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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  • Q&A with ‘Grace Under Water’ Director Anthony Lawrence

    Q&A with ‘Grace Under Water’ Director Anthony Lawrence

    Australian animator Anthony Lawrence’s latest short film Grace Under Water has been making the rounds at festivals including Annecy and Hiroshima, with an upcoming UK screening at this year’s LIAF festival. Making use of uncannily detailed stop-motion puppetry and 3D …

  • Floyd Norman’s ‘Animated Life’ – Book Review

    Floyd Norman’s ‘Animated Life’ – Book Review

    Animated Life: A Lifetime of Tips, Tricks, Techniques and Stories from an Animation Legend
    Floyd Norman
    Focal Press (Animation Masters Series)

    Animation is one of those creative industries that, on its surface, makes a great deal of sense – while …

  • Lightbox: Mikey Please & Dan Ojari of Parabella Studios

    Lightbox: Mikey Please & Dan Ojari of Parabella Studios

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox, RCA graduates Mikey Please (BAFTA-winning director of The Eagleman Stag) and Dan Ojari (director of Slow Derek) speak with Skwigly about the newly-formed Parabella Studios and the recent festival hit Marilyn …

  • LIAF 2014 Programme Online

    LIAF 2014 Programme Online

    The 14th London International Animation Festival will return later this month for ten days of screenings, workshops and industry events spread over Barbican Cinemas and The Horse Hospital.

    This year’s uncompromising programme promises to inspire and delight – and also …

  • Skwigly Banner – October 2014: Dan Castro

    Skwigly Banner – October 2014: Dan Castro

    Our October banner comes courtesy of Mr. Dan Castro, whose work as an animator and illustrator includes projects for clients such as IAB, D&AD and Robbie Britton.

    Visit Dan at his website, Tumblr, Twitter and Vimeo.

  • First Teaser for Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out”

    First Teaser for Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out”

    The first teaser trailer and preview image from Disney/Pixar‘s upcoming film Inside Out have been released!

    The film, directed by Pete Docter, is scheduled for a July 2015 release and stars Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kahling, Phyllis Smith and

  • Lightbox: “Regular Show” Creator J.G. Quintel

    Lightbox: “Regular Show” Creator J.G. Quintel

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox, J.G. Quintel speaks with Skwigly at the 2014 Annecy International Animation Festival about creating Regular Show with Cartoon Network, his comedic influences, developing the spinoff game Mordecai and Rigby In 8-Bit …

  • Luc Chamberland on “Seth’s Dominion”

    Luc Chamberland on “Seth’s Dominion”

    Filmmaker Luc Chamberland’s wealth of industry experience spans shorts, feature films and, more recently, animated documentaries. His first short Mr. Rivet, produced with the Animation Workshop, was a festival success in 2004 and, following 2011’s Saga City (an NFB-produced short …

  • Don Hertzfeldt’s ‘The Simpsons’ opening

    Don Hertzfeldt’s ‘The Simpsons’ opening

    The twenty-sixth season of The Simpsons kicked off last night on one of their strongest notes in recent memory, with a typically off-kilter ‘couch gag’ from Don Hertzfeldt (perhaps best known as the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey and …

  • “Christmas Log” wins Cartoon D’Or 2014

    “Christmas Log” wins Cartoon D’Or 2014

    The winner for this year’s Cartoon d’Or, the award for the best European animated short film, was announced yesterday. Of the five nominees, the Belgian/French production The Christmas Log (La bûche de Noël) by Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar (an …

  • Q&A with Michèle Cournoyer, director of ‘The Hat’ and ‘Soif’

    Q&A with Michèle Cournoyer, director of ‘The Hat’ and ‘Soif’

    Jutra Award-winning experimental director Michèle Cournoyer’s career in film began in 1972 working on scripts, sets and costumes for filmmakers such as Mireille Dansereau and Gilles Carle. Following a series of independent, Dadaist personal short films in the 80s, Michèle’s …

  • Encounters 20/20: Lightbox featuring Yoni Goodman (‘The Congress’, ‘Waltz With Bashir’)

    Encounters 20/20: Lightbox featuring Yoni Goodman (‘The Congress’, ‘Waltz With Bashir’)

    Continuing our coverage of the Encounters Festival‘s 20th edition, in this episode of Lightbox Skwigly talks with acclaimed Israeli Animation Director Yoni Goodman, festival guest and jury member, about his work on the award-winning films Waltz With Bashir & The …

  • Encounters 20/20: Part One

    Encounters 20/20: Part One

    Last week saw the twentieth edition of Bristol’s Encounters Festival, one that has taken several forms over the years as a local celebration of live-action and animation. Sometimes these two strands have run parallel, sometimes they’ve run separately, sometimes intertwined, …

  • Encounters 20/20: Animated Award Winners!

    Encounters 20/20: Animated Award Winners!

    Earlier this evening the winners for Encounters 20/20 were announced, with prizes awarded to homegrown and international talent, professionals and up-and-comers alike. Keep your eye on Skwigly in the coming days for our full coverage of the festival, in the …

  • Lightbox: Janet Perlman, director of “Monsieur Pug”

    Lightbox: Janet Perlman, director of “Monsieur Pug”

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox, Canadian director Janet Perlman discusses her latest film with the NFB, Monsieur Pug, which premieres at the Ottawa International Animation Festival this Friday, September 19th. Perlman’s long history with the NFB …

  • Lightbox: “The Boxtrolls” – Interview with Travis Knight & Isaac Hempstead-Wright

    Lightbox: “The Boxtrolls” – Interview with Travis Knight & Isaac Hempstead-Wright

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox , Skwigly’s Tom Sanders meets Travis Knight, CEO of LAIKA, whose latest film The Boxtrolls follows the hugely successful Coraline and ParaNorman.
    The film tells of a mysterious, underground race of …

  • Glen Keane to present ‘Duet’ at Bristol Encounters!

    Glen Keane to present ‘Duet’ at Bristol Encounters!

    Bristol festivalgoers are in for a special treat following the announcement of the latest addition to the 2014 Encounters Festival line-up. On Friday September 19th Disney veteran and animation legend Glen Keane will be in attendance to present his latest …

  • Interview with ‘Regular Show’ Creator J.G. Quintel

    Interview with ‘Regular Show’ Creator J.G. Quintel

    Since its premiere in 2010, Regular Show has been a ratings hit and much-enjoyed addition to the Cartoon Network universe, detailing the atypical and charmingly bizarre misadventures of park groundskeepers Mordecai (a well-intentioned bluejay) and Rigby (an adventure-thirsty raccoon). Developed …

  • Q&A with Visual Artist Randall Okita

    Q&A with Visual Artist Randall Okita

    The latest film from Canadian visual artist Randall Lloyd Okita is The Weatherman & The Shadowboxer, a visual feast produced with the NFB which fully embraces the effectiveness of live-action/animation hybrid filmmaking.
    Okita’s prior work – which includes Machine With …

  • Lightbox: Philippe Vaucher

    Lightbox: Philippe Vaucher

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox, Skwigly talks to Montreal-based artist, animator and director Philippe Vaucher about the making of his latest salt-on-glass short film The Well/Le puits.
    Philippe Vaucher has directed animated films for over ten …

  • Lightbox: Oscar-winning NFB director Chris Landreth

    Lightbox: Oscar-winning NFB director Chris Landreth

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox, Chris Landreth speaks with Skwigly about his latest film Subconscious Password, which received much acclaim following its 2013 release. Produced for the National Film Board of Canada, the film uses Landreth’s …

  • Disney Release First Images From “Feast”

    Disney Release First Images From “Feast”

    The world at large has been given a sneak peek at Disney’s latest short film offering Feast after two images were premiered on USA Today yesterday. Following the film’s special premiere presentation at this year’s Annecy, the images reveal the …

  • Encounters Festival Unveils 20th Anniversary Retrospective

    Encounters Festival Unveils 20th Anniversary Retrospective

    With less than a month left until Bristol’s Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival launches its 20th edition, the full line-up of a specially-curated, free-to-the-public retrospective screening which will play throughout the fest has been released. As described on the …

  • Lightbox: Swiss filmmaker Isabelle Favez

    Lightbox: Swiss filmmaker Isabelle Favez

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox, Swiss animation director Isabelle Favez talks to Skwigly about her working process and upcoming projects. Favez’s multi-award-winning filmography includes the shorts Au Coeur de l’hiver/Heart of Winter, Valise/Mixed Bag and Tarte …

  • Lightbox: ‘Amazing World of Gumball’ creator Ben Bocquelet

    Lightbox: ‘Amazing World of Gumball’ creator Ben Bocquelet

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox Ben Bocquelet, creator of Cartoon Network‘s The Amazing World of Gumball talks to Skwigly about the creation of the show, his influences and what UK viewers can expect in the upcoming …