Author Archives: Amy Ratelle

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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Rachel Walls – Waterline: A documentation of process and interdisciplinary collaboration between tranSTURM and blackhole-factory

Author’s Note As a member of tranSTURM, I was personally involved in this project. The interaction between groups that comprise musicians, architects, animators, choreographers, dancers, and sculptors is difficult to constrain or contain within a single theoretical or methodological container. … Continue reading

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Leila Honari – Reflecting on Proto-Animation Techniques in the Mandalic Forms of Persian Traditional Arts

Introduction Histories of cinema as an artform tend to start in the early nineteenth century and consider cinema as the convergence of two different practices that developed in parallel, only coming together at the end of the century. The first … Continue reading

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Tariq Alrimawi – Uses of Arabic Calligraphy in Religious Animated Films

The aim of this paper is to examine and understand the uses of Arabic calligraphy as a visual language tool in animated films. The results of this exploration will enable Arab animators to use religious stories adapted from the Qur’an … Continue reading

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Rose Bond – Poetics and Public Projection: Layered History, Redrawn Memory

In 2002, I stood in the street in Old Town Portland, my eyes trained on the second-story windows of the New Wah Mae building. We were running an alignment test for my first animated installation, Illumination No.1.  When the windows … Continue reading

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João Paulo Amaral Schlittler – Animation as a Transmedia Interface

What if you could peek into any building, office, home and follow stories? What if you could collaborate building these stories? Attempting to answer these questions through the creation of virtual worlds may help understand transmedia experiences. These worlds constitute … Continue reading

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Lienors Torre – Persona, Celebrity, and the Animated Object

The Voice Persona of Animation When we think of persona and animation, one of the first things that come to mind is the voice-actor, particularly if they are a celebrity. The character Po in, Kung Fu Panda (Osborne & Stevenson, … Continue reading

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Jacqueline Ristola – Realist Film Theory and Flowers of Evil: Exploring the Philosophical Possibilities of Rotoscoped Animation (winner)

Film theorization, particularly classical film theory, has been obsessed with the concept of indexi-cality, the idea that cinema can capture the real world. From this concept has emerged theories that position realism as the essence of cinema. Film scholar Noël … Continue reading

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Cátia Peres – Out of Gravity: Physics in animation and in the films of Hayao Miyazaki

Historical context on physics, physicality and behaviour From an historical point of view, physics played a role in animation when defying the laws of physics and physicality since its inception. When Émile Cohl brought Fantasmagorie (1908) to the screen, the … Continue reading

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