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A mighty nice collective of artists, directors, producers, graphic designers, illustrators animators and dreamers.

Our Team

Jacqueline Archer
Executive Producer

Jackie’s first stint at producing was for local entertainment where she cast, scripted and set designed entertainment extravaganzas for the whole neighbourhood. Kids young and oldish would come down to her office (aka roller door garage) and be instructed on how to get in on the act. This was in her primary years (ie,the 5 to 12 year old era).

She thought performance was her call. After training in Sydney and a stint in New York City under the tutelage of the likes of David Mamet and William H Macy, she came home to the reality of her Asian Tiger Mum saying: Go and get a “real” job. She thought the next best thing to being on stage was working in the media & film industry. She was asked if she wanted to be a production assistant, but she didn’t know what that really was. She thought “hell, why not”, and couldn’t believe that people were paid to do such a cool job. With her natural work ethic and drive, she quickly moved up the ranks and learned that a producer was exactly who she wanted to be.

Since then she has produced campaigns that have won national and international awards, post produced work for Oscar award winning directors and worked in all types of entertainment industries: From Post to Agency and Network Television.

Jackie still pinches herself that she gets paid to do a such a really cool job.

Darren Price
Executive Creative Director

After trying his hand at being a door to door salesman of kitchen knives (asking him to cut a penny into a spiral), a stable hand with excellent Barrel Racing skills and playing lots of computer games, Darren finally found comics and movies. Working at Phantom Zone as a 20yo, he was Clarence waiting for his Alabama, A True Romantic.

Eventually he ended up studying Graphic Design (narrowly dodging a degree in BioChemistry) while also self-publishing comics and putting on Very Excellent Dance Parties.

Launching straight into animation after university, Darren has never looked back. Establishing the CG studio for Nexus Productions with Rob Andrews & Reece Millidge, he played key roles in such greats as Honda Grrr, Coke’s The Heist and the opening titles for Lemony Snicket for Dreamworks with Smith & Foulkes. Darren went on to win a Bafta for his first short movie “Potapych – The Bear Who Loved Vodka”.

He loved the ‘Bottersnikes & Gumbles’ books as a child, and still cant quite believe he is now getting to bring these characters to life.

Darren was a Geek before it was cool.

Softly Dunstan
Creative Director

As a toddler, Softly drew print registration marks on all her drawings. Her parents didn’t know it at the time, but it was a sign.

She realised Graphic Design was her one and only true path after spending her high school years making Super-Awesome-Title-Pages-For-Quite-Short-Essays. Softly brings over 20 years Design and Art Direction experience, including magazines, print, advertising and packaging.

She boldly claims to be a Tetrachromatic Art Director, meaning either her ego or her genius needs to be checked. You will usually hear her using words such as ‘Fizzing’ and ‘Pinging’ to explain why It’s Just Not Working.

Her sense of direction is uncanny, unless she’s in London and then it gets just whacky. She loves a bitter cocktail on a hot day, her kids and her husband – all at the same time is even better.

Gabrielle Joosten
Head of Production

Our Gabs brings with her over 18 years of experience in film and TVCs. With production roles in ‘Happy Feet 2”, “Blinky Bill : the Movie” and “Legend of the Guardians” under her belt, she’s more than comfortable managing high-end quality animation. Years of experience in ad-land, post-production and SBS Broadcast also give Gabs and added edge in managing client-side expectations.

Her passion for creativity is what attracted us to Gabs in the first place, as well as her “Joosten, we have a problem.” pun (it never gets old! Haha!). Growing up in Amsterdam she almost chose field hockey as a career, then she wanted to be a Pilot, but lucky for us such great films as “Amelie” and “Mon Oncle” inspired Gabs to chase the dream of the moving image.

Gabs holds the record for asking “is it approved?” and also for “most patience/endurance”, and her favourite saying is: “You have to Be-Lief!” (‘Lief’ means sweet/good in Dutch) and we all think this is just the best combination for the Head of Production.

Jane Reynolds
Producer

Jane is someone who sounds like The Perfect Best Friend. She loves wine & cheese, afternoon naps and posseses Exceptional Talent for pub quizzes. This also makes her an excellent Producer.

With 18 years experience in Animation & Design, Jane brings a creative, experienced eye to every job. After studying 2D animation, she started as a Disney 2D Inbetweener, but quickly realised the Production side was where her love lay, leading her to Fuel VFX, Animal Logic and Cutting Edge.

Jane loves sewing and tending to her pot plants, and preaches a De-caffeinated Life. On meeting her one might suppose Jane can touch her toes (its all that running she does) but she simply can’t.

Alex Grigg
Animation Director

We are SO glad Alex graduated from Big W checkout boy to award-winning Animation Director.

It was while watching Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry as a wee nipper that Alex first realised his love of story-telling. Being ‘pretty good’ at drawing helped too. And when someone told him he could do this kind of stuff as a job his mind was blown, much like the science experiments he so loved as a kid.

Jump forward and Alex has an impressive history in his short time in the industry. Having worked at such great studios as Passion Pictures, Studio AKA and Nexus Productions, on brands like Nike, Compare the Meerkat and even Arctic Monkeys video clips, Alex’s experience is extensive. He also regularly animates promos for Cartoon Network and moderates the widely respected ozanimate.com website. Also filling in his spare hours are the Sydney branch of loopdeloop a bi-monthly animation challenge and the amazing Late Night Work Club.

Find more of what he loves at his tumblr.

AWARDS:
Participation certificates in U6’s – U12’s soccer
Special Jury Prize, Hiroshima Animation Festival
Young Director Award, Cannes Lions
Sydney Film Festival, Dendy Award for best Animation
Art Director’s Club, Young Guns Award
Art Director’s Club, Bronze Cube
Promax, Silver award

Jeremy Howdin
Head of Studio

Jeremy is the only one of us who has been to the Emmys in LA, and our jealousy will never subside.

He is passionate for everything ‘Creative & Techy’ which makes him a perfect Head of Studio, where we are always throwing curveballs of creativity at him. His years of Lego play as a kid has given him such skills as Patience, Vision and Biting Off Hard Bits.

Jeremy’s movie experience is extensive:  I Frankenstein (Luma Pictures), Walking With Dinosaurs, Lego, Coke Polar Bears, Happy Feet 2, Legend of the Guardians, Knowing, Australia, Happy Feet, Aqua Marine, Croc Hunter, Moulin Rouge, In the Cut, Farscape 2 & 3, Peace Keeper Wars… but now he’s mad for everything Quadcoptor (if one appears in your pitch you can totally blame him).

He’s secretly training to walk 30metres on his hands, ask for a demo the next time you visit.

When not elbow deep in tech, Jeremy’s favourite place to be is with his family.

AWARDS:
Knowing – 2009 VES Nomination Best Single Visual Effect of the Year
Farscape – 2005 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects for a Mini Series Movie or a Special
Farscape – 2004 Australian Effects and Animation Festival Award for TV Series
Martial Arts – 2003 Australian Effects and Animation Festival Award for TV Series
Ty Game Movie – 2002 Australian Effects and Animation Festival Award for TV Series
Elemental Advisory Board Member 2004

Duncan Maclaren
Animation Director – Bottersnikes & Gumbles

Hailing from Newmarket, UK, Duncan boasts over 20 years experience in film, TV and games, including traditional animation. Working for such amazing studios as Fin Design, Dr D. Studios, Blue Zoo, Collider, Passion Pictures and Nexus Productions, Duncan brings the best to everything he works on.

We all find it particularly easy to remember Duncan’s dad’s name: Duncan. He is in fact a SIXTH generation Duncan.

Out of all of the team, our Duncan is definitely the best pancake-maker but he hates washing up afterwards, but its win-win for all of us.

 

Mike Singca
Animator

Mike’s been animating for just over 5 years. After a stint at Halo Pictures, he joined Mighty Nice as our junior, but was quickly heaped with some beautiful work in Farm Heroes (3D) and Universities Australia (2D).

He is our resident Game of Thrones expert, Mike knows those books backwards, but is excellent at keeping any spoilers quiet (thanks Mike!). He loves everything nerdy: fantasy & sci-fi novels, comics and of course TV & film.

Mike loves travel, but hates flying. Loves pizza, but no pineapple please. His beards come and go, but he’s a stayer.

 

Vincent E Sousa
CG Lead

Our resident Frenchman hates Paris… he REALLY hates it. This is a great thing for Mighty Nice as we get to keep him as long as Sydney keeps offering him beautiful days and pretty ladies.

Working for such great studios as Ankama, The Mill and Flying Bark, Vince brings an exceptional eye to all our jobs. His freelancing has taken him to the UK, US and Canada. Oh the ladies! And he’s part of STEAK, a very cool international animation crew, see them here.

Vince was a hyper-active kid, and is enjoying catching up now on all that sleep he missed out on. He also loves scuba-diving and can out-juggle all of us.

Watch the brilliant  ‘Meet Buck’ he made with STEAK here.

Bonnie Taylor
Junior Designer

Bonnie never expected to be an animator. It’s hard to picture yourself as a professional paid artist when all you did as a kid was amble about on horses and chase after cows (there wasn’t much else to do deep in rural NSW.) So for a long time her sights were set on the Olympic Eventing team, or maybe even Paleontology. Just as long as she didn’t end up stuck in the country!

Jump forward a few years and Bonnie found herself living in Sydney’s inner West; one animation degree, a short film and an AACTA nomination under her belt.

After a short stint at the Museum of Contemporary Art and freelancing as an animator she was picked up by Mighty Nice as a Junior Designer. If you ask her Bonnie will probably tell you she’s the luckiest kid alive today.

Apart from a lot of drawing, Bonnie spends her time reading science fiction, working on her short films at Knock Studio, attending art exhibitions (mostly for the free wine), patting dogs that don’t belong to her, practicing archery, avoiding the gym, frequenting cinemas, thinking about horses and counting down till the next ski season. She’s also learning to skate on her longboard “Jelly”….. Which honestly isn’t going very well.

You can check out more of Bonnie’s work at her website HERE.

Angie Atkins
Line Producer

 

While you would think having the most poetic name in Mighty Nice might be enough, Angie can also claim to be the only team member who has ridden horses at a state competition level – she was Very Serious for a while.

“Angaline Atkins”… just read it again, out loud…

Angie cut her teeth in movies. Working on the Matrix Trilogy, King Kong, and under Peter Jackson, Penny Chapman and Grant Hill, she then went to M&C Saatchi as Production Assistant to Head of TV.

Her very first job as Chief Snail Picker-Upperer in a local vege garden (20c per snail!) had no impact whatsoever on her love of movies and animation.

She now manages our office and everything Bottersnikes & Gumbles. Her hidden skill at choreographing children’s dance routines remains untapped by Mighty Nice, but we do enjoy her love of dancing and music. See her photography blog HERE

Diana Angelius
Production Assistant

As a kid, Diana showed promise as a fashion designer; wrapping herself in her mother’s fabrics and whipping out her Derwents, designing one fashion faux pas after another. However, over the years she started expressing herself more through her writing.

Upon the completion of her bachelor’s degree, Diana faced a dilemma most arts graduates know all too well – what now? So in a lightbulb moment, she decided to enrol in a master’s degree… in arts. A year and a half later, Diana got her first ‘real’ job as a tech journalist. Her first day was off to a good start – “What’s an OS?” – but sometime later she was up for an industry award, a finalist in the best new journalist category. Leaving on a high, Diana was ready for a new challenge and moved into internal comms. Her gamble and hard work paid off, winning the PRIA Internal/Change Management award in 2013. It was also while in this role that she got her first taste of production life – and loved it. Naturally, she jumped to broadcast TV which only cemented her decision to work in production. The opportunity to work at Mighty Nice has been the cherry on top of Diana’s scenic tour towards her true calling.

In her spare time, this crazy dog lady enjoys long walks on the beach with her two dachshunds and collecting dachshund bits and bobs (bookends, ring holders, salt and pepper shakers, you name it). She also likes reading, drawing, popping bubble-wrap, watching TV and movies, paddle-boarding, and listening to her favourite song on repeat.

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