Motion North 34 with Brown Bag Films & BBC Creative #BrownBagManchester

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  • Posted by Rhya Tamasauskas on October 11 2019




On Wednesday 16th October our Manchester studio will be taking part in the Motion North showcase 34 alongside BBC Creative. Motion North is a Manchester based group for motion designers, animators, filmmakers and VFX artists who reside in the upper regions of the UK.  

The evening will include a 45-minute showcase which will focus on how our Manchester studio has developed since it opened in January 2015. It will include an insight into the processes and technology that are currently used in the Manchester studio, as well as a Q&A session hosted by Learning and Development Advisor, Katie Lander.  The content will be delivered by Operations Director Sarah McQuire and Head of 2D (UK) Erica Lack. 

Meet our speakers… 

Sarah McQuire  

Director of Operations (UK) 

Sarah has worked in the animation industry for 11 years.  After qualifying as a Management Accountant with an engineering company, she worked at a dairy before moving into animation.  Sarah worked initially as a Production Accountant before being promoted to Financial Controller then Studio Manager at HIT Entertainments animation production company, Hot Animation. Hot Animation produced the award-winning stop frame animation series Bob the Builder, as well as Pingu.   

After the closure of Hot Animation, Sarah worked as a Senior Financial Accountant for a local construction company and was instrumental in establishing financial controls and procedures, as well as establishing a waste to energy company in Scotland. Sarah moved back to animation and Brown Bag Films in January 2015, to establish the U.K studio and is responsible for ensuring the company delivers it’s financial and strategic goals. 

Erica Lack 

Head of 2D (Uk) 

Erica has been working in animation since 2000. Starting as a Key Animator and Clean-Up Artist on a hand drawn series for a U.S client, back in her hometown of Auckland New Zealand. In 2005, She moved to Ireland and began working as a Digital 2D Animator at Brown Bag Films, where she worked on ‘Wobbly Land’ for Disney.  In 2007 Erica moved back to New Zealand with her new knowledge of digital 2D. She began working at Flux Animation Studio and over the next 8 years she helped establish and run the digital 2D Department as Head of Digital 2D. 

In 2015 she returned to Brown Bag Films but this time in Manchester. She assisted in the set up of the studio and in its first project Nella the Princess Knight for Nickelodeon. Erica as Head of 2D (UK) is responsible for the technical overview of the animation pipeline as well as asset and animation workflows. 

Katie Lander  

Learning and Development Advisor 

Katie has over 25 years of experience in talent acquisition, retention and employability in a variety of sectors; she has led on multi-million-pound training projects, Recruitment Agency Operations and has worked internally in Senior Management roles within Sales, Marketing, L&D and Project Management.   

Katie started her career as an actor in musical theatre and she continues to freelance as a writer and script consultant for independent theatre and film, this gives her a unique perspective on how to drive the L&D strategy in the studio, supporting creative talent, leadership and performance across the business.  

Tickets are still available for the evening and can be purchased on various websites including Eventbrite. 

Headshots produced by Nelison Reeves Photograpyhy. 


Rhya Tamasauskas

Marketing Manager, Digital and Social Media

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