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Stuart Hilton

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Animation
London College of Communication
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Stuart Hilton is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Animation at London College of Communication.

Stuart is also an artist/filmmaker working primarily with experimental mixed-media animation. He has a long career in directing, animating and designing commercials and graphics for TV, film and other media. Alongside working as a commercial and independent artist, he has also been a lecturer for over 20 years and joined BA (Hons) Animation in 2020 taking on the role of Interim Course Leader at the beginning of 2021.

His experimental animation film works have exhibited at major International Film and Animation Festivals such Stuttgart Animation Festival, Animafest, Zagreb, Annecy, France, Fantoche, Portugal, Eyeworks Festival, Chicago, London International Animation Festival, London Film Festival, ICA Biennial and Edge of Frame at Barbican.

Exhibitions include Spacetricks: Trickraum International touring exhibition in 2005-6, Art on the Underground in 2012 and Edge of Frame: Experimental Animation Symposium Whitechapel Gallery 2016. His latest work, The Injured Expert, was exhibited as part of Beg Steal and Borrow Exhibition at Bermondsey Project Space in 2020.

His current personal work is an interrogation of ideas around animated documentary and the indexical flux around notions of authenticity, actuality, craft and process in a form that uses animation and sound more as a way to add ‘time’ and ‘change’ to ideas rather than to imagine other worlds or create the illusion of anthropomorphic life.

He formed the directing duo FAQ in 2000 with Ian Cross and directed many award winning commercials and graphic idents for clients including BBC2, Channel 4, Guinness, Heineken, Ford, Emirates and The Guardian alongside title sequences for film and TV such as Romanzo Criminale and Snatch.

He is a musician and composer and plays drums in Power Pop Post Punk Psych Rock band Cult Figures. In 2014 he composed the music for Dead Air, a short film by award-winning director, Robert Bradbrook and has since gone on to compose, perform and record the music for Jonathan Hodgson’s 2019 BAFTA winning short film Roughhouse.

Stuart keeps a photographic idea sketchbook on Instagram and is available for light removals at the weekends.

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View the BA (Hons) Animation course page.


To view Stuart's work, you check out his Instagram.