Leah Shore

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Leah Shore is a Brooklyn, NY based artist, animator, and film director best known for her short films: 2010 Sundance Film Festival selection Meatwaffle, 2011 and 2013 SXSW selections BOOBatary and Old Man, and 2014 Slamdance Film Festival selection I Love You So Much.


Shore grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and attended RISD college in Providence, Rhode Island, graduating in 2009. Her thesis film, Meatwaffle,[1] which animation historian Jerry Beck called "either genius or nonsense,"[2] and Sundance deemed "wonderfully bizarre"[3] was selected for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where Shore was only woman and youngest participant selected for the Animation Showcase.[4] Meatwaffle went on to play at SXSW and more than fifty other film festivals.

Work and style[edit]

As an animator, Shore has been compared with Bill Plympton,[5] and is known for a bold, colorful style described as "extreme, and often humorous," and "raunchy and bizarre"[6] that frequently depicts pop culture or well-known subjects. She typically writes, animates, directs, and produces her own work. Shore cited Ralph Steadman, Eric Fishl, Jan Svankmajer, Salvador Dali, Tom Waits, Matthew Barney, Patti Smith, and Robert Mapplethorpe as influences in a 2010 interview with Channel Frederator.[7]

Shore is a prolific creator of short-form content, directing animated spots for Cartoon Network, Google, MTV, and collaborating on music videos for notable recording artists like Ke$ha. Shore is known to work on a fast schedule; many of her spots commissioned for VICE and MTV are completed in under 5 days.[8][9] She was named in 2013 Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film.[10] Mountain Dew's online magazine Green Label named Shore one of "10 Animators You Need to Know" alongside Cartoon Network showrunners Pendleton Ward and Rebecca Sugar.[11] In 2013, Meatwaffle was inducted into the Sundance Permanent Collection at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

According to Shore's Tumblr page, her first fully live-action short, Hallway, filmed "in a real secret sex club in NYC",[12] should debut in 2015.

Old Man[edit]

Old Man,[13] Shore's third film, is an experimental documentary short animated to never-before-heard telephone calls between Charles Manson and Canadian author Marlin Marynick, recorded as reference for a biography by Marynick. Beginning pre-production as early as February 2010,[14] Shore edited the 10 hours of phone calls—originally captured through a smuggled prison cell-phone—into a 5-minute audio track, then spent over 2 years animating the film.[15] Selected for over fifty festivals worldwide, Old Man opened the prestigious Gen Art festival in New York City in August 2012, and competed in the Animation category at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.

I Love You So Much[edit]

I Love You So Much debuted at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival and played at the Los Angeles Film Festival and continues to play at festivals today. Shore's first time mixing animation with live action, the film, about "the muck of romantic language,"[16] was a Vimeo staff pick in December, 2014 and has been viewed over eighty thousand times. Most recently it was shown as a part of "Vimeo Staff Picks Cinema: Directors Commentary" at the SXSW 2015 Film Festival. Shore was one of five directors to show.


Title Year Medium Format Role
Meatwaffle 2009 2D/Stop Motion Animation/Mixed Media Short Film Director, Writer, Editor, Animator
Boobatary 2011 2D Animation Short Film Director, Writer, Editor, Animator
Old Man 2012 2D Animation/Stop Motion Animation/Computer Animation/Mixed Media Short Film Director, Writer, Editor, Animator
I Love You So Much 2014 Live Action/2D Animation Short Film Director, Writer, Animator, Storyboard, Art Direction
Hallway 2015 Live Action Short Film Director, Writer, Storyboard, Art Direction

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "MEATWAFFLE release info". IMDb. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry. "Leah Shore's 'Meatwaffle'". cartoonbrew.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ Zakheim, Landon. "Your Guide to Animation". sundance.org. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  4. ^ Hartley, Christina. "Meatwaffle". risd.edu. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Jaeger, Max. "Sketchy characters: W'burg animation fest features hand-drawn hosts". Brooklynpaper.com.
  6. ^ Furfaro, Danielle. "The new pornographers: Bushwick artists hosting smut fest". The Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  7. ^ DesRocher, Bailee. "Leah Shore's 'Meatwaffle'". frederatorblogs.com. Frederator. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  8. ^ Shore, Leah. "VICE!! BIG SEAN! PROJECT X Teaser Promo". leahshore.wordpress.org. http://leahshore.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/vice-i-am-a-do-vice-project-x-teaser-promo-i-made-tittilicious/. Retrieved 14 December 2014. External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Shore, Leah. "GUCCI GUCCI GUCCI GUCCI! KREAYSHAWN!!!". leahshore.wordpress.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  10. ^ Salovaara, Sara. "25 New Faces of Independent Film". www.filmmakermagazine.com. Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  11. ^ Cheng, Susan. "10 Animators You Need to Know". Green Label. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  12. ^ Shore, Leah. "About Leah Shore". Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  13. ^ "OLD MAN release info". IMDb. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  14. ^ DesRocher, Bailee. "Leah Shore's 'Meatwaffle'". frederatorblogs.com. Frederator. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  15. ^ Salovaara, Sara. "25 New Faces of Independent Film". www.filmmakermagazine.com. Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  16. ^ Macauley, Scott. "Short Film: I Love You So Much by Leah Shore". www.filmmakermagazine.com. Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 26 December 2014.