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:

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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):
    Bio dvaput jedan kralj
  • 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.

Short Film: MARY & MARSHA IN THE MANOR OF MADNESS, 3min., USA, Animation

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Sinister secrets await as Mary helps her girlfriend Marsha escape from her parent’s gothic mansion one dark and eldritch night. This hand drawn and digitally animated ‘one shot’ film takes us on a Lovecraftian escapade through the Manor of Madness. Our goal with this film was to combine the creeping horror of H.P. Lovecraft with the wacky action of classic Saturday morning cartoons. This bizarre juxtaposition of styles helps emphasize both the weirdness of the horror and the silliness of the humor. Also the idea of “Scooby-doo chases in H.P. Lovecraft” is just inherently funny, to us at least. The “side-scrolling” cinematography both suited the 2D animation and helped emphasize the eerie atmosphere of the mansion surroundings. It also makes it easy to understand where everything is in relationship to each other during the chaotic chase sequences.

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