The Drawing Room

  1. The Story
    The film follows the journey of "You" (the main character), a 3rd-tier technical writer who dreams of one day being a product designer. Working after hours, he creates a fantastic new product. When he presents his product to his employers, they inform him that it's up to him to create an advertising campaign for the product - an advertising campaign that must be animated. This poses a problem for "you" - he knows very little about animation, and is instantly filled with doubts, and thus his future hangs in the balance. This is where our friendly narrator steps in, to guide "you" through the process of making an animated film. Step by step, our hero's anxiety and doubts are put to rest, and in the end, he is triumphant!

    The Production
    The Story of Animation came about as a solution to a problem: The Animation Workshop, an animation school in Viborg, Denmark, had been graduating a great number of incredibly qualified animators, animation producers, and CG artists over the past 10 years. These artists had been forming small companies and beginning to produce fantastic work. The problem was not with the studios, or the quality of work they were producing, but rather with the clients: Most of them seemed to believe that animation was a simple, uncomplicated process, and were often disappointed to learn that there were very specific stages in the animation process that required their participation (and finances). It's almost as if they believed that creating animation was as simple as pitching an idea, and then sitting back while a couple of animators with pencil and paper goofed off, told jokes, and drank copious amounts of coffee until "wallah"! the animation was finished! Furthermore, they seemed to think that there would be no difference in cost between an animated film created in flash, 2D, stop motion, cut-out, motion graphics, or fully rendered Pixar-style 3D animation! At the time Morten Thorning, Director of the Animation Workshop approached me with the idea for the film, I was experiencing similar problems with a client in Copenhagen. In fact, I'd just spent several days creating a presentation about the benefits of using animation for an environmental messaging campaign. I was tasked with convincing a panel of scientists, sociologists, environmental activists, and architects how animation could be used to create positive, engaging, and entertaining content for environmental action messaging - no small feat!

    The Team
    After talking things over with Morten, it was decided that I would write and direct the project, which would be produced by Claus Toksvig of The Animation Hub, and animated at Tumblehead Studios. Tumblehead, led by Magnus Moller, did an amazing job on the film, assembling a team of character designers, animators, storyboard artists, and background artists (all graduates or current students of the Animation Workshop). Tumblehead saw the entire process through, from concept to post-production. The narrator was voiced by the awesome Richard Spiegel, and the sound design and score created by Mark Menza, whose many credits include sound designer and composer for "The Jimmy Neutron Show". Additional support was provided by Thomas Ahlmark (a veteran of many Animation Workshop productions).

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  2. So, at last I can proudly present the full version of my debut - a videoclip for a song "Pożegnanie Małego Wojownika" ("A Farewell to a Little Warrior"). Enjoy!

    Prizes awarded:

    - I Prize in the Category of Multimedia, X International Students' Graphic Design Biennale, AGRAFA 2012, Katowice;

    - Participation in "Polish Animation Panorama", OFAFA 2012, Cracow.

    - YACH for the best animated videoclip, 21. YACH FILM FESTIVAL

    Also took participation in endyear's students' exhibition on Mainz University, Germany.

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  3. Written, directed and animated by David López.
    Award-winning Royal College of Art graduation film.
    Official competition at BFI London, Clermont-Ferrand and Chicago Int. Film Festival amongst many others. Winner of the prestigious Lotte Reiniger Award at Stuttgart International Animation Festival.

    Escrito, dirigido y animado por David López.
    Multipremiado film de graduación del Royal College of Art de Londres.
    Competición oficial en BFI Londres, Clermont-Ferrand y el Festival Internacional de Chicago, entre muchos otros. Ganador del prestigioso Lotte Reiniger Award en el Festival Internacional de Animación de Stuttgart.

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    Cortometraje de animación / animated short film

    Dirección / Direction: Santiago 'Bou' Grasso
    Idea: Patricio Plaza
    Animación / Animation: Santiago 'Bou' Grasso / Patricio Plaza
    Diseño de títulos / Titles design: Natalia Acosta
    Productora / Production company: Opusbou

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  5. In collaboration with the Willem de Kooning Academy, The Drawing Room and KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival we made a few infomercials to help the Mopti Foundation in Mali. They are doing great work over there and we support this cause.

    This one is directed by: Jordi Jansse

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