Made little by design.
Founded in 2015 by animation duo Matt & Leigh, with a simple vision of creating a place where people are happy working and feel valued. We’re small by design. That means the whole team are animation specialists who love what they do and take great pride in every project, down to the finest detail and final flourish. All while producing quality work for people making a positive impact on the world around us. These are the values that filter through the entire business.
— Studio Director
Matt is a man of many hats; literally and figuratively. From enduring Excel to living and breathing all things motion, he helps keep the Motel ship on course and smooth sailing. He’s been an editor and animation director for over 10 years. And now, he oversees the studio, bringing our clients’ ideas to life; from creative development, right through to design, animation and final delivery.
— Creative Director
Leigh has a beady eye for detail. He brings that sprinkle of creative magic to our animations so they always exceed the brief and we create something completely unique. With over 20 years experience in the industry, he’s a pro at editing, illustrating and animating, and makes sure everything we deliver is tip top.
— Head of Production
Plate-spinner in chief, Amy makes sure that each project runs without a hitch. She’s on hand to guide you through the process and loves getting to the bottom of a problem so we can make great work that everyone is proud of. Amy loves getting under the skin of a new project, nerding out over the brand and subject matter to craft engaging film scripts.
— Animator / Illustrator
Tom is a keyframe maestro, composing comical characters and designing beautiful films that make a difference. He’s been in the animation and illustration game for over six years. But he’s always adding exciting new techniques and plug-ins to the mix so our animations have bags of personality.
— Junior Animator
With a flair for crafting expressive cel animation and eloquent sketch illustrations, Kris brings panache to style frames and storyboards. King of style, from animation to design, he rules with a pencil. Well, a stylus.
We’re always striving to do business the right way. Building a supportive workplace full of happy people, while making a positive impact on the communities and planet around us. It’s at the core of all we do. That’s why we measure our success against our social and environmental performance. And we love working with people who feel the same way.
We’re passionate about creating an inclusive place where people flourish both inside and outside of the studio. To help guide us, we’re Good Business Charter accredited and a Mindful Employer. We value a healthy work-life balance, so when we’re at work we can produce the best stuff possible. And we support and celebrate the team’s development through structured training and collaborative studio projects.
We’re committed to reducing our environmental impact and promoting sustainability to our clients, suppliers and peers. We’re officially carbon positive and as members of SAIL – Sustainable Arts In Leeds, we collaborate with the wider creative community to combat the climate emergency. We also demonstrate our commitment to prompt payment by being a signatory to the Prompt Payment Code. This means we’re committed to paying suppliers or partners promptly and within the agreed payment terms.
Everybody’s welcome at Little Motel
At the heart of our boutique motion and animation studio is a passion to connect and understand our clients. We’re a small team of dynamic and skilled people delivering campaign changing outcomes. Working together, the partnerships we forge with our clients are effective and long-term.