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...

  • 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 …

  • Interview with Chris Landreth, Oscar-winning Mentoring Director for the NFB’s Hothouse 10

    Interview with Chris Landreth, Oscar-winning Mentoring Director for the NFB’s Hothouse 10

    Beginning today, the National Film Board of Canada will be showcasing eight new micro-shorts produced as part of the tenth edition of their acclaimed apprenticeship scheme Hothouse. The scheme has been a valuable means of allowing emerging filmmakers, regardless of …

  • LAPIN! Regina Pessoa on Annecy 2015 Poster

    LAPIN! Regina Pessoa on Annecy 2015 Poster

    The Annecy International Animation Film Festival has unveiled the poster for its 2015 edition, which will take place June 15th-30th. The poster is designed by Portuguese animator Regina Pessoa, whose work as a director includes the film trilogy A Noite …

  • Skwigly Banner – March 2015: Matt Walker

    Skwigly Banner – March 2015: Matt Walker

    Matthew Walker is a writer, director and animator based in Bristol. He is a director with ArthurCox and is represented by Aardman for commercial work.

    After completing a foundation course at Falmouth College of Art and Design he then studied …

  • NFB Win 5 Canadian Screen Awards
  • Thunderbirds Are Go – New Look & Audience Reactions

    Thunderbirds Are Go – New Look & Audience Reactions

    New images of character designs for the upcoming reboot Thunderbirds Are Go were released earlier today. CG reinterpretations of the classic characters Lady Penelope, Brains and Parker have been released by ITV and can be seen below:

    The first image …

  • The Minions and Chris Meledandri in Annecy
  • Lightbox: Disney’s Oscar-winning short ‘Feast’

    Lightbox: Disney’s Oscar-winning short ‘Feast’

    In the latest episode of Lightbox Skwigly talks to Director Patrick Osborne, Producer Kristina Reed and Production Designer Jeff Turley, the team behind Disney’s Feast, the short film paired with Big Hero 6 that recently took home the Oscar for …

  • An Interview with Priit Pärn

    An Interview with Priit Pärn

    Undoubtedly one of Eastern Europe’s most commendable animation artists, Priit Pärn is still producing adventurous and daring work well into the fourth decade of his career. In the past Pärn has achieved notoriety with such films as Hotel E (1992), …

  • Toon Boom ‘Animate To Harmony’ Book Review

    Toon Boom ‘Animate To Harmony’ Book Review

    Animate To Harmony: The Independent Animator’s Guide to Toon Boom
    Author: Adam Phillips
    Publisher: Focal Press

    A love letter to a piece of software seems a little daft given my dual (dueling, on occasion) roles as both animation freelancer/director and …

  • Encounters 2015 Open For Entries
  • Richard Williams to bring ‘The Thief and the Cobbler’ to Annecy 2015
  • Vincent Morisset & NFB reunite with ‘Way to Go’

    Vincent Morisset & NFB reunite with ‘Way to Go’

    Vincent Morisset has today launched his latest interactive web experience Way to Go. The project follows on from his first collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada BLA BLA, creating a virtual ‘walk in the woods’ combining hand-made animation, …