Writer: Andy Joule

Andy Joule

Andy is Head of Animation & Visual Effects at Falmouth University, the UK’s number one Arts University. He is also Fellow of the RSA, Fellow of the HEA and has in his time served as a BAFTA animation juror.

Andy previously worked as an animator and director in the UK, US and Netherlands in commercials, films and television specialising in stopmotion animation since 1990. He worked on numerous BAFTA nominated projects and, among other award winning animations, in 2008 won the D&AD Yellow Pencil for 'Kill It, Cook It, Eat It'. He is also a film-maker in his own right with his award-winning films screened around the world in numerous festivals.

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Articles by Andy Joule...

  • 40th Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) Overview

    40th Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) Overview

    What a way to celebrate! Ottawa International Animation Festival is now officially 40.

    It’s Sunday night and the 40th Ottawa International Animation Festival is winding to a close. The final frames will fade out as the festival wraps with a …

  • Ottawa International Animation Festival at 40

    Ottawa International Animation Festival at 40

    They say that 40 is the new 30, and if that works for animation festivals like it does for those of us born pre ’76 then the OIAF is still young at heart. For 40 years the organisers have been …

  • How To Come Up With Great Story Ideas In Animation

    How To Come Up With Great Story Ideas In Animation

    At some point we have all come up against it. The mental block. That creative black-hole out of which no ideas ever leap. It’s a frustrating place to be, and the more frustrated we become the harder it can be …

  • Acting For Animation: Character Animation – Working With Dialogue

    Acting For Animation: Character Animation – Working With Dialogue

    Listening to those voices in your head

    In the last tutorial we looked at the different types of generic characters that you may well come across when you are animating, and how you can go about getting to know them …

  • Acting For Animation: Character Development

    Acting For Animation: Character Development

    How to get under that character’s skin

    Last time we looked at observing, rehearsing and timing to help you to prepare your animation. As a result you should now be avid people watchers as well as being more observant of …

  • Acting For Animation – Observation

    Acting For Animation – Observation

    So what do you need to do to make your performance better?

    So last time we looked at what you need to consider when preparing yourself as a character animator by unpicking the basics of the acting process. But of …

  • Acting For Animation & Character Performance

    Acting For Animation & Character Performance

    So. What is acting?

    Before I became an animator I had spent many years working in the theatre. It was here, watching performances night after night that I grew to understand that when an actor changes their intonation or a …