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Mar 22, 2017

Alien Isolation: more work

Alien Isolation, Animation, The Creative Assembly, Work

Recently uploaded more of my work from Alien Isolation. Both a reel and also a more in depth look at the work I completed on the Alien’s locomotion specifically . You can check it out in my portfolio section on this site and Vimeo. Also absolutely stoked at being featured on a … Read More

Feb 4, 2016

Alien Isolation: my work

Alien Isolation, Animation, The Creative Assembly

I’ve finally uploaded some animation I did for Alien Isolation. So that’s a new website theme and some new content in one week! I’ve been going over the work I did on the project for a long time now, polishing certain bits, trying to cut it together and present it in a … Read More

Sep 11, 2015

Halo Wars 2

Games, Halo Wars 2, The Creative Assembly, Work

The new project I’m working on was announced last month, Halo Wars 2! Little slow getting an update on here, lots going on at once. Not only did I move on to the project but as of August 1st I’m officially Lead Animator. Big change, but one I’m really excited … Read More

Sep 11, 2015

Total War: Warhammer

The Creative Assembly, Total War, Warhammer, Work

After I finished up work on Alien Isolation I got the opportunity to return to the Total War team for a little while to work on Warhammer. It was a pleasure to join the animation team on there, they’re a really talented bunch and I was just happy to help … Read More

Jul 3, 2015

Samurai Jack Tribute

Animation, Inspiration, Shogun 2, Short Film

Nice use of the Shogun 2 soundtrack. Love this 🙂

Jun 9, 2015

AM Blog: 10 Advanced Acting Performance Tips for Animators

Animation, Animation Mentor, Help/Advice

Great post from the AM blog went up recently. Absolute gold advice in here: 10 tips

Jun 8, 2015

Digital Tutors Blog

Help/Advice, Inspiration, Links, Uncategorized

Really enjoying the Digital Tutors blog at the minute. They post up some great articles ranging from motivational techniques, professional interviews to just flat out tips and tricks for all disciplines. I know it’s obvious, but it’s so easily forgotten that even during busy times at work it’s vital to have a break and return to … Read More

Jun 7, 2015

We won!!

Alien Isolation, Bafta, The Creative Assembly, Uncategorized, Work

Three months late with a post on here but anyway……..Alien Isolation won the Bafta for Best Audio!! Massive congrats to the audio team, it’s fully deserved. Would of been lovely to pick up a few of those other nominations but congrats to all the other winners that did. As promised … Read More

Mar 12, 2015

Bafta Game Awards 2015: 6 Nominations for Alien Isolation

Alien Isolation, Bafta, The Creative Assembly, Work

If you didn’t already know, the game I most recently worked on Alien Isolation, has been nominated for 6 Bafta Awards: I’m lucky enough to be attending the event this evening, fingers crossed for TeamCA! Here’s hoping tomorrow I can post up a very cheesy photo of myself looking dapper and … Read More

Feb 4, 2015

Featured on the PlayStation Blog

Alien Isolation, Animation, Blog, Playstation, Technology, The Creative Assembly

Completely forgot to mention this in my big and very late previous entry … When A:I was released I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to do a blog post for PlayStation with my  colleague Tobias Kleanthous. One of our main focuses during the project was the character locomotion and we … Read More

Feb 4, 2015

Alien Isolation

Alien Isolation, Blog, Games, The Creative Assembly

Hello….is anybody out there??? On October 7th 2014 the game I have been animating on for 3 and a half years, Alien Isolation, was officially released on XBox360, XBoxOne, PS3, PS4 and PC. Overall it’s gone down a storm, which is great  obviously! But even more pleasingly  and most importantly … Read More

Jan 17, 2014

Anim Squad – Student Reel Fall 2013

Animation, Blog, Inspiration, Reels

Really enjoyed this. A lot of online animation schools out there now which is great to see. Been particularly impressed with some iAnimate reels recently and seems like those guys and these are really nailing some unique but reality grounded performances from their students. Some fantastic attention to detail in … Read More

Jan 17, 2014

Phillip To – Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reel

Animals, Animation, Blog, Inspiration, Reels

Outstanding reel. Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reel from Philip To on Vimeo.

Dec 3, 2013

Michael Holzl Showreel

Animals, Animation, Blog, Inspiration

Wow, so impressive. Great variety and some parts are so well done you’d question whether it was animated if it wasn’t already featuring in a reel:

Oct 17, 2013

Doug Dooley Reel

Animation, Blog, Inspiration, Pixar, Reference

Wow…just wow. This guy should be so proud of the work he’s produced, so many iconic pieces in there. Enjoy:  

Oct 16, 2013

New Birdbox short – Carpark

Animation, Birdbox, Blog, Inspiration, Short Film

Oct 10, 2013

Cartoon Brew: Foodimals Animation in “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”

Animation, Blog, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Inspiration, Sony Pictures

Found @Cartoon Brew So good, really enjoyed the first film and can’t wait for this. Would love to work on something with this much variety. Just a link to the video I’m afraid, has restrictions: https://vimeo.com/76568214

Oct 10, 2013

Breaking Bad Tribute

Blog, Breaking Bad, TV

MASSIVE SPOILERS!!! Do not watch if you haven’t seen any of the show. If you haven’t seen the show yet, please do. It is quite rightly banded about as the best TV show ever! Beautifully edited tribute, this just gave me the Heisenberg fix I needed after it finished 🙁

Sep 19, 2013

The Scarecrow

Animation, Blog, Short Film

Another great piece by Moonbot Studios .

Sep 11, 2013

Micro Mayhem

Animation, Blog, Inspiration, Short Film, Stop Motion

Awesome stop motion short film. Boys(or girls) and their toys: Micro Mayhem! from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios on Vimeo.

Sep 11, 2013

Puppeteer on PS3

Animation, Blog, Gameplay, Games, Inspiration, Puppeteer

Looks so lush! I reckon it would of been great fun to work on this. Definitely one to play with my daughter when she gets a bit older: Found @ Spungella

Sep 5, 2013

Marcellis Wentz Halo 4 Reel

Animation, Blog, Gameplay, Games, Halo4, Inspiration

Really nice reel, some fantastic 1st person animations in there: Marcellis Wentz – 2012 Gameplay Animation Reel – Halo 4 from Marcellis Wentz on Vimeo. Found @ onAnimation

Sep 4, 2013


Animation, Blog, Gobelins, Inspiration, Short Film

Another outstanding short to come out of Gobelins l’école de l’image. In a medium in which we see a lot of recycled and re-skinned material, it’s refreshing that the work that comes out of this school is not only artistically outstanding but full of imagination. So often  rules/conventions/reality when coming … Read More

Sep 2, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch Generator

Fun, Guff

http://benedictcumberbatchgenerator.tumblr.com/ Gem of a link sent round at work today. So much fun….Snozzlebert Vegemite….lol

Aug 31, 2013

New WordPress theme

Theme, Wordpress

Been a little quiet on here again. Same old excuse, busy at work. I am a Dad now though so surely that counts as another excuse. Anyway I’ve gone ‘big-time’ and bought a premium WordPress theme. I’d like to think it’s an improvement, I felt with the old theme it … Read More

Oct 31, 2012


Animation, Inspiration, Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli

Mentally busy at work right now, so the few amount of posts I do make has become….well….even fewer. Still have time for joys like this though:  

Jun 29, 2012

3D Artwork


Some one sent this round at work, there’s a whole bunch of them if you click the the image. They’re all absolutely wonderful, however I still get that instinct that I get when watching 3D films of wanting to peer round them and then being disappointed!

Jan 30, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Animation, Inspiration, Oscars, Short Film

Absolutely love this, well worthy of it’s oscar nom:  

Sep 1, 2011

Links added

Animation, Artwork, Inspiration, Links

Added a few more links to my ever growing list. I’m really enjoying Andreas Deja’s blog at the moment, mainly due to the beautiful artwork he’s posting up like below:  

Aug 31, 2011

Added my Shogun II Reel

Animals, Animation, Featured, Shogun 2, The Creative Assembly, Total War, Work

Finally uploaded my Shogun II reel to vimeo, you can see it here.  

Jul 26, 2011

Animation Insiders

Animation, Help/Advice, Inspiration, Reference

I rememeber reading about this book a while back and wanted to get it then. Well they’ve just released it as a free e-book http://www.squeezestudio.com/animation-insiders/ So much great info in there

Jun 28, 2011

Defective Detective

Animation, Inspiration, Short Film

Love this:

May 23, 2011

Animation Quality vs. Quantity – the great debate!

Animation, Dreamworks, Help/Advice, Inspiration

Great posts on this subject @ Jason Schleiffer’s blog. Found via spungella

May 17, 2011

The Slow Mo Guys


Great Reference from these guys. Though this one is purely for laughs:

May 11, 2011

Great Blog – Flooby Nooby

Animation, Help/Advice, Inspiration

Some great info on there. There’s a section at the bottom of the home page called ‘Resources for Animation Artists’ , awesome collection of helpful tips and advice.   Found via animators resource

Apr 15, 2011

“The Pirate” by Meindbender

Animation, Cartoon Network, Inspiration, Meindbender

Fantastic style: The Pirate from river/Petra Monheim on Vimeo. Found @ CartoonBrew

Apr 8, 2011

I could waste a lot of cash here…

Artwork, Dreamworks, Inspiration

Check out these Found @ Spungella

Mar 29, 2011

Simon’s Cat

Animation, Inspiration

Another great Simon’s cat short:

Mar 24, 2011

Added my Animal Reel

Animals, Animation, Empire, Featured, Napoleon, Shogun 2, The Creative Assembly, Total War, Work

I put together some shots of animals I’ve animated for Empire, Napoleon and most recently Shogun 2 and added it to the animation page. I’m also in the process of going through all the work I’ve just dome on Shogun 2, I worked predominately on the Horses so that will … Read More

Mar 22, 2011

(Notes On) Biology

Animation, Inspiration

(notes on) biology from ornana films on Vimeo. Found @ animatorsresource

Mar 17, 2011

Total War: Shogun 2 is out now

Animation, Shogun 2, The Creative Assembly, Total War, Work

So the game I’ve been working on most recently is out now and reviewing well, and so it should. Great effort from everyone involved! Here’s IGN’s review: More Shogun II: Total War Videos

Mar 8, 2011

Updated my Viking Reel

Animation, Featured

Now my new site is starting to take form I’ve updated my Viking reel and added it to Vimeo. I’m now waiting on the impending release of Shogun 2 before I can unleash some other new work.

Mar 1, 2011



Wow, love this below: This is fantastic

Feb 22, 2011

Yes Please Maya

Animation, Tools

Found @ http://spungella.blogspot.com/2011/02/maya-animation-technology-preview.html

Feb 21, 2011

Animating limited characters

Animation, Help/Advice

Great post on animating limited characters, pearls of wisdom as ever @ VNOG Blog

Jan 27, 2011

Artwork pages added

Artwork, Featured

Some life studies and other artwork.

Jan 13, 2011

A new look for simonjtridge.com and a new address


New site, swish! Felt it needed a makeover, little bit more blog than before to cater the amount of links I find everyday. Even if no one is actually following it…….. So as of July 2011 I now also own simonridge.com. I Still have the old address in case people … Read More


Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation

The best of my animation work completed for Alien: Isolation

Life Drawing

Life Drawing

Shogun ll

Shogun ll

Animation completed for Total War: Shogun II.



Doodles for my own personal projects or just for fun.

Total War: Animal Reel

Total War: Animal Reel

Keyframe animation on various animals.

Viking: Battle for Asgard

Viking: Battle for Asgard

Animation completed for the game Viking: Battle for Asgard

Walk Cycle

Walk Cycle

Personal walk cycle completed in 2006 in 3dsMax. Rig used was Max by Peter Starostin


For more info on me please check out my professional profile on LinkedIn by clicking the icon just above.

If you would like to see any other examples of my work, or you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me via LinkedIn or by email at the address just below.

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Simon Ridge

Portsmouth, UK

Simon Ridge