Artist Spotlight: Mike Andrews

For this month’s Artist Spotlight, we’re featuring another one of our (shr)editors, who joined our team a bit over a year ago. Mike Andrews is an editor and documentary filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland who moved to Canada last year. He’s been an amazing addition to our team during the time he’s been with us, playing a crucial role in getting finished episodes of our shows ready for the world to see.

Tell us about your personal project:
My short film, Pigsy, is a documentary I made over the course of a year. It’s about an artist from Dublin who goes by the name Pigsy. Pigsy is dyslexic and channels his frustration of not being able to communicate with words with eccentric art pieces using spray paint, chalk, or whatever tools he can get his hands on. 

What sparked the idea for this project?
Pigsy’s style of art is very similar to Jean Michel Basquiat, who is one of my favorite artists. That was what initially caught my eye. However, I’m also dyslexic which I was very much ashamed to talk about, but through the process of making this documentary I found I could relate more and more to Pigsy and the way he uses art to channel his frustrations about dyslexia. I use the methods of documentary making and editing to channel my frustration. We both use creativity positively. 

Can you think of a particular moment when you realized you wanted to be an editor?
I used to make silly videos with my friends on Youtube way back when. I always found that the fun really happened when editing the stuff together. Between that and hearing how passionate my editing teacher was on my first day of college, I knew this was for me 

What is the highlight of your career so far?
Pinpointing an exact moment is pretty tough. The fact my career has allowed me to work in Ireland, England, Germany and Canada is so exciting. I’ve been able to make some fantastic friends and see some amazing cities through work, which is awesome. 

What are you trying to improve in your work?
I’m a firm believer that there is always something to learn and to never think you “know it all”. I still enjoy Saturday morning cartoons, but now I’m really keeping an eye out for pacing, the kind of shots they’re using and the execution of gags/action. 

What’s your idea of the perfect Sunday
Waking up at 9, making a massive cup of coffee and reading in bed till noon, followed by making a massive brunch, heading down to the beach for a bit of a swim and some more reading. Heading home to play some video games whilst drinking a worrying amount of tea. 

 What is your most memorable non-animation job?
I worked in New York for a summer in 2011 as a dishwasher in a very fancy restaurant. It was a really intense atmosphere and the staff matched the intensity. The kitchen was separated from the area where I washed the dishes in by a giant spiral staircase. At the end of a shift I was given a massive 4 foot pot of chicken stock to separate and put into a freezer. After I did that, I stuck the pot in the sink and started to fill in with hot water and turned around to continue some other tasks. 

 I turned around to discover the pot was full to the top of water. It was way too heavy for me to lift so I started to swirl it around a little, soaking me and the entire kitchen in the process. By the end of it the kitchen (and myself) were soaking wet. I left that night and never went back. 

You’re stuck on a desert island with a laptop and a USB stick containing the entirety of one cartoon - what show is it?
1998 X-men should do the trick. I’ve fond memories watching that in my grandparents' place after school. 

Pick 3 cartoon characters that describe your personality.
The curiosity of Ponyo, the impatience of Squidward and the appetite of Scooby Doo. 

What have you consumed lately that inspired you to create - podcast, tv, movie, music?
I’ve recently re-watched Spider-verse and again, was left in complete awe. It’s movies like this that make me want to be a better creator. Also I watched Knock Down the House on Netflix recently and was left so inspired. 

What’s on your work playlist?
A light undertone of game and movie soundtracks a lot of the time. The Stardew Valley soundtrack is a great one to calm down the mood. Also The Gaslight Anthem, The Beatles, Craig Finn & Dave Hause.