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About

I hold a Bachelor of Creative Media Production from Massey University. I am the creator, director and producer of 3D animated mini series Kiwis Can Fly (now available for streaming on TVNZ’s children’s online platform HEIHEI.co.nz). A recipient of the 2018 Big Pitch award for ‘Kiwis Can Fly’ at the annual SPADA (Screen Producers and Development Association) Conference. Most recently I received the Silver Pin award at the 2019 Best Design Awards (Student Moving Image category) for Kiwis Can Fly.

My key interests fall under IP development and storytelling specifically in the animation sector. I love working with passionate creatives to develop new and exciting ideas and concepts. Constantly in a tug of war between my left sided brain which is productivity driven, analytical, and not to mention painfully perfectionist. But then my right sided brain kicks in full force which brain vomits my over-active imagination, random ass thoughts and ideas.

I’m well rounded in all aspects of film including pre-production development, production and post-production for animated content, live action film and interactive media.

My dream is to work some of the most talented people in the industry, bring her creative content to national and international markets and hopefully one day start my own animation studio.

Testimonies

"I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Courtney over the past five months. She is intelligent and driven, with a natural gift for producing and an incredible flair for animation. Above all, she is an absolute pleasure to be around and I have no doubt that her passion and talent for media production will take her far in life."

- Jessie Grosser, Production Manager, Flying Saucer Films.

“From the get go, Courtney was the stand out talent for me. She presented brilliantly, had a clear creative vision for the animation project she pitched, had done her research and left me with no doubt that she was a creative talent who would go far in the media industry. She works hard, communicates brilliantly and has led her team with skill and passion.”

- Amie Mills, Head of Funding, NZ on Air.

”I was blown away by Courtney’s dedication to her work, as well as the fresh perspectives and creative solutions she brought to the process. Courtney’s series Kiwi’s Can Fly is good enough to be considered for broadcast on TVNZ’s children’s on-demand platform HEIHEI. Achieving this level of production deserves acknowledgement and we’re incredibly proud of her.”

- Kate Simmonds, Manager of HEIHEI and New Blood content, TVNZ.

“Courtney has a bright future in the industry, both conceiving of and creating her own content, but also of enabling those around her and in a team context to succeed alongside her….She is adept at given not only her technical skills in animation, editing, production, direction and concept design but also her skills and experience in budgets, casting, dealing with her client(s), fundraising and attracting, managing and leading a team…Her initiative, attention to detail, maturity, ideas and leadership are remarkable for someone of her age and experience”

- Nicci (Lock) Boucher, Project Manager, Massey University.

Courtney embraces production management and her ability to communicate well translates into how she organises roles, manages staffing responsibilities, and determines milestones. She embraces organising projects with industry tools such as Shotgun, Trello, and with carefully organised collaborative spreadsheets. Courtney has a thorough understanding of post-production and animation/VFX pipelines. The quality of her work and her engagement in and out of class has made her a stand out student and person. Courtney confidently carries herself in a very outgoing, friendly, and professional way. She is respectful, listens carefully, and often takes notes for herself and for others. Courtney delivers clear and constructive criticism to her peers and eagerly seeks feedback on her own work. It has been very rewarding taking part in Courtney’s enthusiasm for the craft of post-production development.

- Justin Rotolo, Staff Producer and Animation Supervisor, Massey University.