stop motion. He’s worked as an animator on various
television series and specials, and his films have screened at
various international festivals.
In 2008 Chris established Sheridan College’s stop
motion course and stop motion studio. He continues to teach
at Sheridan College, where he instructs on stop motion,
animation history, and horror cinema. He also mentors senior
students on their independent films, and runs a small production
company called Mad Lab
What inspired you to create animation?
Every time I make something come to life through animation,
it’s a rush. There it is, on the screen – alive! Pretty magic.
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How would you describe your artistic style?
That’s really a hard question to answer. I seem to
just keep making stuff. Sometimes it’s silly fun stuff, sometimes
it’s more serious. Sometimes it’s rough looking, sometimes it’s
really polished. “Hand made” might be one unifying thing.
What role do you play in the creation of
As someone who makes his own films, always with
whatever money I can afford to put towards them, I can
play all roles. That doesn’t mean I always want to, nor is it
always the best thing for the project, and I know my
weaknesses. I often seek out help on things like costumes,
digital effects, and music.
What is one project that you are proud to have been involved
Recently, I led a stop motion workshop in Ahmedabad,
India. I was working with very talented students, but it was a
huge challenge to pull off. It was tricky to find materials, and
to complete the workshop’s objective, which was a finished short
film, in just two weeks. But we did it. We wound up with a very
nice final project, “Gone With The Hair”, and lots of learning
for the students and for me.
What project are you working on now?
The main project I’m working on is a short stop motion film
that I’ve been working on for about 18 months. It’s called The
Shutterbug Man, and it’s a horror film. It’s very dark, full of
atmosphere, and designed to appeal to horror fans, and fans of
dark fantasy. It’s getting some good coverage from the horror
community, so I’m very excited to show it off. It should be
complete and ready for festivals by mid November 2014.
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Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
Pindal. I claim him in the name of Canada, although Denmark
probably has some say in that as well.
What is one of your favourite animation books?
“Passion, Process, and Performance” by Barry Purves. The book looks at
the psychology and even the metaphysics of stop motion, more
than most books do.
Who is an up-and-coming Canadian animator that everyone
should check out?
She’s making great work and has a very distinctive and fun
What are some of your animation milestones?
A few years ago I moderated an Aardman retrospective and
interview with Peter Lord for TIFF around the release of the
Aardman feature Pirates. I was a member of the jury at the
Motion Animation Festival in Montreal in 2012.
Are you involved with any animation organizations in
I’ve helped out a bit with TAAFI, moderating panels and writing
some blog posts, but I get all the animation organization I can
handle through my job at Sheridan College!
Have you written any books or blog posts about
Interview I did with Phil Tippett (original Star Wars trilogy,
Are there any previous interviews about your animation that
folks could check out?
Sheridan Voices, a Sheridan College interview.
To see more of Chris’s work check out the links below