Full Rotation animator David comes full circle with a return to his home city

From his home studio in Plymouth, animator and creative director David Mattock is crafting beautiful content for big name clients all around the world.

David, 41, returned to his home city a year ago after leaving in his 20s to forge a career in graphics and animation in London and overseas.

Working for his own company, Full Rotation, David provides high end animated content for diverse clients that include film production companies in the US and global brands that are looking for innovative marketing or instructional tools, as well as eye-catching content for small businesses.

He’s currently working on a projection mapping commission for a client in Saudi Arabia and on an animation intro for a promotional film for the 2018 Pirelli calendar. And he recently completed work on permanent projection installations at two temples in India.

“To be able to do all of this from my upstairs office with views down to Cornwall is like a dream,” said David.

David collaborates with other talented professionals in the creative industry, bringing together their skills to build an impressive portfolio. He’s now keen to develop a similar collaborative network in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall.

David got his Higher National Diploma (HND) in graphic design at Plymouth College of Art and set up his own graphic design company in the city. But after working largely on corporate identity and printed promotional material, he decided he wanted to get involved in animation.

He moved to London to work and his jobs included working on the Peppa Pig website: “That’s when I got really interested in 3D, it was a real directional change,” said David, who lives in Peverell.

After spending some time travelling – during which he met his Brazilian wife, Fran, in Rio – David returned to London and went on an intensive course in 3D animation: “That was nine years ago and I’ve never been out of work since. The key is to have a wide skill set, to be able to do things across the spectrum.”

David and Fran moved back to Rio for two years, where David continued to work for his UK clients and continued to build up a UK client base from South America. He collaborates on projects with friends who are based abroad, including an animator who lives in Spain and used to work with the famous Aardman Animations studio.

“I work with others in the UK too, so I’ve always got projects on the go as well as my own animations. It’s long hours but it’s exciting work and I love what I do.”

David specialises in character and creature animation. Among his recent commissions was to create a squirrel character called Pip the Squirrel for a series of educational films for the British Wildlife Centre.

But he also provides design concepts and content for small and medium sized businesses and corporate organisations to help them market their products or services: “2D animated explainer videos are so much more engaging than reams of words,” he said.

“Increasingly, businesses are looking to use videos to show how their products work rather written instructions because they’re easier to understand and more fun. I’ve done these for construction companies and medical firms. This is the way things are going.”

With two young boys, David and Fran decided to leave the south east last year and move to Plymouth for the environment and to be closer to his family: “Plymouth has completely changed since I left, it’s really blown me away,” said David.

“When I left there were only a couple of design studios and now there are loads of companies. There’s a real vibrancy now in the creative industry in Plymouth. It’s why I think there is so much potential to work collaboratively.

“It’s all about making relationships, building trust and helping each other out. By connecting your different skills, it opens up lots of opportunities.”

Having achieved one of his dreams – working from a home studio with a beautiful view – David is now keen to realise another: “I’d love to create a children’s TV series,” he said. “It’s a tough area to get into but that’s my ultimate dream I think.”

Get in touch with David at david@fullrotation.com or on 0333 577 8060. www.fullrotation.com.

First published in the Plymouth Magazine – September 2017

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