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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: January 4, 2018!

Graphics by Oana Clitan

Our first animation discussion event of 2018 will take place on Thursday, January 4th at WORM at 20:00! (enter at Wunderbar and walk through to the stairs at the back).

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 November Manifest!

Another smashing evening on Tuesday! Thanks so much to Colin DassenJoseph Wallace and Sasha Herman for sharing animated clips and generating stimulating discussion. We talked about 80’s anime and the trend of man vs. machine, stop-motion where the act of animation itself is referenced, and how that subject is explored through puppetry and other animation techniques as well, and films that focus on seemingly mundane, repetitive actions like walking or jumping and the effect that produces. Every link we looked at can be found here.

Thanks again to Loretta Hodos for taking our pictures! Our next event will be in January, check back here, or keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter for the date announcement (or sign up for our once-monthly e-newsletter!).

Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Colin Dassen, photo by Loretta Hodos.

Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Joseph Wallace shares his inspiration. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Sasha Herman in the hot seat. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Manifest countdown: Sasha Herman!

Our next animation discussion event will be in less than a week on Tuesday, November 28th at WORM! For the uninitiated, Manifest is a monthly participatory screening where we hear from three animation fans, watch some clips and share our opinions. A fews weeks ago we met our first show & tell-er, animator Colin Dassen, and a few days ago we met special visiting animator Joseph Wallace, who happens to be coming through Rotterdam from the UK. Let’s meet our final show & tell-er!

Sasha Herman is an artist living and working in the Netherlands. Having grown up in England, he moved to Amsterdam in 2012 and began his studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

Though Sasha was originally a painter, during his time at the Rietveld, he began to branch out. His work became much more conceptually orientated and he began experimenting with video, installation, graphic design and performance art. As his time at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy began to draw to a close, Sasha began to follow his fascination with animation, and the idea of inanimate things coming to life through the medium of photography. After exploring this subject and creating a range of animated projects and works, Sasha Herman graduated in the summer of 2016 with his work Élan Vital, an animated film installation.

Élan Vital, was well received and featured in a number well publicized exhibitions, including Best of Graduates at the Ron Mandos Gallery Amsterdam, This Art Fair at the Beurs van Berlage and Vincent op Vrijdag at the Van Gogh Museum.

Since graduating the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Sasha Herman has been continuing his exploration of the art of animation and he has also helped form an artist collective called MADLAB with three other Rietveld graduates. MADLAB is just moving into a new studio in the north of Rotterdam and I’m sure we’re all invited to the opening party.

Poster from MADLAB’s inauguration show in Amsterdam a few months ago.

What animation will Sasha bring to share? Come to find out!

See you Tuesday, November 28th, 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: Joseph Wallace!

We will be back at WORM in Rotterdam in about 10 days, on Tuesday, November 28th! Manifest is a FREE monthly event where you hear from three animation fans, watch some clips and share your opinion over beer. Last week we met our first show & tell-er, animator Colin Dassen. Let’s meet our second – a special treat, as he is visiting from the UK!

Joseph Wallace is an animation and puppetry director whose short films have received international acclaim and screened at numerous festivals around the world. He works with puppet, object and cut-out animation as well as live-action and live performance.

Joseph recently made a beautiful Paris-inspired stop-motion music video for the band Sparks:

Sparks – Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me) (official music video) from Joseph Wallace on Vimeo.

And his wry 2014 cut-out film Natural Disaster was also recently published online:

Natural Disaster from Joseph Wallace on Vimeo.

Joseph is currently working on a new animated short, produced by Delaval Film, which received a development residency at the Open Workshop in Denmark and won the 2017 Visegrad Animation Forum short film pitching prize.

He is passing through Rotterdam on his way to Antwerp where he is attending an exhibition opening with some of his colleagues from London (perhaps he will be able to give us more information at Manifest!)

What animation does Joseph find inspiring? Come to find out!

See you Tuesday, November 28th, 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: Colin Dassen!

We will be back at WORM in Rotterdam in about two weeks, on Tuesday, November 28th! 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:

Colin Dassen is a freelance animator/ illustrator based in Rotterdam, currently finishing his animation studies at the Willem the Kooning Academy.

“Generally you can find me drawing in any free moment I have; while waiting for a tram or sitting with a coffee. I therefore make sure to always carry a pencil and a sketchbook. This is also reflected in my assignments, for which I make sure to always start with fleshing out a concept or idea on paper before working on a computer. Although the final product may not always be drawn per se and could very well be on film or even 3D computer graphics, I do try to keep the analogue feel of drawings until it’s no longer practical: this can be found in the texture, shape or general feel of the result.

Photoshop painting of an F-4 Phantom by Colin Dassen

Coaster soldiers by Colin Dassen

The academy had me discovering and working in many different styles and techniques. This ranged from stop motion to After Effects motion graphics. I had great fun learning the different programs and expanding my methods of making animation. This also created a bit of a mess when it came time to specialize in something, and I am therefore are using my last year to really find out what I want to do and what style my style is.

Animation showreel Colin Dassen 2015 from Colin Dassen on Vimeo.

As one could conclude from most of the things I post online I also possess a certain fascination for many things military. It’s an fondness I developed very early in my life and is even to this day attached to most of what I make. I’m still tempted of joining the ‘Defensie’ but maybe I just have to grow out of it. I feel like I know better now, but that doesn’t make me less interested. In a way even more so…”

Portrait by Colin Dassen.

Look at more of Colin’s work on his Instagram or Tumblr.
What will Colin bring to share? You’ll have to come to find out! But I can tell you it’s definitely drawn animation.

See you Tuesday, November 28th, 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!

Announcing Manifest: Nov 28th!

Winter is coming! Awesome graphics by Oana Clitan.

Our next animation discussion event in Rotterdam will take place on Tuesday, November 28th 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 October Manifest!

Awesome night on Wednesday, thank you all for coming and contributing, and especially to Jan Jaap Weerheijm, Efrat Zehavi and Wiep Teeuwisse for starting off the discussion! We talked about worlds-within-worlds, relationships, sensuality and intimacy in puppet/cut-out films, the depiction of bodies, light-related animation and tiny things in voids. Every link we looked at can be found here.

Thanks again to Loretta Hodos for taking our pictures! Our next event will be in the last week of November, probably the Tuesday, check back here, or keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter for the date announcement (or sign up for our once-monthly e-newsletter!).

Tess introducing animator Jan Jaap Weerheijm. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Artist Efrat Zehavi explains her inspiration. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Artist Efrat Zehavi. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Animator Wiep Teeuwisse shows & tells. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

This part was gross. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Manifest countdown: Efrat Zehavi!

Manifest has been going every month for more than three years now! And we are having our next special pre-Halloween edition this Wednesday, October 25th, 20:00 at WORM. We’ve already met Wiep Teeuwisse and Jan Jaap Weerheijm, who will show & tell an animation they find inspiring. Let’s meet our third show & tell-er:

Efrat Zehavi is a visual artist based in Rotterdam. Originally from Jerusalem she has been living in Rotterdam since 2001, and completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Piet Zwart Institute in 2003.

“Rotterdam is my hometown now and I love this city that provides me with the feeling of being ‘local’ and ‘international’ at the same time. Since I have lived here, there are fewer borders and less anxiety within me. I have became more open to my fellowman. Since 2007 therefore, as a performance artist, I have traveled with my studio to different locations and have invited unknown passers-by to sit for me and be portrayed in soft colourful modelling clay. I interview them, listen to their stories, and give them a chance to tell me about their life experiences. As a souvenir I give them a photo of their portrait – a Passportrait.

Efrat Zehavi at work

Efrat’s installations and performances have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany and Israel, including: TENT Rotterdam 2015, Helder Gallery 2015, TAC Eindhoven 2014, Haifa City Museum 2013, Gallery Joey Ramone Rotterdam 2013, and many more.

She is currently raising money on voordekunst.nl for her next project: an independent art work masquerading as a glossy magazine. It has already been supported by the CBK and will contain clay portraits and stories of their making. Check out the video and contribute here!

Sometimes Efrat’s work takes the work of animated videos, like this one below:

What will Efrat bring to share? I can tell you it is a mix of live action and animation by a very famous animator we’ve talked about in passing in the past (but never looked at this work before!)

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: 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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