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Animation Magazine on Damian Nenow

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Animation Magazine published on 7th August a piece of text on Damian Nenow, a Polish animator of Platige Image.

It tells us about Nenow’s  lifelong obsession with flight and objects that traverse the sky, his inspiration for his acclaimed by now Paths of Hate as well as Nenow’s view of Polish current animation scene.

(…) The idea for Paths of Hate occurred to me about five years ago, when I was still studying at the film school in Lodz, says Nenow. After producing two earlier shorts, I felt the need to create something that was surrealistic, but dynamic and serious. I couldn’t imagine a subject more exciting than a duel between two fighter planes. (…)

For the whole article, go to: Polish Animator’s Career Takes Flight.

Damian Nenow Presents Making of to Paths of Hate at SIGGRAPH 2011

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

For those who have missed it today as I already have (sic!)…. Well, Polish artist of Platige Image, Damian Nenow shows how he used Autodesk® 3ds Max® to create the animated short Paths of Hate.

Paths of Hate won the SIGGRAPH Jury Award and a number of animation festival awards. Follow the link to see the video:

– 9th August, Tuesday 11:30am local time
– 10th August, Wednesday 03:00pm local time
– 11th August, Thursday 01:00pm local time

Paths of Hate Awarded at Comic-Con

August 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Animated film “Paths of hate” by Damian Nenow was the leader in the amount of awards received at film festival organized in frame of Comic-Con International – the biggest event in the American comics and cartoon industry.

Comic- Con is now the most prominent event organized for the comic lovers and professionals, that for the last few years also attracts those interested in the American comic adaptations. Here all the biggest productions related to comics are announced. This year among the guest invited to attend the event there were Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg – authors of the animation “Tintin”.

For the last 12 years in frames of event there is a film festival organized that aims in awarding independent productions related to comics. This years’ jury awarded “Paths of Hate” in the competition for the Best Animated Film and presented the film with the Special Jury Award.

More information on film can be found at: www.pathsofhate.com
Press release – stopklatka

Polish Films at LIAF 2011 (26th August – 4th September)

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

London International Animation Festival is coming back to town! The 8th edition of the event, that is said to be the biggest of its kind in the UK, is moving to a new venue this year (which is our beloved Barbican). The festival programme sounds exciting for quite a number of reasons but let me mention here only one: Polish animation! Yeay!… 🙂

Yep, as announced on LIAF website, we’ll be able to see what’s best in the latest Polish animation and by the latest I’d say I mean the first decade of 21st century. Some of the films have been mentioned on Frogs and Squash, so there is a chance you already got the feeling. Among others, there are such jewels as Dokumanimo by Malgorzata Bosek (2007), Gallery by Robert Proch (2009), Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow (2010), Danny Boy by Marek Skrobecki (2010), Millhaven by Bartek Kulas (2010) or The Lost Town of Switez by Kamil Polak (2010).  For full details of the two sets of films, go to: Focus on Poland 1 and Focus on Poland 2.

Another exciting thing in the programme is 2 master classes that are supposed to be led by (one of my faves, I must admit) Wojtek Wawszczyk. For details, again, follow the link: Wojtek Wawszczyk Master Class 1 & 2. These will be followed by George the Hedgehog screening (Wojtek’s latest feature) and Q&A with the director.

Also, there is a few Polish productions in the competition!

For info I refer you to the LIAF website. All bookings to be made through Barbican website.

Six short films nominated for the Cartoon d’Or 2011

July 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Six short films from Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland and United Kingdom will compete for the Cartoon d’Or 2011, the award for the best European animation short film.

The jury composed of directors and producers Stéphane Bernasconi (France), Tony Loeser (Germany) and Victor Maldonado (Spain) have selected the finalists among a shortlist of 30 films award-winners at the major European animation festivals.
The nominees are:

– “Mobile” by Verena Fels (Germany, 2010, 6’25”. Prod: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
– “Paths of Hate” by Damian Nenow (Poland, 2010, 10′. Prod: Platige Image)
– “Pivot” by André Bergs (Netherlands, 2009, 5′. Prod: Il Luster Productions)
– “The External World” by David O’Reilly (Ireland / Germany, 2010, 17′. Prod: David OReilly Animation / DETAiLFILM)
– “The Gruffalo” by Jakob Schuh & Max Lang (UK, 2009, 27′. Prod: Magic Light Pictures in association with Studio Soi)
– “The Little Boy and the Beast” by Johannes Weiland & Uwe Heidschötter (Germany, 2009, 6’30”. Prod: Studio Soi)

The winner will be announced on Thursday 15 September 2011 in Sopot (Poland) during Cartoon Forum Polska, the platform aimed to boost the co-production and distribution of European animation for television. The directors of each nominated short will present his film to an auditorium of key players in European animation, providing them an opportunity to strengthen their ties with the industry. The winner will receive a trophy together with a financial aid of 10,000 EUR, thanks to the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

The Cartoon d’Or was created in 1991 by CARTOON in order to promote the talents of European animation and to act as a pipeline between short film makers and the industry. Previous winners include Nick Park, Sylvain Chomet, Mark Baker, Michael Dudok de Wit and Jacques-Rémy Girerd.

[extract from Press Release,  12th July 2011 (opens as .pdf)]

*For more info visit the website (link above)

Paths of Hate Gets Jury Award at SIGGRAPH

June 22, 2011 1 comment

Thoughts After Annecy… (Paths of Hate, Luminaris and Stones)

June 21, 2011 4 comments

Probably everybody knows by now the official results of Annecy competitions. It was great to hear that 3 out of 7 Polish shorts selected in the competition actually got something. I even wonder if I can dare to say we smashed it! but perhaps that bit of national solidarity is out of place here?.. slightly?.. or is it really? 😉

OK, enough of coquetry and let’s name these awards: Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for a first film went to Switez by Kamil Polak, Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow got a Special Distinction and Maska by Quay Brothers won an award for original music. For more info, go to Annecy festival website: The 35th International Animation Film Festival Awards.

To be honest I am especially happy for Switez and Paths of Hate. The first one just deserves to be noticed – pure artistry. As for the second, after watching the trailer I wasn’t really sure what to expect. For some reason I was thinking it would be another 3D stunt – good technique but not much more than that. And I don’t consider it actually to be enough for a good film. I also don’t really fancy all those rage and hate topics that, in my humble opinion, are just extreme and outworn by now examples of human confusion; and for that reason do not have to be exposed too much. But I saw Paths of Hate at one of the screenings in Annecy and, despite my reservations, I let myself immerse in the story. I liked the way Nenow built tension. I liked the way the tension went to extremes fairly soon and I enjoyed the fact it stayed there almost till the end. I didn’t get tired, I didn’t get bored. I enjoyed the way the animator played with time, changed the dynamics in the picture from unbearably fast to.. unbearably slow when a second lasts at least a few. And I wasn’t distracted by the cross nor the sentimental photo of a lady-the-pilot’s-love-forever-whatever (or at least not too much). Paths of Hate appeared to be just a very good film, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I had been thinking of giving Maska some thought here too but I decided to it some other time…

Apart from Polish films there were a few others that drew my attention too. Let’s focus on two of them. First of all, Luminaris by Juan Pablo Zaramella (2011). The film got the audience award and it definitely was my choice too. I think there are often films in festival competitions that are witty, funny, with good concept, with nice narration, illustrated with good music, hence with good rhythm too. And such films are enjoyed by audiences but later on get only awards from… audiences. Don’t get me wrong here as obviously sometimes audience awards say much more about appreciation of the film than any other distinction. And I think it’s a very important type of award. It’s just that it does not come from the jury (sic!).

Luminaris is actually one of such films, me thinks. It got the longest ovation of any films I watched at the festival (sure, there could have been other, even longer but they must have happened in a screening room around the corner!). It uses animated objects, pixilation and photos. It seems that the combination of techniques is nothing unusual anymore, but the concept itself reminds me actually of nothing I have seen before. Of course, we have elements we can be familiar with, like the way the main character gets to work as if it was taken straight from The Jetsons. But still, I had that amazing feeling of freshness while watching it and I appreciate it so much! It doesn’t happen too often, does it? Can you think of any other (RECENTLY made!) animated film that showed you something you had never seen before?..

Below, you can see the film’s trailer. For more videos by Juan Pablo Zaramella, visit his channel on Youtube.

Summary: In a world controlled and timed by light , a common man has a plan that could change his destiny.

Stones (Kamene, 2010) by Katarina Kerekesova and Ivana Sebestova is another short I liked. It did not win anything but in my opinion it simply stood out. Stones is a puppet musical combining emotionally strong music, unconfined space, passion and fear – that’s how it’s described in the catalogue and from what I saw I can tell it’s true. It relies on a musical convention, tells a story of unfulfilled love, disappointment and shows how a woman can disturb a grey and simple life of quarry workers. What I liked in this particular film was actually the usage of conventions transferred to animation ground. Again, I have not really seen that type of puppet musical before. Perhaps I have not seen that much yet 😉

Here, you can find a few details on the film’s production and below is the film’s trailer. Enjoy!

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