Features Writer & Content Producer: Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell is a Bristol-based animation/post-production freelancer, independent director, composer and graphic novelist.
As a freelancer he has produced animation work for CBeebies, Channel 4, Plymptoons, Somethin' Else, Wonky Films, A Productions, Moving Productions, New Impulse Media and Happy Hour to name a few.
As an independent director he has produced three multi-award-winning short animated films - "House Guest", "Ground Running" and "The Naughty List" - which have been showcased at over ninety international film and animation festivals including ITFS Stuttgart, Clermont-Ferrand, Encounters, Monterrey International Film Festival, I Castelli Animati and Anima Mundi. He is presently working on his fourth short, "Bullies", and recently released his first original graphic novel "Throat".

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  • Lightbox: Joanna Quinn

    Lightbox: Joanna Quinn

    In the second episode of our new video series Lightbox, Joanna Quinn takes us behind the scenes of her latest Beryl animation – the trailer for the Bradford Animation Festival‘s 20th anniversary.

    The trailer stars Beryl (Girls Night Out, Body …

  • Launching ‘Lightbox’!

    Launching ‘Lightbox’!

    This week sees the launch of Skwigly’s latest content strand which can be viewed (and subscribed to) on our official YouTube Channel. While many of you Skwigly readers are probably aware of our video content, we’ll be complementing our existing …

  • Skwigly Banner – May 2014: Sophie Klevenow

    Skwigly Banner – May 2014: Sophie Klevenow

    Hailing from Germany, Bristol-based Sophie Klevenow has been creatively proactive since the early 2000s. With a background in design, art, puppetry and theatre, Sophie ventured into animation with her student shorts Discount Ticket (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, 2006) and the award-winning Noesis …

  • Norman McLaren: The Master’s Edition

    Norman McLaren: The Master’s Edition

    With the great Norman McLaren’s 100th ‘birthday’ having passed last week, centenary celebrations have already begun in Canada and Scotland and are set to carry on throughout the summer. While there are a multitude of screenings, installations, apps, documentaries and …

  • Q&A with Emmanuelle Loslier

    Q&A with Emmanuelle Loslier

    A promising recent addition to Quebec’s animation community, Emmanuelle Loslier first ventured into the visual arts while studying at Concordia University. Expanding on her body of work as both a traditional painter and digital illustrator she began working on animated …

  • Producing Animation: Michael Fukushima

    Producing Animation: Michael Fukushima

    Toward the end of 2013, following a long stint as an animation producer, Sheridan graduate Michael Fukushima took on the role of Executive Producer for the National Film Board of Canada‘s English-speaking animation studio. Since his role as producer began …

  • Skwigly Meet the BAA 2014 Finalists

    Skwigly Meet the BAA 2014 Finalists

    Following on from our earlier coverage of the 2014 British Animation Awards finalists, awards and award-winners, we at Skwigly are pleased to present our latest video exclusive in which we talk with some of the outstanding finalists.

    The video includes …

  • NFB Launches ‘StopMo Studio’ iPad App

    NFB Launches ‘StopMo Studio’ iPad App

    The National Film Board of Canada has launched its latest iPad app, StopMo Studio. Expanding and improving on their 2011 Pix Stop app, this latest incarnation incorporates an intuitive workspace, over twenty functionalities and improved options for importing visuals, frame …

  • Retro Ranting – Little Shop

    Retro Ranting – Little Shop

    When I began this sporadic series of nostalgia pieces last year, it was with the expectation that I’d be knocking them out on a far more regular basis. As it happens there are a fair few in the chamber, but …

  • Skwigly Banner – February 2014: Rumpus

    Skwigly Banner – February 2014: Rumpus

    Rumpus Animation is a studio not to be trifled with. While on the surface their output seems to consist of innocuous cartoon whimsy, producing work for the likes of Virgin Media, CBBC as well as an interactive app in the …

  • Don Hertzfeldt’s “The End of the World” – Book Review

    Don Hertzfeldt’s “The End of the World” – Book Review

    The End of the World
    Author: Don Hertzfeldt
    Publisher: Antibookclub

    I’d like to be able to say that my propensity toward rampant, unquestioning consumerism has died down over the years; That impulse to buy an item on description alone, before …

  • 2014 BAFTA Nominations Announced

    2014 BAFTA Nominations Announced

    The full list of 2014 BAFTA nominees were revealed this morning, with the winners in each category to be announced Sunday 16th February.

    With no real surprises in the animated feature film category – Disney’s Frozen, Pixar’s Monsters University and …

  • Skwigly Banner – January 2014: Erika Lewis

    Skwigly Banner – January 2014: Erika Lewis

    Erika Lewis is an animator and illustrator presently based in Cambridge. Having recently graduated from Anglia Ruskin with a degree in animation she is presently in the beginnings of her career as an animation freelancer.

    Erika Lewis on Tumblr
    Erika …

  • Interview with ‘Hollow Land’ co-director Michelle Kranot

    Interview with ‘Hollow Land’ co-director Michelle Kranot

    An international co-production between Denmark, France and Canada, Michelle and Uri Kranot‘s Hollow Land stood out as one of 2013’s more thought-provoking animated shorts, for both its unique stop-motion approach and compelling tale of a wandering couple eager to call …

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returning to UK screens

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returning to UK screens

    Those of you with young’uns (or possibly just reveling in the guilty pleasures of nostalgia) will be pleased to hear that Nickelodeon‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles revival will be returning to UK screens this weekend for a second season. Starting …

  • Video Exclusive: Joanna Quinn on Making the BAF Animated Trailer

    Video Exclusive: Joanna Quinn on Making the BAF Animated Trailer

    We’re pleased to present you with our latest Skwigly video exclusive – a chat with the superb Joanna Quinn on the creation of her specially animated trailer for the 20th anniversary edition of the Bradford Animation Festival last month.

    Directed …

  • Interview with Claire Blanchet, director of “The End of Pinky”

    Interview with Claire Blanchet, director of “The End of Pinky”

    Hailing from Fredericton, New Brunswick, filmmaker Claire Blanchet has since taken up residence in Montreal after graduating from Concordia University’s animation program in 2007. She began her involvement with the National Film Board of Canada in 2009 with The Wobble …

  • Ari Folman’s “The Congress” – Review

    Ari Folman’s “The Congress” – Review

    As mentioned in yesterday’s overview of Les Sommets du Cinéma d’Animation, which took place in Montreal last week, the opening film was the subject of much discussion in the days that followed. Directed by Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman, whose prior …

  • Les Sommets du Cinéma d’Animation 2013 – Overview

    Les Sommets du Cinéma d’Animation 2013 – Overview

    It would be quite a strain to imagine a city I’m more fond of than Montreal. Granted, with my mixed-nationality, whatever-the-hell-I-am background mine wouldn’t be the most impartial testimony, though I’d be baffled if anyone claiming to have an affinity …

  • Skwigly at BAF Day 4: Michaela Pavlátová

    Skwigly at BAF Day 4: Michaela Pavlátová

    For our Bradford Animation Festival coverage we at Skwigly have been bringing you a series of special, daily podcast ‘minisodes’!
    For day 4 we talk to Michaela Pavlátová, director of the multi award-winning short Tram.

    If you missed our previous …

  • Skwigly at BAF Day 3: Adam Elliot

    Skwigly at BAF Day 3: Adam Elliot

    For our Bradford Animation Festival coverage we at Skwigly are bringing you a series of special, daily podcast ‘minisodes’!
    For day 3 we talk to Adam Elliot, director of the Oscar-winning Harvie Krumpet and independent feature film masterpiece Mary & …

  • Skwigly at BAF Day 2: Joanna Quinn

    Skwigly at BAF Day 2: Joanna Quinn

    For our Bradford Animation Festival coverage we at Skwigly are bringing you a series of special, daily podcast ‘minisodes’!
    For day 2 we were privileged enough to be able to chat with the fabulous Joanna Quinn who is presenting a …

  • Skwigly at BAF Day 1: Dave McKean

    Skwigly at BAF Day 1: Dave McKean

    For our Bradford Animation Festival coverage we at Skwigly will be bringing you a series of special, daily podcast ‘minisodes’!
    For day 1 our own Thomas Coleman interviews legendary illustrator Dave McKean of The Sandman and Mirrormask fame, who was …

  • Corrie Francis Parks on ‘A Tangled Tale’

    Corrie Francis Parks on ‘A Tangled Tale’

    Montana-based Corrie Francis Parks has been working as a freelance animator, independent director and photographer for over a decade. With a background in traditional animation and fine art, she eventually discovered an affinity with the process of sand animation and …

  • Skwigly Banner – November 2013: Paul Hill

    Skwigly Banner – November 2013: Paul Hill

    Paul Hill studied animation at University of Wales College, Newport and graduated in 1998. That’s last century.…

    He has worked at A Productions for a whole 14 years, most of which has been spent supplying nourishing television content to the