Hello! We're a creative animation studio and production company based in Cardiff. Our work covers broadcast, feature films, short films, public information films, corporate videos, charity campaigns, music videos and animation for live performance.
Animation is one of the most powerful tools for telling stories. It can be beautiful, accessible, and is one of the best ways to make your story and message cut through and reach the people who need to hear it.
For us, creativity is a relationship. We want to fall in love with your story. With an extremely adaptable pipeline and a trusted network of talented collaborators, we have the capability to produce projects in traditional and digital 2D, CG and mixed media animation, to bring dreams out of notebooks and on to the screen – whatever the size of the project, whatever the style.
We have created animation to breathe life into political campaigns and news broadcasts, to teach Welsh nursery rhymes to children, to explain complex new strategy proposals to government ministers, and to bring exciting new possibilities to documentary film and theatre productions. Clients include Channel 4 News, ITN, S4C, Public Health Wales, Transport for Wales, The Grierson Trust, UK Youth, WEN Wales, The Globe Theatre and Wales Millennium Centre.
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Picl is run by Lauren Orme, an award-winning animator and director with a passion for distinctive stories and and nine years experience working in animation. Lauren co-founded Picl in 2018. Her animated short films have been screened at over a hundred festivals around the world, and her most recent short film Creepy Pasta Salad was shortlisted for a BAFTA and nominated for a BAFTA Cymru in 2020.
Lauren has a degree in animation from the University of Wales, Newport, where her borderline-unhealthy love of animated short films was born. She coAs well as running Picl, Lauren founded the biennial Cardiff Animation Festival and bimonthly Cardiff Animation Nights, bringing brilliant animated shorts created by others to audiences in Cardiff since 2014. When she's not working on Picl projects Lauren's usually exploring the Welsh countryside or tucked up indoors watching Gogglebox.
Freelance Director, Producer & Animator
Stephen has been working in animation since 2011. He works in 2D and 3D keyframe animation with Moho, Blender and After Effects in his tool belt. Stephen studied Documentary Film at University where he learnt the importance of telling a good story.
Stephen loves building watertight pipelines and clever rigs almost as much as he loves bringing animated characters to life. When he's not leading on projects you can find Stephen learning new software or testing himself with daily animation challenges. Stephen loves Don Hertzfeldt, vegan food and computer games Lauren hasn't heard of. You can find more of Stephen's work at cgnerd.com.
Connor is a 2D and 3D animator. He works across Moho, After Effects, Aseprite and Maya, and has a degree in animation from Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Since Connor started working with Picl in early 2019, he's worked his animation magic on a wide range of projects from short films to features, charity campaigns to preschool series for broadcast.
Connor's personal work ranges from 3D dystopian horror to 2D pixel art. Connor's favourite animator is creator of Tank Girl and Gorillaz animator Jamie Hewlett. He enjoys playing as many video games as he can get his hands on, and hanging out with his cat Marmaduke.
Bethan is a 2D and stop motion animator who works in Moho, TVPaint, CelAction and Dragonframe. She has a degree in animation from Cardiff Met.
Bethan is one of our trusted pool of freelancers and has worked as an animator on multiple broadcast series with Picl since 2019.
As well as animation, Bethan is a fan of Animal Crossing and bubble tea.
Freelance Artist + Animator
Otto is a 2D animator and artist; he studied Animation Production at the Arts University Bournemouth. Otto has worked with Picl as one of our trusted pool of freelancers since 2019, creating artwork and hand-drawn animation for a range of productions from feature films to preschool series for broadcast, short films to charity campaign videos. He is currently co-directing his first animated short film project for Picl.
Otto's has a passion for storytelling and plein-air painting, and is a fan of the fantasy world-building of Genndy Tartakovsky, Dice Tsutsumi and Jin Kim. When he's not making art Otto loves drumming, and is looking forward to being reunited with his drum kit which isn't currently with him in Cardiff.