Department of Media, Fashion & Communications , School of Arts and Creative Industries
Pooja Pottenkulam is an animation filmmaker and illustrator, whose films have been broadcast on MTV, Channel 4 and Nickelodeon and various international film festivals. She is a regular illustrator for Scholastic and has illustrated over 40 books.
Areas Of Interest
- Art and Design
Pooja Pottenkulam is a Lecturer in Animation and Illustration at the University of East London.
Her training in Animation includes a first degree from the National Institute of Design in India and an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art, London. She is a practicing animation filmmaker, whose films have been screened in various animation festivals internationally. She also illustrates children's books for Scholastic on a regular basis and has illustrated over 40 books.
While she maintains a practice as an independent animation filmmaker and illustrator, she also continues with research work within animation pedagogy.
Her work can be viewed here:
Her research has two strands; Her practice as an animation filmmaker and illustrator, and writing-based research on Animation Pedagogy, that stems from her role as full-time animation academic.
Practice as an animation filmmaker and illustrator
Her independent animation filmmaking practice can be defined by the choice of content and narratives that she tends towards, about relationships and situations recounted through traditional narratives and hand-crafted animation techniques. Her filmography includes six short films that have all been screened internationally at film festivals and on television.
The main subject area within her written research is the relevance of self-expression in Animation filmmaking and ways and methods of teaching this (Pottenkulam, 2013). The ways and methods examined are examples that are tried and tested within her teaching practice.
As Course Leader of the Animation BA (Hons) course, Pooja Pottenkulam has an overview of the design and delivery of all the modules. She teaches on all levels of the course. She leads the pre-production (visual scripting, character design, sound design and editing) and the professional practice modules for first year students and supervises second and third year students on their film projects.
BA (Hons) Animation
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