Hi, I'm Paul McGrath
(not the footballer)
Animator, illustrator & filmmaker
Experienced animator, animation director, character designer, content producer and project manager, I am a one-stop shop for short animation. I work from scripts and specs either for my own company in Ireland, Whackala, or for clients. I team up and manage other animators, artists and sound designers for the bigger projects. I have worked for renowned companies internationally in different capacities in animation production.
I am proficient in design, animation and visual effects software: Adobe CC packages, MOHO formerly (Anime Studio Pro), SketchBook Pro, Spine, Anima2D.
October 2017 - Now
Designer / Director / Animator My County (Animation teaser) Whackala online content
I created the assets, backgrounds, animated it and post-produced it. The concept was developed by Whackala; colleagues wrote the script and contributed to the sound design.
Producer / Visual Effects Refuge (short film) Whackala
Finished in late May; it will be screening at festivals from autumn 2017: www.whackala.com/refuge
2015 - 2016
Creator / Director / Animator The Last Wrangler (Animation short) RTÉ
The idea, script, designs and storyboard were chosen after a selection process, together with only 4 other shorts from the many submissions.
Producer / Animation Director Slow (feature documentary) Whackala & Imago Producciones (Spain)
Awarded Creative Europe Media development funds. In development.
Created with game development software Unity 3D and Fungus. I have been collaborating with the Fungus creators, Snozbot, by contributing to the development of their software, running their online training and also workshops hosted by Google, Coding Grace & Animation Skillnet amongst others.
2013 - 2015
Concept Development / Design consultant at Econiq. Visibly Better Conversations.
Software to maximise sale opportunities for banks, financial agencies, insurance companies, call centres, etc.
Director / Animator / developer Wakalaps Waka Squinky and the Witch (Animated App for Kids)
Designer / Animator Wakalaps Waka Monster Walks (Animated App for Kids)
Designer / Animator Wakalaps Waka Walks (Animated App for Kids)
Animation Director / Camera Land of Amber (TV documentary) Whackala & Alicia Arnandis for TG4
Awarded funds by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund. Contains 3 animation/graphic segments showing the origin of amber, the chain of exploitation between from miners to buyers and the connection of the different locations.
2010 - 2012
Designer / Animator Elevator Pitch (Promo pitch video) Big Head Bureau
Director/ Producer/ Camera City Wild (feature documentary) Whackala & OPW
Asset Creator I’m a Monster (animated series) Monster Distributes & Straandlooper for RTÉ
I created the main and secondary character assets for the first 30 of 50 episodes.
Title sequence animator Earthbound (live action feature) Paper Dreams & Ripple World Pictures
Animator / Compositor The Mad Cows (series pilot) Keg Kartoonz for TRTÉ
I animated, composited and delivered the pilot for Keg Kartoonz's BAI application, which was successful and led to the production of the series by animation studio Kavaleer Productions.
2005 - 2009
Co-creator / Animator Squinky and the Witch Whackala for RTÉ
Pilot episode “Making a cake” for pre-school animation series concept.
Director / Graphic design / Visual effects Forty Foot (short documentary) Whackala Awarded Best Film from the International Documentary Challenge 2009 (Hot Docs ‘09);
Awarded Best Irish Short & Audience Award (Stranger than Fiction Documentary Film Festival. ’09)
Asset generation Stay Tooned Caboom Animation
Producer /Animation Director After the Revolution (TV documentary) Whackala for Spain’s Canal Sur Televisión
The documentary contains a stop-motion animated sequence narrating the rise of the Zapatista rebels in Mexico, which I animated entirely. The documentary was awarded Best Film at NodoDocFest, Italy, 2009
Animation Director John Henry Foley. Sculptor of the Empire Loopline for TG4
TV Documentary. I directed and animated the sequence “The Demise of Lord Dunkillen”
Animation, comp. & delivery Fadó Fadó (series) Keg Kartoonz for RTÉ
Title Sequence plus four episodes for The Last Snake / O’Donaghue & the Devil / The Warty Tree / The Lost Bell
I was in Australia for all of 2003, where I worked for Liquid Animation in Brisbane, an animation studio which produced content for clients. I worked in different capacities: technical direction, assistant to the animation director, head of the in-betweening department and SFX design for the following productions:
Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas Theatrical Short for Warner Brothers
Shaolin Show Down Pilot episode for Warner Brothers
The Proud Family Series for Disney TV
Duck Dodgers in the 25thCentury Series for Warner Brothers
2001 - 2002
I co-founded Kavaleer Productions in Dublin in 2001 and worked in production, animation, technical direction and SFX until I left after my return from Australia. I worked in the following short films:
The Depository Funded by Frameworks, Irish Film Board. 2nd prize in the Galway Film Fleadh 2003.
The Milliner Frameworks, Irish Film Board (Winner of Best 3D animation and Digital Storytelling at O2 Digital Media Awards 2003 Winner of best Original Soundtrack. Portugal Film Festival 2002; Nominated for best Animation. IFTN 2003.)
An Evil Cradling Frameworks, Irish Film Board. Acclaimed short film based on the book of the same name.
After I graduated from the Animation diploma at Ballyfermot CFE, I spent a year in Los Angeles working for Hyperion Films in the areas of SFX Design, Animation & Clean-up for animated feature films and series.