A new version of "What Is Animation?" with better picture-quality and a newly designed and mixed soundtrack by Tom Lowe.

Veteran British animator Bob Godfrey (1921-2013) answers the question "What Is Animation?" His answer is by turns witty, iconoclastic and insightful and all the while is acted out by a tiny man in a bowler hat.

Narrator: Bob Godfrey
Interview Transcription: Jules Shevlin
Script Editor: Anna Minton
Sound Design: Tom Lowe
Music: Tanera Dawkins
Animation/Direction/Production: Martin Pickles
Production Company: Sagging Jaw Productions

This hand-drawn film is based upon an interview recorded by Martin Pickles in 2006 at Bob’s Acme Studio in South East London. You can read the rest of the interview here: closeupfilmcentre.com/vertigo_magazine/issue-23-february-2009/what-is-animation-bob-godfrey-in-conversation/.

An earlier version of the film was made especially for the Bob Godfrey retrospective at the Bradford Animation Festival in November 2013.

Meeting Bob Godfrey at Animafest Zagreb in 2004 inspired Martin to become a full-time animator and to study Animation at the Royal College of Art.

Links:
Bob Godfrey Films: bobgodfreyfilms.com
Director’s website: gmfilm.co.uk
Director’s commercial website: martinpickles.com

Screenings:
Spotlights at Whirlygig Cinema, Hackney Attic, London, 6th August 2014
Hiroshima Internation Animation Festival, 23rd August 2014
Ottawa International Animation Festival, September 2014

Promoted by the British Council Film Department

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