Helen Piercy, is a UK based animator, illustrator and lecturer whose work as a moving image director spans digital, 2D, stop-frame animation and live-action.

After studying Graphic Design at Norwich University the Arts she went on to gain a Master’s Degree in Animation Directing from the prestigious National Film and Television School.

Her graduation film Goodbye Mr Pink, a whimsical tale on the subject of pet death, premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival and continued to screen at film festivals worldwide.

Helen has since worked on a diverse collection of projects, from directing an animated short starring Alan Rickman, to collaborating with clients including Children In Need, World Wildlife Fund, BBC Radio One, London Fashion Week, Saatchi Gallery and Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

Her great passion for filmmaking led her to set up Helen Animate Workshops, teaching young people of all abilities animation skills. Her workshop clients include The BFI, Barbican and Museum of London.

Her first book, Animation Studio, published by Candlewick Press (US) and Walker Books (UK) is now available to buy in all good bookstores and online.

Since 2016 Helen has held a full time position at Norwich University of the Arts where she lecturers for BA (Hons) Animation.

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Animation Journal

Created in 2012, the Helen Animate Blog began as an online platform to share animation tips and tutorials. Today the Animation Journal has evolved into a creative resource space where Helen brings together her ideas, lecture news and filmmaking inspiration.

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Goodbye Mr Pink

Watch Helen’s short film Goodbye Mr Pink here.

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