Evgenia Golubeva

What course did you study?

I studied the 3D Character Animation course led by Alex Williams in winter 2011.

Where do you currently work?

I’m a freelancer and I have a little studio space in Stratford-upon-Avon which I share with The Brothers McLeod.

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I’m writing for a kids comedy TV show “Ninja Express” for EOne,  about to start preproduction on my next animated comedy short film “The Witch and the Baby” (co-written with Myles McLeod) and I’m also working on my debut picture book “I am not a Mouse” (based on my award-winning short film) which will be out next autumn. I’m also involved in development of a couple of kids TV shows as a head writer.

What work are you most proud of working on and what is your most notable achievement?

The best moment of my job is when you sit in a screening of your work and it makes kids laugh and giggle. I love writing and directing comedy. The audience’s reaction is the best award in the world!

David Mattock

What lessons have you learned during your time studying and your time working in Studio Aka?

The main lesson was - save a copy of what you are doing right now. Just in case your file is corrupt when you open it tomorrow.

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

Just one word? I would say - productive fun (oh no, it’s two words). I learned how to work hard, made friends and met Paul Harrison. Me and Paul worked together for a couple of years pitching TV show ideas and trying to break into  the kids’ media industry. Thank to this first couple of years of trial and error I learned how to write bibles, pitch ideas, and met lots of great people.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

Persistence. Sometimes it feels like nothing is happening and you will never get your dream job. But if you are persistent - things will change eventually. Also be proactive - don’t sit and wait for people to find you - go and find them yourself. Make a short film - enter festivals - prove to everyone you can do it. Come up with an idea for a game/book/TV show. Go and try to make it real.

How do you feel about your nomination for Industry Excellence Award?

That was a lovely surprise. I went to Manchester Animation Festival a couple of years ago and this year I am lucky to have my film screened there as well as being nominated for a script written by me and Myles McLeod. The script was written for Nickelodeon show “Becca’s Bunch”.

What was it like creating the nominated piece “Cute Lil’ Bug” for Becca’s Bunch?

Me and Myles worked with head writer Kevin Strader on this script. The story was inspired by our love of dogs. I used to have dogs when I was growing up and they always created chaos. Perfect material for a comedy. Of course in a world of birds, they don’t have dogs as pets, but bugs!

Being an animation director and screenwriter what does your day to day life look like?

My studio is just 2 minutes walk from home. So I try and go to the gym, or at least for a walk, before I start. I find that physical activity helps my creative juices flow. I spend the morning working on my writing projects and the afternoon drawing. Each day is different as it depends at what stage each project is. When it’s quiet I always look for new projects and clients. As a freelancer it’s important to have a couple of things happening at the same time to be able to pay the bills. I also travel to film festivals and conferences, and sometimes do talks and workshops at schools. My favourite festival is Annecy Film Festival.

What made you start “The Question Club” and why?

One day I saw that the Riki Group was looking for new TV projects. I sent them a new idea that I’d come up with that same week. I didn’t hear for about 6 months and I was over the moon when I discovered they loved it and wanted to fund the development. We spent 2 years working on the pilot, bible, and a few more scripts. At the moment we have a team of screenwriters and are preparing to go into production. Learn more about the Question club

What is it like working with companies as big as Disney and Nick Jr?

It’s a great opportunity to be able to contribute to their new shows.

What short films have you written and directed ?

I made “I Am Not a Mouse” in 2015. It’s a 2-minute short film about a girl who is called “Mouse” by her mum. It’s based on my childhood. I made it in the evenings after work and animated it myself. The film did really well winning 7 awards and attracting the attention of the oldest animation studio in Russia “Soyuzmultfilm” (the one that made the legendary “Hedgehog in the Fog” by Yuri Nornstein). They asked me if I had an idea for another short film and I sent them a script for “I Want to Live in the Zoo”. They funded it together with the Russian Ministry of Culture and I had the chance to work with a group of very talented animators and artists. It’s doing its festival rounds, has won 3 awards so far and been screened at 70 festivals.

David Mattock

Persistence. Sometimes it feels like nothing is happening and you will never will get your dream job. But if you are persistent - things will change eventually. 

Evgenia Golubeva