Ken Turner graduated from the BAA Animation program in '07 at the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. In the summer of 2005, he, along with nine other fellow students, made a co-op film named "Umbrella Boy". Directed by Andrew Ross and mentored by Ricardo Curtis of House of Cool, it was later screened at the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2006 and won 2nd place.
In 2006 he directed his first 2D animated group short film, "Attack of the Giant Vegetable Monsters", and in 2007 he directed his final year film and his first stop motion animated short film, "TiM", which was an homage to his favorite film director Tim Burton. Both "Tim" and "AOTGVM" were Aniboom Awards 2007 entries.
In June 2008, his short film "Attack of the Giant Vegetable Monsters" won Best Online Short – in the Animation category award for the MovieHatch - Jackson Hole Film Festival Online Short Film Competition. It was an official selection of the 2008 JHFF festival and awarded the coveted Cowboy Award in Jackson, Wyoming. "Attack of the Giant Vegetable Monsters" has has received over 10,000 plays on Vimeo. In February 2011, his stop motion film "TiM" was an official selection and an animation night selection at the LES (Lower East Side) Film Festival in New York, NY. In February 2012, "TiM" screened before the Tim Burton film "Sleepy Hollow" at the L'ETRANGE SOIREE DE TIM BURTON - CONVENTION HOMMAGE (The Strange Evening of Tim Burton - Convention Tribute) in Paris, France. "TiM" has received over 119,000 plays on Vimeo. To date, "Attack of the Giant Vegetable Monsters" and "TiM" have been screened at various film festivals around the world.
He has worked as a character designer, animator and illustrator for various studios such as Rubicon Publishing, Beehive Illustration, 9 Story Entertainment/Nelvana (My Friend Rabbit, Spliced), Cuppa Coffee Studios (Ugly Americans), Atomic Cartoons (TWT), Oasis Animation (Disney Channel's Lucky Fred), JibJab Media (E-Cards), JEAN Production Company (Promo Short Films), Uncooked Cards (E-Cards) & DHX Media (Inspector Gadget).
From 2009 to 2010, he published three illustrated humour books called "A Night at the Movies", "Eye Candy Volume #1: The Village Idioms" and "Eye Candy Volume #2: Apples & Idioms". In October 2010, he made a mini comic entitled “The World of Snowboy and Crow” about the misadventures of boy made from snow and his friend a crow. In May 2011, he formed his production company "Freak Show Studios", a place where strange and weird projects could call home. In August 2011, he published his fifth book entitled "Henry: The Heart Boy", an illustrated story book about a boy who quite literally wears his heart on his sleeve.
From April to October 2012, a new animated web series called "The World of Snowboy and Crow", based on the mini-comic of the same name, was produced. There were a total of 6 episodes in the series with voices provided by Andrew Morrow. Series 2 of "The World of Snowboy & Crow" was completed in 2015 and were 3 prequel episodes which concluded the web series. On Halloween 2012, a new animated short film was announced: "Henry: The Heart Boy". The new film, based on the illustrated story book of the same name, will be completed in 2014 with plans for a film festival tour circuit to follow. In September 2013, a new web series was completed called "SHORT-shorts". The all-new animated series from Freak Show Studios consisted of 13 episodes with each comic-strip like short featured all new characters in dark but humorous scenarios. "Dark comedic little shorts to brighten your day." - Ken Turner
In addition, he has directed 3 animated short films, produced by award-winning filmmaker Koji Masutani, The Balsillie School of International Affairs and The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), from 2011 to 2013. From December 2012 to January 2013, he completed a promo short called "The story of BOA" with the JEAN production company for the RIEDEL Wine Glass Company. From September 2013 to December 2013, he completed a second promo short called "The story of the O series" with the JEAN production company for the RIEDEL Wine Glass Company.
From March 2014 to October 2014 he worked at DHX Halifax on the brand new CGI version of the beloved Canadian television series Inspector Gadget as a 2D designer and 2D Harmony animator. He also designed and animated all 52 title cards for the series.
In November 2014, his artwork was featured in Race Point Publishing's book "Alice's Wonderland: A Visual Journey through Lewis Carroll's Mad, Mad World".
From March to June 2015, he worked as a freelance animator for 9 Story Media on the animated PBS show called "Nature Cat" featuring the voices of SNL's Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, and Bobby Moynihan. From October 2015 to February 2016, he was a freelancer for DHX Toronto as a character and location designer for 2 animated television series in development.
From November 2015 to present, he returned to DHX Halifax on Season 2 & 3 of the new CGI version of Inspector Gadget as a 2D designer and 2D Harmony animator.
In April 2016, his alternative art poster for "Pee Wee's Big Holiday" was featured on PeeWee.com by Pee Wee Herman himself.
His illustrative/film work has been featured on the web for Cartoon Brew, DRAWN!, IMDB, SlashFilm, Tim Burton Collective as well as in print for The Toronto Star, The Line of Influence: A Tribute to Ronald Searle, Sketchozine, INSTORE Magazine & Searle in America.
He can be reached via his email addresses for any inquiries.
Thanks for viewing and hope to hear from you soon.
- Ken Turner
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