Short Story

  • Art Direction
  • Motion Graphics
  • Game Assets
  • Visual Effects
  • 3D Animation
  • After Effects
  • Cinema 4D
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • 3DS MAX
  • Music Video
  • Live Events
  • Interactive
  • Branding
  • Explainer Videos
  • Broadcast Graphics

Long Story

Jim Howells has been creating computer generated imagery for over twenty years. He was the kid trying to recreate blockbuster scenes and hacking crude games on his bedroom computer.

A keen interest in interactive technology and design earned Jim a place at Bournemouth University in the UK (Home of the National Centre for Computer Animation) where he achieved an Honors Degree in Human and Computer Sciences.

A post-graduate job creating artwork for interactive CD-ROMs kicked off the career which soon progressed into senior roles at ‘New Media’ agencies in London and Brighton. During the so-called dot com boom, Jim was designing websites, Flash games and viral campaigns for consumer technology, television, fashion and music brands.

Skateboarding in the office and attending self-congratulatory industry award ceremonies were also obligatory during this time.

A move towards broadcast television brought Jim to the The Paramount Comedy Channel as a graphic designer. This UK television channel helped spawn the careers of Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, Leigh Francis and Sacha Baron Cohen. Working in this role was an important step into understanding the promotional side of the television and film industry.

A move to Brighton game and animation studio “Littleloud” enabled Jim to continue pursuing film and television promotion work as well as broadcast visual effects.

Working as a Lead Artist, Jim was responsible for the design, production and art direction of games and viral animations to support the promotion of many Hollywood blockbusters from Universal and Paramount Pictures. These included Iron Man, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and the Transformers series, which won a Webby Nomination.

During his time at Littleloud, Jim was also involved in creating online interactive drama games to support Television shows from Channel 4 and the BBC. One of which won a Children’s BAFTA award.

Jim was also visual effects artist on an animated Doctor Who mini series produced at Littleloud for the BBC. “Doctor Who – Dreamland” broadcast in its entirety on BBC 2 and BBC HD on 5th December 2009.

Jim had an opportunity to develop an original animated television show for children’s television channel CBBC. “Tourists from Mars” was commissioned as a pilot and a series of shorts with two animated characters voiced by Jenny Eclair and Nigel Planer.

Jim began operating as a freelancer in 2010 and continues to produce polished motion graphics and animation work in high end branding, entertainment and broadcast fields.