British digital animation, cinematics and VFX (visual effects) studio Realtime has appointed a new Animation Director. Nicolas Seck, a 44-year-old industry vet from Dunkirk, France, brings the experience of senior and lead animation roles on over 30 major films since 1997 to his new post.
Most recently, Seck worked on Wonder Woman 1984, The Kid Who Would Be King, Venom and the John Lewis Edgar the Dragon Christmas advert. He was also a senior animator on Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Robocop. A highly-skilled character animator who developed a love for character design as a young artist drawing comic strips, Seck enjoys music and likes to DJ outside of work.
At Realtime, Seck will be responsible for building and coordinating specialist creative teams to use the latest CGI tools to create visual experiences that captivate audiences, engage viewers and inspire belief.
“After over 20 years in the industry, I knew I was ready for a new challenge. I’m joining Realtime at an exciting time. It is a studio growing in reputation and size. And it’s great to be working alongside some of the most ambitious and creative animators in the country,” said the newly-appointed Animation Director. “I’ve always been interested in feature films, special effects and video games industries as well as teaching opportunities. So, this role gives me the chance to manage teams and inspire them to bring client dreams to reality through expressive animation.”
“I’m easy to speak to. I hope this can make the creative production process even more fun for everyone.”
Seck’s appointment follows the addition of Senior VFX Producer Fiona York to Realtime in December. York, who celebrates 30 years working in TV next year, has enjoyed career highlights including Stephen Hawking’s Universe for Channel Four and Battlefield Britain for BBC.
“The quality of our recent recruits has been a real boost; Nicolas is no exception. He’ll offer another exciting new dimension to our creative animation projects. I’m a huge admirer of his work. And I was delighted when he agreed to join us,” said CEO Tony Prosser. “Our recent work on War of the Worlds for BBC, plus projects we have in production for other major international broadcasters, demonstrates we can now compete with some of the best studios in the world.”
At the end of last year, Realtime confirmed plans to create 50 new jobs: 25 in Westby near Lytham in Lancashire, with a further 25 in Manchester. The ongoing recruitment campaign will see the studio become one of the largest in the North West, employing a mix of up to 100 full-time staff and freelance digital artists by the end of 2021.