Features Writer: Laura-Beth Cowley

Laura-Beth Cowley

Stop-Motion Animator based in The UK; my work often combines Stop-motion with digital techniques. I’m in love with animation and I think it at least likes me.

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  • Interview with ‘Hilda’ creator Luke Pearson

    Interview with ‘Hilda’ creator Luke Pearson

    We were recently gifted with the latest installment in the children’s book series Hilda, created by Luke Pearson and published by Flying Eye Books. In the new adventure Hilda and the Stone Forest we follow our protagonist as she turns …

  • ‘The Art of Aardman’ Book Review

    ‘The Art of Aardman’ Book Review

    This year marked the official 40th anniversary for UK based animation studio Aardman Animations. The world renowned company who came from humble origins have made some of the most highly regarded and beloved animated films of all time – but …

  • Details revealed for second ‘Shaun the Sheep’ movie

    Details revealed for second ‘Shaun the Sheep’ movie

    Arguably the world’s favorite sheep and his flock are to come back for a second feature length film! Following their announcement last year that the strong box office performance of the original would allow the franchise would continue, Aardman and …

  • ‘The Little Prince: The Art of the Movie’ – book review

    ‘The Little Prince: The Art of the Movie’ – book review

    A few months ago we in the UK were treated to the Netflix release of the animated adaption of The Little Prince. Following its rather uncertain distribution earlier in the year, it was with great joy that we received this …

  • Review and Interview: Emmanuelle Walker (‘Dogs In Cars’)

    Review and Interview: Emmanuelle Walker (‘Dogs In Cars’)

    Brand new from jolly publishing house Flying Eye Books is a collection of bold, tail-wagging delights by Emmanuelle Walker. Dogs in Cars, created with writer and Skwigly favourite Felix Massie showcases the duo’s love for our four legged friends as …

  • Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday- an animated reflection

    Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday- an animated reflection

    Today marks what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. The beloved author is responsible for some of the most inspiring, dark and funny children’s books of all time. His tales have been revisited thousands of times, being reimagined as …

  • Aardman Week – Shorts

    Aardman Week – Shorts

    As part of Skwigly’s ongoing celebration of Aardman’s 40th I will be taking a closer at some of the stand out shorts that really set the studio apart as a totally original and forever inspiring trailblazer in the industry. As …

  • Animation Super Grill – Review

    Animation Super Grill – Review

    This past Saturday marked the first Animation Super Grill in Cardiff, a spin off of Animation Grill, a regular meet-up for animation students and professionals to show and review personal animation work. The Super Grill, however, is a day’s worth …

  • Happy 40th Birthday Aardman!

    Happy 40th Birthday Aardman!

    Today is the official birthday for one of England’s biggest and most beloved animation studios. Four decades in and the breathtaking array of work from these master-craftsmen (and women) have created is simply tremendous. We at Skwigly will be spending …

  • Interview with ‘Fox Tale’ director Doosun Shin

    Interview with ‘Fox Tale’ director Doosun Shin

    Today on Skwigly we meet Belmont, CA-based character animator Doosun Shin. Since moving on from a career in marketing into the more creative world of animation, Doosun went on to study through Animation Mentor and at Ringling College of Art …

  • Interview with ‘Under the Apple Tree’ director Erik van Schaaik

    Interview with ‘Under the Apple Tree’ director Erik van Schaaik

    Erik van Schaaik is one of Holland’s foremost animation directors, working on script writing, short films and children’s series while also soon to direct his first feature film. Starting out at the age of 12 with a super 8 camera, …

  • ‘Hilda’ is coming to Netflix

    ‘Hilda’ is coming to Netflix

    Luke Pearson‘s, pint-size explorer Hilda is to have her own animated series on the international streaming site Netflix in 2018. Originally a series of comic books created by Pearson for Nobrow Press, Hilda – who lives with her mother in …

  • Animade’s new online game: Party Pooper!

    Animade’s new online game: Party Pooper!

    Those lovely folks over at Animade have released yet another smashing little indie game to while away those boring lunch breaks at work, whilst dreaming of summer holidays! The aim of the game is to poop the unwanted house party …

  • An Interview with MewLab, creators of ‘The Evening Her Mind Jumped Out of Her Head’

    An Interview with MewLab, creators of ‘The Evening Her Mind Jumped Out of Her Head’

    MewLab is the brainchild of two NFTS graduates Kim Noce & Shaun Clark. Their work is know for its bold, experimental style, both in techniques and visuals. Last year the short film The Evening Her Mind Jumped Out of Her …

  • Sir David Attenborough honoured – Aardman style!

    Sir David Attenborough honoured – Aardman style!

    National treasure and world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough is celebrating his 90th Birthday today – a landmark date by anyone’s standards. The beloved TV presenter has spent most of his life tracking down and filming some of the rarest and …

  • Retro Rambling: Cow and Chicken

    Retro Rambling: Cow and Chicken

    There wasn’t much I liked about being a young kid in the 90s; over produced pop bands, terrible fashion, inflatable plastic chairs and glitter on, in and around every goddamn thing. However the saving grace of my generation’s entertainment and …

  • Interview with ‘The Meek’ director Joe Brumm

    Interview with ‘The Meek’ director Joe Brumm

    The Meek – created by Joe Brumm and the team at Studio Joho in Brisbane, Australia – follows the story of a miniature heroine as she learns to cut out all the negative addictions in her life, told with a …

  • Interview with “Lucy & The Limbs” director Edlyn Capulong

    Interview with “Lucy & The Limbs” director Edlyn Capulong

    Recently Sheridan graduate Edlyn Capulong released her final year film Lucy & the Limbs online. The film, about a lonely girl who finds solace with a very strange set of floating friends, is a beautiful mix of 2D animation and…

  • Parabella release enchanting christmas Lottery commercial

    Parabella release enchanting christmas Lottery commercial

    The duo of Mikey Please and Daniel Ojari at Parabella Studios were recently commissioned to create a commercial for the Belgian National Lottery. The piece is a brilliant seasonal greeting from the BAFTA winning studio, full of craft, heart and …

  • Interview with ‘Snowfall’ director Conor Whelan

    Interview with ‘Snowfall’ director Conor Whelan

    Among the animated short films that have particularly shone this year is Snowfall by Conor Whelan, a touching story of the inspiring beauty of the city combined with that moment of connection we can feel between ourselves and others, however …

  • Christmas Gifts for Animators 2015

    Christmas Gifts for Animators 2015

    Struggling to think of things to get the animator in your life this Christmas season? Well let us kindly elves at Skwigly give you a helping hand! There’s a present to suite all disciplines and budgets, so check out what’s …

  • Interview with ‘Cooped’ director Mike A. Smith

    Interview with ‘Cooped’ director Mike A. Smith

    UPDATE: You can now watch Mike A. Smith’s Cooped online in full (see below)
    Earlier this year at Bristol Encounters we had the opportunity to watch what has quickly become one of our favourite films of 2015. Mike A. Smith …

  • Super Science Friends: Episode 1 released online

    Super Science Friends: Episode 1 released online

    After a year of waiting, the Kickstarter-funded first episode of Tinman Creative‘s action-packed Super Science Friends was released this weekend. Last year Skwigly talked to the show’s creator Brett Jubinville and Producer Morgan Fortier during the nail-biting Kickstarter campaign which …

  • ‘Oh Willy…’ released online

    ‘Oh Willy…’ released online

    Back in 2012 the talented duo of  Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels brought us the fuzzy, naked world of Oh Willy… the joyous tale of a man reconnecting to his roots, grief and friendship when you need it …

  • Interview with Lawrence Rowell (‘Pa.’)

    Interview with Lawrence Rowell (‘Pa.’)

    Amongst this year’s crop of films that have stood out as great pieces of short form filmmaking is Pa., a delicate tale weaved into a stunning, stripped-back animation style. Developed between two housemates whilst isolated from the internet and other …