Frames Per Second Animation Podcasts



Frames Per Second magazine's podcasts feature animated shorts and interviews with animation artists from around the world. Presented by editor Emru Townsend.


  • Podcast 019: Jossie Malis

    10/07/2008 Duración: 19min

    Two years ago, Peruvian-born Jossie Malis produced a short animated film called Bendito Machine using Moho (now called Anime Studio). The style was silhouette animation, but not in the fantastic or whimsical vein of Lotte Reiniger or Michel Ocelet; Bendito Machine was instead a darkly funny meditation on power, corruption, greed and religion. Malis has since considered the short as the first part in a ten-part series, and I have no doubt that all seven deadly sins will be covered by the end. This interview is our first collaboration with Directors Notes, and here MarBelle interviews Malis about his quirky creation.

  • Podcast 017: Yuichi Ito and Norabbit's Minutes

    07/12/2007 Duración: 24min

    At this year's Ottawa International Animation Festival, animator Yuichi Ito and his manager Hiroko Kamata sat down to talk about his series of short stop-motion films, Norabbit's Minutes. Created for Shochiku's 110th anniversary, Norabbits' Minutes features two young rabbit brothers who live together in the forest and have endearing adventures together... though not without some absurd twists. As a bonus, we are also presenting the first episode of Norabbits' Minutes in its entirety on the website.

  • Podcast 016: Little Fluffy Clouds

    31/10/2007 Duración: 39min

    My guests in this podcast are Betsy de Fries and Jerry Van de Beek, who form the San Francisco Bay Area studio Little Fluffy Clouds. (And yes, they're named after the Orb song.) Little Fluffy Clouds has been in business since 1996, when the pair left the (Colossal) Pictures studio during its last days. The studio's been busily creating ads for a wide variety of clients since then.

  • Podcast 012: Larry Greenberg

    18/08/2007 Duración: 27min

    In April, the Tokyo-based company Digital Meme released the Japanese Anime Classic Collection, which contained almost 60 animated shorts from Japan's silent era. I recently spoke with Digital Meme CEO Larry Greenberg about the collection and his company.

  • Podcast 009: Clyde Henry Productions

    16/05/2007 Duración: 37min

    Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski have been working together in animation and effects since 1997. But the pair have spent about half that time producing Madame Tulti-Pulti, a 17-minute short for the National Film Board of Canada.

  • Podcast 008 (Audio Only): Lella Smith


    Much of the artwork seen at the Once Upon a Time Walt Disney exhibit comes courtesy of the Disney Animation Research Library, which is under the direction of Lella Smith, who was present for the exhibit's opening at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Direct download: 070313fps_podcast.mp3 Photo credit: Emru Townsend

  • Podcast 006 (Audio Only): Once Upon a Time Walt Disney/Bruno Girveau


    On March 8th, the exhibition Once Upon a Time Walt Disney opens at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Yesterday we did a tour of the exhibit, which presents the work of the Walt Disney Studio from 1928 (the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, Plane Crazy) through to 1967 (The Jungle Book), in its artistic context. Hundreds of production drawings, concept sketches, background paintings, character studies and film clips are presented side by side with classical artwork and contemporary media to show how Walt Disney and his artists drew from the world around them to create animated movies that are still astonishing to this day. In this podcast I interview the exhibit's curator, Bruno Girveau. Links The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Shop Once Upon a Time Walt Disney (hardcover) Il était une fois Walt Disney (hardcover) Direct download: 070307fps_podcast.mp3

  • Podcast 007: Andreas Deja


    Veteran Disney animator Andreas Deja was an unexpected guest at the press conference for the Once Upon a Time Walt Disney exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. I sat down with him and talked about how he was inspired to become an animator, and how he feels about anime, CGI, and people referencing his animation the way he used to reference his predecessors. Links Andreas Deja (Wikipedia) Direct download: 070312fps_podcast.mp3 Photo credit: Emru Townsend

  • Podcast 005: Tad Stones


    Earlier this week Hellboy: Sword of Storms, the first in a series of original animated Hellboy movies, came out on DVD—just a little over four months after its debut on Cartoon Network. Last December, Emru Townsend spoke with Tad Stones, who wrote, directed and produced the movie. Links Hellboy Animated Shop Hellboy DVDs, books and more Direct download: 070210fps_podcast.mp3

  • Podcast 004: Mike Johnson


    One year ago today, we held our second Animation Innovator event, in which we invited Corpse Bride animation co-director Mike Johnson to come to Montreal to speak about his craft and his work on the movie. In this podcast we revisit that event, as well as present some new material. Film Clips Mike Johnson on HypaSpace (2:05, 20.2 MB, MPEG-4) Links Natasha Eloi Matt Forsythe Kevin Holden and Trudie Mason Mark Osborne AnimationTrip CJAD Space: The Imagination Station fps Links Mike Johnson interview Animation Innovator: Mike Johnson Photo Gallery Corpse Bride review Suggest an Animation Innovator Guest Shop Corpse Bride DVDs, CDs, books and more The Devil Came Down to Georgia (as part of the Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People compilation) Direct download: 061026fps_podcast.mp3 Credits: Photo © Warner Bros. Entertainment; podcast opening and closing audio from The Corpse Bride soundtrack

  • Podcast 002: Chris Hinton


    In our second podcast, I interview Canadian animator Chris Hinton, tracing the course of his animation career from the mid-1970s to the present, much of which has been through the National Film Board of Canada. Hinton's work has evolved considerably over the last thirty years, starting with the kind of cartoony style that most people identify with animation, and now leaning toward abstract explorations of music and sound. But in all cases, his work exhibits a twitchy vibrancy that's all his own. He's been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film twice, for Blackfly (1991) and Nibbles (2003). Both films are very different in appearance and execution, but they're both distinctly Chris Hinton films. For the last 17 years, Hinton has also been teaching animation at Concordia University here in Montreal (and, in fact, I was among his first students). In the course of this interview, we also explored his observations about today's emerging animators. Animation Lingo In the podcast, we make

  • Podcast 001: Phil Mulloy


    Emru Townsend interviews British animator Phil Mulloy, who was recently in Montreal to host a retrospective of his work at the Cinémathèque québécoise. Phil Mulloy is a prolific animator who has created over twenty films in the last sixteen years, and in many of his works, the landscape and characters are stark and grotesque: rendered in black paint and ink, his characters are mostly in silhouette, with skeletal bodies, large, bony hands, and distended mouths with jutting teeth. Animation is accomplished by manipulating cutouts of his painted and drawn images. And while his plots have varied, they often feature themes of sex, persecution, violence, the body, and religion. Emru Townsend, Phil Mulloy, and Marco de Blois. Film Clips Cowboys: High Noon (1991; 0:43, 2.0 MB, MPEG-1) The Sex Life of a Chair (1998; 0:59, 2.7 MB, MPEG-1) Intolerance I (2000; 0:59, 2.7 MB, MPEG-1) Intolerance II (2001; 1:00, 2.7 MB, MPEG-1) The Christies: Mister Yakamoto (2006; 0:27, 2.0 MB, MPEG-1) Links Phil Mulloy Cinémathèque québé