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You can now buy your tickets to MinnAnimate II from the Ritz Theater website!

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MinnAnimate Profile: Michelle Brost

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Why do you like animation?

I wanted to study animation at MCAD literally because it was the only medium I knew absolutely nothing about, and wanted to try my hand at. I love to draw, I always have, so I felt my skills there would see me through. Once I finished my first character animation class I knew I wanted to be an animator. I love making things move, and telling stories. I like to make people laugh.

Tell us about your short in this year’s festival.

“Leonard” is a project I made in my senior year at MCAD. I wrote it initially to fit within the time constraints we were given (no more than 2 minutes). I wanted to do something funny, or at least funny to me, since I’d be working on it pretty much all the time for about 10 months. It is the first fully realized animation I’ve made.

Do you do other kinds of art that inform your animation work?

Before I became pretty engrossed in animation as a digital format, I loved to paint with watercolor. I’m really attracted to bright palettes, which is probably why “Leonard” is so saturated in color. I also used some watercolor textures in the backgrounds that I had scanned into Photoshop. I also love film, so my approach to animation tends to be very cinematic and less “cartoon” like. I’ve been told I have a naturalistic style of animation…I animate characters based on how they would move in real life.

Who are some of your favorite/inspirational animators?

David O’Reilly is probably my all-time favorite contemporary animator. He uses 3D low poly characters in really conceptual and interesting ways. He’s also not afraid to tell people what’s on his mind, and he’s a very accessible artist – I’ve had conversations with him on twitter and via email. As far as structure and writing, I think I’m very influenced by Wes Anderson, specifically his stop motion “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”. It was the first animation I saw that really opened my mind to the possibilities of the medium.

Is Minnesota a good place to do animation? And what do we need here to make it a better place for animation?

I think there are a lot of opportunities to make work in Minnesota with all the artist grants that are available. There are a couple animation studios in town that were started by MCAD grads. From that point of view, I think MCAD gives its students the skill and work ethic to be able to be successful. Once you graduate and overcome the student loan dread, there’s a lot of opportunity out there. On the other hand, you don’t even need to go to college to be an animator. Tom Schroeder, who was one of my animation teachers at MCAD, just started making films because it was what he wanted to do. Now he’s a pretty successful independent animator. I think that’s kind of awesome, and it definitely inspires me. 
 
I think to make Minnesota a better place for animation, we just need to keep supporting artists. Especially young kids who show an interest in the arts…I knew a lot of kids when I was younger who weren’t supported in their artistic talents and they just stopped using them. I was very lucky and had a very supportive family, but there were always comments from my peers such as “you have too much time on your hands” or I had people asking me if I was going to be a “starving artist”. I didn’t care about those comments then, and I don’t care about them now. I do what I can to live, and make work, and it couldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t had even the tiniest bit of support. So, supporting and encouraging young artists is absolutely essential.

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MinnAnimate Profile: Wolfgang Wick

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Why do you like animation?

I think it’s a fun way to pass the time, but most importantly I feel that, in the end, animations look far better on screen than people do.

Tell us about your short in this year’s festival.

It’s a short about SPACE NATURE (include dramatic voice when reading) documentation, that takes a turn for the silly.

Do you do other kinds of art that inform your animation work?

Unfortunately, no. It makes it incredibly difficult for me to animate due to the fact that I have no skill with sculpting, drawing, or tailoring. I feel my sets and characters always come up short.

Who are some of your favorite/inspirational animators?

Tim Burton and Henry Selick are the two that come to mind right away. Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie are wonderful films that I adore, although Coraline is by far my favorite film.

Is Minnesota a good place to do animation? And what do we need here to make it a better place for animation?

It doesn’t seem like a bad place to do animation, but I’m not really a good judge for that. I really think that to make it a better place for animation, we just need more animators.

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MinnAnimate Profile: Greg Bro

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Why do you like animation?
I love how animation blends some of my favorite forms of creative expression; writing, drawing, and yelling strange voices into a microphone. I love how one can use the elements of visuals, timing, and sound to tell a story, convey a mood, or just make someone laugh. Animation is a craft that’s uniquely rewarding in that it truly gives you what you’re willing to put into it. You just have to be crazy enough to endure. If you’re willing to take that time though, the rewards are endless.
Tell us about your short in this year’s festival.
At the Burger Buddy, you never know who might stop by for a burger & some fries. Written, voiced, and animated by Greg Bro, “Famous People. Fast Food.” debuted at the 2013 L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival.
Do you do other kinds of art that inform your animation work?
I love writing, humor, and storytelling, so they’re natural elements that feed into my animated work. I find I can’t even doodle now without thinking of them in the context of a fuller narrative.
Who are some of your favorite/inspirational animators?
Hard to say. It can truly vary from project to project. I find I am just as influenced by live action storytelling as I am by animated media. Visually though I tend to enjoy the richer visuals of children’s shows (Adventure Time, Regular Show, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) and the writing/humor of the more adult oriented programming (South Park, Bob’s Burgers, Breaking Bad). If you make your brain available, there’s inspiration everywhere.
Is Minnesota a good place to do animation? And what do we need here to make it a better place for animation?

I believe the potential is there. The conduit between the creative and their audience is a little more challenging to find in MN, but the talent and the appetite for it is there. There needs to be more opportunities, like MinnAnimate, for artists to showcase their work and connect with an audience.

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MinnAnimate Profile: Dave and Mary Sandberg

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We work as a team. We worked commercially in California and Minnesota from the mid 70ʼs until about 2000. We wanted to do animation for adults and together we created the feature My Art School Summer. Since then – we work on shorts and Dave teaches Character Animation and Storyboard at MCAD.
We like mixing theater/story and drawing. Dave has been drawing comics with the Cartoonist Conspiracy, and making mini comics that become storyboards for us to animate – and that is how Climate Conference came into being.
Favorite inspirational animators; Tex Avery, Jay Ward, Bruno Bozzetto, Picha and Renaissance paintersʼ drawing skills.
Longer winters would give more time indoors animating; we never get much animation done in the summer.

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MinnAnimate II Poster

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Here’s the MinnAnimate II poster by animator Beth Peloff. Mark September 12th on your calendars!

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