Isabela Dos Santos makes critters out of stationery materials, eats what some might say too many gummy bears, and creates animations. She began animating in 2009, teaching herself the art form in her spare time while still a high school student who was nerdy about english, physics, and math. She is now a 2011 YoungArts Silver Award winner in Cinematic Arts and a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Isabela works often with stop motion, for which she makes and moves some very very very small things. She also focuses her efforts on interdisciplinary performances through YoungArts and her own projects, and has a particular obsession with dance and animation. Isabela's first-year short at CalArts, a dance/animation film entitled "i", was a regional finalist for the Student Academy Awards.
Recently, Isabela also collaborated with the wonderful choreographer Camille A. Brown for Ms. Brown’s new work, “Mr. TOL E. RAncE,” which has been making its debut throughout the U.S. in 2012/2013.
Isabela was born in Brazil but has been living in South Florida since 2000. She is studying Experimental Animation (BFA) at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and will graduate in the summer of 2014.
Her work has been featured in several places and events, including:
Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.)
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.)
Affirmation Arts Gallery (New York, NY)
Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York, NY)
The Gusman Center (Miami, FL)
Stephen J. Ross Theater at Warner Bros. Studios (Burbank, CA)
The Colburn School (Los Angeles, CA)
The New World Symphony Center (Miami, FL)
A Town Called Panic DVD special features
Kate Nash official website and YouTube page
National Film Festival for the Talented Youth (NFFTY) (Seattle, WA)
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education (Washington, D.C.)
2011 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Berkshires, MA)
The Joyce Theater (New York, NY)
Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (MA)
interfilm Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
She hopes you enjoy her animations and keep her posted on where to find the best gummy bears.