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Staff Interview – Nick Lewis

Staff Interview – Nick Lewis

Nick is another new addition to the Arcus squad, bringing his years of Project Management experience to help us as we tackle some of the biggest projects to ever come through the door.   He’s a tall, lean, project managing machine and we decided to ask him a few questions.

Hi Nick, what TV are you watching at the moment?

“The Returned”, the slow burning French zombie series. It’s mysterious not least because it’s hard to follow, it has subtitles and I keep falling asleep thought it, yet I still love it.

What are you most looking forward to?


I’m with you on that one.  What is a weird fact about you?

When I hear far off, high pitched noises, my ears twitch in a prehensile kind of way.

I’ll be staring intently at you, keeping an eye out for this phenomenon!  What is your favourite animal?

Sea Otters. They’re like normal otters but massive and laid back.

Speaking of chilled-out animals with slick, glorious hair, what is your favourite Nicholas Cage movie?

ConAir. It’s so bad. It has the line “I drove through 5 states wearing a girls head as a hat”. So exactly how would you do that? Balance it on your head? Use sellotape?

That movie doesn’t make a whole lot of sense!  What is the best movie of all time?

“Network” (or it least it was 15 years ago when I last watched it).

Speaking of being mad as hell and refusing to take it any more, who do you think the Zodiac killer was?

Mystic Meg’s nemesis….?

Who is your favourite member of the Wu Tang Clan?

Mandy Wu Tang.

Before we let you go, tell us a joke.

Q) What’s a drummer’s favourite piece of crockery?

A) Duddadish!

That’s some amazing dad jokery there.  Cheers Nick!


Staff Interview – Nicholas Waterton

Staff Interview – Nicholas Waterton

Talented animator Nicholas Waterton joins the team this week, relocating to the sunny climes of Newcastle to help during a period of unprecedented growth for Arcus.  We though we’d ask him a few questions in advance of him taking his rightful place at the desk by the window.

How’s it going, bro?

Very tired, there’s an awful lot going on at the moment, but I’m also excited and optimistic.

What’s the highlight of your career?

Getting this job obviously! A close second would be an animation I worked on for Iffley Road, which was drawn with charcoal and pastels. I also got to live out a childhood dream of writing and producing the soundtrack.

Flattery will get you everywhere, Nick.  What’s the lowlight of your career so far?

It’s impossible to pick one particular flop from a lifetime of them, though I should add that these were before I started doing this professionally.

What are your favourite things in life?

Making stuff. Art, animation and music.

What is a weird fact about you?

I’ve a black belt in Ju-Jitsu

Remind me not to mess with you!  What is your favourite animal?

Cats. Because cats.

What is your favourite Nicolas Cage movie?


Oh man, all work just stopped in the studio while we basked in the glory of that.  Thank you for that gift!  Do you believe in ghosts?


Do you believe in aliens?

The universe is a big place, I’d be surprised if there wasn’t life somewhere out there.

Just so I know whether I’m removing the PC speakers from your desk, what is the best album of all time?

The Sound of the Smiths, The World of Chopin or Selected Ambient Works by Aphex Twin.

Okay, the speakers can stay.  Why is your best friend your best friend?

He knows every detail of my life and can still stand the sight of me.

Good Lord, Nick!  What have you done in your past life?  What secrets do you have?

I don’t give up my secrets just like that!

Well, I’m terrified for my life now but I can’t wait to have you in the office!  Cheers Nick!

Staff Interview – Tom Lavery

Staff Interview – Tom Lavery


Tom Lavery joined the team three months ago and has been an invaluable source of animation skills, wrestling moves, Errol Flynn-style facial hair and anecdotes.  So that you can get to know him, we decided to ask him about a few random questions.

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Staff Interview – Mark Hughes

Staff Interview – Mark Hughes

We love Animator Mark Hughes.  He came to us fresh from Newcastle College’s superb animation course and dominates every project we throw at him.  He also has a nascent talent as a voice over artist, surprising everyone around him with his perfect impressions and uncanny accents.  We asked him a bit about himself…

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