Animation Profile: Chiara Ferrari

This fifth “Animation Profile” focuses on Chiara Ferrari. Twins, Chiara and Kim, are the creators of the short, Sisters. Their film won 2nd Place for the 2D Animation Short Film Full Color category at the 2015 Spring Show. After graduation, Chiara received a job offer at DHX media in Vancouver, Canada.

Chiara and Kim Ferrari

Chiara and Kim Ferrari

Why an MFA degree in 2D/Traditional Animation & Stop Motion at AAU?

I chose to pursue 2D Animation, because I wanted to turn my passion for illustration into an industry. Cartoons really helped spark my imagination and fun as a kid, and it’s something that I would like to give to other children.

Name 3 big influences during your time as a student at AAU.

One of my favorite things about cartoons has been their ability to make me laugh. Chuck Jones was a big influence in trying to learn just what it was about animation that can be so darn funny! A second major influence for me while at AAU was my Director, Sherrie Sinclair. Aside from her amazing animation skills, her good mood always reminded me that the most important part of wanting to learn animation is simply following your passion. My third influence was my classmates. I learned much from them, and I am honored to be working with them in the industry.

In less than 3 sentences, what is your film about?

The film my sister and I worked on was about nuns falling from the sky. It’s called Sisters for more than one reason!

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While you were working on your thesis project, which personified emotion from Inside Out would you have been?

While working on my thesis film, I felt like Joy most of the time. Although it was often stressful and frustrating, in the end it was a project where I got to see my passion turn into something really unique! But most of all, what kept it so fun for me was being able to work on it with my sister!

Tools/programs you used to make your film?

Sisters was made primarily using traditional paper animation and TVPaint. Additionally, ToonBoom Harmony, Adobe After Effects, Premiere, and Photoshop.

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Why did you decide to submit your film into festivals? 

My sister and I decided to submit our film to festivals mainly because we are hoping somebody else will think falling nuns are funny and will go home with a smile.

After graduating from AAU, what are you up to now?

I got a job as a posing artist (key frame animator) at DHX Media in Vancouver. I worked on season 4 of a show called, Littlest Pet Shop. Now, I’m working on the Peabody and Sherman show they are producing for DreamWorks.

Would you encourage future graduate students to submit their work to festivals? If so, what would you suggest for them to do and NOT to do?

I certainly encourage future graduates to submit their work to festivals, because it’s a great way to receive feedback and exposure. My suggestion is not to wait. I know that you feel burnt out after the film is finally finished, but it’s worth it to submit right away so that it doesn’t get put on that dangerous “to-do-eventually list.”

If you could only watch one film on constant replay for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If I could only watch one film on constant replay for the rest of my life, it would be The Boxtrolls. It’s so wacky and heartfelt! I love how unique the world is and how the message is that differences are not something to be afraid of.

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To check out Chiara’s work, look at the links below.

Website: http://cferra13.wix.com/chiara

Tumblr: http://chiaramariaferrari.tumblr.com/

Vimeo Demo Reel: https://vimeo.com/121311213

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3D Print Lab @ The Warehouse

3D Print Lab

Starting Monday November 30th, the 3D print lab at the Warehouse will be available to ALL students!

Important to know….
The lab is open Monday through Saturday 9am to 9pm**
**closed when class occupied: M 12-3pm and  TH 3:30-6:30pm
Lab is located on the 4th floor of 1849 Washington (The Warehouse)
There is a $3 print fee and students must bring their own filaments
Those students new to  3D printing  should visit the lab on Saturdays and work with our 3D print expert Sean Brinkerhoff
Any questions that students, staff or faculty have regarding the lab can be directed to 3DPrintLab@academyart.edu
New 3D Printers:
4 – Afina H480 printers
1 – Afina H800 Printer
1 – Form 1+ 3D Printer

Retailers for Filament purchase:
http://www.makershed.com/collections/3d-filament-accessories
http://www.amazon.com/b?node=6066129011
http://store.afinia.com/Filament_c_12.html?_ga=1.91448282.110766227.1440715709

Filament reference:
https://www.matterhackers.com/3d-printer-filament-compare

Any additional inquiries can be directed to 3DPrintLab@academyart.edu

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Special Topic ANM Classes Taught by Pixar Folks!

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Animation Profile- Kim Ferrari

This “Animation Profile” features Kim Ferrari. Kim and her twin, Chiara, created their film, Sisters, for their thesis project. The short won 1st Place for its background painting and layout design at the 2015 Spring Show. At the end of spring, Kim was offered a position to work on the show, The Awesomes.

Chiara Ferrari and Kim Ferrari presenting their final thesis film, "Sisters" with Director Sherrie H. Sinclair and Associate Director Diana Coco-Russell

Chiara Ferrari and Kim Ferrari presenting their final thesis film, “Sisters” with Director Sherrie H. Sinclair and Associate Director Diana Coco-Russell

Why an MFA degree in 2D/Traditional Animation & Stop Motion at AAU?

For me, art was something I always did with my sister Chiara. We grew up in a big family, and we all loved to entertain each other. Chiara and I did impersonations and caricatures of our teachers and neighbors, and drew up stories for our little sisters. In high school, we really dedicated ourselves to improving. We drew and exchanged stories constantly. We also found it therapeutic when some tougher things came up. But when it came time to go to college, Chiara and I were nervous about pursuing art so we decided to focus on other studies. Eventually though, it was hard to ignore how much we enjoyed it, so we decided to apply to AAU. There, I realized that there was a strong industry supporting art. So I dedicated myself to it best I could and realized that the myth of the ‘starving artist’ isn’t always true. There is a strong industry behind animation, and it’s growing every day.

Name 3 big influences during your time as a student at AAU.

I like all things relatable and sarcastic. Author David Sedaris has been an inspiration to me for a long time, as well as actors like Fred Armisen. NPR’s StoryCorps inspires me too. It sounds like a random assortment of things, but they all focus on daily life, both good and bad, and in a charming way. My goal is to learn how to capture some of that same spirit in my artwork.

In less than 3 sentences, what is your film about?

‘Sisters’ is a light-hearted story about two nuns, Mother Superior and a jollier nun nicknamed Little Sister. The two are very different but must learn to appreciate each other or face some pretty dire consequences!

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While you were working on your thesis project, which personified emotion from Inside Out would you have been?

Joy! Completing a thesis at AAU means managing your schedule, tracking your progress, doing the boards, characters, environments, animation, pitch, and so on and so forth. It was overwhelming at times, but in all honesty, the majority of the project felt rewarding and was a lot of fun. Working on the thesis really pushed me to improve and take ownership of my work, and I benefitted so much from that experience.

Tools/programs you used to make your film?

The tools I used for my film were: TV Paint, Toon Boom Harmony, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, and good old paper and pencil.

Why did you decide to submit your film into festivals? 

When we work as much as we do on our films, we begin to think about very minute things. Things like whether or not a character’s finger nails look correct. You and your director will debate about how pointed is too pointed for a fingernail and how much that matters for your success in the industry. When you share your film with others, it’s rewarding in a bigger way. You see people bob their heads to the music or turn to the person next to them and say, “that was hilarious.” And suddenly you’re not stressing about the nails anymore. It feels great!

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After graduating from AAU, what are you up to now?

I recently finished up a contract at Bento Box Entertainment. I was part of the team that worked on Season 3 of a show called The Awesomes.

Would you encourage future graduate students to submit their work to festivals? If so, what would you suggest for them to do and NOT to do?

Absolutely. It’s a great way to connect with people and see great films. The only advice I would give is not to procrastinate too much with it. There is a lot on your mind when you graduate, but if you wait, there’s a big chance you’ll continue to put it off.

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Which festival has been your favorite so far and why? 

I haven’t been able to submit to too many festivals yet, so I can’t say! I will say that from researching possible festivals, I have figured out that film festivals are in abundance, and that’s great! Every city has them and fairly often. So even if you do not get into all the festivals you’ve decided to submit to, I’d recommend being part of the audience in at least a few.

If you could only watch one film on constant replay for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I love Shrek, but having to watch it on replay for the rest of my life might be asking too much…

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To look at Kim’s work, check out:

https://kimlferrari.wix.com/kim-ferrari

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Film Festival Submission Deadlines for December!

Chicago Film Festival
Submissions Deadline: December 1st
Website: http://cuff.org/
Entry Fee: Yes
Holland Animation Festival
Submissions Deadline: December 1st
Website: http://www.haff.nl/nl/
Entry Fee: Free
Cine Court Anime
Submissions Deadline: December 5th
Website: http://animationfestival.roanne.fr/
Entry Fee: Free
DC Independent Film Festival
Submissions Deadline: December 10th
Website: http://dciff-indie.org/
Entry Fee: Yes
Animation Dingle Festival
Submissions Deadline: December 11th
Website: http://www.animationdingle.com/
Entry Fee: Yes
WorldFest
Submissions Deadline: December 15th
Website: https://worldfest.org/
Entry Fee: Yes
NexT International Film Festival
Submissions Deadline: December 15th
Website: http://www.nextfilmfestival.ro/
Entry Fee: Free
The European Independent International Film Festival
Submissions Deadline: December 20th
Website: http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/
Entry Fee: Yes

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Don’t Forget About Tra-Digital Thursday Tomorrow! (11/12/15)

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MEET FIVE BAY AREA ANIMATORS WHO ARE CREATING REMARKABLE ART FOR ADULTS! (11/8)

SAN FRANCISCO STATE’S ANIMATION SOCIETY AND ASIFA-SF PRESENTS  

NEW DIRECTIONS IN 21st CENTURY ANIMATION,
MEET FIVE BAY AREA ANIMATORS WHO ARE CREATING REMARKABLE ART FOR ADULTS!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2 PM, FREE
SAN FRANCISCO STATE, FINE ARTS BUILDING, ROOM 101 (Coppola Theatre)

BAY AREA PREMIERE OF MARTHA GORZYCKI’S “VOICES FROM KAW THOO LEI”  

Karen people believe no one hears their pleas for help as their country remains ravaged by war that has lasted more than six decades.  This film presents a collective witnessing of terrorism and genocide in Burma (Myanmar).  Using stop-motion techniques, more than 10,000 photos dissolve into a somber landscape over which Voices From Kaw Thoo Lei may be heard.
Her film is an emotionally moving sound experience that is augmented with animated visuals. Her skillfully edited and mixed collage of voices and carefully chosen visuals make her new film a powerful work of art.  You probably have never seen animation used like this before.  Martha is pioneering a new sophisticated form of the art.
Martha will also present Unfurling (2 min, silent). It has played in every possible exhibition venue around the world: film festivals, LED billboards, outdoor projection, gallery installation, window projection, online streaming, and iPod wearable art.
 
BEN RIDGWAY RETROSPECTIVE
Ben Ridgway’s Inner Space Artifact was just shown at SIGGRAPH 2015 and at… It also is a Vimeo staff pick winner and it won the ASIFA-SF Experimental Prize in June.  His visionary adventure into an unknown world is a rich aesthetic experience full of wonderful visuals.  He has used his computer files to turn several of his images into cast bronze sculptures that are being sold to fine art collectors. https://benridgway.wordpress.com/
Plus examples of Ben’s earlier work including an example of his surreal hand drawn work before he began to create his visionary work with computers.
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE OF DAVID CHAI’S “BOUND FOR GLORY”
Plus two more of his delightful shorts, Behind My Behind and Why Do We Put Up With Them?
David teaches at San Jose State University.  His works are both humorous and poignant.

CHARLIE CANFIELD’S “AMOUR VERT”
Amour Vert is a socially conscious message as well as an ad.  This new trend in commercials was just recognized by Adweek in their lead article “Making Ads with Social Messages.”  Plus a sneak preview of his humorous just completed footage for the documentary What I’m Hearing In My Head.

DAN McHALE’S “SPLOTCH”
Splotch is a playful meditation that begins with a cup of coffee.  Dan’s career in commercial animation has taken him to jobs in Europe, Asia and various parts of the US.  Somehow he has found time to also complete wonderful personal shorts and paintings that have been exhibited in galleries.

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Apply to Meet with Nickelodeon at CTNX!

2015 CTN Call for Entries

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Animation Profile- Annie Wong

Our third “Animation Profile” features Annie Wong. Wong’s puppets from her film, Coppelia, were the 1st place winners for the Stop Motion Puppet category at the 2015 Spring Show. Although Wong is new to the festival process, her film has been screened at a few international festivals in Canada and Slovenia.

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Why an MFA degree in 2D/Traditional Animation & Stop Motion at AAU?

I have always been interested in art and knew that I wanted an art career. I studied painting and photography as an undergrad, then worked full time directing the art department of a 60 year old children’s theme park in Oakland, CA. At that job, I was exposed to a lot of midcentury illustrators and cartoonists, which naturally re-ignited my love of animation. When I was ready to take the leap and go to school for animation, I chose AAU because their students were producing the best work out of all the Bay Area schools that offered animation courses. It is also the only school here that I know of where you can focus on stop motion animation and fabrication.

Name 3 big influences during your time as a student at AAU.

  1. Norm DeCarlo! He taught my first stop motion class at AAU and it was such a positive experience. I was hooked and I changed my major from Visual Development to Stop Motion after that.
  2. Going to CTNX in 2013. It was amazing to have an opportunity to see and hear so many professional artists that I’ve been a fan of for a long time. The experience also humanized the “industry” for me, so now I feel a little more comfortable speaking with professionals.
  3. The connections with friends and teachers I’ve made at AAU. It has been nice to have them as a support system during school, and now I know cool people that I can continue to collaborate with!

In less than 3 sentences, what is your film about?

It’s a peek into the life of an eccentric toymaker named Dr. Coppelius and his most cherished creation, Coppelia. Based on the ballet “Coppelia” by Léo Delibes, Arthur Saint-Léon, and Charles Nuitter.

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While you were working on your thesis project, which personified emotion from Inside Out would you have been?

I would say that fear was a dominant feeling the majority of the time! There were so many times that I had NO idea what I was doing and could not have even imagined coming out with an animated piece at the end. There were definitely moments of disgust as well when I was deep into the animation phase of the project. Thankfully, it all worked out and once it was done, all fear, anger, and disgust fell away to make room for joy.

Tools/programs you used to make your film?

Dragonframe and Adobe Premiere Pro.

Why did you decide to submit your film into festivals? 

I wanted the film to gain a wider audience beyond AAU. The internet is great for exposing it to everyone, but submitting it to animation or stop motion specific festivals is nice because it’s for a focused group. I’d love to be able to go to some of these festivals to connect with other filmmakers.

After graduating from AAU, what are you up to now?

I’ve been working with a streaming indie TV channel in Oakland called OutOfFocus.tv producing station bumpers and production design for a new web series. Aside from that, I’m continuing to develop and produce my own personal animation and video projects to beef up my demo reel.

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Would you encourage future graduate students to submit their work to festivals? If so, what would you suggest for them to do and NOT to do?

Sure, why not! I actually never considered it until one of my teammates from a previous collaboration decided to submit our work. I wish I would have been more prepared ahead of time, but I did not know until very late in the game that I would actually have a finished animated short to submit this year. So, I would say, plan ahead which festivals you want to submit to and budget your time and finances accordingly. Some festivals have entry fees and if you want attend a non-local festival you’ll have to budget for travel expenses.

Which festival has been your favorite so far and why? 

I’m very new to the festival process and I have only been a part of two so far, but Stop Motion Montreal is one that I wish I could attend because they put a lot of effort into promoting the craft of stop motion. Also, they have guest speakers like PES and Henry Selick.

If you can only watch one film on constant replay for the rest of your life, what would it be?

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List of all the festivals your film has been selected and screened at.

Stop Motion Montreal (September 2015)

OutOfFocus Video Festival (May 2015)

StopTrik International Film Fest 2015

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To follow Annie and Coppelia, visit the her Tumblr below:

http://anniewongart.tumblr.com

 

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TRA-DIGITAL THURSDAY on November 12!

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Want to learn more about TVPaint and the new puppet features of ToonBoom?

Come and meet the trainers at TRA-DIGITAL THURSDAY on November 12!

See how TVPaint and ToonBoom can compliment and work together to create “Harmony!”

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