Jerome Denjean — Love, Death and Robots, Blur Studio

The Animatrix, Liquid Television, Ren & Stimpy - there have always been blips of mature content on the animation spectrum, but never anything like Love, Death & Robots. This new anthology kicks open the doors for adult storytelling in the medium, taking Tim Miller and David Fincher’s unique influences, and letting over 14 studios run wild through topics like racism, war, free will and human nature, as they collectively produced 18 jaw-dropping shorts.

This week, series’ VFX supervisor Jerome “Jed” Denjean stops by the podcast to talk about his own history, as well as explain how this project came together, from Tim’s initial ideas to how Blur brought in competing studios to join in on the fun. As the discussion continues, they get into bigger topics like what Love, Death & Robots means for the entertainment industry as a whole, why we could be moving away from longer-form storytelling and into bite-size chunks, and the chances of a second season.

Love, Death & Robots is streaming now.

Full studio/artist list:

Alternate Histories
Studio: Suncreature Studio (Denmark)
Director: Victor Maldonado & Alfredo Torres (Headless) 
Author: John Scalzi 

Beyond The Aquila Rift  
Studio: Unit Image (France) 
Director: Leon Berelle, Dominique Boidin, Remi Kozyra, Maxime Luere 
Author: Alastair Reynolds 

Blind SpoStudio: Vitaliy Shushko (Russia) 
Director: Vitaliy Shushko 
Author: Vitaliy Shushko  

Fish Night  
Studio: Platige Image (Poland) 
Director: Damian Nenow 
Author: Joe Lansdale  

Good Hunting  
Studio: Red Dog Culture House (Korea) 
Director: Oliver Thomas 
Author: Ken Liu  

Helping Hand  
Studio: Axis Animation (Scotland) 
Director: Jon Yeo 
Author: Clauidine Griggs  

Ice Age  
Studio: Atomic Fiction (Canada) 
Director: Tim Miller 
Author: Michael Swanwick  

Lucky 13  
Studio: Sony Imageworks (U.S.) 
Director: Jerome Chen 
Author: Marko Kloos

Sonnie’s Edge  
Studio: Blur (U.S.) 
Director: Dave Wilson 
Author: Peter F. Hamilton

Shape Shifters  
Studio: Blur (U.S.) 
Director: Gabriele Pennacchioli 
Author: Marko Kloos  

Sucker of Souls  
Studio:  Studio La Cachette (France) 
Director: Owen Sullivan  
Author: Kristen Cross  

Suits  
Studio: Blur (U.S.) 
Director: Franck Balson 
Author: Steve Lewis  

The Dump  
Studio: Able & Baker (Spain) 
Director: Javier Recio Garcia 
Author: Joe Lansdale  

The Secret War  
Studio: Digic Pictures (Hungary) 
Director: Istvan Zorkoczy 
Author: David W. Amendola 

The Three Robots  
Studio: Blow Studio (Spain) 
Director: Victor Maldonado & Alfredo Torres (Headless) 
Author: John Scalzi     

The Witness  
Studio: Alberto Mielgo (U.S.) 
Director: Alberto Mielgo 
Author: Alberto Mielgo  

When The Yogurt Took Over  
Studio: Blow Studio (Spain) 
Director: Victor Maldonado & Alfredo Torres (Headless) 
Author: John Scalzi 

Zima Blue  
Studio: Passion Pictures (England) 
Director: Robert Valley 
Author: Alastair Reynolds 

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Group Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.