Sharon Campbell is the Course Director for BA(Hons)Animation at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, and link co-ordinator with the Irish School of Animation at Ballyfermot College, Dublin.
After completing a Master of Design degree that focused on Traditional Special Effects Animation, she was awarded a Research Residency at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2003, where her research was concerned with Animation for Theatre. Sharon has taught traditional animation at Duncan of Jordanstone for 13 years, and has also worked in the industry as an animator on such feature films as Sylvain Chomet’s ‘The Illusionist’.
Her research was documented in Paul Well’s Animation Basics Series ‘Scriptwriting for Animation’, the chapter detailing Sharon’s work looked at the practicalities of working with animation for scripts for the stage. She recently animated sequences for the critically acclaimed production in collaboration with Dundee Rep Theatre, 'Shape of a Girl'. Sharon is currently developing Animation-for-Theatre projects about Scottish Animator Norman McLaren.
Sharon’s research now focuses on Performance and Dramatized Drawing for Animation, which includes research into the development and transferral of skills from observational drawing to imaginative drawing and vice versa, and she is also developing a Scottish Animation Archive.
Sharon has produced research outputs including books, peer reviewed journal and conference papers.
Examples of Range of Research Outputs
Basics Animation: Scriptwriting
Chapter 6: Animation in Alternative Contexts; Scriptwriting for Theatre
Ava Publishing, 2007
Visual And Performing Arts / Athens Institute for Education and Research
Chapter 21: Communicating Movement through Drawing for Animation
Journal: Animation Practice, Process and Production Volume 3 Number 1 & 2
Intellect Journals, Bristol 2014
Performance Drawing for Animators: Breaking Conventions and Exploring Experience
Developing Good Citizen Animators (with Jackie Malcolm), Bradford Animation Festival’s Symposium on Animation for Public Engagement, November 2014
‘The Illustionist’ (Oscar Nominated) by Sylvain Chomet, 2010. Film Credit: Animator (Inbetween and Clean up) – at Ink Digital Studios, Dundee
‘Titeuf Le Film’ by Zep, 2011. Film Credit: Animator (Special Effects). At Ink Digital, Dundee