Daily archives: 05/09/2020

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PREY Jing Sun

SEAFF IV | Prey | Jing Sun

As an ancient eastern proverb described: “a mantis hunting the cicada unknowingly falls prey to the eyes of an oriole.”— the most vivid view of natural cycle in human societies is best seen through lens of karma on a microscopic scale.

Jing Sun is an animation director/animator based in Chengdu, China and Los Angeles. In 2018, she graduated from California State University Los Angeles where she is majoring in animation studies with a concentration in aesthetic animation shorts. Her interest in animation began during the last two years of her BFA study in Jilin Animation institute in China when she had the opportunities to cooperate with Dmitry Geller, a Russian independent animation director. Their animation shorts like I Saw Mice Burying A Cat won numerous awards all over the world, including the Grand Prix Festival, in Hiroshima, Japan,the Best Short Film in with “Golden Monkey” in China,and the Special Jury Prize with “Suzdal” in Russia. Inspired by this international cooperation, Jing went to the United States to pursue her MFA from 2014 to 2018. During the four yeas study, she has completed her first independent animation short, “The Old Man and The Pears” in 2016 and her thesis project “Prey” in 2018. Her goal is to continue to explore in the aesthetic areas of animation, to invent and explore more possibilities in visualization.

The Hole Will Kim

SEAFF IV | The Hole | Will Kim

“The Hole” is about a mother bird with a big hole in her heart, on a journey of searching for her baby son that fails to fly and accidentally falls into a hole. With an original sound track by Green Seo, Will Kim uses watercolor animation technique to reflect on his personal and universal experience of tragedy and despair. Will Kim is a Los Angeles based artist and filmmaker. Will currently teaches animation at Riverside City College where he directs Riverside City College Animation Showcase.

Will Kim received an MFA (’09) in Animation from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and a BFA (’07) in Character Animation from Cal Arts (California Institute of the Arts). Will also taught at CalArts, Community Arts Partnership and Sitka Fine Arts Camp as a media art instructor among several other institutions. Will has been serving as a judge for AniMazSpot Int. Animation Feedback Festival since 2017. Kim’s work has showed in over 100 international film/animation festivals and auditoriums including Directors Guild of America (DGA) Theater, Regal Cinemas, Academy of TV Arts and Sciences Theater, The Getty Center, Centre Pompidou Web Series, The USC Arts and Humanities Initiative, and Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego. Some of Kim’s works have been aired on TV throughout the world including SBS (South Korea’s National Television Network), Japanese National Television Networks, TBS (American Subscription Television Network).

Floatl Jan Luis Gottwald

SEAFF IV | Floatl | Jan Luis Gottwald

Floatl is a hybrid stop-motion animation made in Mexico City and Berlin. It combines analog materials with multilayered compositing of video and drawings. It is an audio-visual experience where we witness a realm of wonder, contemplation, moving textures and dissolving colors. In this imaginary aquatic world two characters meet and it ignites a poetic dialog between the two elements. Fire and water. Let it Floatl.

Jan Luis Gottwald was born in Poland. He studied animation for two years and is now studying Fine Arts at UdK Berlin. As his medium of expression he uses various techniques which he combines in hybrid stop motion animations. It is an alchemical amalgamation of painting animation, puppet animation, sculpture, real live video, green screen footage and object animation.

Wind Dana Sink

SEAFF IV | Wind | Dana Sink

WIND – An exploration of movement and meaning. “My work is a translation of how I experience the objects, people, and landscapes around me. While reinterpreting what I experience, I reference art history, experimental animation history and film history, with the goal of adding to the experimental arts while using the building blocks of our past.”

Dana Sink lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, daughter, two cats, and a dog. He creates allegorical animations that draw inspiration from the people and objects around him. His paintings, films, and animations have been seen in galleries and museums internationally. His achievements include several group and independent exhibitions and being featured in various articles and publications. His films have received recognition in several film and animation festivals and his work has been seen on MTV and MSNBC.