Pictoplasma Conferences are packed with inspiring talks and presentations by today’s most innovative creators and talents, taking the stage to share a glimpse on their work process, motivation and personal development.
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33’46’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 256MB
Anna Mantzaris is a multi-award winning Swedish animation director based in London. Working in stop motion and felt puppets, her work is often character-driven and mixes humor and melancholy. Anna is represented by Passion Studios, where she directs various types of commercials and commissions, most recently a Christmas advert for Greenpeace.
27’47’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 243MB
Cabeza Patata is the artistic duo of English craftswoman and illustrator Katie Menzies, and Spanish 3D artist and animator Abel Reverter. They create joyful and diverse characters who emanate strength, in an ongoing exploration of diversity. With their bold colors and lollypop heads, these characters spring up everywhere from street murals in Barcelona to 3D animations for the Royal Society for the Arts.
25’37’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 192MB
Cornelia Geppert is CEO and creative head of Jo-Mei Games, where she is about to release her own adventure video game: In Sea of Solitude a young woman named Kay explores an abandoned, submerged city to find out why she has turned into a monster. Cornelia describes the project as her most personal and artistic to date, leading her to probe her own fears and emotions.
33’30’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 344MB
dina Amin is a designer from Cairo who loves to explore the intersections between disciplines. In 2016, she started a project on Instagram called Tinker Friday, where she combined her passion for product design with stop motion to reflect on consumer culture. In this animated series dina reveals what’s inside the countless things people throw away.
Elenor Kopka is a freelance animator and illustrator best known for her grainy, black-and-white wormlike characters and ever-mutating blobs. Her animated shorts, GIFs and music videos draw inspiration from ghosts and cartoon metamorphosis. Her clients include Adult Swim, MTV, City Slang Records and Giphy.
29’07’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 229MB
Félicie Haymoz was born in Switzerland and lives in Brooklyn. She took her first steps as a character designer on the animated feature Max&Co and has become Wes Anderson’s go-to character creator for his stop motion features: first on Fantastic Mr. Fox, for which she was the lead character designer tasked with turning Hollywood A-listers into lovable furry animals, and then on Isle of Dogs, for which she designed the human characters.
32’13’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 335MB
Iza Rutkowska is a Polish visual artist, designer, educator, and cultural manager who uses artistic tools to integrate communities and instigate social change. Focussing on education as process, she has worked with children to build playgrounds and the residents of buildings to design their backyards, equipping them with sustainable skills to develop projects independently.
19’30’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 253MB
Kitty Calis and Jan Willem Nijman recently released the famed adventure Minit—a game played in sixty second increments. Players leave home to help unusual folk, uncover secrets, and overcome dangerous foes, all in the hope of lifting a curse that ends each day after just one minute. With its minimalist, black and white design, the game echoes early arcade culture and features an iconic beaked character.
41’50’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 620MB
Jeron Braxton is a self taught 3D animator exploring the Black American experience via surreal Playstation 2 aesthetics. Glucose, his short film investigating the colonial history of sugar as the engine of the slave trade, won the Short Film Jury Award for Animation at Sundance Festival 2018.
27’01’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 229MB
John Bond is an illustrator, author, and artist from the UK working in animation and online media as well as print and painting. He has produced and directed projects for clients such as BBC, Disney, Channel 4, MTV, and Tate. His debut picture book Mini Rabbit Not Lost was published by Harper Collins in 2018. John utilizes a cast of charming characters (typically dogs) to explore the endless quirks and innocence of our day-to-day existence.
Justin K. Thompson is an award-winning production designer who recently worked in this capacity on the latest feature film by Sony Pictures Animation, Academy Award winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Previously he designed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and its sequel. Prior to joining Sony Pictures Animation, Thompson worked at The Orphanage Animation Studios, The Jim Henson Company,
31’46’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 198MB
Laura Callaghan is an Irish illustrator living and working in South East London. Her work is largely hand painted using watercolor, Indian ink, and isograph pen to depict strong young women in colorful, maximalist environments. Part fashion illustration, part satire of the representation of women in society and social media, she creates images that are bright and beautiful but infused with awkwardness and malaise.
30’35’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 376MB
Laurie Rowan is an award winning animator and illustrator based on the south coast of England. After a decade of working within the creative industries for high profile clients and campaigns including BBC, Channel 4, MTV, Disney, and Google, Laurie decided to branch out with his own brand of wobbly characters, exploring grotesque corporeality, rhythm and movement.
35’43’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 495MB
Nikita Diakur is a Russian-born filmmaker based in Germany. His most distinguished projects Ugly and Fest have received multiple awards and have screened at film festivals around the world. His signature technique is dynamic computer simulation that radically embraces spontaneity, randomness, and mistakes.
Olaf Breuning works in photography, drawing, sculpture, video and installation, tackling the big existential questions tongue-in-cheek, and always with a healthy disrespect for the art world. Fusing high art and mass culture, the human—often in cartoonish form—is always at the center of his endeavors. His countless international exhibitions include a major retrospective at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf and a solo show at Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
32’43’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 480MB
Parallel Teeth is the artistic moniker of animation director and illustrator Robert Wallace, famed for his energetic style, full of playful characters and bold color. Robert combines his interest in the occult with hazy memories of Sunday morning cartoons to create music videos, commercials, GIFs, album artwork, projections, 360 videos and everything in between.
25’08’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 199MB
Philippa Rice is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Soppy. She is an artist who works in a number of different media from comics, illustration, animation, model making to crochet. Her other works include the collage-based webcomic My Cardboard Life and her stop-motion animated crochet characters. Philippa lives in Nottingham, UK, with her partner Luke Pearson and their daughter.
23’56’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 501MB
Self-proclaimed mad scientist of video games, Sos Sosowski is a former school teacher turned game jam addict and recently embarked on a quest to create the worst video game ever. The result is Mosh Pit Simulator—a VR experience about a world overrun by brainless, boneless, nipple-less humanoids, desperately trying to continue life as usual (shopping, going on dates, driving cars). It’s up to you, the player, to show empathy—or get in their way.
33’06’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 205MB
Twee Muizen is the artistic duo of fine artist Denís Galocha and fashion designer Cristina Barrientos. Both grew up in villages near Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, surrounded by mountains, animals and nature—all of which figure prominently in their work. After a period of working in Amsterdam, they moved to Barcelona where they spend most of their time in their workshop and gallery, creating murals, fake taxidermy, paintings, and costumes.
33’00’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 411MB
Growing up in China, Yukai Du moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins where she graduated five years ago. She works in both still and moving images for a list of major brands. Yukai draws inspiration from Impressionism, using layerings of dots and dashes to create kaleidoscopic surfaces of light particles and pattern, combined with a love for the simplistic and geometric structures of Brutalism.
30’25’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 612,9MB
Spanish writer, animation director, illustrator, and cartoonist Alberto Vázquez shares behind-the-scenes insight on the making of his multi-award winning short films and recent feature ‘Psiconautas,’ based on his dark coming-of-age graphic novel of the same name.
32’00’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 714,1MB
‘Webcomic Name’ creator Alex Norris is famed for his viral meta-gags fusing tragedy and comedy. In his talk he reflects on the frustrations of false expectations, human relationships, and the existential insignificance of everything we do—and confesses that he struggles to write a comic without an ‘oh no’ punchline.
27’55’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 640,9MB
Benjamin Vedrenne, known as GLKT, introduces us to his personal work revolving around digital experimentation, procedural generation, computer errors, glitch aesthetics, and the intersection of natural and artificial intelligence. He also loves playing with emerging systems, and has a bunch of Indie game recommendations.
24’19’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 566,9MB
The Cachetejack universe is teeming with light hearted color, energy and humor —always with a quirky twist on everyday situations. The Illustrator duo made up of Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul take the stage to share how much work lays behind their seemingly easy and engaging analogue drawings and paintings.
26’26’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 554,1MB
3D artist and ambassador for WIGJ (Women in Games) Danette Beatty takes the stage to share her journey from the US to London, where she most recently worked as a level artist on ustwo games’ ‘Monument Valley 2,’ the burden of maintaining a daily doodle project and how sharing 3D advice by writing up tutorials can help you grow.
45’15’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 723,3MB
As an artist of Cuban origin, who moved to the US as a teenager, Edel Rodriguez has a long illustration career and more than 100 newspaper and magazine covers under his belt. Yet it was his incendiary imagery taking aim at the Trump presidency for Time magazine and Der Spiegel that became immediate global icons, and turned him into ‘Donald Trump’s most hated artist.’
38’40’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), soon
California based film studio Encyclopedia Pictura, run by Isaiah Saxon, Daren Rabinovitch, and Sean Hellfritsch, takes the stage to share their taste for mysterious relationships with nature and technology. During their projects for the likes of Björk, Panda Bear, Dirty Projectors, or Grizzly Bear, they always stayed true to their unique approach: mix puppeteering, stop-motion, live-action, and CGI interactivity—with a meaning.
38’55’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 629,1MB
After years of digital work Lithuanian animation director, visual artist, and founder of studio PetPunk Ged Sia discovered his love for stop motion and artisanal craftwork. His recent short film ‘Running Lights’ might have been a struggle in the making, but was awarded with several international awards and screened at over 30 film festivals around the world.
36’20’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 792,8MB
British animator and director James Curran shares the making of his famed ‘Gifathon’ projects—30 animated GIFs released in 30 days based on his experiences living in New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo—and a mini-gifathon in Berlin especially for Pictoplasma.
28’59’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 819,1MB
Famed illustrator and artist Jim Stoten talks about 6 year old emails, the use of too many Photoshop filters and living and working from his home studio in Hastings, where he creates painstakingly elaborate drawings with a distinct psychedelic flair on commissions for clients from all over the world.
23’36’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 535,6MB
French self-taught animator Kévin Gemin, better know as Kékéflipnote, confesses how he fell in love with the simple animation tools provided by his little Nintendo DSi and 3DS consoles. The resulting GIF vignettes of bouncing pigeons and foxes are currently creating a big splash online, and certainly made everyone in the conference auditorium smile!
32’52’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 577,4MB
Hungarian animation filmmaker Réka Bucsi takes us on a stunning tour through her career: from receiving a BFA to her Oscar shortlisted graduation film and beyond! After winning basically EVERY international festival award, and a feature film accompanied by a live jazz orchestra later, her advice is basically still the same: do we really need to obey traditional narration?
31’12’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 607,4MB
Illustrator, designer and picture book maker Rilla Alexander starts off with a quick drawing exercise (you’ll need pen and paper!!!) and leads us through the ups and downs of finishing a project, be it her self-authored picture books or the recent collaboration with author Jane Yolen, ‘A Bear Sat on My Porch Today.’ Done it better than none!
24’02’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 442,1MB
Sophia Jansson, niece of legendary Tove Jansson (1914-2001), gives insight into her job of managing and protecting the Moomin heritage as Chairman and Creative Director of Moomin Characters Ltd, while remaining true and respectful to the spirit and artwork created by her aunt.
22’52’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 577,7MB
Exploring art and technology, Deborah ‘Tartaruga Feliz’ talks about her workshops mostly with children in very different parts of the planet, passing on values and exploring the intersection of learning, interaction, and play as a path to strengthen creativity.
30’49’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 769,3MB
Los Angeles-based Chilean artist Victor Castillo explains how he appropriates the narrative logic of children’s book illustration and the aesthetics of vintage US animation to present pitch-black allegories about the human nature. His work has been described as political poetry rooted in his Latin American experience—which at the conference premiered its re-incarnation as animation, thanks to the help of Matias Rivera.
40’19’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 936.8 MB
Chris Haughton, Irish illustrator and author of best selling children’s books such as ‘A Bit Lost,’ ‘Oh No George!’ and ‘Goodnight Everyone,’ shares his struggle as a writer to find the right word(s), how to come up with a perfect color palette, and his deep commitment to connecting design with fair trade.
36’29’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 712.5 MB
DXTR, Berlin based artist/illustrator and member of THE WEIRD collective, shifts his bold, vibrant style back and forth between wall and print, pumping fresh design work into the world through all available channels. Featuring jewel-eyed tigers, sneaker dudes in sunglasses, and candy-colored astro skulls, DXTR’s work is wild yet wickedly clean.
45’49’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 1 GB
Acclaimed Tel Aviv-based animation director Eran Hilleli, famed for merging simple shapes with cinematic flair, introduces us to his trademark style, shares his influences from 80s Japanese animation to early video game aesthetics and explains how he learned to animate on-the-fly: by injecting waves into the core bones of his characters.
27’15’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 598.9 MB
Georgina Melone, Vice President at the Hasbro Invention Lab, and principal designer James Yuen, share how the entertainment company is continuously committed to create the world’s best play experiences, while opening up to new audiences that connect with its iconic brands in unforeseen ways—from ‘Transformers’ to ‘My Little Pony.’
33’25’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 736.6 MB
Current illustration/design/animation it-boy Jack Sachs introduces us to his trademark jumbled up faces and awkward shapes influenced by the pioneers of early CGI, shares some cruel details of his CV and frustrating job experiences, and gives valuable DIY tips on how to make your break through.
42’51’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 975.2MB
Kirsten Lepore, LA-based director and animator famed for her Emmy winning episode of ‘Adventure Time,’ talks about the joy and challenges of stop-motion, shiny butts and how to cope with loosing control over your own artistic work once it’s gone viral globally.
39’30’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 842.9 MB
Mate Steinforth, designer/director of former Psyop fame and creative director at Sehsucht Berlin, talks about creative challenges in times of Internet everywhere, FOMO and the absurd longing for more likes—all while keeping his business healthy and reserving time for private projects.
42’45’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 990.4 MB
Danish illustrator Louise Rosenkrands, formerly known as Miss Lotion, introduces her bright and playful depictions of sassy, confident women, leads us through her career, from street art to google stickers, and explains how she manages to juggle between motherhood and insane working hours while drawing peaches and eggplants.
30’35’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 667.7 MB
Nathalie Choux, renowned for her extremely successful and uplifting children’s books (with over 50 bestselling publications under her belt) takes the stage to reveal her surprisingly dark side—with beautifully delicate, fragile porcelain figurines of fractured woman, and intricate drawings of intimidatingly hairy animals.
36’45’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 830.6 MB
Where do ideas come from? Australian artist Nathan Jurevicius takes us on a journey through his sources of inspiration and chains of thinking, while guiding the audience through an awe-inspiring abundance of projects, from graphic novels, sculptures, pencil drawings, video games, specialty products—and soon a feature film.
40’13’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 923.5 MB
Peter Millard, celebrated independent filmmaker and animator from England’s Malvern Hills, leads us through the making of his rough-and-ready, jazz-inspired, hand-drawn animations. His films are chain reactions—joyful, unnerving, funny, loose and daft: a celebration of animation at its most anarchistic.
28’53’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 787.4 MB
Iranian artist Pooya Abbasian takes the stage to share his love for ancient Persian artefacts and symbology, talk about the challenges of a long-distance creative friendship, and examine the meaning of monsters in his work—a reoccurring motive throughout all his animation films, fine art and children books.
28’53’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 642.1 MB
Rob Flowers, illustrator from London with a bold, distinctive style defined by bubblegum colors, eccentric characters, and grotesque humor, gives a private tour of his ever growing toy memorabilia collection and shares references from LSD infused 70s kids adverts to creepy cryptology.
41’30’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 919.8 MB
Montreal based Samuel Boucher shows off his soft-edged, high-saturation worlds awash with mysterious characters, takes us on a live-tour through the puzzle-filled heads of his recently released ‘GNOG’ game and finishes things off with a surprise that brings the audience (and himself) to tears.
43’26’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 1 GB
In his spear time Sean Charmatz, former writer/director for ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ and current animation director for the LEGO Movie sequel, creates some of the Internet’s finest in contemporary animism under the label ‘The Secret World of Stuff.’ In his talk he examines how storytelling is the main driving force in the creation of sharable content.
37’57’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 821.3 MB
Animation director and illustrator Sophie Koko Gate takes the stage to expose the shiny butts and wonky abs of her neatly stripped down characters, pay tribute to Sally Cruikshank and sing a song about her spiritual journey towards animation!
34’32’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 740 MB
Shanghai-based visual artist Ton Mak introduces her Flabjacks series of cheerful, chubby creatures, all rounded off with an extra helping of love handles and chins. Finding an original artistic voice and how to deal with copyright violation are just two of the fields she explores in this talk.
28’13’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 930 MB
Ben Newman’s distinct aesthetic fusing bold shapes, bright colours and playful characters has been described as ‘bauhaus fuzzy felt.’ He spends most of his time collaborating on the ‚Professor Astro Cat’ children’s books with the scientist Dr Dominic Walliman.
33’00’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 682 MB
Jan De Coster grew up with a fascination for science and sci-fi, and soon started making interactive installations. In 2012 he was commissioned to build his first robot—and has continued to make robots ever since, exploring the boundaries of human-robot relations.
40’36’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 950 MB
Jim Avignon is an illustrator, painter and conceptual artist and a singular figure in the German contemporary art scene. His affordably priced art has found its way onto airplane wings, watches and the Berlin Wall. He has no agent, no gallery and no works for sale online.
41’13’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 950 MB
Martina Paukova studied politics in Slovakia before switching to design at the London College of Communication. As an illustrator Martina creates humorous images in a trademark sunny palette and Memphis-inspired patterns for an impressive list of clients.
41’14’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 995 MB
Visual artist and illustrator Merijn Hos is known for his chirpy characters and joyful, quirky illustrations. He divides his time between working as a commercial illustrator for clients such as Bose, Google, or The Guardian, and his own, very personal projects.
53’02’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 1.230 MB
In 2011 Mr Bingo started his project Hate Mail, where strangers paid him to send an offensive hand-drawn postcard to a name and address of their choice. Like much of his work, the project started as a drunken idea, but ended up in galleries and the global press.
PictoTalk: 39’52’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 887 MB
Wilfrid Wood is famed for his figurative sculptures: portraits of fictional personalities, famous people, friends, or strangers that he likes the look of – always getting as much character as possible out of the lump of clay he’s using.
30’01’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 597,9 MB
Andy Ristaino is a comic book author and Emmy Award winning character designer on Cartoon network’s ‘Adventure Time’. Inspired by nature – and mainly mushrooms – he spends his free time endlessly sketching and searching for new shapes and textures.
30’32’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 721,1 MB
Animalitoland is the creature populated world living inside Argentinean artist Graciela Goncalves’ head. While she works as a designer for animation and games, in her personal work, children and fantasy creatures pop out onto paper and murals.
33’40’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 616,4 MB
Loup Blaster is an animation film director from Calais in Northern France. Photography, piano-playing, cooking, singing, composing and myriad other activities all come naturally to this young multi-talented artist, whose work cannot be defined as any one style.
24’55’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 458,6 MB
Whimsical watercolours and over-the-edge, multicoloured magic are the trademark of illustrator Nadine Redlich. She is also the inventor of “ambient comics”, as she clearly demonstrates during her 15 minute hypnosis session. (Stage camera only)
36’09’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 699,2 MB
Nicolas Ménard is an animation director and graphic artist whose work is at the crossroads between moving image and printmaking. He communicates strong ideas with bold visuals, combining illustration and design in a poetic and conceptual approach.
22’36’’, 720p HD mov (H.264), 460,2 MB
Stefano Colferai is armed with a good sense of humour and his medium of choice: clay. He has established his own workflow, by starting with the plasticine moulding before moving towards the computer for final image enhancement. (Stage camera only)