Interview: Writer and Director of 9 - Animator Shane Acker
by Alex Billington
September 7, 2009
Hitting theaters this weekend (on 9-9-09) is a new animated movie titled 9, both written and directed by former Weta Digital animator Shane Acker. This was originally a short film in 2005 (watch it here) that went on to gain in Oscar nomination, and the attention of Tim Burton. From there, well, I think it's best to let Shane himself tell you the story. I had the honor of interviewing Mr. Acker recently and it turned out great. It's an understatement to call him inspiring, especially for animators, and in this we talk about what went into creating 9, how he learned from his mistakes, and his take on the world of animation. Read on!
Watch my interview with 9 writer and director Shane Acker:
This interview was shot using my Flip Mino camera. If you like those shoes that Shane is wearing, they're Pony shoes specially designed for and inspired by 9 - Limited Edition Stitchpunk Sneakers. I always go into interviews prepared with questions that I hope will get good answers. This time that worked out perfectly, and my interview with Shane went incredibly well, which should have been more than enough to convince you to go see 9 in theaters (it looks amazing on the big screen). It's a great animated movie and Shane truly deserves your support. I hope you enjoyed this interview and I hope you go see 9 starting on Wednesday!