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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  • 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

  • Robert Morgan returns this Halloween with ‘Invocation’

    Robert Morgan returns this Halloween with ‘Invocation’

    Channel 4’s second successful season of Random Acts has brought another wave of inspired short filmmaking to the airwaves, with animation work from the likes of Dice Productions, Matthias Hoegg, Alasdair & Jock and Chris Shepherd among many others proving …

  • ‘Animating The Unconscious’ Book Review

    ‘Animating The Unconscious’ Book Review

    Animating The Unconscious: Desire, Sexuality and Animation
    Ed. Jayne Pilling
    Columbia University Press

    Given the degree to which sexuality is such a presence in most forms of media, entertainment and advertising, the lack of acknowledgement toward the role it plays …

  • Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton – Review

    Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton – Review

    Birmingham NIA, 10/10/2013

    In all likelihood, a live music event is not the most expected review subject for Skwigly readers to be presented with. Though given that so many great films – from student and auteur shorts to major motion …

  • Ant Blades launches his latest short ‘Carpark’

    Ant Blades launches his latest short ‘Carpark’

    Ant Blades of Birdbox Studio – whose string of animated viral sensations include Wildebeest, Sketchy Ice Creams, Chop Chop, Dinner and the interactive seasonal smash Singing Christmas Hedgehogs – has today launched his most recent short Carpark. Skwigly was privileged …

  • Encounters 2013 Part 3 – Special Events

    Encounters 2013 Part 3 – Special Events

    Each edition of the Bristol Encounters Film Festival brings with it a new set of fond memories and associations, and this year more or less marks the one year anniversary of Skwigly’s cabinet reshuffle (or not-so-hostile takeover, depending on how …

  • ‘Cochemare’ – A Conversation with Chris Lavis & Peter Bas

    ‘Cochemare’ – A Conversation with Chris Lavis & Peter Bas

    In 2007 Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (aka Clyde Henry Productions) made tremendous strides in the art of stop-motion animation with their much-acclaimed NFB short Madame Tutli-Putli. The film’s positive notoriety largely stemming from the application of an inverse ‘uncanny-valley’ …

  • Interview with Matt Walker on Durrell/Aardman’s ‘The Lonely Dodo’

    Interview with Matt Walker on Durrell/Aardman’s ‘The Lonely Dodo’

    Earlier this year the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust released their animated short film and website The Lonely Dodo to spread awareness of their mission of saving animal species from extinction. The short film project was brought to life by The …

  • Bristol Festival of Puppetry – Animation Events

    Bristol Festival of Puppetry – Animation Events

    Earlier this month saw the return of Puppet Place’s biennial Bristol Festival of Puppetry. The festival, headed up by Rachel McNally and Chris Pirie, spans theatre, exhibitions, live demonstrations, workshops, screenings as well as a carnival and puppet trail, its …

  • Skwigly Banner – September 2013: Tanya J Scott

    Skwigly Banner – September 2013: Tanya J Scott

    Graduating from the University of the West of England in 2010, Tanya J Scott started work in the industry at Aardman Animations on the Tate Movie Project working as a designer.  From there, she moved to Wonky Films where she …