Programme: Animation - BA

Year: 2011

Will Anderson graduated from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) in 2011 with a BA in Animation.

His final year project, The Making of Longbird, won the 2013 BAFTA for Best Short Animation and has been screened at over 50 film festivals, worldwide.

As White Robot, Will works in creative partnership with fellow ECA graduate, Ainslie Henderson.

Their most recent collaboration, Monkey Love Experiments, has been shortlisted for the British Academy Scotland Award for Animation 2014.

Tell us about yourself

I was born in the Highlands of Scotland and came to ECA straight from school. At the end of my first year, I decided to specialise in Animation. I graduated in 2011 and am, proudly, still based in Edinburgh. I work out of a studio at Summerhall as an independent writer/director.

Tell us about your creative practice.

Primarily I make animation for film and television; however I’ve been lucky enough to write and direct my own work, with hopes of developing more longer-form work.

I find the idea of making people laugh very moving. I make things for people to watch and enjoy and, hopefully, be moved by.  Therefore, in terms of what inspires me, I think it’s people. To develop ideas through your work, you have to have empathy.

The reward from making something that is sort of magical keeps me going.  Animation is an illusion, and it can do so much.  We are only starting to scratch the surface with it, so being involved with it, or being able to influence it, is very fulfilling.

Winner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ 9.88 Films competition
Will Anderson, 2014

Animation is an illusion, and it can do so much.  We are only starting to scratch the surface with it, so being involved with it, or being able to influence it, is very fulfilling.

Will Anderson, 2013 Animation - BA (Hons)

What do you like about Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is a very special city, with a mix of bustle and calmness; it’s perfect for me.  It also is rich with stories, so it’s pretty hard to get bored of it.

I think the thing that has stayed with me, from my time at ECA, was being surrounded by great people who were passionate about what they did.  It’s pretty inspiring to be immersed in art and around people who want to say things with their art. I also liked the freedom we were given, as students.  An art school really should be a place that nurtures its students, and ECA definitely does that.

What have been your biggest achievements since you graduated?

Probably winning a British Academy Award for my graduation film.

What advice would you give someone wanting to study, and have a career in, your area of expertise?

I would say that you need to just go for it… make work, make mistakes, and keep going.  There’s no point talking about making art and not producing anything.  Be honest and put yourself on the line.


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