IAMD Alumna Iveta Karpathyova introducing her Thesis, “Phases of Dance,” via CBCArts

 IAMD Alumna Iveta Karpathyova introducing MDes Thesis, “Phases of Dance,” via @CBCArts
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:30pm

‘Phases of Dance’ reveals what’s going through a dancer’s mind, highlighting the motions audiences overlook

Leah Collins · CBC Arts · December 6

“This isn’t the typical way to watch dance, and it’s not the typical way of animating it either.

Iveta Karpathyova is the Toronto artist behind the two short films we’ll be airing on this week’s episode of CBC Arts: Exhbitionists, “Phases of Dance” (2017) and “Bachata Dance: Te Vas” (2016).

She’s an animator, and she’s also a dancer. That’s actually her in “Phases of Dance” — swaying with dance partner Pavlo Farmakidis — and she brings her perspective on both art forms to the videos you’re about to watch.”

For full article, visit: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/this-animated-film-will-give-you-a-new-appreciation-for-dance-1.4436080

For more information about the artist, visit: http://www.ivetaka.com/

"Phases of Dance" is a 2D-animated film composed of approximately 2,100 individual drawings.

Produced in four months, the film documents embodied technique of bachata through rotoscoping. Using real-life footage as a base for animation, the four-month production began with a dance choreography by Pavlo Farmakidis and filming of a bachata sequence performed by Farmakidis and Karpathyova.

Hand-drawn in two months at approx. 100 drawings per day, the 3min 40sec animation is also a documentation of Iveta's technique in traditional animation as she drew sequentially on a daily basis and the chronological order (date timeline on bottom left) of each frame (frame count on bottom right) represents her progress in drawing, painting, and understanding of motion.

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Philippe Blanchard

Currently Chair of Integrated Media and Digital Painting & Expanded Animation (DPXA), Philippe Blanchard is a Toronto-based artist, animator and teacher. His diverse creative background (film production, digital visual effects, studio arts) has informed an interdisciplinary practice combining animation, installation, light shows, drawing, painting and printmaking.

Luke Painter

Luke Painter is an artist working in Toronto. Recent exhibitions of his work include: Modern Wand at Cambridge Galleries (solo 2017), The Teasers and the Tormentors at Galerie Clark in Montreal (solo 2016), Ways of Something at the Whitney Museum of American Art (group 2016) and Five Years of Contemporary Canadian Drawing at the Sudbury Art Gallery (group 2016). Luke has been recently nominated in 2018 for the K.M.

Jean-Christian Knaff

Jean-Christian Knaff lives and works in Toronto where he has founded with his wife Claude Miceli, their own company, Knaff and Miceli. He teaches illustration at the Ontario College of Art & Design, where he is Chair of First-Year, Design. Knaff's animation, The Wild, Wild Circus Company was nominated for the Nicktoons Animation Festival in the US and is currently aired on the YTV network in Canada. He won the UNICEF award at Annecy International Animation Film Festival and a gold medal at the New York International Animation Film Festival.

IAMD Faculty Highlight: Philippe Blanchard

Dream House, Expanded animation installation: Metal frame, machine-knit textiles, strobe lights – loop (20:00), 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 2:30pm

Philippe Blanchard, Graduate Faculty in the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program and Chair of Media and Installation in the Faculty of Art, has work in The Frame is the Keyframe: Frame Anomalies, an exhibition that runs until December 16 at the Toronto Animated Image Society. This exhibition includes "new experimental and installative works exploring frame anomalies as a new frontier within animated art making."

Blachard's work on display is Dream House, an expanded animation installation. "Inspired by the informal architecture of Mexico City market stalls, Dream House consists of machine-knit and tufted hand dyed cotton yarn, stretched on metal structures. Blanchard reiterates his use of computer-controlled light and pigment to generate the illusion of movement in expanded animation installations. Playing with the chromatic building blocks of computer graphics—red, green and blue—this piece uses MIDI data to establish the “in-betweens” interpolating between these primary colour “keyframes”, the cycle generating a sense of motion in depth as layers of coloured yarn are hidden and revealed in turn." More information about the exhibition can be found on the TAIS website: http://tais.ca/anomalies-philippe

To hear more about Blanchard's work, and his experience as a former student in the IAMD program (MFA 2010), check out this video online: https://vimeo.com/157302635

 

For more informatio on the IAMD Program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/art-media-design-masters.htm

Advice for young animators

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Efehan Elbi is a graduate of OCAD U’s Integrated Media program. He’s an artist and award-winning animator. We caught up with him to chat about his work.

Congrats again on winning Best Animation at the Beverly Hills Film Festival for Rainfall last fall! What have you been up to since then?

Thank you! That was an unexpected joy. Ever since then it’s been about spreading the word and keeping the festival submissions going. The star of Rainfall, Jessica, is one of my main characters, so I’ve (actually, she has) been sorting out where her story goes next.

I tabled at TCAF this year, which is always wonderful, and with our collective Family Contact (my constant collaborators Zak Tatham and Aaron Manczyk, both also OCAD U alums) we screened a ridiculous sci fi-romp feature called Space Breakers at the WTFilm Fest.

I’m a little too interdisciplinary sometimes, so there’s also been poetry, writing and music. And of course day work with Sinking Ship, animating for a CBC show called Bookaboo!

Rainfall

Why do you love animation? What’s it like when something you’ve been working on comes to life?

Animating is so weird, crafting motions for weeks and months (in the case of Rainfall, years). When it finally comes together, and actually tells a story running at full speed — ideally on a theatre screen so I can strictly no longer tinker and edit (because it really is hard to let go) — it is the most amazing thing .

I think animation is a very unique medium. It gives us a chance to tell a visual story filtered entirely through the lens of the artist. There are so many ways to approach any idea or action, so many technologies (or lack thereof) and all of them are changing and shifting year by year. I think I most love that animation can convey life experiences and stories without the burden of physical specificity.

How do you get your work out there? What’s your best advice for young animators just starting out?

I would say: finish it. Finish the thing. Whatever it is, however long, even if it is just a super-rad gif that you’re posting on tumblr, FINISH IT. Because of the minutiae, it’s so easy to get lost in tweaks and the creeping feeling that the work isn’t good enough (the Internet is bad for this). It’s great, call it done. And if it isn’t, finish it, listen to the criticism as best you can, and make another one. This is one of the best things I learned at OCAD U.

Also, love the people around you who make you persevere.  It’s hard to keep creating regularly. The people who do are precious beyond measure, because we keep each other going. Even if you work in the industry and create every day, I truly feel that the passion projects are what glow in the end.

For getting the work out, don’t be afraid to share and forward your work to everyone! The Internet is great for this. Get your animations and demo reels online. My own biggest challenge is trying to promote while also staying creative, because I find the two are such wildly different ways of being.

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Faculty member and student win international motion art awards

Image from Rube Goldberg Machine Created by Unfortunate Mishaps
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD University received recognition in both the professional and student categories of the American Illustration-American Photography International Motion Art Awards.

Jon Todd, an OCAD U assistant professor in Illustration, won in the Animation – Illustration category for a stop motion animation called I am me created for McGill University Mental Health Service.

McGill University approached the animation studio Thought Café to create a video based on a series of monologues and poems written and recorded by students affected with mental health issues. The studio collaborated with Jon Todd to paint a portrait of the student with visual elements to colour her monologue. The goal of the project is to spread mental health awareness and education.

Third-year Illustration student Andrea Heisz received a student award for her gif, Rube Goldberg Machine Created by Unfortunate Mishaps.

This is the fourth edition of the International Motion Art Awards, which celebrate photographers, illustrators and designers who make their work move in all media.

 

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Evan Tapper receives OAC grant to create animated bio of John Hirsch

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 2:45pm

Continuing Studies Manager Evan Tapper has received an Ontario Arts Council grant to create My Dybbuk, an experimental animated documentary. The project will tell the incredible life story of the late Canadian theatre legend John Hirsch through hand-drawn rotoscope animation. In 1973, Hirsch directed The Dybbuk at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, a play based on Jewish folklore. The animation echoes the supernatural narrative structure of the play where the ghost of John Hirsch suddenly appears to Evan, 41 years later to inspire a new generation of artists.

Evan Tapper receives OAC grant to create animated bio of John Hirsch

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 4:00am

Continuing Studies Manager Evan Tapper has received an Ontario Arts Council grant to create My Dybbuk, an experimental animated documentary. The project will tell the incredible life story of the late Canadian theatre legend John Hirsch through hand-drawn rotoscope animation. In 1973, Hirsch directed The Dybbuk at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, a play based on Jewish folklore. The animation echoes the supernatural narrative structure of the play where the ghost of John Hirsch suddenly appears to Evan, 41 years later to inspire a new generation of artists.