Neil has worked as an animation artist in London, Dublin and Hollywood. After leaving film school he was hired by triple Oscar winning director Richard Williams to work on the Disney/Spielberg production ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’(1988).
Following this, Neil stayed on at the Williams studio as a senior animator and contributed several sequences to the cult feature film ‘The Thief and the Cobbler’(1993). Straight after this, Neil became one of the founding members of Premier Films where he animated numerous international television commercials, and produced feature film sequences for European and Hollywood productions.
In 1996 he supervised the design, storyboarding and animation of several sequences in the Warner Bros. hit movie ‘Space Jam’. In 2008 Neil returned to work with Richard Williams on the 16-part DVD set ‘The Animator’s Survival Kit – Animated’, producing many of the 500 teaching examples of the animator’s craft.
After this, Neil wrote and directed a short film, ‘The Last Belle’ (2011), which was nominated for Best British Short at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and won the Grand Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, as well as numerous other awards. Since 2012 Neil has worked freelance, becoming a directing animator on several Sylvain Chomet projects, including titles for ‘The Simpsons’(2014), and on the Lupus Films productions of ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’(2012), ‘Ethel and Ernest’(2016) and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’(2016).
Most recently Neil was invited by Paramount Pictures to design and animate several hand-drawn sequences in the CG movie ‘Sherlock Gnomes’(2018). Neil is currently attached to co-direct (with Kirk Hendry) the animated feature film ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’, an epic family adventure story based upon the best-selling book by ‘War Horse’ author Michael Morpurgo.
Events involving Neil Boyle:
Time: Wed, 14 Nov - 11:00
Venue: Theatre 2