Philip Davies – Creative Director / Director / Illustrator / Motion Graphic Designer / Animator

Originally from Pretoria, South Africa, Philip trained as a graphic designer but moved into animation when he realized it was actually a job you could have. He has traveled around a lot whilst growing up, being exposed to a lot of different cultures and experiences.

He uses his training as an illustrator and designer in hand with his VFX experience to make motion graphics and experimental visuals. These are for short form, long form, live events, museum installations, TV shows, indie films, music videos, and art projects that have no real purpose.

At parties he says he’s an animator, for ease of conversation, but if he just hangs out with other animators he feels like he would disappear into his own navel. He started a studio called Battlecat! in order to meet and collaborate with artists from other disciplines – fine artists, musicians, dancers, programmers, poets, architects, etc.

Road to success – Ups and Downs

I’ve had a fair share of ups and downs – it can be difficult to stay focused on work you are passionate about when there are bills to pay. I’ve definitely struggled a lot with remembering to do the stuff I actually care about. Someone once told me “do the work you want to do more of”, but it takes a lot of psyching yourself up and faith to pursue personal projects that no one asked for and maybe no one cares about. If you just do whatever is asked of you, you end up doing more of that.

Greatest achievements so far – Projects I’m most proud of

My greatest achievement so far was helping a young friend of mine who has Aspergers syndrome make a movie about what his life is like. I’ve spent a lot of time and energy working on projects with purely commercial aims, or projects that don’t seem to have any lasting impact, so I’m proud that I was able to make something that felt like it means something to someone. That’s a rare privilege for me.

Biggest lessons in life and work

I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker since I can remember, it’s always been my passion, and although I’ve accepted that I probably will never direct multi-million dollar science fiction epics like I wanted to as a kid, I am very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I don’t feel like I’ve learned any life lessons that aren’t already summarized by Baz Luhrman in ‘Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen’.

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