(Brown Bag Films/Amazon) Animated school projects can be fantastic industry calling cards. Just ask Corrina Askin, whose Royal College of Art project Godspeak was bought by Channel Four and jump-started her toon career. “I was bursting with ideas, and whimsical characters to develop, and this gave me the confidence and support I needed,” recalls the County Tyrone, Ireland native.
Askin, who went on to create the animated show Joe and Jack and co-exec produced Castle Farm, is currently working on a new venture called Dogs’ Days, produced by Brown Bag and Amazon. “It’s about two overly domesticated dogs with romantic notions of returning to the wild,” she explains. “I’m also working on a new project called Louis and How to Just Be, about a unicorn who lives on a small island with his unsinkable friend, Bird. It’s a feel-good emotional guide about not taking yourself too seriously.”
The talented artist says the inspiration for her new work comes from her real-life adventures. “I spent some time in Paris, The City of Light, at the Irish Cultural Center of Ireland, and met all kinds of wonderful artists, writers and musicians. I found it the most inspiring place, with Louis starting as a doodle during that playful, thought-provoking time.”
Looking back at her childhood, Askin says British Saturday morning TV was a huge influence on her developing a love for animation. “It was four blissful hours of kids’ TV before my mother dispelled the magic with the hoover. Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog and The Clangers were full of completely believable whimsy and promised exquisite moments in life, yet unknown. They connected with me in a way that I still feel today,