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Are you an animation fan, and would like to see and learn something new? Do you love to hear about what animators find inspiring?  Come to Manifest!

Each evening we hear from three animators or animation fans who each present a 5-minute clip from an animation film that inspires them (that they didn’t create themselves). They share with the audience what it is and why they chose it, and then the audience contributes to a twenty-minute discussion about the clip, looking up other clips on the fly, moderated by your host, animator Tess Martin.  All the presentations together last about 90 mins, followed by beer.  Manifest is always free, open to the public and in English. Bring a friend!

Do you know an animated film that blew you away the first time you saw it? Are you interested in presenting at this or future editions of Manifest? Email tess@manifestanimation.com to volunteer.

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Manifest countdown: Wiep Teeuwisse!

Our next fabulous animation discussion event will be on Wednesday, October 25th at WORM, 20:00 start (sharp!). FREE as usual! Come watch some clips and hear from cool people. Last week we met Jan Jaap Weerheijm, let’s now meet our second show & tell-er:

Wiep Teeuwisse graduated from the HKU in Utrecht with her animated short film Depart at 22, which won the Cristal Award for a graduation film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in 2016.

She has made a bunch of things, most of them including a lot of tiny bits of paper that can still be found years later in socks and carpets.

Currently she’s working on her new film in Rotterdam, which involves a volcano and cool t-shirts.

Watch the full Depart at 22 below:

Depart at 22 from Wiep Teeuwisse on Vimeo.

GIF from Depart at 22 by Wiep Teeuwisse

Wiep also made a touching film during her studies in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Lotte van Gaalen called As Long As It Takes:

As long as it takes from Vossenfilms on Vimeo.

She brings her delicate style to commissioned work as well, like this video for School of Life:

 

And of course, she can also make great illustrations!

Illustration by Wiep Teeuwisse

What will Wiep bring to share? You’ll have to come to find out!

See you Wednesday, October 25th, at 20:00, at WORM! Here is the Facebook event, the WORM listing and the WeOwnRotterdam listing. You can also sign up for our monthly e-mail, and don’t forget that Manifest is on Twitter, @ManifestRoffa! Manifest is always open to the public, FREE and in English!

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Manifest countdown: Jan Jaap Weerheijm!

We will be back at WORM in Rotterdam in less than three weeks, on Wednesday, October 25th! Manifest is a FREE monthly event where you hear from three animation fans, watch some clips and share your opinion over beer. Let’s meet our first show & tell-er:

Jan Jaap Weerheijm is an animation student at Willem de Kooning academy. He started as a 3D artist at a studio called Twnkls in Rotterdam, but animation proved too strong a draw:

“After that I went back to school to study illustration, but I always loved animation and visual storytelling. So after two quarters i went back to animation.

Now I want to focus on pre-production, like storyboarding and concept art for series and movies, but i also make 2D animation.”

Jan Jaap has also done an internship with The Hague-based animation studio Anikey.

Watch Jan Jaap’s reel below:

This is an example of one of Jan Jaap’s storyboards, for a film called Someone Else, which follows one character waking up to different realities. Scroll through the whole storyboard here.

Storyboard by Jan Jaap Weerheijm

Jan Jaap made a beautiful music video with two fellow students for the band Look See Land:

Style frame for the Stumble music video, by Jan Jaap Weerheijm

And he is also a talented illustrator:

Zen Temple illustration by Jan Jaap

What will Jan Jaap bring to share? You’ll have to come to find out!

See you Wednesday, October 25th, at 20:00, at WORM! Here is the Facebook event, the WORM listing and the WeOwnRotterdam listing. You can also sign up for our monthly e-mail, and don’t forget that Manifest is on Twitter, @ManifestRoffa! Manifest is always open to the public, FREE and in English!

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Announcing Manifest: Oct 25th!

Graphics by Oana Clitan!

Our next animation discussion event in Rotterdam will take place on Wednesday, October 25th at WORM at 20:00, again in our ‘original’ space, at the top of the metal stairs, through the glass doors (enter at Wunderbar and walk through the bar to the right).

Have an animation (that you didn’t make yourself) that you’d like to share? Email me at tess@manifestanimation.com to sign up! Or send a FB message to the Manifest FB page.
Thank you to Oana Clitan for designing our graphics every month!

Manifest is a regular animation show & tell evening. Just like the show & tell exercise you may have done at school, three pre-selected participants bring an animation clip that they love (that they didn’t create themselves) and they share with the audience what it is and why they chose it. The audience contributes to a twenty-minute discussion about the clip, looking up other clips on the fly, moderated by your host, animator Tess Martin.

Here is the Facebook event and it will soon be up on the WORM site. Not on Facebook or Twitter? I suggest you sign up for our e-newsletter to be reminded of the next event.

Manifest is always free, open to the public, and in English!

Photos from September Manifest!

Thanks all who came to Manifest on Wednesday and especially to Konrad Bielejewski, Alisa Wanders and Douwe Dijkstra for sharing their inspiration. We talked about 3D CGI animation and prevalent themes in the works of Polish studio Platige Image, stylized animation of young British animators (and others) that features strong colors and simple shapes, and the phenomenons of real-time simulations and VR and their use in videos and fine art. The full list of links we looked at can be found here.

Thank you also to Loretta Hodos for taking these photos! We are still waiting on graphics, but mark your calendars – our next event will be on Wednesday, Oct 25th! Volunteer to show & tell something by emailing tess[at]manifestanimation.com!  As always, you can stay in touch by subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter, or by following our Facebook Page or our Twitter.

Tess introducing illustrator/cartoonist Konrad Bielejewski. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Alisa Wanders sharing her passion. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Filmmaker Douwe Dijkstra talking about Western Flag by artist John Gerrard. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Manifest countdown: Douwe Dijkstra!

Our next animation discussion event is coming up at WORM in Rotterdam next week, on Wednesday, September 27th! Last Sunday we met illustrator/designer Alisa Wanders, and a few before that we met illustrator/cartoonist Konrad Bielejewski. Let’s meet our third and last show & tell-er who will be sharing an animation he finds inspiring:

“My name is Douwe Dijkstra (1984), I am a visual artist and filmmaker.

As an individual artist I mostly create video work that is experimental in nature, ranging from short films or documentaries to video installations. Now and then I show work in museums/galleries and sometimes I do commissioned works. In my short films I try to deal with the use of media and media perception, often using the making of my work as part of the narrative.”

One of the first things of Douwe’s that I remember seeing is his excellent short film/documentary Voor Film:

Supporting Film / Voor Film from Douwe Dijkstra on Vimeo.

This gives you an idea of the breadth of skills he possesses and the lengths he is willing to go to for his work. You may have also seen his work recently at the Go Short Film Festival in Nijmegen, because he made the festival trailer/ident:

Go Short Film Festival 2017 video ident and trailer – Don’t Blink from Douwe Dijkstra on Vimeo.

And here is the excellent making-of video for this trailer (itself cleverly edited):

MAKING OF – Go Short Film Festival 2017 video ident and trailer – Don’t Blink from Douwe Dijkstra on Vimeo.

On the question of whether he calls his work ‘animation’, Douwe says: “Some of my work can be considered animation, some of it not really. Opinions differ on whether or not it actually is animation. What I can say is that I am a filmer whose footage is almost never finished when shot. I always play around with the parts, many times using green screen to manipulate, collage and animate whatever it is I filmed. VFX might be the word, but it goes in many directions. And it’s something that establishes the element of play in filmmaking, something that is at the core of my creative process.”

Douwe is also part of the artists’ group 33⅓ Collective and Festina Lente Collective, a creative Amsterdam-based network/agency.

Two things to look out for are his short film Démontable which won a bunch of festival awards a few years ago (and the trailer can be seen here), but is still not online in full (hopefully soon, eh?), and his latest short film Green Screen Gringo, which is still doing the festival rounds.

Still from Green Screen Gringo by Douwe Dijkstra

Very nice to have Douwe join us to share an animation he finds inspiring! Whatever it is I’m sure it will lead to excellent discussion.

See you Wednesday, September 27th, at 20:00, at WORM! Here is the Facebook event, the WORM listing and the WeOwnRotterdam listing. You can also sign up for our monthly e-mail, and don’t forget that Manifest is on Twitter, @ManifestRoffa! Manifest is always open to the public, FREE and in English!

Manifest countdown: Alisa Wanders!

Our next animation discussion event is coming up at WORM in Rotterdam in less than two weeks, on Wednesday, September 27th! A few days ago we met illustrator/cartoonist Konrad Bielejewski, who will be sharing an animation he finds inspiring. Let’s meet our second show & tell-er:

“My name is Alisa Wanders and I am an all round creative from what we call a “small town” of a million people in the middle of nowhere in Russia. As soon as I hit 18 I quickly escaped the natural landscape of my mother country to go study Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, UK, where I specialised in illustration. Despite the direction of my major I found myself being mostly interested in time-based media and photography, and moved to Rotterdam about a year ago. Feeling like I don’t really fit in a commercial studio environment I am focusing on my own practice while still engaging in various projects along the way. Outside of my work I pretty much just play video games and watch cartoons, which is a great way to live, I recommend it. I also cook loads of vegan food, take pictures of it and try and convince people I don’t just live off grass.”

Project by Alisa Wanders.

One of Alisa’s graduation projects was Central Saint Martin’s was a newspaper containing images of the Moscow metro stations, highlighting the contrast of the prosperity and grandiosity of the newly built metro system and the political events happening at the time of their construction:

Project by Alisa Wanders.

She’s also made some interesting graphic layered screenprints:

Project by Alisa Wanders.

And silly joke GIFs!

Project by Alisa Wanders.

What will Alisa bring to share? You’ll have to come to find out!

See you Wednesday, September 27th, at 20:00, at WORM! Here is the Facebook event, the WORM listing and the WeOwnRotterdam listing. You can also sign up for our monthly e-mail, and don’t forget that Manifest is on Twitter, @ManifestRoffa! Manifest is always open to the public, FREE and in English!

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Manifest countdown: Konrad Bielejewski!

We will be back at WORM in Rotterdam in less than three weeks, on Wednesday, September 27th! Come on down for a FREE event where you will hear from three interesting people, watch some animation you may not have seen before, and get the chance to share your opinion. Let’s meet our first show & tell-er:

Konrad Bielejewski comes straight out of a small village in the middle of the forest in western Poland. He is a former student of the Bachelor of Arts & Culture at Erasmus University. He has no practical education in the arts, but is valiantly catching up in his spare time.

“I am interested in many different cultural products, most notably movies (from the earliest to the newest), comics and video games. I call myself a naive artist, a sequential artist and a photographer. I’ve had participated in one exhibition in Rotterdam (at Showroom Mama in June) and in one in Prague which made a big splash on the Charles University campus (it was in the basement of the dormitory). I am pursuing my own artistic practice while working hard on commissioned work.”

Konrad has a comic strip series featuring a little horned guy, which I love:

Comic by Konrad Bielejewski

Comic by Konrad Bielejewski

You can see more photos of his process on his Facebook Page and Instagram:

Photo by Konrad Bielejewski

What will Konrad bring to share? I can tell you that it is a dark short, part of a recent wave of Polish 3D CGI animation.

See you Wednesday, September 27th, at 20:00, at WORM! Here is the Facebook event, the WORM listing and the WeOwnRotterdam listing. You can also sign up for our monthly e-mail, and don’t forget that Manifest is on Twitter, @ManifestRoffa! Manifest is always open to the public, FREE and in English!

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Announcing Manifest: Sept 27th! – DATE CHANGE

NOTE: We originally announced this event as being on Thursday, Sept 28th, it’s been changed to Wednesday, Sept 27th. Sorry for the confusion!

Our next animation discussion event in Rotterdam will take place on Wednesday, September 27th at WORM at 20:00, again in our ‘original’ space, at the top of the metal stairs, through the glass doors (enter at Wunderbar and walk through the bar to the right).

Have an animation (that you didn’t make yourself) that you’d like to share? Email me at tess@manifestanimation.com to sign up! Or send a FB message to the Manifest FB page.
Thank you to Oana Clitan for designing our graphics every month!

Manifest is a regular animation show & tell evening. Just like the show & tell exercise you may have done at school, three pre-selected participants bring an animation clip that they love (that they didn’t create themselves) and they share with the audience what it is and why they chose it. The audience contributes to a twenty-minute discussion about the clip, looking up other clips on the fly, moderated by your host, animator Tess Martin.

Here is the Facebook event and it will soon be up on the WORM site. Not on Facebook or Twitter? I suggest you sign up for our e-newsletter to be reminded of the next event.
Manifest is always free, open to the public, and in English!

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Photos from August Manifest!

Thank you all for coming on Tuesday and especially to animators Gino Ricardo, Vera de Koning and Gino Imagino for sharing an animation they find inspiring! We talked about the geometric design approach of Kevin Dart and nature in animation, films that play with your expectations and address friendship and loss, and mixing 2D and live action + 3D and conceptual reasons for doing so.The full list of links we looked at can be found here.

Thank you to Loretta Hodos for capturing our photos (Loretta is also an animator, with a brand new website here)! Our next event will be in exactly 26 days, Thursday, Sept 28th (stay tuned for the FB event, etc).   As always, you can stay in touch by subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter, or by following our Facebook Page or our Twitter.

Gino Ricardo showing an animation he finds inspiring. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Me looking like I know what I’m doing. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Croooowd. Love the reflection at the back of the room. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Vera de Koning sharing an animation she finds inspiring. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Gino Imagino, animated. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

More crowd. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Manifest countdown: Vera de Koning!

Our next animation discussion event will be on Tuesday, August 29 at WORM in Rotterdam (again back in our ‘original’ space, at the top of the metal stairs, through the glass doors – enter at Wunderbar and walk through the bar to the right). A few days ago we met Gino Ricardo, Rotterdam animator/designer, and the week before we met Gino Imagino, animator from Ecuador who will be sharing an animation he finds inspiring. Let’s meet our third and last show & tell-er:

Vera de Koning just graduated this year as an animator from the Willem de Kooning academy, and has been living in Rotterdam for a year now. She loves drawing and designing for both animation and illustration projects, and she is now freelancing. “My interests vary a lot but I love storytelling and I love creating inviting, aesthetically pleasing images!”

Vera made an animated short film as her graduation project with fellow animation student Myrthe Raasveld called Death and the Maiden (look at more great stills here):

Background art by Vera de Koning for Death and the Maiden (2017)

Background art by Vera de Koning for Death and the Maiden (2017)

She also did an internship with in60Seconds where she animated this spot for a fictional dinosaur museum:

Stage Vera – Dinosaurussen from in60seconds on Vimeo.

And cats! Or servals, more precisely:

Illustrations by Vera de Koning

And she collaborated with 4 other students in the making of this trailer for a fictional animated series about a trio of female justice warriors:

Credens Justitiam: Pilot Episode from Astrid Martirossian on Vimeo.

What will Vera bring to share? I can tell you that it was a big hit in festivals a few years ago, and has to do with friendship and space travel.

See you Tuesday, August 29th, at 20:00, at WORM! Here is the Facebook event, the WORM listing and it will soon be up on WeOwnRotterdam. You can also sign up for our monthly e-mail, and don’t forget that Manifest is on Twitter, @ManifestRoffa! Manifest is always open to the public, FREE and in English!

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