Late Night Work Club
This is something I’ve been working on for the past several months and will be working on for several months to come. And now I’m going to gush about it.
Late Night Work Club is a collective of indie animators. That is, animators who do independent, non-commercial work. It’s a project to bring a whole bunch of us together and make something great. It’s a very big project and there are a lot of us. To get an idea of the full roster, to our Vimeo page and check out the likes. Check out the work of these super talented kids. Some have been around for years, some are just starting out. But they’re some of the most interesting and talented animators working today, toiling away at nights and on weekends when most people are, well, NOT.
Art by Jake Armstrong
We all do this because we love it. We’d better love it because there’s rarely a lot of money in it. And there aren’t enough places that really celebrate the people doing their own thing out on the fringes of animation. It can get all tradition-obsessed or stiflingly stuffy very quickly, as it does with most art forms. Most of us aren’t necessarily aiming for prestige, animator cred or our own kids show (although those aren’t always unwelcome). We’re doing it because it needs to be done, for us. Like people have to form bands, like people have to found tiny record labels where people spend their weekends in living rooms and garages with friends assembling cds with hand-folded inserts, like people have to make tiny games that they give away, like people have to make xeroxed mail-order indie comics. It means something to us. It’s our scene.
Art by Erin Kilkenny
It means something to me, making things and seeing what other people make. Things that are personal, interesting, or just really weird. I’ve long been an advocate of giving a shit, and this is my community. And I’m very excited about this. It all may sound really earnest, but one of the perks of not being a kid anymore is that sincerity stops being a vulnerability you hide.
Art by Dave Prosser
The project itself has been underway for most of us for a while now, and full details and whatnot will be revealed in the not-too-distant future. Until then, subscribe to our twitter and keep an eye on the LNWC tag on tumblr for a steady stream of whatnot. We’ve been posting art, some from our individual pieces and some that’s just cool stuff for you guys. I think you’ll like where this goes in the coming months.