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Independent Animation - podcast series launches featuring Late Night Work Club

  • May 01, 2017 |

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    Skwigly Online Animation Magazine's companion podcast series to the Taylor & Francis/CRC Press book Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films has begun, exploring the work of “rotating collective” the Late Night Work Club, who last year followed up their 2013 anthology film Ghost Stories with another themed collection of animated shorts titled Strangers.

    This podcast follows up on two of the artists who contributed invaluably to the original book:

    Still from Kirsten Lepore's 'Hi Stranger'
    Kirsten Lepore (Hi Stranger)
    Since her promising beginnings with the viral hit Story From North America (co-directed with Garrett Michael Davis in 2007) and breakthrough student short Bottle (that to date has picked up 39 awards and counting) in 2010, Kirsten Lepore‘s animation career has flourished, notable jewels in the crown being her auteur short film Move Mountain (2013) and last year’s Adventure Time episode Bad Jubies. Her Strangers contribution Hi Stranger recently achieved tremendous viral success, even getting itself spoofed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
    Still from Alex Grigg's 'Born in a Void'
    Alex Grigg (Born in a Void)
    Australian animation director and designer Alex Grigg has produced work for clients such as Super Deluxe, Netflix and Cartoon Network. Presently working at Mighty Nice in Sydney, Alex’s independent work includes the multi-award-winning Ghost Stories contribution Phantom Limb.
    This episode also features exclusive insight about the independent production approaches for the anthology from other participating talents:
    Image for 'Late Night Work Club 2: Strangers' by Charles Huettner
    Charles Huettner (Intro, outtro and interstitials animation)
    Charles is a Pennsylvania-based freelance animator. As well as his involvement with the Late Night Work Club, he was recently involved with fellow LNWC founder Scott Benson‘s indie game project Night in the Woods.
    Still from Sean Buckelew's 'Lovestreams'
    Sean Buckelew (Lovestreams)
    Having received an MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sean has since worked on projects including We Are Your Friends, Consuming Spirits and the Annie Award-winning animated sequences of He Named Me Malala. Alonside his independent films he has worked with clients including Disney Channel, MTV, Arctic Monkeys, VH1 and Adult Swim.
    Still from Jeanette Bonds's 'Departures'
    Jeanette Bonds (Departures)
    Since receiving a BFA and MFA from CalArts for Experimental Animation, LA-based animator Jeanette has gone on to programme and participate in festivals including Slamdance, Platform, KLIK!, Fantoche and the Los Angeles Film Festival. In 2014 her student film Trusts & Estates was nominated for an Annie Award. On top of her independent film work Jeanette is also the Co-Founder, Director and Artistic Director of the GLAS Animation Festival.
    Still from Loup Blaster's 'Freedom'
    Loup Blaster (Freedom)
    Presently living and working in France as an illustrator, animator and VJ, Louise Philia Druelle (AKA Loup Blaster) grew up in Calais and studied animation at ESAAT and Volda University College.  In March 2012 she started BBBLASTER, an illustration, animation and music project.
    Still from Nicolas Ménard's 'Wednesday With Goddard'
    Nicolas Ménard (Wednesday with Goddard)
    Nicolas moved to the UK from Montreal to study at the Royal College of Art where he produced the popular student films Somewhere and Loop Ring Chop Drink. During his career he has worked with dozens of clients including Google, la Cinémathèque Québécoise, Universal and Time magazine. He also works as a director at Nexus.
    Podcast credits:
    Written, presented and produced by Ben Mitchell
    Music by Ben Mitchell
    Additional music from LNWC by Skillbard and David Kamp
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