Sophie Mobbs

Senior Lecturer and Joint Programme Leader in BA 3D Animation and Games

Art and Design

Middlesex University

3D Animation, 2D Animation, Non-verbal Communication, Body Language, Computer Games, Virtual Reality, Rotoscoping, Motion Capture, Game Animation, Game Art, Computer Animation, Traditional Animation, Storyboarding, Life Drawing

Sophie Mobbs is a senior lecturer and Joint Programme Leader in 3D Animation and Games at Middlesex University in London, where she specializes in teaching 2D and 3D animation, game art and animation, motion capture and virtual reality environments. Her research interests focus on animation with regards to body language. More specifically, she uses a creative practice research methodology to explore the relationship between non-verbal communication and animation. Prior to working in Higher Education, Sophie spent 10 years working as an animator in the games industry, where she took particular interest in character and monster animation and worked for companies that included Sony, Silicon Dreams and Rebellion and contributed work to 8 published games across various platforms.

Currently completing... PhD in Animation and Non-Verbal Communication. Completed... PG Cert in Learning and teaching in Higher Education. MA PG Dip in Computer Animation and Imaging. BA Hons in Architectural Studies

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  1. Mobbs, Sophie (2017) Gaming to understand: how games might help carers support loved ones in palliative care. In: 7th Games for Health Europe Conference, 2-3 Oct 2017, Eindhoven.
  2. Mobbs, Sophie (2017) The unexpected path: how animation might be used to help carers interpret restricted expressions in their patients. In: Confia 2017: 5th International Conference on Illustration and Animation, 14-16 Jul 2017, Guimarães, Portugal.
  3. Mobbs, Sophie (2017) Soothing pain through animation: the opportunities for the animator’s art to treat pain through the medium of Virtual Reality simulations. In: And Yet it Moves! The 29th Annual Conference of the Society for Animation Studies, 03-07 Jul 2017, Padova, Italy.
  4. Mobbs, Sophie (2017) Making the VR leap: Exploring opportunities for animators to enter and explore their art and creativity within the world of Virtual Reality. In: Animafest Scanner IIII: Symposium for Contemporary Animation Studies, 06-07 Jun 2017, Zagreb, Croatia.
  5. Mobbs, Sophie (2016) Intimate scrutiny: using rotoscoping to unravel the auteur-animator beneath the theory. Animation Studies, 11 . ISSN 1930-1928
  6. Mobbs, Sophie (2016) The evocation and expression of emotion through documentary animation. Animation Practice, Process & Production, 5 (1). pp. 79-99. ISSN 2042-7875
  7. Mobbs, Sophie (2014) Intimacy and rotoscoping. In: C.A.K.E Creative Animation Knowledge Exchange, 14-18 Jul 2014, Ormskirk, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
  8. Mobbs, Sophie (2016) Learning to see: how animation might help carers provide comfort to those in palliative care. In: The Cosmos of Animation: The 28th Annual Conference of the Society for Animation Studies, 26-30 Jun 2016, Singapore.
  9. Mobbs, Sophie (2015) Animation and the emotional avatar: using motion capture to reflect on non-verbal communication. In: Beyond the Frame: The 27th Annual Conference for the Society for Animation Studies, 13-16 Jul 2015, Canterbury, United Kingdom.
  10. Mobbs, Sophie (2014) Intimate scrutiny. Using rotoscoping to unravel the auteur-animator beneath the theory. In: The Animator: The 26th Annual Conference for the Society for Animation Studies, 16-19 Jun 2014, Toronto, Canada.