Amanda Darby

Director of Avatar Synthesis

“The Foundation is a rebel collective – breaking down barriers and pushing digital technology to advance humankind.” 

Born in a small town in the North East of England, Amanda grew up model making with her father, who was an engineer and pattern maker. She knew from a young age that the film industry would be her future. She studied film production for seven years at university. She joined Aardman Animation (the makers of Wallace and Gromit) in Bristol for over a decade, setting up their 3D scanning and 3D printing department – integrating the digital world with the physical one. During the last nine years she has worked on productions such as: Star Wars, James Bond and Marvel. Amanda has two companies based at Pinewood Studios – Optimize3D and Makinarium UK, providing digital avatars, scanning, 3D printing, CNC and fabrication.