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The Animation Pimpcast #14: One on One with Bruce Alcock

Chris Robinson chats with the acclaimed Canadian animator and multimedia artist.

Animation writer Chris Robinson sits down with a variety of animation types to fondle their minds through informal chats about animation, life and whatever else they feel like discussing.

In the latest episode of The Animation Pimpcast, Chris Robinson and the nicest guy in animation, Bruce Alcock, sit down in a small Montreal hotel on a brisk day in December 2014 to chat about his love of Newfoundland, his various multimedia projects, living in France as a “nanny” and learning to iron and cook, and meeting the great poet, Al Purdy.

Bruce Alcock is a Newfoundland multimedia filmmaker and creative director, and founder of animation studios Cuppa Coffee Studio (with Adam Shaheen) and Global Mechanic. Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, he has directed several animated short films including At The Quinte Hotel (2005), an animated film set to a 1968 CBC Radio recording of Al Purdy reading his poem ‘Quinte Hotel.’ The film, which combines stop-motion and traditional animation, received the Canadian Film Institute Award for best Canadian animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival

Alcock went on to make several short films with the National Film Board of Canada: Vive la Rose (2009); Impromptu (2013), nominated for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Animated Short at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards; and the 2014 multimedia short film 54 Hours, co-directed with Paton Francis and written by Michael Crummey, produced for the 100th anniversary of the 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster. Alcock has also created handmade experimental animation for on-air promotions for MuchMusic and directed numerous commercials.

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A well-known figure in the world of independent animation, writer, author & curator Chris Robinson is the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.