Artist - Chris Walsh

Chris is an animator, teacher, and filmmaker. He specializes in stop motion.  He’s worked as an animator on various television series and specials, and his films have screened at various international festivals.

Chis Walsh

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 Productions.

What part of Canada are you from Chris?

The exotic region known as Southern Ontario.

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.

Fitness Class Zombie

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.

Rise Of The Living Corpse from Christopher Walsh on Vimeo.

What role do you play in the creation of animation?

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.

A**hole Robot

What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?

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.

The Shutterbug Man

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?

Kaj 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.

Amazon Link - Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance

Who is an up-and-coming Canadian animator that everyone should check out?

Rosemary Travale. She’s making great work and has a very distinctive and fun style.

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 Stop Motion Animation Festival in Montreal in 2012.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?

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 Animation?

Interview I did with Phil Tippett (original Star Wars trilogy, Robocop):

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


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