Director Biography – Claire Campbell (WINTER’S BLIGHT)

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Claire works as a freelance editor and animator ‘I enjoy all the small details in the film making process, bringing it all together & being able to create a cohesive & beautiful final film’. Claire was Awarded a Silver at the Best Design Awards for her animation ‘Len’. Claire has also worked in creating animated content for large live shows and promotional films where she mixes stop motion with motion graphics to great effect. Claire lives in Dunedin, New Zealand where she enjoys the dynamic city and beautiful coastline.

Director Statement

Winter’s Blight is a story about isolation, but also about how everything is connected. Through these connections, themes of compassion, loss and sacrifice are revealed. The old man and the pine cone’s lives are entwined, showing how we are all intrinsically linked to our surroundings and are all part of a bigger whole throughout our lives.

I wanted the film to be rich in detail. I wanted it to feel believable, for the viewers to feel that this is a real world, and that a lifetime was lived on this little piece of land and inside this old hut. This is a place that has been kept apart from the outside world, frozen in time, grim, cold and threadbare.

What draws me to stop-motion animation is the ability it gives you to fill your shots with textures and fine details, building a world that can be both stylised and feel as real as a live action film. With stop-motion, everything within the frame has to be handmade, allowing it to have its own style which adds a richness and cohesion to the overall feel of the design. The characters and sets have a grounding in reality because they exist as real three-dimensional objects but with a slightly surreal quality to them, and they are then brought to life when animated. Claire Campbell – Director

Short Film: WINTER’S BLIGHT, 13min., New Zealand, Animation

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Winter’s Blight tells the story of an elderly man called Bill who lives alone in an isolated hut in Central Otago, New Zealand. Spring should have arrived but the winter will not relent. It is freezing and Bill has run out of firewood which he relies on for all his heating and cooking. He has cut down all of the trees on his small plot and now must cut down the one remaining tree (a large pine tree that he planted with his father as a child). Bill gets gradually more exhausted and confused, not being able to focus on his immediate task, till eventually he passes out from Hypothermia. As he drift towards his death Bill feels the warmth of his memories and the heat of a fire that may revive him.

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Short Film: ONE DAY ONE FLY, 6min., Greece, Animation

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Our hero is the most adorable 3D fly in the world!

Τhe camera follows him from his very first moment of birth.

His life is impressively exciting!

He experiences each moment as if it was his last one.

Following his adventure of life, he learns to fly, to survive, to follow his instincts, to find his food, to claim, to be fascinated, to find love, to be disappointed, to risk and to collect valuable experiences, until he meets a human being for the first and the last time…

You see, human arrogance does consider the life of such a small insect that important.

After all, once upon a time there was a good decent lady who swallowed a fly…..

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Director Biography – Juan Paulín (AN IDEA)

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México 1984
Audiovisual Director with focus on animation and illustration, I have more than 8 years of experience in Film, Advertising and Art projects, I currently work as a freelance for different audiovisual projects.

Director Statement

This project was born from my own creative process and as one immerses in looking for answers when the answer is simpler than I imagined.
It is an important project because I try to play with the role of the negative and the positive and how everything is relative.
It’s a very personal story that I made from the beginning to the music.
In technical matters I can define “An idea” as a unique handmade animation where I get involved from my soul.
“An idea” has been selected in around 50 festivals around the world.

Short Film: SERPENDIPITY, 7min., USA, Animation

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Gordon does not want to freeze during his dinner date. Not only is Gordon nervous, but he has a secret- he has snakes for hair with a bad habit of turning people into stone. Will he find love or is this a date with disaster?

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Director Biography – Christina Hibner (UNIFIED THEORY)

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Christina Hibner is a 2D animator based in Pleasantville, New York. She graduated from Manhattan College in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Physics and a minor in Graphic Art. Hibner graduated from School of Visual Arts in May 2019 from the MFA Computer Arts program with a concentration in Motion Graphics. Using her scientific background, Hibner can convey complex conceptual ideas and translate them into visual content that is informative as well as engaging. She has experience in academic research and can communicate with scientists at a collaborative level when interpreting data and information for visual art purposes. To Hibner, science is a gateway to a greater appreciation of this world and strives to inspire people to understand it and protect it. Her thesis titled Unified Theory is an infographic inside of a narrative that follows a junior god in training who is learning from a senior god about how mind blowing science is by opening up her awareness to the true nature of reality.

Director Statement

The more you know, the more there is to learn. Since I was young I could never pick a side, art or science. In graduate school I realized I didn’t have to. I have always been trying to balance the two, but everyone told me they were two separate worlds with no overlap. When I was an undergraduate student studying physics, the textbooks we used had very dry and static visuals. You had to imagine what the change over time would look like. Animation is a perfect tool to show this. I would create visuals to help my classmates and I digest the material easier. I would animate my visual data for research presentations to spark interest and comprehension. Somehow when complex ideas are clearly visualized, they don’t seem so complex. It seems fascinating and intriguing. I felt this way watching documentaries as a kid when the animated segments would come on. Animated science help students navigate a complex virtual world. Science made me feel like everything made sense. My work brings science to a level of comprehension that motivates students to be curious about the world they live in, at least to not be afraid of the unknown. I hope to achieve this through my thesis Unified Theory, which illustrates the scientist’s struggle of obtaining knowledge through making a million mistakes. It is not common to have one foot in the sciences and one foot in the visual arts, much less to maintain and exercise both halves of this duality. Left brain and right brain work in harmony to create educational informational visual art. My style uses moody backgrounds and character acting as an anchor to relate to while the trippy colorful visuals draws attention, all in support of a scientific principle. We have all wondered at some point in our lives ‘how did all this stuff get here?’ and ‘what is everything made of?’ Being curious comes so naturally to a child. Inspiring a love of learning sets a student up for a life of questioning everything and always learning. Keeping that curiosity alive in people is the key to the scientific advancement that will save this world and bring us all into the future.