Seamus Walsh

*Birth/Death: *
He is probably in his late 30’s to early 40’s according to pictures on his studio’s website. Does not publish his birthday.

*Occupation/Title: *
Director, animator, and co-founder at Screen Novelties.

*Bio Summary:
*Seamus Walsh was a self-taught student filmmaker attending UCLA before landing an internship at Chiodo Brothers. After the internship, he went on to co-found Screen Novelties.

*Early Life/Family: *
I know little about his early life or family other than he attended college in UCLA, which means he may have been born and raised in California.

*Education/Training:*
Attended UCLA with Marc Caballero and collaborated as student filmmakers. He later interned at Chiodo Brothers studio.

*Career Outline:
*After an internship with Chiodo Brothers studio, Seamus Walsh founded Screen Novelties with Chris Fennigan and Marc Caballero. As a director and animator at Screen Novelties, he has collaborated with Duck Studios, the Jim Henson Company, ACNE films, RSA films; created commercials for McDonalds and Corn Pops, as well as work hit television shows: *Spongebob Squarepants*, *Robot Chicken*, *Chowder and Flapjack*, *Moral Orel*, and *Family Guy*.

*Comments on Style: *
Walsh’s uses goofy looking puppet and clay armature characters, bouncing, jerky, often exaggerated movements and extensive use of squash and stretch as well as extreme timings. A great example is Screen Novelties’ *Graveyard Jamboree with Mysterious Mose* short film.

*Influences:
*Ray Harryhausen: American film producer, special effects creator, and stop-motion animator.** He and Marc worked with Harryhausen to finish one of his Fairytales. The talked Ray into animating a scene and said that it didn't take much talking to get him animating.

*Personality:
*According to Screen Novelties receptionist Jen, he is *“*Kind, not the loudest person at the party: a middle of the road kind-of-person*”.*
I have always found a little shy, which most animators are at are core. He is good at one on one. Has a great love and knowledge of animation. I had him and Marc scheduled for my Stopmo Expo but he cancelled at the last minute because of deadline. -Loc

*Anecdotes: *
Seamus Walsh first met Marc Caballero at UCLA where they discovered they *both liked the same “goofball” styled pieces.***

*Miscellaneous: *
Seamus Walsh was among the first stop motion artists to adopt an entirely digital capture system and workflow, beginning in 1999 with the pilot films that would eventually become "Robot Chicken".

*Filmography:*
Animation Department (8 titles)
2011 SpongeBob SquarePants (TV series) (animator - 1 episode)
– Frozen Face-Off (2011) (animator)
Moral Orel (TV series) (animator - 19 episodes, 2006-2007) (animation director - 11 episodes, 2005-2007)
– Nature: Part 2 (2007) (animator)
– Nature (2007) (animator)
– Orel's Movie Premiere (2007) (animator)
– Presents for God (2007) (animation director)
– School Pageant (2007) (animator)
See all 30 episodes » 2007 Robot Chicken: Star Wars (TV movie) (animation supervisor)
2007 Monster Safari (short) (animator)
2006 Robot Chicken (TV series) (animation supervisor - 3 episodes)
– Book of Corrine (2006) (animation supervisor)
– Lust for Puppets (2006) (animation supervisor)
– Veggies for Sloth (2006) (animation supervisor)
2006 Disaster! (additional animator)
2002 The Story of 'The Tortoise & the Hare' (short) (animator)
1995 Screamers (assistant animator: Chiodo Bros. Productions Inc.)
Special Effects (8 titles)
Director (6 titles)
Producer (2 titles)
Writer (1 title)
Art Department (1 title)
Miscellaneous Crew (1 title)
Self (1 title)

*Honors: *
1998 Atlanta Film Festival- Audience Award and Special Jury Award for *Old Man and the Goblins*.**
2000 New York Expo of Short Film - Bronze Award for *Graveyard Jamboree with Mysterious Mose.*
2001 Slamdance Film Festival - Black and White Award for *Old Man and the Goblins.*

*Related Links:
*http://www.screen-novelties.com

*Bibliographic References: *
*Several brief conversations with Jen, Screen Novelties receptionist. * *http://www.screen-novelties.com/news/
http://www.animateclay.com/index.php/articles/87-interviews/234-screen-novelties-interview
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0909851/#Director
http://www.duckstudios.com/news/?tag=screen-novelties
http://vimeo.com/user4074255

*Contributors To This Listing: *
John Summerford
Larry Loc

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