Private Project

Outside The Box

Who do we see when we look at people, do we put people in boxes to make it easier for ourselves to comprehend.
By doing that do we also feel the need to place ourselves in a box restricting our own true potential. Outside the box is an explorative animated documentary which looks at how we perceive people in the LGBTQI community and in turn how they look at themselves.

  • Janet Grainger
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 24, 2019
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  • Kerry
    March 20, 2020
    Best Art Direction / Design
Director Biography - Janet Grainger

A Degree in Design & Communications and a BA (Hons) Degree in Animation.

Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of working on some amazing animation projects with studios in Ireland & UK in various roles. Being surrounded by so many talented people offered me invaluable experience along the way. This gave me a unique perspective on pipeline development and a better understanding of an overall creative workflow, which I carried through to some personal projects. My own work draws heavily on imagery, composition and design, from cinematography to the ever expanding diverse approach portrayed in children's illustrated books. In-between studio work, I really enjoy working on a broad-spectrum of creative roles, here are a few.

In 2008 I was the Producer for Mayfly Films on the Short Animated Documentary Film '6 Farms' which was produced as part of the Frameworks short animation film scheme co-financed by the IFB, RTÉ and the Arts Council. It was the first Irish animated short to be officially selected to screen at Sundance.

During 2015 I was part of the group exhibition 'Talking Heads' at 2020 Art Gallery Cork, where I was awarded a bursary prize for my mixed media piece 'Can you see me' promoting conversations on mental health.

In 2018 I animated the Interactive Theatrical Content for the play SeaHorse by Christiane O' Mahony which was Supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Rough Magic Theatre Company and The Everyman. Developed at FRINGE LAB with the support of Dublin Fringe Festival.

Later in 2018 I exhibited 'Coming Home' A Fine Art Photography memoir of childhood memories depicted through imagery, held at Camden Fort Meagher, Cork.

In 2020 my Independent Animated Short Film 'Outside The Box' was nominated for an IFTA. My film looks at how we perceive people in the LGBTQI community and in turn how they look at themselves.

Esther Explains, a series of wonderful LGBTQ+ educational animations, was launched by LINC on November 16, 2021, it was to coincide with the BeLonG To Youth Services Stand Up Awareness Week. My roles included in this short series were Design, Animation and Compositing.

I’m continuously passionate about exploring innovative aesthetic and narrative forms of animation using emerging digital too

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