Jeroen Jaspaert directed Stick Man for Magic Light Pictures in 2015. The award-winning animation premiered that year on BBC One Christmas Day and achieved record ratings of 9.3 million viewers. The film has won critical praise and a raft of global industry awards including the coveted Cristal for TV Production at the International Annecy Animation Festival, France; Magnolia Award for Best Animation at the Shanghai TV Festival; Rockie Award for Animation at the Banff Word Media Festival, Canada; and was nominated for a BAFTA at the 2016 Children’s awards.
Jeroen is a Belgian director, based in London. After completing a BA and MA in Film Studies at the Media and Design Academy in Belgium, he moved to London in 2001 to specialise in Character Animation at Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design. He remained in London to work as a freelance animator for various animation studios.
In 2003 he became part of the director’s rostrum at Academy Award winning studio Tandem Films. He specialised in character driven animation, exploring various styles and techniques. He worked mainly in the commercial industry, with clients including Kinder Bueno, Rennie, Steradent, Jeyes Bloo loo and Persil. At Tandem Films, Jeroen gradually ventured into storytelling, creating pilots for Simon’s Cat and Bing Bunny. When Bing got picked up by Cbeebies in 2012, Jeroen became series story director on its first series (78 episodes). Bing has proven very popular, winning ‘Best Pre-school series’ at the 2016 International Emmy awards, and a Bafta nomination at the 2014 Children’s Awards.
Together with Nicky Phelan, he won ‘best director’ at the 2015 Irish Animation Awards. Jeroen is flexible in a variety of styles and techniques, ranging from old-fashioned cartoons to modern design. The core of his work always centres on observational character animation and emotional story development.