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, Slurpy Studios, Channel Flip 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 100 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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Articles by Ben Mitchell...

  • ‘Do Not Track: The Spy In My Pocket’ – An Interactive Animated Documentary

    ‘Do Not Track: The Spy In My Pocket’ – An Interactive Animated Documentary

    Following their prior collaboration on the NFB/EyeSteelFilm documentary RiP! A Remix Manifesto, director Brett Gaylor and animator Darren Pasemko have teamed up again for The Spy In My Pocket, the first animated episode of the NFB’s interactive, seven-part documentary web …

  • An Interview with Tom Schroeder

    An Interview with Tom Schroeder

    Tom Schroeder’s work as an animator and director has earned him much industry kudos and over thirty festival awards, having been actively producing animation work since 1990. His commercial work includes projects for Hertz, Kashi and Samsung, produced alongside an …

  • Bill Plympton and Jim Lujan’s ‘Revengeance’ – Teaser Trailer!

    Bill Plympton and Jim Lujan’s ‘Revengeance’ – Teaser Trailer!

    Maintaining his stride and reputation as one of the most prolific figures of independent animation, Bill Plympton is helming yet another feature film on the heels of his critically-acclaimed Cheatin’.

    Currently in the final stretch of a crowdfunding campaign, Revengeance …

  • Annecy Unveils Full Programme

    Annecy Unveils Full Programme

    Following last month’s reveal of Annecy 2015‘s official short film selections, today the festival has announced a fully detailed line-up of additional events and highlights to look forward to. Chief among them are the Feature Films in Competition, which are …

  • Lightbox: Luc Chamberland – “Seth’s Dominion”

    Lightbox: Luc Chamberland – “Seth’s Dominion”

    In the latest episode of Lightbox Skwigly talks to Director Luc Chamberland, whose wealth of industry experience spans shorts, feature films and, more recently, animated documentaries. Following his 2004 Animation Workshop short Mr. Rivet and 2011’s Saga City for the …

  • Skwigly/SWAN Focus: Rumpus Animation

    Skwigly/SWAN Focus: Rumpus Animation

    Starting this month Skwigly, in association with SWAN, the South West Animation Network, will be bringing our readers a monthly focus on prominent/emerging animators, studios and artists based in the South West of England. In our first South West focus …

  • Lightbox – Year One Compilation

    Lightbox – Year One Compilation

    Skwigly are happy to present a special twenty-minute sampler of our animation documentary series Lightbox. The above video was specially prepared for our talk at the London Animation Club which took place yesterday.

    The compilation includes insight from animation talents …

  • ‘Interactive Haiku’ – an Interview with William Uricchio

    ‘Interactive Haiku’ – an Interview with William Uricchio

    Last week saw the launch of the latest interactive media collaboration from The National Film Board of Canada and ARTE, following on from prior projects In Limbo and Bar Code. With Interactive Haiku the challenge was set for artists around …

  • Be Your Other Self with Headcaster
  • The NFB and Arte present ‘Interactive Haiku’

    The NFB and Arte present ‘Interactive Haiku’

    Following such successful projects as In Limbo and Bar Code, The National Film Board of Canada and ARTE have collaborated once again on a new digital interactive project in celebration of the Haiku. Combining fine art, animation, film and interactivity, …

  • Skwigly Banner – April 2015: TruckMachin

    Skwigly Banner – April 2015: TruckMachin

    TruckMachin are Director/Animator Jane E Davies and Illustrator/Art Director Leah Heming.

    Jane and Leah have collaborated together on various animation projects for the past five years and finally decided to launch a collaborative partnership together in 2015.

    It’s an excuse …

  • Don Hertzfeldt’s WORLD OF TOMORROW – Director Interview

    Don Hertzfeldt’s WORLD OF TOMORROW – Director Interview

    Don Hertzfeldt is easily one of modern independent animation’s true heroes. On top of an established career producing some truly brilliant short film work – such as his student short Billy’s Balloon (1998), the gleefully anarchic Rejected (2001), the stomach-churningly …

  • SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – Clip Released
  • ‘Love in the Time of March Madness’ – an interview with directors Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano

    ‘Love in the Time of March Madness’ – an interview with directors Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano

    Love in the Time of March Madness has been soaring since its premiere last year, winning for Best Short Film (Online) at the Tribeca Film Festival and having been screened at festivals worldwide including the Encounters International Short Film Festival, …

  • ‘Morph’ Remastered!

    ‘Morph’ Remastered!

    Following Aardman‘s successful Morph revival, which led to the creation of fifteen all-new episodes over the course of 2014, the studio have gone back to where it all began. Starting today, the Morph YouTube channel will be uploading newly remastered …

  • Tim Reckart’s ‘Head Over Heels’ now online!

    Tim Reckart’s ‘Head Over Heels’ now online!

    Timothy Reckart has this week launched his hugely successful NFTS graduation film Head Over Heels online. The film, which premiered three years ago at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, went on to receive an Annie Award for Best Student Film, …

  • NFB Hothouse 10: ‘The Roommate’ (Stephanie Braithwaite)

    NFB Hothouse 10: ‘The Roommate’ (Stephanie Braithwaite)

    With a background in animation and DIY gaming, Peterborough native Stephanie Braithwaite moved to Toronto to work in animation. Having kept herself busy working as character/prop designer on independent projects such as the games Ikea Monkey and Stay Mayor for …

  • NFB Hothouse 10: ‘The Midway’ (Kathleen Weldon)

    NFB Hothouse 10: ‘The Midway’ (Kathleen Weldon)

    A lifelong resident of Montreal, Kathleen Weldon first branched out into animation from a long-standing passion for drawing when approached to collaborate with fellow Montrealite Alex Produkt on the music video The Great Escape (Patrick Watson).  During this project her …

  • NFB Hothouse 10: ‘Mud’ (Neal Moignard)

    NFB Hothouse 10: ‘Mud’ (Neal Moignard)

    Neal Moignard is an Australian-born, Calgary-based animator who, alongside his animation work, creates interactive installations and performances “that facilitate interaction with colour, texture, touch, movement, sound, and story”. His mixed-media approach is intended to “unearth strange thoughts, feelings, and ideas …

  • NFB Hothouse 10: ‘Focus’ (Alex Boya)

    NFB Hothouse 10: ‘Focus’ (Alex Boya)

    Alex Boya first began his life as an animator at Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, developing from an enthusiasm for drawing from observation. His focus at present is “turned on the unconscious, fully documenting the process in strange …

  • NFB Hothouse 10: ‘A Little Craving’ (Frances Adair Mckenzie)

    NFB Hothouse 10: ‘A Little Craving’ (Frances Adair Mckenzie)

    Having grown up in British Columbia, Frances Adair Mckenzie now resides in Montreal as a new media artist, having earned a Bachelor in Studio Arts from Concordia University as well as a diploma in New Media Design from BCIT. Her …

  • Lightbox: Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre (MJSTP Films)

    Lightbox: Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre (MJSTP Films)

    In the latest episode of Lightbox Skwigly talks to Director Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre of MJSTP Films, director of the multi-award-winning NFB co-productions Passages, McLaren’s Negatives and the recent Canadian Screen Award-winning Jutra. The film, which makes ingenious use of existing footage …

  • NFB Hothouse 10: ‘All The Rage’ (Alexandra Lemay)

    NFB Hothouse 10: ‘All The Rage’ (Alexandra Lemay)

    Alexandra Lemay‘s enthusiasm for the medium of stop-motion began during her Film Animation BFA at Concordia University. She has since gone on to study Practical Effects at Sheridan College in Ontario. Prior to her involvement in the tenth edition of …

  • NFB Hothouse 10: ‘End of Message’ (Benjamín Mugica)

    NFB Hothouse 10: ‘End of Message’ (Benjamín Mugica)

    Having studied Visual Arts at the Academia de Artes Visuales in Mexico City, Benjamín Mugica’s first creative ventures consisted largely of  drawings, paintings and sculptures. He has since gravitated toward animation due to its value as “a platform for all …

  • NFB Hothouse 10: ‘Sweet Talk’ (Esteban Azuela)

    NFB Hothouse 10: ‘Sweet Talk’ (Esteban Azuela)

    Hailing from Mexico City, Esteban Azuela ventured into Traditional Animation at the Vancouver Film School, having previous studied photography at the Academia de Artes Visuales. His enthusiasm for the visual arts has proved vital in the variety of projects he …