Oscar Winner William Joyce on the Art of Storytelling

Ally Van Deuren (B.F.A. Theatre, B.A. Journalism, ’15) sat with William Joyce (’81) to talk about how to prepare for a lifetime of work. 

Joyce has illustrated or authored over 50 children’s books. As co-founder of Moonbot Studios, he and the “Moonbots” have created numerous television shows, commercials and films, winning four Emmy Awards, 14 Cannes Lions Awards and 17 Clio Awards, and recent nominations for three more Emmys. In 2012, Joyce and Moonbot won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short with The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, a hanky-worthy gem of a film that relays its entire story through images, sans dialogue. The film was followed by a book of the same name, of which The New York Times said, “If the book ends up as a classic, it will be, at least in part, because it feels like a classic: Joyce’s tale follows the incantatory order of a high Mass in print.”

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