James Healy was born in the North of England. He grew up immersed in art, film and electronic music as the home computer revolution unfolded. He discovered his passion for animation while experimenting with the 16-bit Commodore Amiga personal computer. This led him to the National Center of Computer Animation (United Kingdom), where he attained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Computer Animation and Visualization in 1998.
Following graduation, Healy worked in several CG departments, from animation to rigging, modelling, texturing, lighting and FX. In these roles, he contributed to a wide array of productions, including feature films, commercials, music videos and events at major studios. As CG and VFX supervisor his contributions have received a British Animation Award (Harry Potter: The Tale of The Three Brothers) and a D&AD Pencil (Atoms for Peace. Before Your Very Eyes).
More recently, Healy has branched into roles outside of CG, developing projects with agencies and directors from initial ideation through to production, holding art-director, supervisor and director roles.
Alongside his professional career, Healy's personal short film work has been screened internationally at festivals including SIGGRAPH, OneDotZero and Prix Ars Electronica, and has been featured in the publications Creative Review and Stash. His video for Chris Clark was the winner of the Radar Festival 2008.
Healy also creates new media work for gallery spaces. The 3D printed zoetrope, M16.2 (featured on this site) was created during an artist residency at What It Is in Chicago, USA. Another series of zoetropes is in late production.
Residing in Los Angeles, California, Healy's current interests include the creative supervision of projects involving new technology and applications with a strong design aesthetic.