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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  • Lightbox Plus: Extended Interview with Glen Keane on the making of ‘Duet’

    Lightbox Plus: Extended Interview with Glen Keane on the making of ‘Duet’

    In our first episode of Lightbox Plus  Glen Keane talks to Skwigly’s Julia Young about his new project Duet at this year’s Encounters Festival in Bristol.

    Keane, whose character work at Disney includes Pocahontas, Aladdin, Tarzan, Ariel from The Little …

  • PES returns with ‘Submarine Sandwich’

    PES returns with ‘Submarine Sandwich’

    Acclaimed indie animator PES has today launched his much-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Oscar-nominated Fresh Guacamole.

    Submarine Sandwich is the final offering in PES’s ‘Food Trilogy’ which began with 2008’s Western Spaghetti and continues in his signature style of ingeniously repurposing …

  • Lightbox: Interview with Glen Keane on the making of ‘Duet’

    Lightbox: Interview with Glen Keane on the making of ‘Duet’

    In our latest episode of Lightbox Glen Keane talks to Skwigly’s Julia Young about his new project Duet at this year’s Encounters Festival in Bristol.

    Keane, whose character work at Disney includes Pocahontas, Aladdin, Tarzan, Ariel from The Little Mermaid …

  • Remembering ‘Lip Synch’ with Aardman’s Nick Park & Peter Lord

    Remembering ‘Lip Synch’ with Aardman’s Nick Park & Peter Lord

    This Wednesday Aardman in association with Encounters will put on a not-to-be-missed Bristol screening of the formative work that helped cement the studio’s reputation as a force of British animation. Hosted by Kieran Argo and Helen Brunsdon, Lip Synch: A …

  • New work from Oscar-winning animator Torill Kove online

    New work from Oscar-winning animator Torill Kove online

    As reported yesterday, Oscar-winning animator Torill Kove’s latest short film Me and My Moulton was amongst the nominees for the 2015 Annie Awards. The film, a co-production between the National Film Board of Canada and Mikrofilm AS in Norway, will …

  • The 42nd Annie Awards – Nominees Announced

    The 42nd Annie Awards – Nominees Announced

    The nominations for the 2015 Annie Awards, “ASIFA-Hollywood’s most glamorous event”, were announced today. Now entering its 42nd edition, the awards are perhaps the glitziest of all animation-centric events, with a focus on mainstream animation output and special categories to …

  • Lightbox: Making “Monkey Love Experiments” (Scottish BAFTA Winner)

    Lightbox: Making “Monkey Love Experiments” (Scottish BAFTA Winner)

    In the latest episode of Lightbox Skwigly talk to White Robot, the creative team comprised of Scottish BAFTA-winning The Making of Longbird director Will Anderson and the BAFTA-nominated I Am Tom Moody director Ainslie Henderson, on their latest collaborative effort …

  • Glen Keane’s ‘Duet’ released on Moto X

    Glen Keane’s ‘Duet’ released on Moto X

    Glen Keane’s Duet, an interactive short film which was brought to light earlier this year, has this week been made available to millions across the globe with Moto X devices, including the new Moto X, Moto X (1st Gen.), Moto …

  • New “Peanuts” Trailer Released Online

    New “Peanuts” Trailer Released Online

    A new teaser trailer for the upcoming Peanuts movie from Blue Sky Studios has been released today via Fox Family Entertainment.

    The footage gives little to nothing away about the plot of the Steve Martino-directed film itself, instead furthering the …

  • A+C create ‘Land of Make-Believe’ for Harrods this Christmas

    A+C create ‘Land of Make-Believe’ for Harrods this Christmas

    UK department store Harrods has launched its 2014 seasonal campaign with the short animated fairytale A Little Christmas Tail.

    The film was produced in nine weeks by A+C Studios – with lead animator duties by James Harvey and modelmaking assistance …

  • Lightbox: Steven Woloshen on ‘1000 Plateaus (2004-2014)’

    Lightbox: Steven Woloshen on ‘1000 Plateaus (2004-2014)’

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox, Skwigly talks to Canadian drawn-on-film animation artist Steven Woloshen, special guest of the 2014 London International Film Festival, about his decade-in-the-making experimental film 1000 Plateaus (2004-2014).
    The film has been a …

  • Skwigly Banner – November 2014: RJDM Studios

    Skwigly Banner – November 2014: RJDM Studios

    RJDM Studios are a unique digital agency that specialises in all aspects of digital delivery, from broadcast and corporate 3D and 2D animation and video production, through web and app design and development all the way to systems architecture and …

  • The NFB Get Animated for 2014

    The NFB Get Animated for 2014

    October 28th marks International Animation Day, a commemoration of the public debut of Emile Renaud’s Theatre Optique in 1892 (also this humble scribe’s birthday – coincidence? Well…yes). Beginning last October, the NFB have released their recent crop of exceptional animated …

  • Q&A with Nicola Lemay & Janice Nadeau, directors of ‘No Fish Where To Go’

    Q&A with Nicola Lemay & Janice Nadeau, directors of ‘No Fish Where To Go’

    Continuing the ceaseless stride of exceptional animated film projects the NFB has been responsible for, today we take a look at Nul poisson où aller (No Fish Where To Go), a film which explores the inexplicable nature of wartime intolerance …

  • ‘Rocks In My Pockets’ by Signe Baumane – Review

    ‘Rocks In My Pockets’ by Signe Baumane – Review

    In the often romanticised universe of animated feature film production – a world peppered with slick photorealism, cute animals anthropomorphised with contrived sassiness and the marketing godsend of A-list celebrity endorsement – frequently the most remarkable contributions have been from …

  • 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
    Author: Floyd Norman
    Publisher: Focal Press (Animation Masters Series)

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

  • 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 …