Director BIO: Bismark Fernandes (EXPEND)

Director Biography – Bismark Fernandes

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Bismark Fernandes is a stop-motion filmmaker and designer from a Goa, India. He completed his M.F.A in Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently residing in New York.
Bismark has over three years of experience in designing and creating animated content for Television. He is well versed with various styles of animation with stop-motion being closest to his heart. What draws him towards this handmade art form is that it is tangible with subtle imperfections that makes it unique.

Director Statement

Humans constantly utilize or exploit resources that are available to us. The term resource is used in a general sense, as it can be related to food, water, raw materials or fuel. We use it as a necessity, to survive or use it excessively as a luxury to bring comfort.

The film “Expend” portrays the human tendency to exploit resources for our petty desires. In the story, the character acquires this energy by bringing harm to other creatures in the process. The human character in the film does not feel remorse or guilt for his actions as this is part of his daily routine.

The idea is not to condemn the use of our resources but to think of its source before wasting it.

The medium of stop-motion was chosen to complement the idea of the story. Stop-motion is tactile and tangible. Everything on the other side of the screen is relatable and real. It pushes the boundaries of story telling by connecting with the audience on a personal level.

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ANIMATION Festival Testimonial – June 11, 2018

From Filmmaker Sarah Gampel (THE BUS TRIP)

This is one of the best feedback session I’ve ever had. People were being honest and sharing their thoughts unconstrained. It’s not too common that people share their honest opinion, and especially not when there is some sort of critic involved. And as a filmmaker it can be difficult to hear negative comments about ones film, it puts me as a filmmaker in a defensive position. But the critic I got to hear here made me feel the opposite. I could tell that the audience had really watched my film carefully and given it a lot of thought before they spoke, I could hear it in the way they talked about it. So even if some of them were criticizing parts of my film I can understand what they mean and almost agree with them. It also makes me proud and happy that my film is seen seriously and good enough to get criticized.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film:

Short Film: OH! UGANDA, 5min., Uganda, Animation/Documentary

A short stop-motion animated history of Uganda’s presidential succession, based entirely on hearsay – yet supported by archival photography.

  • Film Type:
    Animation, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 18, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Qatar
  • Country of Filming:
    Uganda
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Analog Stop Motion Animation
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director BIO: Santiago Castano (MORFRUSIS)

Director Biography – Santiago Castaño

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Santiago​ ​Castaño​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​in​ ​Bogotá,​ ​Colombia.​ ​He​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​New​ ​York​ ​in​ ​2003​ ​after​ ​being awarded​ ​a​ ​grant​ ​for​ ​a​ ​masters​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​computer​ ​animation​ ​at​ ​The​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Visual​ ​Arts. This​ ​provided​ ​work​ ​opportunities​ ​that​ ​include​ ​creative​ ​direction,​ ​3d​ ​animation​ ​and storyboard​ ​design​ ​for​ ​clients​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Cannon,​ ​Sundance​ ​Channel,​ ​ESPN,​ ​Nicktoons,​ ​Lifetime, Versus,​ ​CBS,​ ​TV​ ​Land,​ ​Mercury​ ​Ford,​ ​Sprint,​ ​AT&T,​ ​MLB​ ​Networks,​ ​the​ ​video​ ​game​ ​God​ ​of War​ ​amongst​ ​others.​ ​In​ ​2013​ ​Santiago​ ​was​ ​awarded​ ​a​ ​Graphic​ ​Designer​ ​Emmy​ ​for​ ​for​ ​the show​ ​package​ ​MLB​ ​Tonight.​ ​in​ ​2014​ ​he​ ​was​ ​nominated​ ​for​ ​a​ ​second​ ​Emmy​ ​for​ ​his​ ​MLB Network’s​ ​promo:​ ​Monuments​ ​were​ ​he​ ​was​ ​creative​ ​director.​ ​In​ ​2017​ ​Santiago​ ​founded Lenticular​ ​Pictures​ ​with​ ​the​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​producing​ ​original​ ​animated​ ​content.​ ​He​ ​currently lives​ ​and​ ​works​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York​ ​City.

Director BIO: Ran Sheng (STAR RUNNER)

Director Biography – Ran Sheng

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Ran Sheng was born and raised in Beijing, China. Before came to Portland in 2015, he had accumulated rich experience in multiple areas, including graphic design, video, animation, and photography. Currently, Sheng majoring in Animated Arts at Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he focuses on stop-motion and hybrid animation, works with both physical and digital puppets, and keep exploring the endless possibilities of animated arts.

 

Director Statement

 

The main goal of this film is to raise questions and encourage the audience to think about our unknown future. “What’s out there in the universe? What’s the ultimate goal of human civilization?” or even “Why are we live?” It is also an experiment of using physical textures as a college in digital animation, to create a non-traditional visual style.

Short Film: TWICE UPON A TIME, 14min., Serbia, Animation/Fantasy

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Twice Upon a Time, there was a king with split personality whose one half wants to become a poet and the other a fearless warrior. They share their conscience, but have opposing wishes and desperately want to get rid of each other.

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  • Project Title (Original Language):
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  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Satire, artistic
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    84,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Serbia
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, Hungary, Serbia
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:2.1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: THE BUS TRIP, 13min., Sweden, Animation

Bus trip press01 300dpiSarah is invited to show her film in Israel as part of a film festival bus trip.
She is hoping for political discussions and friendship, except the conversation stops each time she brings up the occupation of Palestine. So instead, Sarah talks to her dead dad over a noisy phone line.