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Blinkink Signs Directors James Papper & Sophie Koko Gate

Rising animation talents join Soho-based commercial production company directorial roster.

Sophie Koko Gate’s ‘Half Wet,’ her second-year film at the Royal College of Art, was selected to compete at both the BFI Film Festival and SXSW.

LONDON -- Soho-based commercial production company Blinkink has announced the signing of two new directors to its commercial talent roster -- independent animator Sophie Koko Gate and London-based animator, illustrator and filmmaker James Papper.

Sophie Koko Gate’s visual universe is immense. With her illustrative style, Gate presents the weird and wonderful and all in between. After graduating from the Royal College of Art with her second-year film Half Wet being in the Official Selection at both the BFI Film Festival and at SXSW, she has been able to create work for commercial clients such as Google and Airbnb without sacrificing the personality that makes her work unique. Her upcoming short film Slug Life will be premiering at the BFI London in November.

London-based animator, illustrator, and filmmaker James Papper’s raison d’être is simple: “I’m just trying to make stuff that a) makes me laugh b) looks good.” Sure enough, humor is the backbone of everything he puts his mind to, from the irreverent comedy shorts he’s written and directed to his animated spots for VOXI which poke fun at millennial phone data dependency. Though his background is in illustration, in the last few years he’s been cutting his teeth across live action, 2D and 3D work. Versatile and innately curious, Papper works across whatever medium he needs to, as long as it makes you laugh.

James Papper’s new campaign for Voxi, Vodafone’s mobile network for under-30s, comprises a series of witty, food-themed videos.

Source: Blinkink

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.