Where to start: A Family Portrait (2010). There’s always something false about family portraits and professional photos in general. They’re you, yet not you. They block out all the assorted conflicts and cracks within a family dynamic. Pierce, with an expert use of rotoscope, shows us a family falling apart during a portrait session. A blisteringly savage tragicomedy.
What to watch next: The Pub (2012). Seen through the eyes of a barmaid, Pierce’s trippy monochrome approach serves up nightmarish slices of assorted customers’ lives inside a local pub.
Other key works: Stand Up (2008). A comedian’s stand-up performance goes horribly wrong.
Influences: Paula Rego, Thomas Vinterberg (and the Dogme 95 movement), Richard Pryor
Says: “I’ve always wanted to draw but can’t really draw, um… well. So I cheated and traced over the top. I soon realized this was incredibly boring until I started exaggerating and distorting. From there, yeah it was quite organic. I tend not to script the ‘animated’ elements too heavily and really take inspiration from the live-action frame in front of me. For me it is a happy medium between the reality of live-action and the surreal nature of animation.”
Currently working on: Pierce recently finished Scale (2022), an adaptation of a story by Will Self about a drug addicted father obsessed with highway planning.