Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Anima Mundi Masterclasses

It's been five years since the Anima Forum, event that happens along the Anima Mundi program, gives signs that the animation industry in Brazil is growing more and more. With this growth, demand for skilled professionals in the animation market also increases. So, as a novelty this year, the Anima Forum will present three masterclasses with distinguished experts in different areas related to animation. This activity replaces the traditional one themed workshop offered in the latest years at the festival.

On July 21st, in Rio de Janeiro, the Spaniard Jordi Grangel will illustrate the development of a feature film in The Creative Process on the Character Design of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Grangel is co-director of a studio with the same name in Barcelona, along with his brother Charles . They provide production services of classical and digital animation for clients like DreamWorks, SKG, Sony Pictures, Warner, Universal and Walt Disney and Consumer Publications Products.

On day 22, the Canadian Andy Malcolm shows their specialty: creating and recording all kinds of sound effects, essential for any type of movie. Foley for Animation is the name of his masterclass, in which the audience can participate in the creation of creative sounds that are recorded and time synchronized with a scene of animation. Acting in the area of sound design since the 70's, Andy has worked with some of the most acclaimed directors of animation and live action in the world, and is now has his own studio, the Footsteps, in Toronto.

footsteps post-production sound inc.

The last masterclass in Rio will take place on July 23, with Guilherme Marcondes talking about the design of films that mix animation techniques, animation on the border in Frontier animation: Developing projects in the limit between techniques. Gulherme works with animation and design, and his film Tyger, an original blend of 2D animation techniques, 3D, puppets, live action models, was elected one of the best shorts by popular jury at Anima Mundi 2006.

Tyger (2006), de Guilherme Marcondes

The masterclasses will take place in São Paulo too, in July 29 (Jordi Grangel) and 30 (Guilherme Marcondes). More information about the program you find here.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Alê Abreu in Anima Mundi 18 Years

Only 20 days left to Anima Mundi 2010! Just for warming up, we will start revealing some details from this 18 year edition of the festival. Starting with the visual identity that can be already be seen here on the blog and on our website, the art is authored by illustrator and animator Ale Abreu, who has been present in Anima Mundi since the very beginning of the festival.

Ale began studying animation at age 14, and in 1993 released his first short film, Sirius. In 1994, he started working in his second work, Espantalho (Scarecrow), an animation film that gained, among 12 other awards, the best Brazilian film award in Anima Mundi 1998. Garoto Cósmico (Cosmic Boy), his first feature, was one of the highlights of the Anima Mundi 2007, where Alê also had a retrospective and participated in Papo Animado (Animated Chat). In 2008, he participated with the short feature Passo (Step), and his new work, Vivi Viravento, (one of the 17 Tv series pilotes of the AnimaTV program), is on our program this year.

Cósmico, Luna e Maninho, characters fom
Alê Abreu's Garoto Cósmico, featured in Anima Mundi 2007

About the illustration done for the Anima Mundi 2010, Ale said: "In order to create the imagery for the 18 years of Anima Mundi, I tried to represent the intense desire for liberty and dreams, common to all young people. Anima Mundi is this little colorful planet, where there is a great vibration, a meeting point for wondering beings in a rich and vast universe of styles, techniques and languages. In 2010, Anima Mundi celebrates its 18 years of existence, and I begin a new cycle in my journey."