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all about us

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who are northforge

The team is made up of award-winning animators and motion directors with a shared passion to produce the best work possible in the nicest way.

 

We work with agencies and direct clients who ask us to add our support, skills, experience and a bit of magic where we can; whether that be for TV, web, corporate, visualisations, in-store or VR.

craftsmanship

We love working on anything that moves, along with mixing media and techniques to offer something bespoke and truly unique that satisfies both brief and budget.

Our mix of styles comes down to our genuine passion for the craft.

small team, big capabilities

We are a small team and we plan to keep it that way. It means we can be lean on budgets and spend more time concentrating on the job. We pride ourselves in the fact that we can get the best out the numbers and craft a piece of work we can all be proud of!

core team

A dedicated swat team of animators and thinkers

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Being a self proclaimed geek, Daniel enjoys solving problems and tinkering with the technical side animation. With a background in fine art, he also brings an artistic eye to the table.
During his 10 years of industry experience he has produced work for clients such as Edelman, HSL, Samsung, Coca Cola, Discovery Channel, Unilever & Morrisons.

daniel sweeney

technical director

Being a self proclaimed geek, Daniel enjoys solving problems and tinkering with the technical side animation. With a background in fine art, he also brings an artistic eye to the table.
During his 10 years of industry experience he has produced work for clients such as Edelman, HSL, Samsung, Coca Cola, Discovery Channel, Unilever & Morrisons.

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With a love for the visual and a passion for all things CG, Simon is devoted to delivering great looking work quickly and efficiently. That, and pensively twiddling his moustache.
Simon has 9 years industry experience under his belt; and in that time has worked with a variety of household names such as Lloyds, GSK, Bupa, Sony & M&S to name but a few.

simon wray

creative director

With a love for the visual and a passion for all things CG, Simon is devoted to delivering great looking work quickly and efficiently. That, and pensively twiddling his moustache.
Simon has 9 years industry experience under his belt; and in that time has worked with a variety of household names such as Lloyds, GSK, Bupa, Sony & M&S to name but a few.

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Having worked as a Producer, Director, and Creative Director, Matt has an extensive knowledge of all things live- action, animation, VFX and post production - working in the TV and film network in Yorkshire for over 20 years.
As MD, Matt’s role balances creativity and commerciality, and offers the client an insight into project planning, the creative process itself, along with its execution. All this, without losing his passion for delivering the best work the studio can produce.

matt simpson

managing director

Having worked as a Producer, Director, and Creative Director, Matt has an extensive knowledge of all things live- action, animation, VFX and post production – working in the TV and film network in Yorkshire for over 20 years.

As MD, Matt’s role balances creativity and commerciality, and offers the client an insight into project planning, the creative process itself, along with its execution. All this, without losing his passion for delivering the best work the studio can produce.

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Starting as a runner, tape operator, junior art worker, animator, and now Director, Jim has a core knowledge of TV, video, illustration and animation. Creating everything from amoebas to zebras, using everything from Crayola to computers.
The art of motion is sometimes overlooked in our industry, but when you have an animator like Jim working on your project, you may not know why it looks better, but it just will. That is the benefit of working with a true master of his craft.

jim hill

motion director

Starting as a runner, tape operator, junior art worker, animator, and now Director, Jim has a core knowledge of TV, video, illustration and animation. Creating everything from amoebas to zebras, using everything from Crayola to computers.

The art of motion is sometimes overlooked in our industry, but when you have an animator like Jim working on your project, you may not know why it looks better, but it just will. That is the benefit of working with a true master of his craft.

fancy working with us?

We are always looking for reliable talented freelancers. If you think you’re up to the task, get in touch.

testimonials

What our lovely clients have to say about Northforge

“We utilised the amazing skills of Northforge recently on a large web-based project creating over 700 3D furniture renders for our clients website. They came to our initial briefing at short notice, made suggestions as to how to get the work done as quickly and efficiently as possible and turned the job around in a couple of weeks. They were also more than happy to work out of hours to complete the project within our tight schedule. The renders look great and we have a very happy client! Thanks for all your hard work!”

Ruth Stockdale
Hub-Mdp Ltd

“We’ve commissioned Northforge for some pretty high profile projects and every time their work ethic, creativity and great humour has made it a pleasure to work with them.”

David Hatton
Creative Director, The Hattons

“Having worked with Northforge for a number of years, it goes without saying that their professionalism, attention to detail and creativity is second to none. Working from a stamp sized brief to a full on detailed specification, they always deliver projects that bring our ideas to life, capture our thinking and help us impress time and time again.”

Dani Batty
Creative Director, Vista

Northforge have helped us to evolve the original CybSafe brand into visually engaging and impactful animations for use as marketing and sales tools. We recognised the importance of these animations differing from the already established CybSafe course content as they serve the very different purpose of promoting and talking to prospective clients and buyers. However, it was also vital that these animations felt like a natural evolution and extension of the original CybSafe brand – Northforge were able to cleverly and creatively manage this balance and have produced a series of animations that have been really well received by their target audience. Northforge made the process of production very straight forward, have been easy and helpful to work with and always delivered on time and within budget. They have proven to be the perfect partner for the CybSafe marketing team and we would definitely turn to them again for any future promotional animations.

Oz Alashe
Director, CybSafe

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Northforge team on a number of projects, each requiring the production of multiple animations. The Northforge studio boasts a winning combination of creative talent and careful project management with an all round good sense of humour. This means that as well as being great people to collaborate with, the production process is always smooth and simple, the team are flexible, responsive and always willing to go the extra mile and my clients have never been anything less than delighted with the work produced. Northforge are firmly on my ‘go to’ list of animators!

Gemma Alashe
Freelance Creative Director