Thursday, 28 February 2013

Working at Mummu

I ve been working at Mummu for the past month on several projects, but mainly on David Luepschen's last job for the new Sony Xperia phone. He created a series of funny films to show the phone's attributes and they have been so much fun to animate, as i have had to basically animate a different animal every day. Here are the films! I worked with my friend Gergely Wootsch on most of the films which was really nice, but also with lovely Janina Sitzmann who was assisting the illustration and art direction, and of course all the guys at Mummu, Sam, Matt and Karl. Im still there working on a project we cant reveal yet, but in the meantime, enjoy these!

Stuttgart, again?! Yes!!!

Looks like I just came back from this fantastic place, but Dan, Dave and I will be going back out there in a month! We just found out that our WWF Cursor Swarm  film got selected at the Stuttgart International Animation Festival, which will take place between the 23-28th April, 2013! It will be shown at the Animated Com Reel on April 27, at 5pm in Gloria 2. Here is a screenshot of our good old fish! Thank you for travelling us back to Germany!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The World In Your Mind

I just came back from Stuttgart, where i was invited by Michael Fragstein and Turan Tehrani from Buro Achter April  to take part in a lovely project, together with four other artists. The project, called 'The World In Your Mind', is a collaboration between Buro Achter April and writer Tobias H├╝lswitt. Tobias did a series of interviews, asking what the universe was to different people. One of the answers was interpreted into an animation piece, called Undercurrents, by Michael Fragstein last year. This year, they decided to pick five more answers and to invite five animation artists to interpret them in a 2 metre long piece of paper, that hung from the walls of the Strzelski Galerie  in Stuttgart. 

The other four artists were my good friend Magali Charrier from France, Ule Barcelos from Portugal and Berlin, Edwin Rostron from England, and Lorenzo Fonda from Italy. We had two days to draw our illustrations, which are on sale through the gallery. It was a beautiful experience we all shared, in that wonderful city, with such wonderful hosts.

Below you can see the full details of the exhibition as well as the wall pieces we created for it. Better pictures and a time lapse film will follow next week!

Ule Barcelos

Detail from Ule's drawing

Edwin, drawing

Magali, drawing

Detail from Magali's drawing

Lorenzo, contemplating 

Detail from my drawing

Detail from my drawing


From November 2012 till January 2013, we worked as Moth Collective on a beautiful feature documentary about Laura Dekker, a dutch solo sailor who was the youngest to sail around the world alone. The film, directed by American director Jillian Schlessinger, is a personal journey through the oceans of the world, and has been filmed both by Jillian and Laura, while on route. All filming at sea was made my Laura herself. Although her trip was a huge controversy in Holland and Laura was held from travelling for a whole year, due to her young age, she managed to set off at the age of 14 and complete her journey two years later, in 2012. 

Our role in the film was to create 24 animated maps, showing Laura's geographical and emotional journey through the seas. The film will premiere in SWSX festival in Austin, Texas, next week and we are very excited to be there to see it in its full glory and finally meet the whole Maidentrip team!

These are some beautiful posters that artist Leah Koransky made for the film. The trailer and our animations will follow shortly.