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Audio Interview: Ward Jenkins

August 8th, 2008


artist self portrait

You can listen to the interview HERE.

I recently interviewed Oregonian illustrator, animator, and director Ward Jenkins. Ward has worked on both coasts, from Primal Screen to LAIKA House.


In the interview, Ward talks about his approach to character design, explains a bit about his directing process, and teases us with a few details from a top secret short film project he’s working on. We also go off on a bit of a tangent, as we talk about one of our favorite animated sequences from a Brad Bird film.


“Super Ani” for Animania, an all-HD cartoon channel

Ward has a great feel to his work. I have been following his blogging, on both his own Ward-O-Matic blog as well as Drawn!, which he contributes to.


Fred Seibert, left, Ward Jenkins, right

Ward is a great artist, a supporter and lover of animation, and an all around good guy. On a side note, when I do these types of interviews, I call the person I’m interviewing and then record the call for the blog. The call is usually me calling to ask if they are ready, and then the interview starts. I talked to Ward about all kinds of stuff for about a half an hour before we ever started the interview. We finally decided to hit record and start it for real. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed doing it.

More Ward goodness…




-Floyd Bishop

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