An Interview with ‘After The End’ director Sam Southward
Nexus have this week announced their official launch of the multi-award winning film After The End, directed and co-written by Nexus director Sam Southward. Having recently won a Gold Screen at the Cannes Young Director Award,the film is a hilarious animated short about a post apocalyptic world featuring two extraordinary characters, mind warping drugs and full frontal male nudity. It explores the possibility that the only thing worse than being the last man in earth is being the second to last man on earth.
The film was produced at The National Film and Television School and many of the animators collaborated remotely from all around the world. Much like After The End, Southward’s work follows a distinctive visual style – combining live action with CG animation.
Skwigly were able to catch up with Sam Southward to talk about his NFTS graduation film.
How did you start out as an animator and how did you find your time at the NFTS?
Growing up I loved comics and cartoons and always felt the need to tell stories, but I was always quite resistant to the idea of becoming an animator as I thought I wouldn’t have the patience to draw the same thing over and over again. I began to experiment making little films and loved finally having an outlet for my stories, but it was when 3D computer animation packages first became available for home computers that I had my ‘eureka moment’. I suddenly realised that I could literally create anything I wanted inside these programs and had complete control and freedom. The irony is that I had originally experimented with 3D naively thinking it would be a quicker than traditional animation, but when you get down to it, it is easily as intense and time consuming as all animation is!
Going to the NFTS was something I had always dreamed of, but I was always a little unsure of how my work would fit in there. One year I decided to fill out the application form and see what happened. To my amazement I got in! My time at NFTS was great fun and also a lot of hard work. I learnt a great deal and it has prepared me well for where I am now.