Creative Lives — Animation director Paul Layzell chats learning on the job, developing a style and the narcissism of social media

Posted 09 May 2017 Interview by Laura Snoad

Known for his menagerie of hilarious, cheeky characters, London-based animation director Paul Layzell started his career helping out older brother and fellow animator Matt while he was still studying. Getting to work early certainly paid off – Paul’s first paid animation job was for Cartoon Network. After graduating Paul set up animation studio Layzell Bros with Matt, and now writes, storyboards and edits projects, overseeing a team of animators. The duo’s clients include E4, i-D and Harvey Nichols. In fact the pair’s humorous ad for the latter, which features CCTV footage of shoplifters with their faces obscured by cartoon robbers, recently featured in the Trainspotting reboot.

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