Joanna Quinn Interview

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of interviewing Cardiff-based filmmakers Joanna Quinn and Les Mills! The interview was part of les Sommets du Cinema d’animation, an annual international film festival based in Montreal. Cartoon Brew, who I freelance for on occasion, is a sponsor of the festival, which lead to them asking if I’dContinue reading “Joanna Quinn Interview”

10,000 Hour Rule

While not specific to animation, the concept of the 10,000 hour rule certainly makes its way through the community, from students, masters, and everyone in between. It’s a perpetual topic for creatives. The rule, popularized by writer Malcolm Gladwell (my high school art teacher used to read to us from Blink while we mediated…), arguesContinue reading “10,000 Hour Rule”

Cartoon Brew News Podcast

Updating the site to let you know that I’ve started podcasting again with the animation news site Cartoon Brew! I’d done a few episodes with them before, and am returning with a bi-weekly news show. So please look forward to new episodes every other Friday, and listen to last week’s episode here.

Ruminating on Toshio Suzuki’s Studio Ghibli Memoir

Happy Birthday, Suzuki-san! たんじょうび おめでとう!! Today marks film producer Toshio Suzuki’s 72nd birthday. Suzuki is best known as the producer of the majority of the films made by Studio Ghibli. (For the first several features, he was credited as being on the production committee–it wasn’t until 1991’s Only Yesterday did he first receive a creditContinue reading “Ruminating on Toshio Suzuki’s Studio Ghibli Memoir”

Kiki’s Delivery Service at 30

Last Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of one of my favorite films, and the film I default to whenever twitter asks to post your favorite or just *a* film from the year you were born. Thirty looks good on us, Kiki. Kiki’s Delivery Service is a film directed by Hayao Miyazaki through Studio Ghibli. IContinue reading “Kiki’s Delivery Service at 30”

ARRAY 101 and the Power of Film Literacy

With all of the recent news in the US–particularly the disproportionate rates that black Americans experience police violence (3.5 times more likely to be killed by police when they’re not attacking or even have a weapon), it can be strange to write about film and animation. But I’ve always felt that media is an importantContinue reading “ARRAY 101 and the Power of Film Literacy”

Short Stack 6

Welcome to another week of Short Stack. These three in particular are pretty influential for me in terms of the how far people can push the medium. We have a gorgeous stop-motion music video, a solo CG project, and an amazing motion piece made by a team that is constantly pushing boundaries.

Cartoon Brew Podcast: Scoob Interview

The second episode of the podcast I’m producing for Cartoon Brew launched today! I honestly had a lot of fun talking about the making of Scoob with the film’s director Tony Cervone and the anim supervisor Bill Haller. Please give it a listen and let me know what you thought over on twitter! 😬 TalkingContinue reading “Cartoon Brew Podcast: Scoob Interview”