The Team

Our Studio in Bristol houses a strong team of the industry's leading artists whose combined talents create beautiful moving images. 

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Simon Clarke: Creative Director
e: simon@moonrakervfx.com

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Simon's award-winning creative work has been recognised by his clients and peers through flagship programmes and series for the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Channel 4. With a keen interest in Science and Natural History, he has had the opportunity to work with many of the industries leading film makers, producers and directors, most recently on the global success of BBC’s Planet Earth II.

As an established VFX Supervisor Simon has spent much of his 22-year career steering the creative and technical process both on-set, on location and with the hugely talented artists in our Bristol Studio, where to this day he remains actively involved in the creative leadership and look development of our projects. Competitive on and off the pitch, Simon enjoys a good game of tennis with his son, running the odd marathon and playing the piano.

Welcome to Moonraker, a premium visual effects company forged by aspiration and ambition delivered with style by a creative team that work hard for the love of what they do.
— Simon Clarke and Jon Grafton co-founders of Moonraker
 
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Jon Grafton: Managing Director
e: jon@moonrakervfx.com

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Jon has been leading production and creative departments and businesses for the last fifteen years.

Having started his career producing CGI and visual effects shots for broadcasters and advertisers, Jon also moved into the production of print/art work, graphic design and live action. This included setting up the content department Storylab for Dentsu Aegis Networks and leading the production department at Addiction (now part of Bray Leino).

Jon has been working with Simon for the last thirteen years and has produced work for the BBC (including the hugely successful Planet Earth II), Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5, History Channel, Discovery, Nat Geo, Smithsonian and a number of other production companies and broadcasters.

Jon lives in the Chew Valley in Somerset and outside work enjoys running and talking to anyone who will listen about wine.

 
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Graham Stott: Creative Lead

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Graham entered the VFX industry having started out as a 2D cell animator. His skillset broadened out as a 3D generalist working on a broad range of projects including BBC1's BAFTA award winning ‘Battlefield Britain' and the RTS winning 'Titanic - Birth of a Legend' for ITV.

During this time Graham's development as an artist continued and he cemented his reputation as a skilled individual capable of handling entire jobs from previs to final compositing. His interest in finishing shots led to a specialisation away from 3D and into compositing full time, where he continued to make significant contributions on award winning shows such as BBC1's ‘Wonders of the Solar System' and WGBH ‘Life Beyond Earth'.

Graham's career reached a new height when, as VFX Supervisor, he was the named recipient of an Emmy and RTS Award, for the History Channel's 'WWII from Space'.

Currently, as Creative Lead, he continues to apply his enthusiasm and finishing verve to a variety of long form broadcast projects, having delivered working including Wonders of The Monsoon, Planet Earth II, Barbarians Rising for History Channel and Bettany Hughes's 8 Days That Made Rome.

Outside of his work in the VFX industry, Graham enjoys a good movie and a glass of wine!

Tom Downes: Head of 3D

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Tom is an established technical 3D artist and programmer for visual effects having worked in the industry for the last 17 years.

During his career Tom spent 8 years at Aardman as a Senior Technical Director working on a wide range of commercials for brands such as Robinsons, Johnnie Walker and British Gas and he later lead the software development on their Oscar nominated feature film The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Tom also spent time working at Weta Digital in New Zealand as a Motion Capture Tools Programmer for which he received credits on all three highly successful Hobbit movies as well as Planet of the Apes.

Tom returned to Bristol to set up a VFX pipeline software company and in 2015 returned to the CGI front line joining the team at Moonraker for the epic historical series Barbarians Rising for History Channel.

Outside of work Tom enjoys cycling having recently undertaken a whopping 8 hour, 200km ride. He is also an accomplished juggler, regularly travelling to conventions across the world.

Scott Metcalfe: Producer

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Scott has a wealth of animation, motion graphics and VFX production experience spanning television, commercials and features.

He arrived at Moonraker in 2015 to join the rebellion, working on the epic 8 hour doc-buster Barbarians Rising for History Channel. Scott assisted in supervising the production management and delivery of over 400 groundbreaking visual effects shots for this hugely ambitious series.

Since then Scott has become a key member of the team, leading production on many projects and assisting in shot delivery of the hugely successful Planet Earth II and Mars.

Prior to joining Moonraker Scott produced many high profile broadcast graphics projects for the BBC, BBC Natural History Unit, ITV, SKY, National Geographic and Discovery.

He began his career in features working as a production coordinator on the big budget CGI feature animation Arthur Christmas, and the Oscar nominated The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists.

Scott has a passion for cinema and studied film at graduate and post graduate level, obtaining a Masters in Film & Television Production from the University of Bristol. Aside from watching movies he enjoys spending time with his young family and obsessing over his fast growing record collection.

 
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Emma Kolasinska: Producer

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Emma has worked across the board in agency, production and post production.

She has over 10 years experience working with some of Europes best commerical directors, production companies and broadcasters across music videos, corporate, online, commerical and programming.

In her spare time Emma likes a challenge... a few of her feats include the worlds toughest obstacle course "Tough Guy" and running London to Brighton (yes, in one go).

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Jem Grimshaw: VFX Supervisor 

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Jem is an experienced lighting technical director who has worked with numerous leading VFX facilities in London and Bristol across feature films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Clash of the Titans, Jupiter Ascending, and John Carter From Mars, playing a critical role in the early look development of various CG environments across complex vfx sequences.

More recently he has firmly settled at Moonraker lending his technical and creative abilities to a range of flagship broadcast television projects, including BBC Planet Earth II, Barbarians Rising, the recent National Geographic Drama ‘Mars’ and Timeworm Monsters for BBC Dr.Who.

His extensive experience across both feature films, commercials and television work, has provided him the opportunity to refine his skills to craft and light shots in many varied styles, whether photorealistic or graphic representation.

Jem is a master at developing the aesthetic direction of a creative brief, able to respond to direction and develop a concept to final image, aided by his broad based creative background and an exceptional eye for detail.

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Alex Rumsey: 3D Artist

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Alex joined Moonraker in 2014 after graduating with a first class degree in Visual Effects studying under the Gifted and Talented scholarship program and has firmly established himself as an integral part of our 3d team.

That talent has continued helping to establish technical and creative solutions on such shows as Barbarians Rising ‘The 8-hour doc buster’ for History Channel and SKY ONE’S AMAZING Animal Family series.

Alex has developed a keen interest in emerging aesthetics and technologies within the industry, including photogrammetry, reality capture, and virtual reality and is using these skills to good effect on our current projects.

Outside of work Alex enjoys tinkering with electronics and practical effects projects, alongside landscape photography and videography.

 
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Ryan McGrath: 2D Designer

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Ryan became the youngest addition to the Moonraker team in 2016. He is a compositor and generalist with a background in art & design. Beginning his professional career as an accomplished After Effects artist he has been keen to expand his skills with other software such as Fusion, Nuke and Maya.

He discovered a passion for Visual Effects & Motion Graphics in university and his artistic abilities quickly transferred. He graduated with 1st class honours picking up 2 Ffresh awards from The Student Media Festival of Wales. Since graduating Ryan has worked with production companies in Cardiff and Bristol.

Moving to Bristol in early 2016, Ryan has immersed himself in the city's music & art culture. He is an avid gamer and film fan who likes to stay creative, enjoying drawing and painting.

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Annie Scott: Studio Manager

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Annie joined the Moonraker team in the summer of 2017 with a wealth of administration experience behind her. In her role as Studio Manager she looks after the day to day smooth running of the studio.

Although new to the VFX industry, Annie has a keen interest in the arts, having achieved a first class honours degree in History of Art from the University of Leeds. In her spare time Annie loves to think of herself as an amateur interior designer and is very partial to a nice cold G&T.

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Mark Hartshorn: Systems Administrator

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Mark joins the Moonraker team with 12 years’ worth of experience in IT and networking services behind him. In his role as Systems Administrator he looks after the upkeep and maintenance of the Studio technology and infrastructure.

With a keen interest in visual technologies and automation, he uses a combination of technical/hardware experience and programming skills to facilitate his role within Moonraker.

Although new to the VFX industry, Mark has a keen interest in visual arts having worked on short films and produced/directed music videos for bands signed to his record label which is based in Bristol. He is also an accomplished musician/producer who has released and performed music since his teens.

In his spare time Mark regularly plays on the Bristol scene as a solo artist and as part of a band. He enjoys spending time with his daughter, reading, skateboarding and is an obsessive music/film fan.

 

We are always looking for exceptional talent to join our team from junior artists starting out in the industry to seasoned senior supervisors. If you are interested in working with us please send your details to jobs@moonrakervfx.com