Joseph is film and theatre director specialising in animation and puppetry. He is best known for his animated short films which have received international acclaim and screened at numerous festivals around the world. He has written and directed over fifteen shorts since 2007 including both puppet, object and cut out animation as well as live-action, dance and documentaries.
He recently worked with Hungarian animator Péter Vácz to create Dear John (2016), an animated music video for the band James which won Best Animation at both Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and the Kinsale Shark Awards, received a Vimeo Staff Pick and was featured on websites including Booooooom, Director’s Notes and Motionographer. His 2014 live action puppet film La Forét Sauvage screened at Jim Henson’s Puppets on Film Festival in New York, IPUFF in Canada and was selected for the DepicT 90 second film competition at Encounters Festival, his second film to be shortlisted after Showdown at Yohoko Valley in 2007. Natural Disaster, also made in 2014, screened at Budapest, Krakow, Athens and Barcelona and was nominated for the animation award at London Short Film Festival. His graduation film The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling travelled to countless festivals worldwide, won Best Up-and-Coming Talent Award at Canterbury Anifest, was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award, has had over 150k views on Vimeo and was awarded a Staff Pick.
Joseph has also written and directed for theatre as well as created animated projections for stage. He directed and co-designed Green Ginger’s Outpost (2014), a co-production between Tobacco Factory Theatres and Figur Teatret, Norway, and worked as Puppetry Associate on Handspring Puppet Company and Tom Morris’ A Midsummer Nights Dream (2013). He has made projections for shows in the UK and America and worked as a puppetry consultant and dramaturg for theatre and opera. In 2015 he was made a BBC Performing Arts Fellow and named one of 32 ‘ones to watch’.
Joseph has a first class honours degree in animation and was the first British participant on the European training programme Animation Sans Frontières, taught at four of Europe’s most prestigious animation schools, which led him to co-found Caravel Collective; a mixed media film group in the South of France. Joseph is active as a curator, writer and lecturer having spoken at festivals and universities including; Bedfordshire, South Wales, Surrey, Central School of Speech and Drama, LAMDA, Animac, Spoleto and Festival National d’Animation a Bruz. He has written for animation magazines; Imagine and Skwigly as well as various essays on animation aesthetics and history. Joseph was responsible for the film programme of the 2015 Bristol Festival of Puppetry which included guests the Quay Brothers and Barry Purves as well as the first ever retrospective of children’s animator Ivor Wood. He is currently working on a new animated short due for release in 2017, marking a decade of making films.
CLIENTS & COLLABORATORS
Handspring Puppet Company. BBC. The Quay Brothers. English Touring Opera. Watershed. Bristol Old Vic. Animac. Theatre-Rites. Barry Purves. Tobacco Factory. Nordland Visual Theatre. Puppet Place. Central School of Speech and Drama. London Academy of Dramatic Arts. Green Ginger
Motionographer. Director's Notes. Vimeo Staff Picks. Future Shorts. Dragonframe. British UNIMA. Skwigly. Zippy Frames. Booooooom. Stop Motion Magazine. Sound of Media. Bulles de Rêves. Creative Review for iPad. Forbidden Planet. Show Me The Animation. The Curious Brain
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Best Animation Los Angeles Independent Film Festival & Kinsale Shark Awards. BBC Performing Arts Fellow 2015. BAFTA Cymru Nomination 2012. RTS Student Prize 2012. British Talent Award Canterbury Animist 2011. Best Animation Ffresh Festival 2011. Shortlisted for DepicT! 2008 & 2014