Simon Ball


Simon Ball is an award winning film-maker and animator. His most recent film, a documentary about people living with visual Dementia was awarded three times and screened internationally at major festivals.

He his currently producing a Wellcome funded animation about people with Dementia Aphasia. Prior to this Simon worked in animation production across advertising, broadcast, film and entertainment industries.

As an artist, Simon’s work investigates film and animation as experiential mediums. Many of his projects are inspired by urban spaces and how we relate to environments both physically and psychologically. He has produced work for all the UK major broadcasters as well as clients including The NHS, The V&A and The Science Museum. His work has exibhited at The Tate Modern, The Barbican, The Saatchi Gallery, The Wellcome Trust, London Short Film Festival, London International Animation Festival, Flatpack Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival, and InterFilm Berlin.

His first animated documentary film, about people living with the rare dementia Posterior Cortical Atrophy, which primarily affects vision, was awarded at the Manchester Animation Festival, London International Animation Festival, Bristol Rebel Film Festival and The Rare Film Festival. It screened internationally and is used by scientists and researchers to promote awareness the condition.

Dr Rimona Weil

Research Advisor

Dr Rimona Weil is a Consultant Neurologist specialising in Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, University College London Hospital. Alongside this she leads a Wellcome-funded research programme at the UCL Dementia Research Centre aiming to understand how dementia happens in Parkinson’s and to shed light on Dementia with Lewy bodies.

Her PhD research at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL examined the integration of visual signals in the healthy and damaged brain. Following this, she trained as a clinical neurologist at the Royal Free Hospital and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square.

She was awarded a post-doctoral UCL Excellence Fellowship in 2014 to study visual changes in Parkinson’s disease. Currently, she works as a Wellcome clinician scientist and consultant neurologist at the Dementia Research Centre, University College London and the National Hospital Queen Square. Her clinical work is focused on cognitive disorders related to Parkinson’s disease.

Her research aims to shed light on how dementia happens in Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia, using imaging and visual measures. Her ultimate aim is to use these measures to inform clinical trials to slow the progression of dementia in Parkinson’s disease.

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Zai Tang

Sound Designer

Zai Tang is a multidisciplinary artist based in Singapore. Drawing influence from acoustic ecology, phenomenology and electronic & experimental music, his practise is built upon a belief that listening is an invaluable means of attuning to and forming deeper relationships with the worlds we inhabit.

As a collaborator Zai plays the role of composer, sound designer and experimental musician across different context, having worked with local and international visual artists, filmmakers, choreographers, theatre practitioners, and other musicians.

Recent presentations include the National Gallery Singapore (2021); Thailand Biennale, Korat (2021); Reykjavík International Film Festival (2021) with The Migrant Ecologies Project; NTTICC, Tokyo (2020); Busan Biennale, South Korea (2020) with Rei Hayama; TPAM, Yokohama (2020) with Pichet Klunchun; Singapore Biennale (2019); Singapore International Film Festival (2019) with Simon Ball; 2nd Yinchuan Biennale, China (2018); Danspace Projects, New York (2018) with Emmanuèle Phuon. The most recent film he collaborated on {if your bait can sing the wild one will come} Like Shadows Through Leaves won the FIPRESCI Award at ISFF Oberhausen (2021) and Best Singapore Short Film at SGIFF (2021).

Kailey Nolan

Communications & Marketing

Kailey is a strategic communications specialist with experience across health, research, cultural and non-profit sectors. She is committed to supporting diverse, intersectional voices; leading and facilitating initiatives to improve how people with minoritised experiences are represented, heard and supported.

She was Communication Manager for Created Out Of Mind Wellcome Trust residency. Kailey will manage the social media elements of our project.

Oliver Zimmermann

Camera Operator

Oliver was our camera person for all the rotoscope and animation reference filming that we did throughout the production.

Jacob Parish

Video Editor

Jake has edited documentaries and drama for broadcasters, commercials, music videos and award-winning shorts, working extensively with the BBC.

With years of experience in visual story telling, Jake will support us to build our story in a way that is both clear and engaging.

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