Chris Robinson chats with the BAFTA-winning animation director.
Early December 2013, the Animation Pimp sits in a cinema hallway in Ljubljana, Slovenia with British animator Jonathan Hodgson. They talk of animation, hair of the dog and faulty recording devices.
Hodgson is an internationally renowned, BAFTA winning animation director based in London. He studied animation at Liverpool Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art.
After graduation, his first professional commission was to co-direct an animated short about nuclear disarmament for the United Nations. He went on to direct at various animation studios before co-founding Sherbet in 1996 with Jonathan Bairstow. At Sherbet he directed numerous high profile advertising campaigns and collaborated with legendry illustrator Maurice Sendak on a TV commercials campaign for Bell Atlantic. In 2008 he was Animation Director on Franny Armstrong’s groundbreaking documentary feature The Age of Stupid. In 2011 he directed the animation for Wonderland: The Trouble with Love and Sex, the first full length animated documentary on British TV. His short films have won numerous awards including a BAFTA in 2000 for The Man with the Beautiful Eyes and a BAFTA nomination in 2002 for Camouflage.