Gary Wilson – The Glass Canvas: Approaching Digital Direct Under Camera Animation (runner-up)

  There will be a time when people gaze at paintings, and ask why the objects remain rigid and stiff. They will demand action. – Winsor McCay (qtd. in Wells 1998). Digital tools have brought about a “tectonic shift” throughout the world of art and design practice, redefining the economic viability and utility of previously […]

Jason Douglass – In Search of a “New Wind”: Experimental, Labour Intensive and Intermedial Animation in 1950s and 60s Japan (winner)

Though critics and scholars continue to split hairs over which films best exemplify Japan’s “New Wave” of cinema from the late 1950s through the 1960s, the vast majority of works highlighted within such debates share one overarching commonality: they are works of live-action cinema. Situating animated media within a sea of scholarship celebrating handheld cameras, […]

Melanie Hani, Roberta Bernabei & Antonia Liguori – The Good Hearts Model (GHM): an investigation into the extension of animation therapy; the GHM method with Digital Storytelling and Jewellery

Made with Love: Mediating the use of Animation when tackling Bereavement In 2006 at St Benedict’s hospice, Sunderland (UK), a pilot project was undertaken to investigate the effectiveness of using animation practice (creating films and working through the preproduction process; creating the necessary artwork leading to a film) to tackle issues surrounding and relating to […]

Qing Sheng Ang – A painting-inspired approach to develop exploration in 3D animation visual style

Painting is a mode of pictorial expression that has spanned centuries. One can speak of the Impressionist or Baroque as recognizable styles in painting. In stark contrast, 3D Computer Graphics (CG) was only introduced in the 1970s by engineers from Pixar (Bendazzi, 2016, p. 17). When speaking about recognizable styles in 3D CG, one may […]

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 of production in response to the post-Fordist theory. This system was born during the 1970s […]

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 the possibility of being countless other potential selves. (Miyazaki 1996, p. 306) From a cognitive […]

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 wider distribution of Estonian animated film outside the country (2008, pp. 33-36), possibly also withholding […]

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 focused on “things that make us uniquely Singaporean,” in hopes that residents would engage in […]

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 word is oriented for the audience instead of appearing upside down and indicates that Bugs […]

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 Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, concurrently with Abel Gance’s approach to spread the images […]