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Second Edition of the Skwigly book ‘Independent Animation’ out now

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Skwigly are excited to announce the release of the Second Edition of the first official Skwigly book Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films.

Cover image: Salvation Has No Name (Dir. Joseph Wallace)

Written by Skwigly Editor in Chief Ben Mitchell, the book features an enormous array of exclusive input from many of the most prominent and prolific names in indie animation, as well as curational insight from the teams behind some of the industry’s biggest events, festivals and distribution avenues.

The brand new 2023 edition includes updated and additional content from the original 2016 publication, with new case study interviews including filmmakers Joseph Wallace, Don Hertzfeldt, David OReilly, Kirsten Lepore, Joost Lieuwma and Tünde Vollenbroek, composers Skillbard, David Kamp and Philip Brookes as well as unique insight into the worlds of funding, festivals and distribution from Kieran Argo, Helen Brunsdon (British Animation Awards), Luce Grosjean (MIYU Distribution), Steve Henderson (Manchester Animation Festival), Rob Munday (Short of the Week, Director’s Notes), Lauren Orme (Cardiff Animation Festival), Chris Robinson (Ottawa International Animation Festival), Daniel Šuljić (Animafest Zagreb), Marie Valade (Festival Stop Motion Montréal), Nag Vladermersky (London International Animation Festival) and Aaron Wood (

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: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films (Second Edition) 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’ relationships with animation and be granted first-hand guidance in navigating the diverse fields of animated filmmaking.

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 are available through a special section of Skwigly Online Animation Magazine.

Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films (Second Edition) is available now through Routledge/CRC Press, with free shipping if ordered directly from the publisher. Plus, receive a whopping 20% discount if purchased at any point in April 2023!

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