Alistair Moncur – Motion Graphic Designer / Animator
Who is Alistair Moncur?
Inquisitive, calm, friendly and extremely passionate about my craft, I’m a London-based animator and motion graphic designer. I’ve studied Design for Interaction and Moving Image at London College of Communication and ever since graduating with a First Class Hons, I’ve been working on a variety of projects using my broad range of skills.
How did your career path develop?
With each high and low I try to learn from them one way or another. A story that springs to mind happened shortly after graduating as I began exploring many avenues, one of which found me in a busy kitchen in the heart of a Soho restaurant. The hours were long and hard, the heat was exhausting and after a week I quickly learnt I wasn’t to be a chef.
Yet the experience lingers in the back of my mind when I need an extra kick of energy or finding calm and composure in the heat of the moment (and sometimes when I’m cooking at home). The week after that, I began working at Nexus Productions and I felt back at home creating graphics. The kitchen experience has since become a spring board for my work as I’ve moved from job to job. I’m a focused individual who’s comfortable putting in the hours to be rewarded by the final product at the end.
What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?
This is a tricky one. From the beginning of my career I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked on some fantastic projects. Having my work featured on ITV was a major highlight. I always enjoy using Cinema 4D and I was able to combine those skills into this lovely project.
Another great achievement was a 2D character animation I recently completed with Maynard Design – a 2 minute video demonstrating a concept proposal the company had designed, which was surprisingly seamless as the team and I got along really well.
Any projects you are most proud of and why?
Creating a short documentary for Honda has to be one of my proudest moments. We worked gruelling hours to meet a tight deadline. In this tiny studio we produced a collection of wonderful shots and animations to showcase these beautifully designed concept vehicles. I worked alongside the director and although producing stop motion was a step away from my usual animation, that didn’t seem to phase me. The response for the video was lovely to see, as it was picked up by a number of major design blogs upon its release.
Another proud project was Serosity, an experimental video I created over the course of a few days as I explored the intriguing properties of ferrofluid. I filmed and edited the video and turned it around in a couple of days, which went on to gain over 200,000 views on Vimeo.
Finally curating and directing HellfireBeats should be mentioned. I constructed the film in Cinema 4D. After speaking to the client, I discovered a story of the producer first learning his craft on this MPC which began his career. I used the construction of this to become the ident for his future videos.
Share your biggest lessons in life and work
Curious, challenging and cheeky – a little life motto I loosely go by after hearing it at a lecture six years ago. I’m always intrigued by the new, the next project and the big idea. It allows me to fully engage myself into every piece I work on. I like to challenge and push myself further. I know that by believing in myself and my capabilities I will manage to successfully reach the goal of the project. Finally, I find it’s important to never forget enjoying what you do. I enjoy the animations I make, the teams I meet, the companies I travel to and the clients I please. With all the hard work, I try to smile along the way.