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Studio Interview Preview: Shotopop

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Magazine previews, by Adam Smith

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Shotopop was conceived in the living room of a small apartment above a chip shop in Brighton.

Its founding members are Casper Franken and Carin Standford. Back then, the pair were two wide-eyed kids from South Africa.

Their next move was to relocate to Container City in London’s Docklands, where illustrator Mike Crozier joined the team.

Phase three of Shotopop sees the team residing in a studio in London Fields, where they now work alongside their partner and super-samurai illustrator Shan Jiang.

From the very start, Shotopop has had a multidisciplinary approach, influenced by Franken and Standford’s work experience. Both have backgrounds in web and motion graphics, having explored illustration through these fields. “It made sense to keep these modes in our work,” Franken tells us. “They are so closely interlinked and overlap in many ways. Working in such a fashion helps us keep things fresh; changing from a motion to an illustration project helps avoid boredom.”

In fact, the whole team brings every aspect of their creative experience to the worktable, wielding these in the most pivotal ways possible. Jiang’s impeccable work ethic allows Shotopop to push on even further. His illustration studies in Scotland have given all Shotopoppers a great appreciation for his skill, as well as a shared love of whisky.

Crozier’s fantastic performance while on a work experience placement won him a rank at the studio. His enthusiasm for trying new things helps Shotopop to constantly experiment with the latest digital methods. Standford’s hairbrained ideas often have people looking at her with raised eyebrows, but when given the opportunity.

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Studio Interview Preview: Shotopop