Croatian Tales of Long Ago

  1. Once upon a time, very long ago, there lived an old man with his three grandsons, in a glade in the middle of an ancient forest. One day the brothers went to the forest to collect honey, and they met Al-Rosy, who showed them all the things in the world and told them what's in store for them... But Rampogusto, the king of the forest Goblins, was there looking how to harm them.

    The author of this "rock and roll" adaptation of the classic Slavic fairy tale written in 1916 by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic is Nathan Jurevicius, well know Australian animator who became world famous because of his newest project "Scary Girl".

    From the project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago", award-winning and internationally praised collection of animated and interactive fairy tales, produced by "Bulaja naklada", Zagreb, Croatia.

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  2. "YAGOR" is one of the 8 animated stories from THE BEST AND MOST AWARDED CROATIAN ANIMATION & CROSS-MEDIA PROJECT - "CROATIAN TALES OF LONG AGO".
    The authors of this beutiful adaptation of the classic Slavic fairy tale written in 1916 by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic are Mirek and Polina Nisenbaum and Sabina Hahn, New York based artists - artbymobile.com/
    More about this project you can found at fairytales4you.net
    and you can e-mail main director and producer Helena Bulaja Madunic at helena@helenabulaja.net
    ABOUT the STORY by Mirek and Polina: I did the first-round sketches for the characters which Sabina developed and animated. Some of them, the character Yagor for example, were created from scratch. I had a different Yagor in my mind. Mirek was not satisfied with what I drew and Sabina’s boy was more alive and childish. Bagan was an easy one. His relative is very common in Russian folk-tales. When I read the story a few times, I started to imagine that Baba’s home was a volcano, then red sheep emerged and other characters followed. There were many mysterious powers in the story. Some of them were working against Yagor and some were helping him to survive. The story was dark but very vivid visually and it was very appealing to me. Mirek did a bit of everything, from watercolors, drawings, art-direction and storyboards to animation. I wonder now how he managed us to make this story!

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  3. "Regoch & Kosjenka" is one of the 8 animated stories from THE BEST AND MOST AWARDED CROATIAN ANIMATION & CROSS-MEDIA PROJECT - "CROATIAN TALES OF LONG AGO".
    The author of this adaptation of the classic Slavic fairy tale written in 1916 by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic is Helena Bulaja Madunic - established Croatian multimedia artist and director en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Bulaja
    To watch other cartoons from this project go here - Croatian Tales of Long Ago
    and you can e-mail main director and producer Helena Bulaja Madunic at helena@helenabulaja.net
    ABOUT the STORY by Helena: Every film has a director, and so does Regoch. Although the film is largely my creation, all the elements within it equally contributed to the development of my inspiration for the final cut. The work on Regoch was very complex and lasted four years! When I look back to it today, this was for me, in fact, a kind of personal study of animation, directing and editing. When I finally decided to do Regoch on my own, after an unsuccessful attempt to form a team in Croatia, I have to admit that I knew very little about directing, editing
    or animation. The decision came about in July 2003, by accident. One day, just like any other day, the mailman
    rang the bell and he gave me a nice little parcel from far away New York. It contained a CD with film music
    by Christian Biegai and a letter full of compliments and it all arrived in just the nick of time! The day before the parcel arrived, I was having a difficult time, wondering if I should try to find an international team for Regoch, after a series of failed attempts to create Kosjenka with Petar Grimani and Zvonimir Dusper between Zagreb and Split. But after I listened to Christian’s CD, it was just like something silently moved in my heart. I had a feeling that I saw Regoch and Kosjenka moving through their adventure. Even though they existed only in my head as “living people,” this was the first time that I really saw them together and the whole story suddenly became intimate to me. Frankly, at that moment, I had no idea how this adventure would end but I felt that I, of all people, with Christian’s help, needed to take them through the story together and give them a new life. The same day I sent Regoch to Christian, he replied to me even faster and started to compose. There was not much animation or illustration to see at that point, so the music was created primarily on the basis of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić’s original story. But, just as if he had always known this imaginary world, Christian created eight music stories in less than three weeks, flew to Berlin, and recorded them there in a studio. By September, the mailman delivered another CD to my door, this one with the original music composed for the final Regoch. Another three years went by in the creation of Legen, the underworld and the evil villagers. For some of those, Petar Grimani and I visited and filmed the actual locations, to make Brlić’s world come to life in them. There we also found Liljo and his friends. We caught the character Regoch on camera during an Amsterdam afternoon. Nuno Almeida, an architect from Portugal, became Regoch by accident when he tried to help my friend Ivana Muller in her quest for Kosjenka. Two years later, just as coincidentally as Christian became part of the project, Marijana Jelic, an illustrator from Zagreb, visited me and together, we managed to create this delicate, gentle and fickle fairy creature, Kosjenka. Through the following year she became acquainted with the world that we created for her and started to live there in July of 2006.
    And last but not least, i won award for this my first film in the middle of Hollywood at "Family FIlm Festival" at United Artist Studios! The trophy was given to me by daughters of Friz Freleng ... it was my first time in LA, totaly in style! ... ;) ... but I wasn' that much personally impressed with all that american way of doing things, as Iat that time it was just one more thing on my way to fly off for New Zealand in my search for Tesla ;)

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  4. "NEVA" is one of the 8 animated stories from THE BEST AND MOST AWARDED CROATIAN ANIMATION & CROSS-MEDIA PROJECT - "CROATIAN TALES OF LONG AGO".

    The author of this poetic adaptation of the classic Slavic fairy tale written in 1916 by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic is Edgar Beals, well know Canadian digital artist. edbeals.com/

    More about this project you can found at fairytales4you.net/
    and you can e-mail main director and producer Helena Bulaja Madunic at helena@helenabulaja.net

    ABOUT THE SOTRY by ED: Working on Neva was a strange and wonderful experience. I was approached by Helena Bulaja, an independent producer living in Zagreb, Croatia, in the spring of 2001. She was looking for Flash animators from around the world to create animated versions of stories by Ivana Brlić Mažuranić originally published in 1916. It seemed like such a crazy idea at the time, but Helena won me over with her enthusiasm. “I settled on the story Bridesman Sun and Bride Bridekins (Neva Nevičica). It was a strange and complicated story about a miller’s daughter and her reluctance to follow her destiny. My original attempt at the story was, more or less, a direct retelling of the original. It was rather bleak in tone and I soon realized that if I continued that way, it would end up being close to an hour long. Finally I scrapped the entire project and decided I either had to start again or drop out. Fortunately I started again. In the end I boiled the story down to a much simpler, straightforward narrative, and managed to tell the story in an 11-minute piece.

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  5. "Fisherman PLUNK and his Wife" is one of the 8 animated stories from THE BEST AND MOST AWARDED CROATIAN ANIMATION & CROSS-MEDIA PROJECT - "CROATIAN TALES OF LONG AGO".
    The author of this abstract and minimalistic adaptation of the classic Slavic fairy tale written in 1916 by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic is Laurence Arcadias, well know French director and animation teacher - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_Arcadias
    More about this project you can found at fairytales4you.net
    and you can e-mail main director and producer Helena Bulaja Madunic at helena@helenabulaja.net
    ABOUT the STORY by Laurence: “Because of the complexity of the story, I decided to animate as economically as possible. First, I threw away 10 pages, which was the wife’s journey. It was a tough decision but time was an issue and developing Plunk was plenty already. I found his “brutal” personality quite appealing as he grows along and goes through some redemption at the end. When I started to animate Plunk, I did the opposite of what I usually teach in my animation class. I started straight ahead on my computer with no storyboard. I read one line, animated one line, just playing with the surprise, for the better and for the worse. That’s why Plunk is so fat. Later on I realized that he was supposed to be skinny ... oops! All my characters are constructed with basic shapes. No hands, no eyes (except for the Dawn Maiden, who is the visionary character of the story). I use body language instead of facial expression to express feelings. The mouths belong to my friends around me. I like to “exploit” people who are meaningful to me in my films so that my characters become familiar and real. It turned out that it was not so economical as I thought to make it work, but I like the final effect even if it is a little “off” sometimes. For the props, I went shopping on the Internet, using GIF images from malls or digging into Google search. I find a lot of interesting things that way.”

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Croatian Tales of Long Ago

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THE BEST and MOST AWARDED Croatian ANIMATION & Cross-Media project.

- Adaptations of the fairy tales based on Slavic mythology, written in 1916 by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic.
- Winner of some of the most important animation and multimedia awards.
- Directed…


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THE BEST and MOST AWARDED Croatian ANIMATION & Cross-Media project.

- Adaptations of the fairy tales based on Slavic mythology, written in 1916 by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic.
- Winner of some of the most important animation and multimedia awards.
- Directed and produced by Helena Bulaja Madunić in collaboration with directors and their teams form all over the world - Laurence Arcadias, Nathan Jurevicius Al Keddie, Ed Beals, Mirek Nisembaum, Ellen McAuslan and Katrin Rothe.

More about this project you can found at fairytales4you.net/
and you can e-mail main director and producer Helena Bulaja Madunic at helena@helenabulaja.net

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