Jun 30, 2010

Women Animating Special Week Ending

After a week of five new releases dedicated to Women Animating Special Week, showing and presenting works made by women animators from different countries and made in different techniques: 2D, 3D, flash, stop-motion, aimed at all public, again, we present five new animated films coming from all over the world, as we are accustomed. Different stories, different genres, different colors ... We walked together to animate the world!

We will continue this open space which aportedes you all your ideas, opinions and comments, and suggests. We are delighted with your participation and cooperation! Thank you very much everybody!

Jun 29, 2010

Open for change. Open for new

The Bulgarian artist Borislava Zahova - who participated in this edition of Animacam with her work Meaning, an experimental film- releases her animation Open with the philosophy: open to change, open to the new.

There is a saying "Out with the old in with the new".
How can you fill up your cup with something new unless you first empty your cup from the useless ?

Sometimes you have come to an even more radical approach. The cup has to be broken completely. When the cup is broken, there is no shape to be filled anymore. The whole existence becomes a rain from every dimension, from every direction. The movie is a peculiar expression of this catharsis.

Open for the change.

Open for the new.

The lost glove

The lost glove is an animation that tells the friendship between a dog and a girl where we learn a valuable lesson: "doing things without expecting anything in return can be very rewarding."

Justina Švambarytė was born in Vilnius -Lithuania- on September 30th in 1987. Since that day, Justina wanted to become an artist. After 22 years, she finished Vilnius College of Design and Construction and officially became a designer.

Jun 28, 2010

Esti mese (Bedtime Story)

Bedtime Story tell us the story about a family which love honey cake.

Romanian director Kassay Réka presents a 2D animation entitled Bedtime Story - in the original, Esti mese- has won of Piatra Festival 2009. Animations and other creative art such as Power Station or Pub Turism, this animator from Buscarest is a specialist in 2D, using different colors and with a characterization of the characters very elaborate.

Jun 25, 2010

Crema Suprema by Elleonora Ventura

As the bakers sabotage each others’ "masterpiece" cakes, it seems as though neither baker has a chance of winning. Only one cake can win.

The versatile Canadian artist Elleonora Ventura - creator, writer, animator, designer from Ventura Studio- which work (Crema Suprema) won in La Femme Film Festival and present in the Cannes Short Film Corner 2009, and tell us about a sabotage among bakers during a cooking contest.

Jun 24, 2010


Yalda Nasiri (character animator and creator from Iran) presents an animation work showing the effects of drugs: Hallucination.

Born in 1983 in Teheran ,high diploma in the field of computer software at the azad university-abhar branch, Degree in the animation course at the jahad university-karaj branch ,animator,character designer,bachlor degree in the field of 'IT' at the payame noor university-karaj branch.
She opens Animacam Special Week: Women Animating

Jun 23, 2010

Animacam Special Week: Women Animating

With the third anniversary of Animacam after his birth on the 23rd June of 2008, to celebrate the 2010 solstice and the recently created blog Women Animating. This special week is dedicated to women animators.

For all who share our dream of 'walking together to animate the world ", there is a new window in Animacam that comes out to honor women animators. The blog is aimed to be a mirror to watch ourselves, sharing the female “animation looking”.

Five new releases from different countries take place in Animacam's homepage from today:
Yalda Nasiri (character animator and creator from Iran) presents an animation work showing the effects of drugs: Hallucination.
The versatile Canadian artist Elleonora Ventura - creator, writer, animator, designer from Ventura Studio- which work (Crema Suprema) won in La Femme Film Festival and present in the Cannes Short Film Corner 2009, and tell us about a sabotage among bakers during a cooking contest.
Romanian director Kassay Réka presents a 2D animation entitled Bedtime Story - in the original, Esti mese- winner of Piatra Festival 2009, which tell us the adventures of a family who is very fond of honey cake.
The lost glove is an animation that tells the friendship between a dog and a girl where we learn a valuable lesson: "doing things without expecting anything in return can be very rewarding." Created and written by Justina Švambaryte, a Lithuanian woman, who, at only 22 years, has already produced two animations.
Finally, the Bulgarian-born artist Borislava Zahova - who participated in this edition of Animacam with her work Meaning, an experimental film- releases her animation Open with the philosophy: open to change, open to the new.

We'll appreciate your participation in Women Animating sending us any project from now to the past and/or any news about your developing jobs.

We wish that you like this new initiative.

Thank you very much for your support and confidence

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Jun 22, 2010

Women in Animacam: Spela Cadez

Spela Cadez is a Slovenian artist and animator student at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana. She continued her studies at the German academy in Cologne Average Arts Media Design.

Her graduation film, Liebeskrank (Lovesick) was introduced in Animacam Second Edition, as her next work: a dramatic story- Zasuzaneck represented by rag dolls in which the monotony and routine are broken by spontaneity and fantasy, Marathon , a comedy of "rats on race" where diversity and differences between people and other perennial faránse during a marathon and an advertisement to present the Far East Film Festival, the world's largest Festival of Asian Cinema in Europe.

Jun 21, 2010

Women Animating: Caroline Leaf

Caroline Leaf is a Canadian-American filmaker and animator. She was born in in 1946 in Seattle, and she made her first film, Sand, or Peter and the Wolf, in 1968 at Harvard University. The short was made by dumping sand on a light box and manipulating the textures frame-by-frame.

Her second film, Orfeo (1972), had her painting directly on glass under the camera. Later that year she was invited to join the National Film Board of Canada's English Animation Studio.

She mixed paint with glycerine to produce The Street, adapted from the short story of the same name by Mordechai Richler, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 49th Academy Awards.

From 1981 until 1986 she worked on various live action documentary films. In 1986 she produced her first animation in nearly a decade by scratching on 70mm color film and reshooting it on 35mm. "Two Sisters" (1990) won the award for best short film at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 1991.

She worked as an animator/director at the NFB until 1991 and she left animation temporarily to work on documentary films. In the last years, she contributed animation to a film about the Underground Railroad in 2001.

Caroline Leaf currently lives in London and is a tutor at The National Film and Television School.

Jun 18, 2010

Women In Animation

Women In Animation
is a professional, non-profit organization established in 1994 to foster the dignity, concerns and advancement of women who are involved in any and all aspects of the art and industry of animation.

WIA is:

- A networking organization. We provide opportunities for you to meet and exchange business cards with interesting and influential people in the animation industry. WIA is an organization of friendly and helpful people. Look for a mentor here!

- An educational organization. Through our workshops, meetings and panels you are bound to gain valuable insight into the industry, opportunities available to you and other educational resources in your area.

- Worldwide. With most members concentrated in the United States and Canada, our influence and members at large reach into many other countries and is growing all the time.

- An organization of creative people. Our membership includes people actively involved in the following facets of animation:

Computer and Traditional Animation
Voice Acting
Education and Scholarships
Animation Writers

Plus, we have Committees focused on Historical documentation, Membership, Youth & Education, Public Affairs, Volunteers, Programming, Fundraising and Communications. You can find, or create, what’s of interest to you in WIA.

Jun 17, 2010

Japanese anime and how experts interpretate it

The "anime" or Japanese cartoons, ranges from Mazinger Z to Dragon Ball or Pokemon through Ramna ½ and a vast production of feature films from different topics such as Akira, Monster City, Fist of the North Star, Escaflowne or Spirited Away.

There is a constant accusation from Europe and North America by the nature of stereotypical representations of gender and the law of anime called "Chance Of Fashion" which "demands that women wear as little clothing as possible, or that any woman with an excessive amount see it torn clothes or somehow disappear. " In fact, any girl who does not imitate and behave like a male hero, is a character who is always in the background, after the boys and girls are sweet, scary and good. However, cultural otherness that Japan poses to the West may lead to simplifying exercises that does not match the looks of that country.

As an example of great interest to highlight the series of Ranma ½. Its main character is a teenage boy, martial arts expert, who transforms into a woman when in contact with cold water and goes back to man when the contact is with hot water. It is clearly aimed at adult audiences because of its erotic content as the cinematic language he uses. However, poses a complex characteristic drama of sexual identity experiences of adolescents that connects to other story lines of the series that reveal the multiple stresses that age characteristics increasingly complex in complex societies like those of today.

Jun 16, 2010

Animation since childhood

Other research has establish a difference between how children receive and interpretate animated products and has shown that boys identify more with models and attitudes that reflect strength, force and violence, while girls are more attracted by accessories, apparel and fashion of the characters in the cartoons. So while the boys preferred the qualities, the magical powers and fights that arose in Dragon Ball Z; the girls said to reject the program because of its violent content, but were attracted by the clothes, accessories or hairstyle of the main character.

Obviously, such findings are an additional factor for the animated film is employed as an educational resource if there is interest in forming a critical audience since childhood.

Jun 15, 2010

Studies about sexism in animation films

An extensive line of critical work on the animated movies, has focused on denouncing the gender roles prevalent views contrary to the emancipation of women and report that it fosters respect for different while maintaining stereotypes of different nature. Thus, a study by the University of Granada in 2003, focused on the Spanish case, found that gender stereotypes are giving priority. In fact, for every female character actor, there are two male.

Critics have even come to proclaim that the media are relieved traditional accounts of socialization processes in a transition leading to the loss of the mediating role of the reporter next to the consumerism that promotes open. The most critical detractors do not hesitate to come to denounce this film as a low intellectual level, which impoverishes the language and thought deforming reading habits at the same time it leads to simplistic thinking which outlines the social and human life.

Jun 14, 2010

Women in Animacam: Svetlana Filippova

Svetlana Filippova was born in 1968 in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan. Graduating in 1991 from Kazakh State University, she went on to complete The High Course for scriptwriters and film directors as animation film director in 1997. One of the most famous animation women in Russia, this well-known artist features in the Second Edition of Animacam three of her movies:

The night has come was her first animation work. The artist, using new amazing technique and introducing novelties in animation view and art- experimenting and using arena technique- tries to explain us a simple message: The night is indivisible, it is same for all, but it is different for eeverybody. With Sarah's Tale, looking for a different way to tell a universal story, and finding a new picture and image in animation, with amazing drawings and worked background into a black and white production. How many times do you have to lose love before you loose yourself? And what does this mean if you are a poet? And in case of a poet within Russian Revolution?
A film with Russian archive material of 1920th - 1930th and modern animation.
That's the matter of Three love stories, the incredible historic tale featured, drawed, animated and created by Svetlana.

Jun 11, 2010

Women in animation: Joanna Quinn

Born in Birmingham in 1962, Joanna Quinn, since her debut, Girls' Night Out (1987), Joanna Quinn has established herself as one of Britain's most distinctive animators - as much for her vivid, often raucous depiction of women's issues as for her instantly recognisable, highly detailed hand-drawn artwork with a strong sense of visual rhythm and movement.

She completed a rough version of Girls' Night Out for her graduation show in 1985, completing it two years later after obtaining funding from Channel 4 and S4C. She entered the film for the Annecy Film Festival, where it won three awards and also exposed her to a wide range of international animation for the first time.

She then formed Beryl Productions with writer and producer Les Mills, who had previously been one of her college teachers. Named after the middle-aged central character of Girls' Night Out and its successor Body Beautiful (1990), Beryl's remit described as "to produce high quality, accessible animation which is observationally based and explores significant aspects of the contemporary human experience, often using humour as an essential element".

The latter included Body Beautiful, Elles (1992) and Britannia (1993). The first saw her character Beryl competing in a beauty contest with fellow factory worker Vince in what ends up as a delightfully honest paean to the female body. Another milestone came in 1997 with Famous Fred, a half-hour animation for children based on the work of Guardian cartoonist Posy Simmonds, the closest she has come to mainstream popularity. She also contributed The Wife of Bath's Tale (1998) to BBC Wales' animated adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, broadcast in both modern and Middle English versions.

Quinn's latest production, a short film entitled Dreams & Desires - Family Ties, was completed in 2006, and returns to the world of Beryl, whose attempt at a video diary has, according to Quinn, "unforeseen and sometimes disastrous consequences".

Jun 10, 2010

Animation world nowadays

There is no only just a point of view of animation as films for children or cartoons. Undoubtedly, the most animated titles are aimed at children and animation techniques are the most widespread of the cartoon, but there is an entire market of animation aimed to adults, and on the other hand, the animation techniques are extremely diverse. There is, therefore, to leave behind the idea of animation as a genre defined by the type or age of the audience it is intended.

The animation does not enjoy a particularly good reputation. The criticisms are varied. On the one hand, he is accused of fomenting violence and thereby stimulate aggressive behavior in children. In general, it complains that supports your humor on aggression and gratuitous violence, fostering attitudes of contempt to the other, as well as developing other types of passive violence, which have to do with the representation of women, the girl, female characters in general, whether human or animals sexed. The Japanese anime is especially at this point of view. On the other, denouncing the cultural colonialism posed as most production is foreign and alien to the culture of children who see such films. It has also been accused of promoting an ideology conformist, conservative, where conflict resolution is developed more from the use of brute force, or with the use of more or less hidden powers above reasoning and consensus building dialogued.

Jun 8, 2010

Women animating in Animacam

The next 23 of June, summer solstice, Animacam celebrates his three first years of life. To celebrate it with all those that share our dream of “Walking together to animate the world”, have decided to open a new window to which aim us doing a homage to all the world-wide representation of women animators. For it, since today we created a new space in Animacam called Womenanimating aimed to create a new mirror in which look us since we considered necessary the feminine look to share the way.

In this way, posed this proposal to gather, talk, debate and share in an only portal the idea that the woman is increasingly present in the world of the animation. Besides pretends to be a platform of launching of the projects realized by the women animators, like this as a referent of the projects realized by women along the history of the animation.

The aim of this new project is to create a point of meeting online for around the world and for all the women and men interested in the subject, connoisseurs or no of the same, so that they express his ideas, thoughts and opinions.

Greetings and Animation!
Animacam Team