Author Archives: Amy Ratelle

Adriana Navarro-Álvarez – Kijé: The Long Path of a Co-Produced Animated Short Film

The aim of this paper is to study the trajectory of a self-produced animated short film wherein the director herself takes on all the tasks of communication, administration, financing of production, and distribution. This is a handcrafted and alternative model … Continue reading

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Cátia Peres – Liberated worlds: Construction of meaning in the universes of Hayao Miyazaki

  Making sense of the real world and creating a fictional world I like the expression “lost possibilities.” To be born means being compelled to choose an era, a place, and a life. To exist here, now means to lose … Continue reading

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Carmen Hannibal – Metamorphic Identity Over Time: interpreting Priit Pärn’s Some Exercises in Preparation for Independent Life

Not much has been written a great deal about Estonian animation, likely due to severe censorship on film production during the Soviet occupation of Estonia in the post-war era. As Andreas Trossek writes, censorship on this scale subsequently delayed the … Continue reading

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Qing Sheng Ang – The Introspective Merlion: Transculturalism in Singaporean Animation

Introduction Singapore achieved independence in 1965. In 2015, the government of Singapore launched the SG50 initiative (2015, SG50 Celebration Ideas), calling upon Singaporeans from all walks of life to propose ideas for celebrating 50 years of independence. The top-down initiative … Continue reading

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Eric Herhuth – The Animated Will: Intelligent Movement and Embodied Intentionality in Character Animation

[1] The image to the left is from Chuck Jones’s Bully for Bugs and shows Bugs Bunny standing, looking worried, writing on a large piece of paper, the top of which has curled over to reveal the word “Will.” The … Continue reading

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Elke Reinhuber, Hannes Rall & Sebastian Pelz – Layered Images: The Desire to See More Than the Obvious

1. Introduction As a general observation, since the appearance of moving images, audio-visual input has increased exponentially: From the static camera observing an action, for instance in Méliès’ pioneering works, escalated to faster and faster cuts as pioneered in Dziga … Continue reading

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Steve Weymouth – Good Robot, Bad Robot: Design for Social Robots Based on the Animation Principle of ‘Appeal’

Social robotics is a relatively new field of research that aims to integrate traditional robotics into human and public spaces. Social robots are designed to interact with humans as complementary agents to enhance human activity. Declining production costs means that … Continue reading

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Eli Boonin-Vail – Queer Proteus: Towards a Theory of the Animated Child

The animated body, as opposed to the photographed body of traditional cinema, shunts aside notions of indexicality, and in doing so presents theoretical scholarship with a variety of corporeal problems. Its plasmatic need to mutate, stretching as back to the … Continue reading

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Pedro Serrazina – Narrative Space: From Ozu to Paul Driessen and Raimund Krumme

Halfway through the short film David (Driessen, 1977), the audience faces an empty screen. For over two minutes of the total of nine, we are left to stare at an empty rectangle painted in faded yellow, while David, an invisible … Continue reading

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Paritosh Singh – Animating Indianness: A study of assimilating Indian images in a western narrative

1            Introduction Stories have always been an integral part of every society and culture. Storytelling is the most common means of sharing experiences. It majorly influences various aspects of our life and plays a vital role in defining our values, … Continue reading

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