Joel Veitch is the creator of the cult website RATHERGOOD.COM which he founded in 2000.
Since then its unique menagerie of animals and songs - particularly his singing kittens and moon-obsessed Spongmonkeys - have developed a worldwide cult following. He writes, directs, sings and makes songs, animations, and comedy. He makes commercials, stuff for TV, music, promos, virals, and a bunch of other stuff. Joel is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
In addition to running rathergood.com, singing and recording, Joel does other stuff as well.....
I Love You So Hard selected for:
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France
Annecy International Animated Film festival, France
International Festival of Animated Film, Stuttgart
Tampere Film Festival, Finland
Melbourne International Animation Festival
Mecal International Short Film Festival of Barcelona
International Short Film Festival Nijmegen
Animation Torrent, Chicago
Filmets Badalona Film Festival, Spain
British Animation Awards Public Choice screenings
European Film Festival of Lille
Uncle Wormsley's Christmas selected for:
Nijmegen International Short Film Festival, Netherlands
Skepto International Film Festival, Italy
Friends or strangers - Experian (This Is Abundance)
Judge for Webby Awards
Uncle Wormsley's Christmas awarded Best Original Score at Sapporo International Short Film Festival, Japan
Nominated: Best Animated Film at the International Film Awards Berlin
Honourable Mention at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival
Barclaycard - Bespoke Ballads project - lots of songs written and performed
Crusha - ad plus sponsorship idents for TV broadcast
Warburtons - promotional films
KPMG - Corporate Animation (The Broadcast Business)
Withings - creative on naked stop motion film (Man + Hatchet)
Uncle Wormsley's Christmas screened on Sky Atlantic on Christmas Eve and at:
Athens International Film Festival
International Film Awards Berlin
Sapporo Short Fest Japan
Columbus International Film And Video Festival - Honourable Mention
I Love You So Hard nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent award and screened at:
Edinburgh International Film Festival,
London International Animation Festival
Interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin
Uppsala International Short Film Festival Sweden
Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival (Special Mention)
Speaker for The Rights Stuff IP event, also Cheil agency inspiration session
Judge for Webby awards and Lovie awards
Uncle Wormsley's Christmas - half hour animated film starring Steve Coogan, Julia Davis, Julian Barratt, John Thomson. Co-production with Baby Cow
"Roadkill" - 6 x 22 minutes puppets and animation show. Co-production with Baby Cow
Crusha - 30 second TV commercial, plus 10 second cutdown and 10 and 40 second sponsorship idents for Nickelodeon
MTV - licensed Tiny Chainsaw to Liquid Television. Also screened at Los Angeles Animation Film Festival
DJ Steve Lawson - Dex Factor spoof video (Forward Thinking Music Management)
Guest speaker at ROFLCON - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Judge for Webby awards and Lovie awards
BBC Comedy - Royal Wedding claymation (Monkey Kingdom)
Crusha - 6 sponsorship idents running on Nickelodeon
Project Space Planes for Samsung (The Viral Factory)
Released the album The Ham Machine
Judge for the Webby awards
Judge for the Lovie awards
Stop motion burger for The Viral Factory
Released the album Spongs In The Key Of Life as rathergood.com
Sky News - regular guest and panellist on Technology Unplugged
Guest speaker at ROFLCon - MIT
Judge for Webby Awards - IADAS
Blue Cross pet charity viral (WWAV Rapp Collins)
Ladyhawke animation for single "My Delirium" (Island Records)
Regular guest on Sky News
Sky News technolgy panellist on Technology Unplugged
Judge for Webby Awards - IADAS
Judge for D&AD Student Awards
Speaker at D&AD event on design and technology
West Suffolk College guest lecturer Interactive Media
Webby Awards - performed at the Webbys night in London
Rocket Science Group - Speaker at their viral marketing event
Noddy In Toyland - style guide for theme song (Chorion)
Released the album Danger Is Dangerous as 7 Seconds Of Love
Crusha - 30 Second broadcast ad, plus 3 minute promo for single release version. UK.
Appeared regularly on Sky News discussing the top stories on the internet.
Regular Internet Expert Presenter on Nuts TV
Joel was a judge for the D&AD Global Awards, in the virals category
Joel was a judge for the Webby Awards, and was asked to join the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
JibJab - a further 3 songs and animations.
Make Your Mark In Music - viral to promote their competition.
Nominated for another Webby Award
VH1 40 Greatest Ever Internet Superstars - The Spongmonkeys featured as one of the internet's greatest ever superstars.
Joel was the regular inernet expert presenter on Nuts TV, and a regular guest on Sky News discussing the top stories on the internet.
Joel was a judge for the D&AD Global Awards, in the virals category. Hosted the Virals insight session.
Institute of Contemporary Arts - talked as part of the Webbies event, on the Democratisation of Advertising, also talked at The Club, and at Pecha Kucha.
Released the album Rather Good Songs as rathergood.com, also the EP Supercool Winkytool as Tygorz and the singles Ninja and Twister as 7 Seconds Of Love.
Playstation - agency: Stream - made an animated short based on the short story "A New Face In Hell" by Jeff VanderMeer for the Manchester International Festival
Comedy Box - 5 animated sketches.
Jib Jab - 11 Songs and animations with Alex Veitch.
Nominated for another Webby award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
BBC Blast - guidance on how to break into the industry for young creatives
HSBC - Titles and bumpers for their corporate film for callcentre staff (The Rocket Science Group)
BBC - 'Chute!' broadcast Hover Bacon and Jelly
Truphone - Song and animation viral with Rob Manuel
Frag - regular appearances as himself on this Joost show
Jim Jam and Sunny - Wish Films - ITV1 - wrote 6 songs with Alex Veitch and also made animated videos for 2 of them.
Tommy's baby charity - fundraising song and video with 7 Seconds Of Love.
EBAY - Song and animation for internal film - agency - BBDO New York.
The Longworths BBC3 - Titles.
Ricky Tomlinson - animated video for his song "Christmas My Arse"
Totally Viral TV - UKTVG2 - various animations featured.
Yahoo - World Cup Winners - wrote and recorded Yahoo's World Cup song with 7 Seconds Of Love and made the video for it.
Encounters Short Film Festival - gave a talk as part of panel event on "Contentertainment"
London Metropolitan University - guest lecture to MA students.
Save The Internet - kittens and spongmonkeys featured in the video for this net neutrality campaign.
Alan Carr's End Of The Pier Show - Titles and animated inserts for this pilot.
Filmwinter 2006 - Stuttgart - Wand 5 - Talked about my work and showed some shorts.
Won 2 more Webby awards from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences - making a total of 3. Photo here
Formed Tomboy Virals with Rob Manuel and Ben Wheatley. Made 6 virals for Virgin Trains (Glue). You can watch "Cockerel" here.
E4 - Big Brother - Series of animated shorts based on the house mates as channel idents for E4. With Natalie Ballard.
Johnny Vegas - 6 x animated inserts for "18 Stone of Idiot" for Channel 4 (UMTV)
Osaka Popstar - Video for single "Insects"
IDEO - talked about my work
BBC3 - animated gags for pilot of show "Cubby Couch"
Barbican Film - Viral film quiz. With Rob Manuel.
Miller Beer- viral interactive toy With Rob Manuel (Poke).
North One - titles for documentary about Jonathan King.
SWITCH/MAESTRO - Instore TV ads (Passion Pictures, CDP Travissully)
2003 – 2004:
FRENCH AND SAUNDERS – Titles animation. UK.
NINTENDO – 8 Sponsorship idents played during Takeshi's Castle. UK (Leo Burnett)
PRINCE'S TRUST - 4 spots to promote Prince Charles's youth charity. UK.
QUIZNOS SUBS – 3 x 30 sec broadcast ads, US, Canada and Mexico and radio and web spots. These sandwich commercials which use the singing “Spongmonkeys” became a big cult hit in the States. (The Martin Agency)
SWITCH/MAESTRO – 3 x 30 sec ads, 3 x 10 cut down. TV broadcast and posters. Won a Creative Circle award for best use of music. UK. (CDP Travisully)
Joel worked with Monkey Productions to create late night Channel 4 music video show “Rathergood Videos”. A mix of irreverent animation and music videos. 16 x 15 minutes. UK.
CRUSHA MILKSHAKE – 30 sec ad plus 20 sec cut-down. UK and Ireland (WTCS)
VH1 - 9 x 30 sec channel idents featuring singing kittens. US / UK.
Joel was named as one of Creative Review Magazine’s “Creative Futures” highlighting the best British up and coming creatives. He created a gallery installation and window in Selfridges store in London as part of the exhibition.
Won a prestigious Webby Award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
Appeared on E4’s “What Sadie Did Next” and designed 2 short animations for Channel 4’s “Gash”
2002 – 2003:
“Born Sloppy” – Joel provided trailers, animated gags and singing kitten bands for the series, a Friday night music show on Channel 4, UK.
In 2002 the website was included in the Yahoo! top ten websites of the year.
Designed titles for E4’s “Fanorama”
Joel has been a judge for the British Interactive Media Association Awards. He has also been closely involved with the b3ta.com creative community since its inception.