DWA was formed in 2004 by Dave Whyte, after he had spent two years working freelance in the animation industry, most notably as a Director on all three series of the award winning animated BBC comedy, Monkey Dust. Having started his career on a comedy show - and as an inherently puerile individual with a subscription (and occasional contributions) to Viz magazine - Dave decided that comedy was the area of television that most interested him. He continues to work almost exclusively within this field, with the odd music video (Paul Oakenfold), animated short film (Paris Aquarium), website design (Honda) or children's series (The Amazing World Of Gumball) as occasional exceptions.
Projects Dave has worked on over the last decade include: The IT Crowd, Peep Show, Bo Selecta, Harry and Paul, Benidorm, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Room 101, Pete Versus Life, 10 O'Clock Live, Toast Of London, and the British and American versions of science-based panel show Duck Quacks Don't Echo. Recent DWA contractors include: Objective, Talkback Thames, Hat Trick, BBC, Avalon, Zeppotron, Tiger Aspect, and Channel 4.
In 2010, Dave was one of four people nominated for a BAFTA in the Breakthrough Talent category, for his prominent graphics work on Channel 4's Pete Versus Life. The following year he was picked as one of forty-two representatives of UK film and TV talent for the BAFTA Brits To Watch event in Los Angeles - where his work was presented to both Hollywood and (genuine) British royalty. He even had a chat about the merits of Peep Show with Prince William.
Since 2012 DWA has entered a team in the annual Broadcast Fives football tournament - sadly knocked out in the quarter finals in 2012 and 2013, before an agonising last minute loss in the final of this year's competition. Unfortunately Dave Whyte Animation is not quite yet the all-conquering force in motion graphics, post-production and TV... On the football field at least.
Although DWA is currently ostensibly a one man operation, Dave is fortunate enough to be able to call upon a range of talented freelance specialists as regular collaborators. These include Steve Green (3d modelling and animation), Bill Elliott (iIllustration and compositing), Jimeno Farfan (2d animation) and Mark Warrington (compositing). Links to their individual work can be found below.