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.


  • 11/14/2012 at 7:53 am // Reply

    Hi Scott, super phyed to see this, I started building my own work year and a half ago late at night, the indie game scene has really developed these past few years, but animators are a little bit more scattered it seems.

    Some one asked me a few weeks back, why I do it – and I was genuinely stumped for an answer; I have no desire to get into film, and its not really an ego thing, and as you said, there is no money in it (its actually started costing me money recently). The best I could do (but did not say), is that its a reaction to the commercial work I do; nothing ever looked right, or innovative to my eyes.

    Cannot wait to see it.

  • 11/15/2012 at 12:43 pm // Reply

    Cartoon Brew directed me here. Love what you have written and so look forward to what develops.

  • 11/16/2012 at 1:27 pm // Reply

    What an awesome idea. Love it.

    All the best with ep 1

  • 11/16/2012 at 5:08 pm // Reply

    This looks like a great project. Incredibly talented artists and some really inspiring animation.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  • 11/19/2012 at 7:01 pm // Reply

    Awesome. So glad to see some teaser of whats to come here. Definitely an inspiration for the more independent nature of stuff I want to head toward.

    Rock on, and if you ever want more submissions, despite your current glut of awesome talent, I’d love to put something together for it.

    You have to do this shit for yourself, it really is true.

  • 11/21/2012 at 6:37 am // Reply

    :) Love seeing this stuff— really inspiring stuff Scott + friends

  • 11/22/2012 at 10:31 pm // Reply

    Hi Scott,

    This is wonderful!
    You hit the nail in the head when you describe why we do what we do “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…”

    Great stuff. Can’t wait to see the work.



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