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CHRIS ULLENS BOLTS TO FRIENDS ELECTRIC.
14 June 2022

Friends Electric have completed the signing of stop-motion animation director Chris Ullens to their UK and US rosters. The Belgian brings a lively reel to his new home, with plastic dolls, killer teddy bears, and lovelorn glove puppets found in his toy chest.

The latter feature in this promo for Rex Orange County. Though the track is pleasant enough, it's a glove puppet milkman and his bovine friend who steal the show. Charming character design and deft fingerwork ensure a sweet-natured alternative to Monty Python's 'Seduced Milkmen' sketch.


Such work leads executive producer Barney Richard to say: "Chris's work is so chock full of great ideas and craft. The direction in the worlds he creates is super filmic and he's got great storytelling chops that are full of humour and charm. He’s witty, fun, and is a perfect fit for us culturally."


I think we’re a perfect match to make stunning and entertaining work.

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Richard adds: "To me, Chris has the kind of unique mind that adds so much to an idea, and given a half-decent budget would create something utterly memorable." Clients on both sides of the Atlantic who value stop-motion animation now have something to think about.


So, what does Ullens make of it all? "I'm delighted to join the strong team that is Friends Electric. They always put out striking and eye-catching work. With their expertise in CGI/VFX and my hands-on crafty skills, I think we're a perfect match to make stunning and entertaining work. I can't wait for us to get started!"

Click here to see more of Chris Ullens's work. Next, drop Barney Richard a line via barney@friendselectric.tv or call 07557 092 029.

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