Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 6:00am - 6:50am
Recital Hall 12:00 noon Oct 6, 2010
"James Braithwaite is an animator and illustrator living in Montreal. James graduated from Concordia University, and really has no idea what to do with his degree. He is seriously considering making it into a paper hat. After university, James worked away in a dark cave, and managed to get his illustrations in The Believer, The Globe and Mail, The Financial Times, and many other magazines that really ought to have known better.
In 2007 James worked on a film called “I Met the Walrus” with Josh Raskin and Alex Kurina. This film, based on an interview with John Lennon, played in over 400 festivals, and ended up getting nominated for an Oscar in 2008. It was also the winner of two Banff Television awards, and the American Film Institute award for short animation. Finally, in defiance of all logic, the film somehow managed to win a Daytime Emmy, making it the first film posted on Youtube to win an Emmy. Take that, Keyboard Cat!
In 2008, James was invited to direct a short film with the NFB as part of their Hothouse program. After that, James completed bits and pieces of animation for documentaries, such as “H2Oil” and “RIP: A Remix Manifest.” James has gone on to direct a series of animations with Karina Casanova and Darren Pasemko called “Les Grands Penseurs” and a short animation for Will Forte of Saturday Night Live fame.
James’s other clients have included JWT, Ogilvy Mather, DDB London, Harper Collins, Nature Made, Woolley Pau, Nickelodeon, The Cartoon Networks, The Sundance Channel, The Electric Company, and many others.
When not writing about himself in the third person, James enjoys annoying cats, eating anything pickled, and making bad decisions while high on caffeine. You can find James in his studio in Montreal, sitting at his drafting table, cursing softly under his breath."