Emma Calder runs Pearly Oyster Productions, a versatile independent production company and design studio in Brixton, London, England.
We design and make lots of things: animated films for television and cinema, animated commercials, pop videos, title sequences, music for animation, picture books, posters, fonts, web-sites, toys and stickers.
Clients include: Tate Modern, Thames and Hudson, Bloomsbury, Quercus, BBC, Channel Four Television, Creative Skillset.
Grants have been received from: The National Lottery, London Production Fund, Cultural Industry Development Agency, Thames Gateway Innovations Fund. Media 2 and others.
Pearly Oyster’s award winning films include ‘The Queen’s Monastery’ and ‘The Kings of Siam’. Both films have been restored by the BFI and have been touring the world in their “Top of the World” program this year.
Pearly Oyster’s new short animated film ’Beware of Trains’ is currently in production in Brixton. Written and directed by Emma Calder, produced by Dhiraj Mahey and funded by the British film Institute. More news on this soon.
Emma’s animated film for Norwich Castle Museum, Boudica A Norfolk Story is on permanent display in the Boudica Gallery in Norwich Castle Museum.
Pearly Oyster’s award winning film Roger Ballen’s Theatre of Apparitions has won film of the month on HIIVE. It was shown in competition at Annecy June 2017. The film had it’s World Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) 2016 and It’s London Premiere was at The BFI London Film Festival 2016. For a full list of screenings see here. It was chosen by Sight and Sound Magazine as one of the best films of 2016. Sight and Sound Best of British Animation 2016 – Jez Stewart
Emma is included in the documentary directed by Seb Barfield “The Secrets of British Animation” for BBC Four.
Watch the Pearly Oyster Showreel with music by Oliver Cripps