Lawrence Johnson has been animating since he was a 12 year old boy, playing with his dad’s Bolex camera. He studied a book by Disney animator Preston Blair and started making movies. It took a few decades of documentary filmmaking to bring him back to his first love. Stuff, his film about his father’s death, called for a way to create dreams and childhood memories. He adapted his style of drawing — with a sumi brush and carbon ink — to a 2D technique of animation, to make one of the most popular parts of the film. Jason Edwards of Smash the Hive, asked Lawrence to animate some cartoons for his series My American Waistline. In this series, Lawrence enjoyed the freedom to make his characters do anything. Now he’s hooked.
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