Programme: 
Thursday, September 22, 9:00 pm (Bytowne) 
Saturday, September 24, 1:00 pm (Bytowne) 
Running time: 77:36 mins.
   

Animated Self-Portraits [2004]
Various students
Paint Branch High School / USA / Betacam SP / 3:27
E – Elementary/Secondary Film
Ink on paper, pencil on paper

Twenty-one students looked into the mirror and into themselves to draw self-portraits expressing their personalities, hobbies, or fantasies.

   

Academy Stripper [2005]
Rick Raxlen
Canada / Betacam SP / 2:10
D – Experimental/Abstract Short Film
Rotoscope, ink, pastel, and pencil on paper

A structural film more or less, with some deconstructed 19 50's stripper footage, plus much more.

Rick R. is a sometimes on, sometimes off, beacon of avantgarde filmmaking in the tiny english-like village of Victoria, BC... positive but analog, negative but often reversing himself, he is happy to have discovered the lactiferous, floriferous demi-monde of animation. His work can be found in the Western Archives of the Pacific Cinematheque (Vancouver) and the Cinematheque Quebecoise (Montreal).
   

Lemony Snicket ‘Littlest Elf’ [2004]
Smith & Foulkes
Nexus Productions / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 1:00
F – Promotional Film
3D computer

The opening sequence to the Dreamworks/Paramount film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Adam Foulkes and Alan Smith graduated from the Royal College of Art animation course in 1997 and teamed up with producers Chris O’Reilly and Charlotte Bavasso at the incipient Nexus studio. They have gone on to develop a reputation as one of London’s top animation teams and their portfolio spans short films, music videos, commercials and film title sequences. Recent credits include the film title sequence
for Thunderbirds and an animated ‘film within a film’ for DreamWorks and Paramount’s Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events. Their recent commercial work for Honda ‘GRRR!’ and the Observer Music Monthly magazine, have made them the most awarded commercial directors of the year. They are currently working with writer/producer Chris O’Reilly and Charlotte Bavasso on developing the animated features Animalia and Home Boy.
   

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Title Sequence [2004]
Paul Donnellon
Voodoodog / United Kingdom, USA / Betacam SP / 2:15
F – Promotional Film
Photocopies, cut-outs, 3D computer, 2D computer, Flash

A cartoon of the Peter Sellers character bungles his way to causing mayhem and killing off his clones.

Paul Donnellon, originally from Dublin, studied animation and graphic design at Dun Laoighaire College of Art and Design. Paul moved to London to work with TVC and his first animation work was seen in 1986 on Raymond Briggs’ When the Wind Blows. Since then, he has established his own company Voodoodog® with David Z. Obadiah. Paul is also a visiting lecturer at the National Film and Television School’s animation course at Beaconsfield.
   

Ichthys [2005]
Marek Skrobecki
Se-ma-for Produkcja Filmowa / Poland / 35mm / 16:41
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
Puppets

A parable about the persistence of waiting, hope and fulfillment.

Marek Skrobecki is a film director specializing in classic puppet animation and works for Se-ma-for Film Production in Łódź. He graduated from Fine Art Academy in Łódź and the Animation Department of Polish National Film School in Łódź (receiving his M.A. in 1990). Marek later earned a scholarship from the British Council and received training from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and Aardman Animation (1992). He made his first film, The Episode, in 1988, and later worked on cartoons for children, but it was only when he made D.I.M. in 1992 that he found his unique gift for animating human size puppets. Using this experience, Marek has gone on to use the practice in his later works.
   

Ikea [2004]
Reuben Sutherland
Joyrider Films / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 1:00
F – Promotional Film
2D computer, 3D computer

Learn the “Ikea Way.”


Reuben Sutherland, originally from New Zealand and now living in London, is 32 years old and has shot, edited and animated projects by himself. He went to design school to study illustration and ended up majoring in Photography. He then went into animation working as an animator and director. The Ikea spot has attracted a lot attention, with Reuben's work in general creating a bit of a storm in the UK agencies and getting a lot of attention from the US. He has just completed most of an international campaign for Flora as well as a music video for The Doves.
   

Meeting Me (Wie Ich Mich Traf) [2004]
Angela Steffen
Filmakademie Baden-Wurtterberg / Germany / Betacam SP / 5:00
E – Graduate Film
Pencil on paper

Discover the world through the eye of a newborn girl. I am a human, a bird, and a worm.


Born in Dannenberg in 1979, Angela Steffen, along with her family, left Germany a few months later to start a life in Saudi Arabia. There her father worked as a tanker pilot for ARAMCO, and her and her sisters grew up in Ras Tanura. When the Gulf War started in 1990, Angela, her mother and her sisters came back to Germany for a new beginning, visiting her father once a year. Beginning to study arts in Hamburg, Angela made a change, becoming an animation designer at the Animation-School-Hamburg. In 2002, she qualified to study at the Filmakademie Baden-Wūrtterberg, where she is now a third year student.
   

Fuel Signature Series ‘Dalek’ [2004]
Chris Prynoski
Ka-chew! / USA / Betacam SP / 0:30
F – Promotional Film
2D Computer

Animated spot based on the illustrations of skateboard art designer/illustrator Dalek.


Chris Prynoski was born in Trenton, New Jersey and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1994. He then spent several years working in the industry in New York, mostly on his own or through MTV's in-house studio. In 2000, Chris moved to Hollywood, California. There he began to develop TV and film projects through his own studio Titmouse, Inc. and turned to Ka-chew! for his commercial representation. Chris Prynoski has many TV and film credits, including an upcoming series on Cartoon Network and his own creation, the series MTV Downtown, which was nominated for a primetime Emmy.

 

Caesura [2004]
Leeanne Williams
Rhode Island School of Design / USA / Betacam SP / 3:35
E – Undergraduate Film
Rotoscope

The intuitive act of pausing to breathe.


Leeanne Williams is a 2004 Animation graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Growing up in a small country town in Connecticut meant that she was surrounded by cows, cornfields, and apple orchards. Leeanne comes from a family of artists, including painters, sculptors, dollmakers, art educators, illustrators and stone carvers. Leeanne is now living in Boston, Massachusetts, continuing her own personal animations and working as an artist for a video game company.
   

Mad Action ‘Smile’ [2004]
Jonas Odell
Filmtecknarna / Sweden / Betacam SP / 3:58
F – Music Video
Mixed media

Music Video for Mad Action.

Jonas Odell is one of the founders of Filmtecknarna. He specializes in making films mixing live action and various mixed media animation techniques. He has also scripted, co-scripted and written music to a number of the studio´s productions. The past two years Jonas has been a much sought after director for music videos and his portfolio include videos for a number of popular artists. Films include the short films Revolver (1993) and Otto (1997) and his latest piece Family & Friends, which has won prizes at several international film festivals. Jonas also directs a number of television commercials each year.

   

Jona/Tomberry [2005]
Rosto
Rocketta Film / The Netherlands / 35mm / 12:00
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
3D computer, 2D computer, mixed media

Borges meets Murnau in a spinning nightmare. And the baby sings: "No, not be scared, old bird, to awake and see I am dreaming you".


Since 1992, director/designer Rosto has been running an independent studio for media and design, named Studio Rosto A.D in 1995. He is well-known in his homeland of Holland for various music videos and TV leaders. In 2002, the short film (The Rise and Fall of the Legendary) Anglobilly Feverson premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, kick-starting an impressive series of screenings at international prestigious festivals and worldwide recognition of Rosto’s work. Rosto also lectures and teaches at various art academies, and has had numerous expositions and screenings in international galleries and museums.
   

Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show ‘Episode 104’ [2004]
Chris Hinton, Harold Moss, Paul Demeyer & Scott Ingalls
Acme Filmworks / USA / Betacam SP / 24:00
F – Television Series for Adults
Mixed media

A live improv comedy show mixed with different styles and techniques of animation.

Chris Hinton is a multi-award-winning animator who has worked for the National Film Board, the CBC and several commercial animation studios. Born in Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario, Chris has animated, written, directed and produced over a dozen NFB films, as well as a number of animated films as an independent filmmaker.
Harold Moss is the founder and creative director of FlickerLab, a multimedia design and animation studio producing editorial, broadcast, film and TV projects. With a handmade, painterly style that is FlickerLab's signature, Moss' work is the antithesis of the clean-lined cartoons of yesteryear. His offbeat graphics reinvigorate the craft, with a unique and contemporary point-of-view.
Paul DeMeyer has become one of the great creators of drawn animation and directors of 3D/CGI. DeMeyer studied animation with Raoul Servais before obtaining a Masters degree at the California Institute of the Arts. He has taught at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, and worked in London as a commercial director with Richard Purdum.
Scott Ingalls attended Cal Arts in Southern California, and after finishing his B.A, he was then hired by Cal Arts to teach live action filmmaking and film techniques. During this time, Scott worked for Special Effects Unlimited and produced and directed his first promotional spots. Known for his adaptive use of tools, techniques and skill at improvisation, Ingalls has used virtually every style of animation, often incorporating and directing live-action for his commercials.