Published August 9, 2018 Animation is a booming industry all around the world. Whether in the form of CGI effects in live-action movies, or as feature-length animated films, the medium pops up left, right and centre. So what is Iceland’s contribution to animation? We asked some prominent Icelandic animators, working both in Iceland and abroad, to share their thoughts about the industry, the creative process and their latest upcoming projects. Names: Hilmar Sigurðsson and Gunnar KarlssonJob Descriptions: CEO/Producer and Visual Director of SagafilmLocation: Reykjavik, Iceland Hilmar Sigurðsson is a producer and CEO of Sagafilm, the biggest production company in Iceland, which has a division devoted to animation. “Considering Iceland’s small size,” he reflects, “it’s amazing that we’ve been able to produce the content we have been producing.” The Sagafilm studio employed twelve artists to work in-house on their most recent film, … [Read more...] about Drawing Up Icelandic Animation: How Are Icelandic Animators Influencing The Global Scene?
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An award-winning filmmaker has been killed while filming a giraffe in a South African safari park. Carlos Carvalho had worked with Gerald the Giraffe on ITV's Wild at Heart series about a British family building an animal hospital in the South African bush. However, he was working on a separate feature film with the giraffe when it head-butted him, sending him flying five meters through the air and shattering his skull. The 47-year-old father of two was rushed by helicopter from the Broederstroom scene to a hospital in Johannesburg but doctors were unable to save him. Film crew member Drikus Van Der Merwe was standing next to Carlos during the attack. "The giraffe followed him but we didn't feel threatened because he just seemed to be inquisitive," he told the Telegraph. "We started shooting close ups of its body and its feet. Then while Carlos was looking through the camera eyepiece Gerald swung his neck and hit him against his head. "I could see he was unconscious. There was … [Read more...] about Award-winning filmmaker killed on set in tragic giraffe accident
A SOUTH African movie director was killed after being hit by a giraffe while shooting close-ups of the wild animal at a South African game farm. Carlos Carvalho, 47, was shooting scenes at a British expat's game farm when the giraffe, called Gerald, swung its neck - hitting him on his head and sending him flying. The last photograph taken of the award-winning South African director has since been shared, with witnesses recounting the devastating tragedy that unfolded on Wednesday. Focus puller Drikus van der Merwe said: "I was standing right next to Carlos when the giraffe suddenly swung its neck and hit him on his head above his ear and sent him flying about four or five metres through the air." He said that the animal had initially seemed to be "inquisitive", with the crew shooting close ups of its body and feet. He added: "Then while Carlos was looking through the camera eyepiece Gerald swung his neck and hit him against his head. It came out of nowhere and Carlos didn’t even … [Read more...] about Award-winning movie director Carlos Carvalho, 47, killed by giraffe in freak accident while shooting film on South African game farm
Isao Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli, has died aged 82.The studio was famous for sticking to a hand-drawn “manga” look amid the rise of digital film-making.Takahata started Ghibli with Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, hoping to create Japan’s Disney.He directed Grave Of The Fireflies, a tragic tale about wartime childhood, and produced some of the studio’s films, including Miyazaki’s 1984 Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind,” which tells the horror of environmental disaster through a story about a princess. Takahata died of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, according to a studio statement on Friday.He was fully aware how the floating sumie-brush sketches of faint pastel in his works stood as a stylistic challenge to Hollywood’s computer-generated cartoons.In a 2015 interview, Takahata talked about how Edo-era woodblock-print artists like Hokusai had the understanding of … [Read more...] about Japanese animation pioneer Isao Takahata dies aged 82
0 Have your say A spectacular picture book full of amazing creatures, a trip round the world with our feathered friends, ghostly goings-on in a haunted hall and two super board books full of animal surprises are just some of the wonderful new reading adventures for children this month. Age 3 plus:Hello Hello Illustrated by Brendan WenzelHello Hello, what have we here?!Award-winning US author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel returns to bewitch and beguile us with an all-colour, all-singing, all-dancing picture book that celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world.This joyful and exuberant follow-up to the Caldecott Honor-winning They All Saw a Cat! explores another aspect of seeing the world for young children by comparing and contrasting some of nature’s most unusual and endangered creatures.Beginning with a simple ‘Hello,’ and two cats, one black and one white, a chain of animals appears before the reader in a riot of kaleidoscopic colours, and all … [Read more...] about Book reviews: Animal magic, comedy chaos and a reluctant vampire