Katherine Hearst

Katherine Hearst

Animation director and graphic artist

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

I am a London based animation director and graphic artist, recent animation MA graduate from The Royal College of Art. Previous to the RCA I worked extensively as an art director on independent shorts and later as art department assistant on large-scale productions such as Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, Sam Mendes’ Skyfall and most recently, Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods where I worked under the direction of the Oscar-winning production designer, Dennis Gassner from whom I learnt the mechanics of film design.  In 2014 I began a two-year post-graduate course at The Royal College of Art in illustration and graphic design during which I had illustration work published in the ‘Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature’ and I self-published the magazine, ‘Modern Times’- a collation of ‘graphic journalism’ from emerging and established journalists, designers and photographers. My background in film design led me to switch to the Animation course and produce my first animated film, ‘No Space Like Home.' Since graduation, I have worked as an assistant animator and colourist on Beyond the Counterpane an animated short directed by Howard Blake, and as a concept artist for New Planet Film and Media.

Work History

Assistant animator - Howard Blake Productions

Oct 2015 - Jan 2016

Concept Artist - New Planet Films

Sep 2015 - Nov 2015

Art Department Assistant/Production Designer PA - Into the Woods, dir. Rob Marshall, Five Beans Productions

May 2013 - Oct 2013

Art Director - Love Letter, dir. Lucia Yandoli

Jun 2012 - Jul 2012

Intern - Ridley Scott Films

Feb 2012 - Feb 2012

Art Department Assistant - Skyfall, dir. Sam Mendes

Oct 2011 - Nov 2011

Art Department Assistant - Anna Karenina, dir. Joe Wright

Sep 2011 - Oct 2011

Art Department Assistant - Dark Shadows, dir. Tim Burton

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011


Animation - MA - The Royal College of Art

Sep 2013 - Jul 2015

Russian and Italian - BA (Joint) Hons. - The University of Manchester

Sep 2007 - Jul 2011