Case study

Production company owner, writer, director — Neil Jack

The combination of his degree and experience in the industry allowed Neil to set up his own animation company and direct of a range of award-winning work

What is your job?

I own Ko Lik Films, a production company specialising in animation, which I co-founded. I'm also a writer and director.

How relevant is your degree?

Very relevant. The success of my degree film led directly to more short film-making opportunities and I have continued to work in the field of animation production and writing.

What led you to your current job?

Through working at a local animation studio after graduation and continuing to make short films, I met my business partner and collaborator and together we established Ko Lik Films.

What's a typical day like?

As a director, when in production, I oversee all aspects of the creative process, working with storyboard artists, model makers, designers, animators, and the post-production team (editors, compositors, etc.). When I am developing projects I can spend weeks writing alone or in collaboration with my co-writer, or with small groups of writers and artists.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy working collaboratively with other creative people. However, writing and developing film and TV ideas means doing a lot of speculative work with little or no funding. Other production jobs can pay the bills, but income can be unpredictable.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

I'd like Ko Lik to be in steady production on an animated TV series or feature film, and to be regularly writing animated feature films.

What advice would you give to others?

Work hard and play hard. University is a fantastic opportunity to find out what you're capable of if you apply yourself. Finally, listen to constructive criticism.

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