Emma Calder

Emma Calder

Animation Director/Designer/Illustrator

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Expert
  • Freelancer: Available

If you are into, wonderful, creatively diverse worlds and different styles of animation I am the person for you. I am dedicated to making work that is challenging and original and I love that you can cram so many ideas into short animated films. I run my own company but I am happy to work or collaborate with bigger companies too. 

I co-founded Pearly Oyster Productions making many successful and award winning animated films, including The Queens Monastery (BBC). I have also written, designed and illustrated books, for both adults and children.

I studied Graphic design at The Royal College of Art and currently live and work in London.


Work History

M.D - Pearly Oyster Productions LTD.

Jan 1989 - Present

Part Time Lecturer - Surrey Institute

Jan 2001 - Jan 2003

Part Time Lecturer - Surrey Institute

Jan 1990 - Jan 2000

Animation and graphics - Self employed

Jan 1984 - Jan 1989


Graphic Design - MA RCA - Royal College of Art

1980 - 1983

Graphic Design - BA Hons - London College of Printing

1977 - 1980

Field of study unknown - Qualification type unknown - Holland Park comprehensive

1970 - 1975


  • 2D Animation
  • After Effects Animation
  • Animation Director
  • Character Designer
  • cut out animation
  • Illustrator
  • Model Maker
  • Stop Frame Animation
  • Stop Motion