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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  • 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…

  • ‘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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • ‘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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Skwigly Showcase – Success!

    Skwigly Showcase – Success!

    Skwigly kicked off 2013′s Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival Fringe Programme last night with a selection of…

  • Encounters – Bristol Launch

    Encounters – Bristol Launch

    This year’s edition of the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival saw its Bristol launch last night at…

  • Encounters Festival to feature Richard Williams retrospective

    Encounters Festival to feature Richard Williams retrospective

    In partnership with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Encounters will be bringing the much-celebrated animation legend Richard Williams…

  • Retro Ranting – The Real Ghostbusters

    Retro Ranting – The Real Ghostbusters

    Last month I was strolling through the Bristol Small Press Expo to support some friends, track down some…

  • Skwigly Banner – August 2013: Upstart Thunder

    Skwigly Banner – August 2013: Upstart Thunder

    Upstart Thunder (alias Jane Davies) has been fervently working as an animator, director and illustrator for over fifteen…

  • “Butterflies” – Q&A with Warwick Burton & Isabel Peppard

    “Butterflies” – Q&A with Warwick Burton & Isabel Peppard

    Butterflies is a stop-motion horror-fairytale from Australia that has been picking up worldwide attention since its festival debut…

  • Retro Ranting – The Powerpuff Girls

    Retro Ranting – The Powerpuff Girls

    I want to invite all you sexy, intelligent and cultured Skwigly readers to put yourselves in my shoes.…

  • Retro Ranting – The Super Mario Bros. Super Show

    Retro Ranting – The Super Mario Bros. Super Show

    As part of a new series of features, irascible Skwigly curmudgeon Ben Mitchell takes a look back at…

  • ‘Sick Little Monkeys’ Book Review

    ‘Sick Little Monkeys’ Book Review

    One of those bizarre incongruities this reviewer has never quite been able to put his finger on is…

  • A Conversation with “Head Over Heels” Director Timothy Reckart

    A Conversation with “Head Over Heels” Director Timothy Reckart

    A particularly thoughtful and well-executed student film, Tim Reckart’s NFTS graduation short “Head Over Heels” has been the…

  • Signe Baumane – Extended Interview

    Signe Baumane – Extended Interview

    Listeners of the Skwigly Podcast will have been made aware of NY-based Latvian animator Signe Baumane in our…

  • Machinima Branch Out

    Machinima Branch Out

    The hugely successful YouTube channel Machinima, whose video game reviews and exclusives have been viewed by billions worldwide,…

  • Cheatin’ In Colour

    Cheatin’ In Colour

    UPDATE: Less than 24 hours after this piece went up, Cheatin’ reached its Kickstarter goal. Coincidence? Well, probably,…

  • The Gromits are coming…

    The Gromits are coming…

    Bristol will soon be deluged by a whole fleet of Gromits, as part of the latest initiative from…

  • Disney’s “Electric Holiday” Teaser Released

    Disney’s “Electric Holiday” Teaser Released

    The Walt Disney Company have teamed up with Barneys New York to create a new animated short. The…

  • RIP Run Wrake

    RIP Run Wrake

    Respected British animator, illustrator and RCA almunus Run Wrake has tragically passed away this week, at the young…