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Audio Interview: Ward Jenkins

August 8th, 2008

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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-Floyd Bishop

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