Unpacking The Creative Process Of ‘Negative Space’

In order to produce Negative Space, a gorgeous stop-motion short that illustrates a father and son’s shared ritual of perfectly packing a suitcase, Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter were forced, rather appropriately, to get quite good at the art of packing themselves. By the time the Baltimore-based animation duo wrapped their project in Vendôme, France, they had relocated their entire operation no fewer than four times.

Together, Kuwahata and Porter make up Tiny Inventions, the award winning animation studio responsible for Perfect Houseguest and Between Times, the latter of which won more than 15 awards during the 2014-2015 festival circuit.

Read the whole article at Cartoon Brew.

Curating Emotion: Ron Diamond and the Animation Show of Shows

When asked how many films he watches every year in consideration for the Animation Show of Shows, Ron Diamond isn’t sure. “I know it’s more than 600. It’s probably less than 1,000,” he says casually, as if it could be typical for just about anyone to watch nearly a thousand animated shorts annually.

But it is typical for him, for which the world of animation is thankful. Since 1998, Diamond has been bringing the topnotch shorts of his yearly Animation Show of Shows to the attention of the American animation industry, including animators and execs at top studios like Pixar and DreamWorks, as well as more than 40 universities across the country.

Read the whole article at Animation World Network.

Human After All: The Social Satire of Chintis Lundgren’s ‘Manivald’

Chintis Lundgren’s Manivald has been making waves on the festival circuit — including at Annecy, Animafest, and Anima Mundi — for over half a year now, and it’s not done yet. The short, which was nominated for Best Background & Character Design in an Animated Short Film at the inaugural Emile Awards, is now on its way to Park City, where it will be the first Estonian animated short to ever run at Sundance, according to Lundgren.

The 11-minute short is a co-production between the National Film Board of Canada, the director’s own Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio, and Adriatic Animation, the Croatian studio Lundgren founded with Manivald co-writer Draško Ivezić. Manivald is only the second short film Lundgren has done with a team; previously, the animator worked completely alone, with the exception of needing music from an outside source.

Read the whole article at Animation World Network.

New Kid in Town: Animation Is Film Brings Much-Deserved Exposure to International Animated Titles

On Friday, October 20, Angelina Jolie walked the—well, blue—carpet of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood for the inaugural edition of Animation Is Film, a festival presented by GKIDS, Variety, and Annecy.

Jolie delivered an opening statement before the weekend festival’s first screening, the TIFF favorite The Breadwinner, a Canadian-Irish-Luxembourgian project on which she served as producer. In her introduction, Jolie reminded the audience that the struggles of women and girls continue to require worldwide attention, and that animation has the power to expose American audiences to stories and characters we might otherwise not have access to.

Read the whole article at MovieMaker.

Animation is Film: This New LA Animation Festival is on a Mission

Eric Beckman, founder of animated film distributor GKIDS, has had quite the year.

This past June, the long-time theatrical distributor of the Studio Ghibli slate launched Studio Ghibli Fest 2017, a series of six Miyazaki-helmed films including Spirited Away and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, in cooperation with Fathom Events. GKIDS also obtained the home video rights to six Studio Ghibli films for a Blu-ray and DVD re-release earlier this month. On the streaming front, the company just released nine films, including Oscar nominees Boy and the World and My Life as a Zucchini, for viewing on Netflix. Not to mention their film The Breadwinner premiered to critical acclaim at TIFF in September.

Now, as if all that weren’t enough, this weekend sees the inaugural iteration of the GKIDS-Annecy-Variety collab Animation Is Film in LA. We caught up with Beckman to pick his brain on his vision for the festival and the future of the form.

Read the whole article at MovieMaker.