Ken Turner graduated from the BAA Animation program in '07 at the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. In the summer of 2005, he, along with nine other fellow students, made a co-op film named "Umbrella Boy". Directed by Andrew Ross and mentored by Ricardo Curtis of House of Cool, it was later screened at the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2006 and won 2nd place.
In 2006 he directed his first 2D animated group short film, "Attack of the Giant Vegetable Monsters", and in 2007 he directed his final year film and his first stop motion animated short film, "TiM", which was an homage to his favorite film director Tim Burton. Both "Tim" and "AOTGVM" were Aniboom Awards 2007 entries.
In June 2008, "Attack of the Giant Vegetable Monsters" won Best Online Short – in the Animation category award for the MovieHatch - Jackson Hole Film Festival Online Short Film Competition. It was an official selection of the 2008 JHFF festival and awarded the coveted Cowboy Award in Jackson, Wyoming. To date "Attack of the Giant Vegetable Monsters" has has received over 10,000 plays on Vimeo. In February 2011, "TiM" was an official selection and an animation night selection at the LES (Lower East Side) Film Festival in New York, NY. In February 2012, "TiM" screened before Sleepy Hollow at the L'ETRANGE SOIREE DE TIM BURTON - CONVENTION HOMMAGE (The Strange Evening of Tim Burton - Convention Tribute) in Paris, France. To date "TiM" has has received over 119,000 plays on Vimeo.
Ken has worked as a character designer and animator for various studios such as C.O.R.E Toons (Iggy Arbuckle), Cookie Jar Entertainment, 9 Story Entertainment/Nelvana (My Friend Rabbit, Spliced), Cuppa Coffee Studios (Ugly Americans), Atomic Cartoons (TWT), Oasis Animation (Disney Channel's Lucky Fred) and JibJab Media (E-Cards), POPS (Mobile Message Alerts), JEAN Production Company (Promo Short Film) & Uncooked Cards (E-Cards).
From 2009 to 2010, he published three illustrated humour books called "A Night at the Movies", "Eye Candy Volume #1: The Village Idioms" and "Eye Candy Volume #2: Apples & Idioms". In October 2010, he made a mini comic entitled “The World of Snowboy and Crow” about the misadventures of boy made from snow and his friend a crow. In May 2011, he formed his production company "Freak Show Studios", a place where strange and weird projects could call home. In August 2011, he published his fifth book entitled "Henry: The Heart Boy", an illustrated story book about a boy who quite literally wears his heart on his sleeve.
From April to October 2012, a new animated web series called "The World of Snowboy and Crow", based on the mini-comic of the same name, was produced. There were 6 episodes in the series with music by Tiago Videra and voices provided by Andrew Morrow.
In addition, he has directed 3 animated short films, produced by award-winning filmmaker Koji Masutani, The Balsillie School of International Affairs and The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), from 2011 to 2013. From December 2012 to January 2013, he completed a short promo short with the JEAN production company for the RIEDEL Wine Glass Company.
On Halloween 2012, a new animated short film was announced: "Henry: The Heart Boy". The new film, based on the illustrated story book of the same name, will be completed in 2013 with plans for a film festival tour circuit to follow.
In 2013, it was announced the return of "The World of Snowboy & Crow. Everyone's favorite snowy land characters are back in all new adventures. This time around you would find out the answers to questions imposed from Series 1. Such as where did Crow get that "magic bean"? What happened to Snowboy's hat that made him get a new one? What started the epic snowball fight between Snowboy and Crow? Where did Snowgirl come from? Series 2 will feature 5 episodes and 1 Bonus Special episode.
Also in 2013, an all-new web series was announced and produced called "SHORT-shorts". The animated series from Freak Show Studios consisted of 13 episodes with each comic-strip like short featuring all new characters in dark but humorous scenarios. "Dark comedic little shorts to brighten your day." - Ken Turner.
His illustrations and film work have been featured in print and online via the pages of The Toronto Star, Cartoon Brew, DRAWN!, IMDB, SlashFilm, Tim Burton Collective, The Line of Influence: A Tribute to Ronald Searle, Sketchozine and INSTORE Magazine.
Films by Ken Turner
FREAK SHOW STUDIOS NEWS: Freak Show Studios "SHORT-shorts" & "The World of Snowboy & Crow: Series 2"
FREAK SHOW STUDIOS NEWS: JUNE 18 2013 Along with production on the "Henry: The Heart Boy" short film, we have in the pipeline two exciting new projects to tell you about.1. The first will be a series of all new animated…
The Henry: The Heart Boy film is moving right along. About a third of the backgrounds are complete with about 90% of the animation cleaned and colored. The above screenshot was from a scene I worked on yesterday. …
“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” - Morticia Addams Charles Samuel Addams who was the creator of the "Addams Family", that appeared in the New Yorker magazine…
"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love" - Dr. Suess Theodor…