green pixels on a black background. He spent a bit of time waylaid in customer service jobs and a Computer Studies degree, but his passion for digital creativity was reignited watching Monsters Inc with his daughter.

As Managing Director of Distant Future, his days are spent working with the team to improve our processes, push the quality of our work and help our clients achieve their goals.

Outside work he enjoys spending time with his family and pets, playing board games and computer games, and is learning Chinese on the side.

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Lauren / Animation Designer

Lauren: animator by day, amateur fire performer and cosplayer by night. She enjoys gritty animé and anything with a Tim Burton vibe.

Growing up with game consoles and having been inspired by the limitless storytelling possibilities of computer-generated imagery, it was no surprise that she chose a career in animation.

After graduating in 2013, Lauren started an internship with Distant Future while doing a cleaning job at a gym. Once the internship finished she was offered a permanent position on the team.

Lauren is now Senior Animator and enjoys the project management side of her role, keeping everything well organised and running smoothly for clients.

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Hugh / Senior CG Generalist

After completing his degree in computer animation in 2010, Hugh did what most animation graduates did at the time: he immediately got a job in a call centre. Luckily, a year later he began a part-time work placement with Distant Future, and has never looked back.

After a few years with us, Hugh took a sabbatical in London, where he worked on the children’s TV series Bitz & Bob and How to train your Dragon Homecoming, before returning to Distant Future.

During his free time, he likes to work on personal animation projects, builds models and follows motorsport.

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Tom / Blender Artist

Tom joined Distant Future directly after graduating from his degree in Visual Communications at Leeds Arts University in 2021.

After volunteering in Zanzibar as a maths teacher for six months, he felt a career in animation and working in 3D offered far more opportunities. He is a keen photographer, but wanted to expand his creative vision beyond the real-world restrictions he saw through the lens.

In his down-time, he loves playing D&D and computer games. He confesses to having a bit of a sweet tooth, buying way too many sweets and doing a bit of home baking, but offsets any over-indulgence by being a keen walker.

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Rob / Animator, Generalist

Since drawing robot space battles and making Lego dioramas in the 80s (and never really having stopped), Rob was always drawn to animation. He believes visual storytelling is only constrained by the imagination.

With a background in software engineering and project management, Rob trained in CG Art and Animation at the renowned Animation Workshop in Denmark. An award-winning director and lecturer in Animation at Leeds Arts University, he’s a versatile and flexible generalist, working freelance on Distant Future projects.

In his spare time, Rob loves spending time with his young family, sharpening his skills on personal projects, hiking and getting his hands dirty making tangible things like ceramics, furniture and models for stop motion.

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