6 tips for crafting a spell-binding animation

It's been an incredible few months for Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon. In January, the Kilkenny-based team of creatives received an Oscar nomination for their second animated feature film, Song of the Sea – just five years after The Secret of Kells won the studio its first Oscar nomination and rave reviews around the world.

Song of the Sea is a stunning masterclass in animated storytelling. Seeped in legend, the film tells the epic tale of Ben and his sister Saoirse, the last Sealchild, as they attempt to return home – taking inspiration from the ancient Celtic myth of the Selkies, who live as seals in the sea and humans on land.

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Julia Sagar
Editor-in-chief retail

Julia is editor-in-chief, retail at Future Ltd, where she works in e-commerce across a number of consumer lifestyle brands. A former editor of design website Creative Bloq, she’s also worked on a variety of print titles, and was part of the team that launched consumer tech website TechRadar. She's been writing about art, design and technology for over 15 years.