Michelle Collier

Michelle Collier

Writer & ArtistManchester, United Kingdom
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Michelle Collier

Michelle Collier

Writer & ArtistManchester, United Kingdom
About me
I'm a freelance writer and artist based in Manchester. I do things like scriptwriting, narrative design and hands-on creative production for story-led projects in the arts and culture sector. I'm especially interested in interactive fiction, immersive storytelling and emergent digital storytelling tools. For digital storytelling projects: www.michellecollier.co.uk For print art and creative writing: www.mickeypip.com @mickeypip
  • The Keeper of Paintings and The Palette of Perception
    The Keeper of Paintings and The Palette of PerceptionI was the Lead Writer and Narrative Designer for The Keeper of Paintings – a mobile-based augmented reality adventure at The National Gallery, created by Arcade. ​Designed for 7-11-year-olds, The Keeper of Paintings draws children into an immersive story world, complete with magical animated portals, playful character dialogue, sensory puzzles and learning challenges. As they play and explore, players also collect magical gems which unlock special AR abilities, such as the power to zoom in to p
  • Mickeypip
    MickeypipAs well as working professionally in the creative digital sector, I'm also a self-employed artist/maker, working across creative writing, illustration, printmaking and digital experiences. My practice is driven by a love of storytelling – why and how we tell stories, and how this shapes our culture. In my work, I'm interested in connecting contemporary experiences with folklore and mythological narratives. www.mickeypip.com
  • The Keeper of Measurements: Metric Mayhem
    The Keeper of Measurements: Metric MayhemI was the Lead Writer and Narrative Designer for The Keeper of Measurements – a mobile-based augmented reality adventure at The National Physical Laboratory, created by Arcade. ​Designed especially for World Metrology Day, The Keeper of Measurements takes science-loving children on an immersive story-led journey all around the labs at the NPL. Their mission – should they choose to accept it – is to save the missing SI-Bots from the pesky Croaker and fix the Keeper's Quantometer (a magical measu
  • BBC Civilisations AR
    BBC Civilisations ARIn early 2018, BBC Arts brought classic TV show Civilisations back to life on BBC Two. Covering over 5,000 artefacts from human history, the show tells the story of different Civilisations across time through the objects and artworks they made. The BBC Civilisations AR app accompanied the show, offering viewers the opportunity to discover and explore a whole world of cultural objects in their own home through the magic of augmented reality. The app features around forty 3D-scanned historic cult
  • Mental Health Awareness Week
    Mental Health Awareness WeekUK charity, the Mental Health Foundation helps people to thrive through understanding, protecting, and sustaining their mental health. This year, their theme for Mental Health Awareness week was 'Kindness' – inviting everyone to remember the importance that being kind (to yourself and others) can play in our wellbeing. Manchester-based creative studio Flow created this year's campaign look and feel, establishing a beautiful illustrated brand across animation, fundraising packs, reports and socia
  • New Work All Play
    New Work All PlayEvery two years, the Manchester International Festival descends on the city for 18 extraordinary days of new work and special events across the spectrum of the arts. ​One year, The Neighbourhood were invited to create a sponsorship campaign for Bruntwood. The aspiration was to move away from traditional print media, to something more in keeping with the spirit of the festival. New Work All Play was born; an interactive digital installation that celebrated both work and play. The campaign gave a
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Projects credited in
  • BBC - CivilisationsAR: Behind the scenes
    BBC - CivilisationsAR: Behind the scenesA look behind the scenes at a major collaboration with BBC R&D and the arts and museums sector, Nexus Studios developed ‘Civilisations AR’, the BBC’s first augmented reality app. Created to accompany ‘Civilisations’, BBC Two’s landmark arts and culture series, the app showcases more than 30 historic artefacts from across the globe including an ancient Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum, Rodin’s The Kiss from the National Museum of Wales, iconic sculptures from Henry Moore and Barbara Hepwort
  • Sony Playstation PSP Ads
    Sony Playstation PSP AdsThis piece was my first taste of stop motion in the advertising world. We were asked to produce three 30 second animations to advertise the latest Sony PSP consoles and Essentials Packs. We collaborated with Kim Emson who directed the stop motion and it was my task to edit and grade the pieces as well as the other post production. All the tracking was done with Mocha and the animation and grading was done in After Effects and Premiere.
  • Big Chip Awards 2014 Titles
    Big Chip Awards 2014 TitlesBack in 2014, we were contacted by the Big Chip Awards and asked if we wanted to produce the opening titles and theme for that years award ceremony. There was no budget for this so myself, Michelle Collier, Chris Moran and Dave Wharton took this upon ourselves to try some techniques and create something cool. We came up with the idea of "Big Chip Moves" to try and get award winners to add a dash of excitement to their winners speeches by showing us their moves! We had 10 days to come up with the
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Work history
    Writer & Narrative DesignerSelf Employed
    Manchester, United KingdomFreelance
    I’m a freelance creative writer and multidisciplinary maker working in the arts, cultural and creative sector. I love nothing more than spinning ideas into engaging stories and experiences across digital, print and moving image. My skills include: script writing, script editing, story development, creative content, creative treatments, narrative design for digital, immersive or interactive story-led experiences, UX copywriting and editorial content creation. Over the last 10+ years I’ve worked with award-winning creative teams on all sorts of story-driven content, from short films, to stop-frame animation to the BBC's first ever augmented reality app. I'm also a printmaker, working under the guise of 'Mickeypip'.
    Creative AssociateFutureEverything
     - Manchester, United KingdomFreelance
    Developing creative ideas and delivering audience-facing projects as part of the creative team. From in-house creative content production to curating events, designing creative workshops to developing artworks. www.futureeverything.org
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  • Copywriting
  • Ceative Writing
  • Script Writer
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking
  • Digital Content
  • Narrative
  • Creative Storytelling
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Concept Creation
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    BA Hons European Film with PhilosophyManchester Metropolitan University
     - Manchester, United Kingdom
    Awarded First Class BA Hons for European Film, studied on a combined hons with Philosophy. I was also awarded the Peter Haworth Prize and the Head of Department Prize for the Department of Languages, both given to just one student each graduation year.
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    Manchester Metropolitan University logo
    Head of Department Prize for the Department of LanguagesManchester Metropolitan University
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    The Peter Haworth PrizeManchester Metropolitan University