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Independent Animation
Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films

  • Available for pre-order on February 23, 2023. Item will ship after March 16, 2023
ISBN 9781032103105
March 16, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
432 Pages 247 Color & 49 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With the advent of advanced hand-held technology and the widespread nature of the internet, the world of animated filmmaking is more exciting and accessible than ever. Due to this cultural and technological development, the success of independent animated film makers is on the rise. Independent Animation showcases some of the greatest, most innovative giants in the field and helps guide readers through the artistic process and production techniques. Story development, casting, color theory, distribution, and the intimidating aspects of production are elucidated using various examples of acclaimed, viral and award-winning animated films from all over the world. Readers will also explore the changing nature of audiences, festivals and distributors’ relationship with animation and be granted firsthand guidance in navigating the diverse fields of animated film-making.

Key Features:

  • Covers the entire process of creating an independent animated film, from story development and casting to editing and distribution
  • Presents a comprehensive array of classic and contemporary case studies covering all manner of production methods, from traditional pipelines to avant-garde, auteur and experimental approaches.
  • Features input and exclusive insight into the working processes of some of the industry’s most noteworthy indie animation talents, including Signe Baumane, Adam Elliot, Don Hertzfeldt, Kirsten Lepore, Robert Morgan, David OReilly, PES, Bill Plympton, Rosto, Chris Shepherd and dozens more.

Additional resources and interviews available through a special section of Skwigly Online Animation Magazine

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Story Development
  3. The Visual Storyteller
  4. Consider the Source
  5. The Beat of a Different Drum
  6. Going Webisodic
  7. The Animated Documentarian
  8. Going Long
  9. Funding

  1. Keeping it Real
  2. Getting Comfortable
  3. Casting and Performance
  4. Thinking Outside the Lightbox
  5. Keeping Up
  6. Combining Your Efforts
  7. Audience Interaction
  8. Reinventing the Wheel
  9. Perseverance
  10. Your Two Most Important Characters
  11. Putting Yourself Out There
  12. Distribution: A Brave New World

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Since finishing his MA in 2008, Ben Mitchell has worked as an animation freelancer with Channel 4, BBC, A Productions, Plymptoons, Rumpus Animation, Slurpy Studios, Happy Hour Productions, Somethin' Else, Jelly Penguin, Channel Flip, and others. As an independent filmmaker he has directed several shorts that have been officially selected for over 100 major film and animation festivals between them and been broadcast internationally. He is also a writer, researcher, and Managing Director of Skwigly Online Animation Magazine, where he has conducted interviews with some of the animation industry's leading practitioners and produced editorial features, events coverage, film/product reviews, project management, video content and the Skwigly Animation Podcast.