David Mattock

What course did you study?

Maya intensive and Character creations and the second course I studied was Character animation.

How did studying at Escape Studios help you into the industry?

I already used Maya but it gave me that boost to become employable. A few weeks after I completed the course I landed a freelance gig with FLock London and I've freelanced since.

Where do you currently work?

Since Escape I have always freelanced for various companies, now I run my own small animation company effectively like when I was freelancing but now collaborate to be able to take on multiple projects. Check out my company website

What are you working on at the moment?

A large character animation project, to be projected onto two famous temples in India as a permanent installation, plus a few UK corporate motion graphics projects.

What's your favourite movie and why?

Ghostbusters (the original) - It's a classic and my childhood. Back then the effects were great for the time, it has everything, comedy drama and never gets old for me.

What lessons did you learn during your time studying and your time working in the industry?

I learnt its only just the beginning of your education, you never stop learning, you learn from other artists on a project, and I still did online schools up to 5 years after Escape to get better at character and creature animation,  You can always keep improving no matter how experienced you are!

If you had to sum up your time at Escape Studios in one word, what would it be and why?

Enlightening - It opened my eyes to the quality of work needed and the different industries available. 

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

Don’t pin yourself to just one skill set, the wider your skill set the more employable you are. Never stop learning, and get used to constructive criticism that is how we get better. Lastly, you will not get anywhere without a showreel, keep it short, and always update and improve it as you win more work.If you are working for yourself you will need to learn business skills and how to market yourself.

David Mattock
David Mattock


Don’t pin yourself to just one skill set, the wider your skill set the more employable you are.

David Mattock