Melanie Callaghan, Aardman Animations

In my role as Senior VFX Production Coordinator at Aardman Animations, I worked with Judith for over a year.

One of Judith's main responsibilities was to liaise with the edit department to get information on special requests for changes as requested by the film's directors, and to relay these to the VFX department. This was always handled efficiently, and she was always ready and able to respond to requests for additional information.

Judith's excellent relationship with the edit department, especially the editor and first assistant editor, made it especially straightforward to get the information we needed often at short notice, and her understanding of the VFX processes and workflow ensured that we could get that information into the format that we needed quickly.

Judith also ran a number of director reviews for the previz and CGI animation elements which needed to be integrated seamlessly into the film. It was her responsibility to liaise with the coordinators and supervisors to keep the timelines up to date on the Avid at all times, and to make live adjustments to the shots during these reviews. At all times I found her efforts to ensure that she had the correct information to be outstanding.

In December 2010 we hired a trainee to assist Judith during an exceptionally busy period of production. She managed to train him in the workings of the edit suites and workflow very quickly, and he proved to be such an asset that we kept him on for the duration of the film.


 Melanie Callaghan, Senior VFX Coordinator, Aardman Animations - The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists