Joseph Bennett

Talking Paper Interview Series: Joseph Bennett

Talking Paper Interview Series: Joseph Bennett

Joseph Bennett is a Los Angeles-based artist and animator. While working by day for NYC advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, Bennett began using his nights to animate what would eventually become a three-part animated saga that entwines Norse mythology with grotesque fantasy tropes found in paintings by artists like Frank Frazetta. Titled Odin's Afterbirth (see below for the full video), the project was partially inspired by his viewing the trailer for 2009 film Valhalla Rising, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Now combined into one 14-minute movie, Odin's Afterbirth will screen on Saturday, December 5, at a fantasy-themed reading/music showcase at Williamsburg games purveyor Twenty Sided Store, co-organized by Nomadic Press. I interviewed Bennett ahead of that event to discuss the making of Odin's Afterbirth, and his affinity for giving his computer-edited animations a hand-drawn look.

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