Who are we?


We are Catfish Collective.

What’s a Catfish Collective? Well, first off, it’s your one-stop stop-motion animation shop. Got no creative, no script, no nothing? Just put your feet up and we’ll take care of it. Storyboards and pre-prod, lighting, shooting, special effects, comp and grade. Whether it’s for a TV Advert or a Social Campaign, don’t worry. It’s all on us.

And who is ‘us’? It’s directors Daniella Orsini and Joe Orton. Plus our elite crew of model-makers and compositors. Plus two fully kitted-out studios: one in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, and one 154 miles away in Lewes, East Sussex. Both conveniently above hairdressers.

As well as being Catfish Collective, we are also chief-looker-afterers of our 4 mini Catfish who are aged 4, 3, 2 and 2. Not to mention our studio dog Bernie and cat Mothy. Who needs sleep, eh?



Daniella is a world-renowned cutter-outer and made her first film with a Sony Mavika floppy disk camera taped to a pile of books. She has a love for gardening, coffee, dungarees and anything turquoise.

Joe studied Chinese at Oxford and then became an animator. So it goes. Sometimes he lies on forest floors taking macro photos of moss basking in dapples of sunlight.