Animation: William Child's animated film about infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar

Posted by Maisie Skidmore,

If you thought that Johnny Depp made for a charming drug lord playing George Jung in Blow, please allow yourself to be swept away by the papier mâché realness being brought to you directly from the very skilled hands of William Child. For his final project the freelance illustrator, animator and designer made a brilliant short film about the bloody work of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, complete with hand-built sets, bags of powder stuffed into gutted fish, scuba divers and a jacuzzi. I know. I have no idea how he did it either.

The underlying theme of explosions, gunfights and debauchery (it’s very subtle, did you spot it?) is far more charming when it’s carried out by tiny papier mâché men in dressing gowns who are no bigger than the size of my hand, than by grown men in front of a camera crew, and clearly we’re not the only ones who think so. William has also made animated music videos for New York hip-hop artists Meyhem Lauren, Action Bronson, AG Da Coroner & Harry Fraud and a project documenting the different kinds of people found in Barcelona. And just to top it all off, El Patrón was made alongside a book about the animation, which comes with its very own coke stash smuggled underneath. Not to be sniffed at. (Sorry.)

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    William Child: El Patron, The Pablo Escobar Story

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Posted by Maisie Skidmore

Editorial Assistant Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 and has stayed with us ever since. She has a particular interest in art, fashion and photography and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.