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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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Announcing Manifest in Rotterdam: April 4th!

Graphics by Oana Clitan

Our April animation discussion event in Rotterdam will take place on Tuesday, April 4th at WORM‘s Slash Gallery space (this is where we had the November event: a few doors down the Boomgaardsstraat alley from the regular Wunderbar entrance: official address is Boomgaardsstraat 69).
 
Have an animation (that you didn’t make yourself) that you’d like to share? Email me at tess@manifestanimation.com to sign up!
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 March Manifest!

Thanks all for coming on Tuesday to our rocking first Manifest back from our extended winter break. Thank you especially to Maarten and Sietse from United Enterprise, film programmer Alex Diehl and animated GIF-maker Narinè Gyulkhasyan for sharing clips they find inspiring. We talked about low-fi animation/puppetry techniques, violence, gore and the limits of ‘good taste’, and super amazing examples of morphing and inventiveness. The full list of links to the clips we looked at can be found here.

Thank you to Loretta Hodos for taking the beautiful photos below! Our next event in Rotterdam will be on Tuesday, April 4th, mark your calendars! But actually, our next event will be in Nijmegen on Saturday April 1st. Know anyone in Nijmegen? Forward them this link, or this one.

And don’t forget to volunteer to share a clip! Manifest is only possible with contributions from YOU. Email me at tess[at]manifestanimation.com to volunteer (also for taking photos, thanks!)

As always, you can also subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter, or follow our Facebook Page or our Twitter.

Crowd! Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Maarten and Sietse from United Enterprise. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

More crowd! Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Moderator Tess Martin introducing Alex Diehl. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Psychedelic Alex Diehl. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Nariné introducing her awesome clip. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Manifest countdown: Narinè Gyulkhasyan!

Our next animation discussion event is coming up on Tuesday, March 7th at WORM (we are back at our usual location, up the stairs in the back of Wunderbar). We’ve met two out of three of our show & tell-ers, Alex Diehl and United Enterprise. Let’s meet the third, architect and animation aficionado Narinè Gyulkhasyan:

Narinè is now a talented architect at Kaan Architecten in Rotterdam, but was clearly an animator in a past life. Originally from Armenia, she studied architecture in Delft, experimented with animation there, and has since been entertaining herself with drawing, photography, and cool animated GIFs that you can see on her tumblr.

 

http://narinna.tumblr.com/post/138984338603/what-if-perpetually-wind

 

http://narinna.tumblr.com/post/108648637368/delicately-affectionate

One of Narinè’s beautiful illustrations. Love the character here!

So many interesting sketches, it’s hard to choose!

Perhaps Narinè’s architecture roots coming through?

One of Narinè’s animated experiments from her student days in Delft:

What animation will Narinè share with us? You’ll have to come to find out! But I can tell you it might fill you with nostalgia, especially if you are from the old Soviet bloc.

See you Tuesday, March 7th, 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: Alex Diehl!

Last week we met Maarten and Sietse from the Rotterdam video production studio United Enterprise, who will be sharing an animation they find inspiring at our next event (Tues, March 7, WORM, FREE). Let’s meet our next show & tell-er, who also has a WORM connection:

“My name is Alex Diehl, I am film programmer/curator at the WORM venue in Rotterdam and for BUT Film Festival in Breda. Our annual film festival focuses on underground cinema and B-movies.

For over 20 years I have been traveling to other festivals and collecting everything about weird and off-the-grid-cinema, anything that is both weird and wicked. I speak Dutch, German, Spanish, French and English.”

Alex runs the regular Cult Film event at WORM, and the next screening is on March 22nd, of a 1970 sexploitation film by Doris Wishman titled The Amazing Transplant, about…a penis transplant.

The BUT Film Festival will be having its 12th edition in September and they are currently open for entries, looking for animation, shorts and features. But they are actually doing a little mini touring festival at the end of March, showing a series of underground Indonesian films. These programs will be coming to Brussels, Breda, and also WORM in Rotterdam on March 25th (Facebook event):

Check out a clip from The Devil’s Sword, a 1984 film that is included:

What animation will Alex share with us? You’ll have to come to find out! But it will be something that pushes boundaries, I’m sure.

See you Tuesday, March 7th, 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: United Enterprise!

Maarten Kok and Sietse Koenders from United Enterprise

Alright, we’re back! Get ready for the next rockin’ animation discussion event in Rotterdam, March 7th at WORM (20:00 start, and FREE, as usual). Let’s meet our first show & teller, and this will actually be a duo this time (first time for everything!):

 

They call themselves United Enterprise. They used to be graphic designers. But now, they’re getting dirty hands, cuts and scratches making extraordinary, explanatory videos with a distinctive conceptual approach and a strong visual language.

Maarten Kok and Sietse Koenders are inspired by a classic, cinematic approach to filmmaking. This results in a unique and tactile style and objects being treated as actors. Besides videos that explain, United Enterprise also do music videos and self initiated projects.

Indeed, check out their inspiring music video for Dutch band Wolvon:

WOLVON- BEING (official video) from United Enterprise on Vimeo.

And some behind the scenes shots:

Behind the scenes of the Wolvon music video

In camera effects by united Enterprise

And here is a puppeteered spot for the Work with Nature organization, followed by the Making Of video:

Adopteer Regenwoud- Work With Nature Promo from United Enterprise on Vimeo.

 

Adopteer Regenwoud (Making of) from United Enterprise on Vimeo.

What animation will they bring to share? Who knows? Come to find out! But based on their own work I bet it will involve physical material of some kind.

See you Tuesday, March 7th, 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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We’re back! Manifest: Tuesday, March 7th!

Graphics by Oana Clitan

After a long winter break Manifest: Animation Show & Tell will be back at WORM in Rotterdam on Tuesday, March 7th (20:00 start). We should be back in our usual space above the stairs, through the glass doors at the back.  I’ve still got a few open spots for our three show & tell-ers (remember, show & tell-ers don’t show their own work, only work that inspires them), so if you’re interested in participating, email me at tess[at]manifestanimation.com.

Thank you to Oana Clitan for designing our graphics every month!

Manifest is a regular animation show & tell evening in Rotterdam. 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 November Manifest!

Thanks all for coming last Wednesday to our special two-year anniversary event, and contributing your points of view to another fun animation-filled evening!

We talked about live action influence on stop-motion animation, making animation vs. making art objects/installations/performances, and mixing a 2D physical aesthetic with 3D techniques. As usual every single link we looked at has been posted on our Facebook page, you can find last week’s list here.

These discussion topics were brought up by clips shared by animators Simon Scheiber, Viviane Strik and artist Katharina D. Martin. Thanks for volunteering! And thank you also to Robert-Jonathan Koeyers for taking these beautiful pictures. We will be taking a 3 month long winter break while I am out of town, so our next event will probably be in early March. In the meantime, it’s never too early to volunteer, either as a show & tell-er or as photographer. All roles involve free beer! Email me at tess[at]manifestanimation.com if interested.

Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to receive a notification about our next event, or follow our Facebook Page or our Twitter.

This is such a funny photo. Mid-fade of the slide show behind me. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

This is such a funny photo. Mid-fade of the slide show behind me. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Simon Scheiber introducing his clip. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Simon Scheiber introducing his clip. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Analyzing Wallace & Gromit. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Analyzing Wallace & Gromit. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Crowd attempting a snapping fingers exercise, when discussing fast cuts. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Crowd attempting a snapping fingers exercise, when discussing fast cuts. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Katharina D. Martin introduces her clip. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Katharina D. Martin introduces her clip. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Tess Martin introduces animator Viviane Strik. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Tess Martin introduces animator Viviane Strik. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Viviane holds court. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Viviane holds court. Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

Photo by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers.

 

Manifest countdown: Viviane Strik!

vivianeLast week we met artist and educator Katharina D. Martin, and before that we met stop-motion animator Simon Scheiber, two of our show & tell-ers at our two year anniversary Manifest event on Wednesday, November 30th. Let’s meet our third show & tell-er, freelance animator Viviane Strik.

A quick note that we will be in a slightly different room within the WORM complex this month. Look out for the signs pointing you to the Slash Gallery space, two doors down from the Wunderbar entrance in the Boomgaardsstraat. When you see the balloons, you’ll know you’ve reached the right place.

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In 1996/1997 Viviane Strik studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy and immediately after graduating with her HAVO diploma she continued in the applied direction of Illustration. In the 2nd year she made the switch to what was a brand new concentration at that time: animation. She learned the trade from great teachers, in particular Adriaan Lokman. Viviane graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (animation) from the WDKA, and her graduation film ‘De bozige bij’ was nominated for the Rotterdamse Kunst Stichting Drempelprijs that same year.

This film led to Viviane making contact with Ronald Ligtenberg who had just started organizing a music festival for deaf and hearing people. Viviane developed the visual aspect of the first edition called ‘Deaf Valley’. This was a great success and was soon followed by the second edition, Sense, which eventually became the definitive Sencity Festival. Viviane was the VJ and art director for nine editions. Sencity is an event that is still organized around the world.

From 2003 Viviane has worked as a freelance animator on various animated film projects in the Netherlands. After running several animation workshops she decided to expand her teaching skills and in 2007 she completed a post-graduate teaching qualification as a Professional Artist in the classroom, also known as BIK. In 2009 she organized the ‘Ranimatie‘ animated film festival at Lantaren/Venster. In 2013 she developed the analog animation installation Popmotion with Rens Geubbels for the Into The Great Wide Open festival. After a break to focus on her family, Viviane is now back to being a full time freelance animator.

 

So happy to have Viviane join us on Wednesday. She will be showing a really interesting piece that mixes watercolor elements with computer animation techniques.

See you Wednesday, November 30th, at 20:00, at WORM (remember we will be in the Slash Gallery space, two doors down from the Wunderbar entrance in the alley)! 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: Katharina D. Martin!

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I’m looking forward to our next animation discussion event, on Wednesday, November 30th at WORM. Remember, this will be our last event before a three-month break, and is also our two-year anniversary! So I hope to see you there to make it a smashing one.

Last week we met stop-motion animator Simon Scheiber, who will be bringing a clip to share. Let’s meet our second show & tell-er:

Katharina D. Martin studied Media Art in Germany and the Netherlands and is course coordinator in the department Moving Image at the AKI ArtEZ Academy in Enschede. Based in Rotterdam, she creates objects, installations and videos to dovetail narration and materiality. Katharina is also a philosopher and a fellow researcher at the Cluster of Excellence ‘Image Knowledge Gestaltung’ at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Headpiece for 'Roßkur' performance, 2011.

Headpiece for ‘Roßkur’ performance, 2011.

Katharina’s work is very diverse. Above is a headpiece worm by Katharina in her performance titled ‘Roßkur‘ from 2011. The German expression Roßkur (horse treatment) refers to a medical treatment with the help of drastic and controversial methods. Below is a still from the documentation of the performance, where Katharina wore the headpiece on her head, along with clunky shoes on her feet that produced a sound like hooves when stepping.

Still from Roßkur (2011) by Katharina D. Martin.

Still from Roßkur (2011) by Katharina D. Martin.

Below is a video she created and performed in called “we are the REAL doll,” a satire about an unknown super heroine, dressed in a costume made entirely from plastic sex dolls:

we are the REAL doll from Katharina D. Martin on Vimeo.

Katharina is introducing more animation into the Moving Image course she leads at the ArtEZ Academy in Eschede. This is a relatively new program that combines theory and philosophy with practical assignments. What animation will she share at Manifest? Come to find out!

See you Wednesday, November 30th, 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: Simon Scheiber!

simonOur next animation discussion event will be on Wednesday, November 30th, again at WORM in Rotterdam.

This will be our last event for at least two (probably 3) months, as I take a break to go on an artist residency in Denmark. It also happens to be our two-year anniversary! Some come on by and celebrate. Let’s meet the first of our three show & tell-ers:

Born in Austria in 1985, Simon Scheiber taught himself how to design and animate at a young age. After working for several design studios in Europe, he founded Trim Tab and started working on commissioned and self-initiated projects. His debut short The Lighthouse, which he worked on for more than 7 years, has been shown at over 30 international film festivals.

Watch the trailer and see some behind-the-scenes photos of this beautiful-looking film below. The film is 11 minutes long and should be out on the internet soon.

The Lighthouse – Trailer from Trim Tab on Vimeo.

Behind the scenes of The Lighthouse. Photo by Simon Scheiber.

Behind the scenes of The Lighthouse. Photo by Simon Scheiber.

Behind the scenes of The Lighthouse. Photo by Simon Scheiber.

Behind the scenes of The Lighthouse. Photo by Simon Scheiber.

Behind the scenes of The Lighthouse. Photo by Simon Scheiber.

Behind the scenes of The Lighthouse. Photo by Simon Scheiber.

Behind the scenes of The Lighthouse. Photo by Simon Scheiber.

Behind the scenes of The Lighthouse. Photo by Simon Scheiber.

Simon also does a lot of clean, inspiring commissioned work, like this Mad Men-inspired spot for Fontanel:

 

Fontanel Jobs – Advertising from Trim Tab on Vimeo.

Check out more of Simon’s work on his website. What will Simon share with us?  Well, I suspect his penchant for stop-motion will come into play!

See you Wednesday, November 30th, 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!