Daniel Ebner (Austria)     (video >>)

Daniel is one of the co-founders of the  VIS - Vienna Independent Shorts festival, film journalist at the Austrian Press Agency, curator and co-producer of the short film reel 'Eleven Minutes'

Topic of his presentation: "Short, shorter, … independent …"

Austria and short films have a difficult relationship. On the one hand there's a long tradition of experimental work, which helped to establish the reputation of Austria as an innovative film country. On the other hand there was almost no platform for films with a running time under 30 minutes - until new festivals popped up during the last few years. A short history of a whole genre under the radar.

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Adnan Popovic  (Austria)     (video >>)

Born in Teslic in north-central Bosnia-Herzegovina Adnan moved to Austria in 2001 and studies conceptual art at the Academy of Fine Arts. His main interest is in animation and video- art, sound and the translation of sound into visual expression.

Topic of his presentation: "Artificial Synesthesia in Animation - Visual Music and Object Animation."

1st Example: Laokoongruppe:

Walzerkönig, Animated Music Video, AT 2009, 5 min

Working with x-sheets (What is an exposure-sheet, transformation of sounds in to x-sheets) - Recording setting: Light, camera, shooting

2nd Example: TINAMV 1,

Visual Music, AT 2011, 4 min

Preparation of the choreography for the objects (What sound moves what object? How will it move? Sound and space, drive of the music) - Synchronicity in each frame - Postproduction

3rd Example: Replacement animation - Short video example how motion picture can be linked to the sound - Collecting of objects for animation.

Phil Moran (UK)     (video >>)

Phil Moran started making films in 1995 when his mother gave him the family camcorder. His first film, Fake Diction, was a parody of Tarantino's hit Pulp Fiction, and although not a great movie, it was enough for Phil to be bitten by the film-making bug to keep going. For the next 18 years he developed his skills by making film after film - funded, unfunded, documentary, drama - and has had some measure of success by winning awards, obtaining distribution for films and most of all making a living (just barely). But what does success actually mean? This year, Phil is producing “The Laureate”, an $8m movie which has a star studded cast attached including Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean), Imogen Poots (A Solitary Man) and Kerry Condon (The Last Station).

Topic of his presentation: "So how do you know when you're successful in the film business?"

Chi-Sui Wang (Taiwan)     (video >>)

She is a successful painter and visual artist and currently lectures the subject of Multimedia in the School of Communications at Dublin City University. Her practice-led research interest focuses on the visual perception representing in the various visual media such as painting and animation. Her work has been disseminated through exhibitions, publications and through the establishment of networks internationally.

Topic of her presentation:

"Inbetween Seen and Unseen"

Bergson indicated that in order for memories to be formed, every actual present must be doubled by a coexisting virtual past moment. This concept could also explain for the phenomenon of persistence of vision in creating the illusions through deliberately manipulated “inbetween-ness” in temporal imagery works. Therefore in this presentation and studio practice project, I would like to elaborate the analogue system development and latest digital production technique in creating the inbetween-vision, in order to rethink the ontology of reality of moving picture as well as to reveal the evolvement and impact of visual perception in the digital era.

Michael Long (USA)     (video >>)

Since 1985 Michael Long has flown adeptly under the artistic radar, producing short animated films while founding and teaching various animation courses at Webster University in Missouri (USA). He also teaches fencing as a deceptive art, and enjoys the society of many clever and delightful magicians.

Topic of his presentation: "Illusions For Life: or, Why Animate For Fun--Not Necessarily Profit--in a Money-Mad World?"

What do animation, fencing, and magic have in common? All three activities involve learning to see, creating illusions for pleasure, and performing with technical means while simultaneously “forgetting” technique. This talk will celebrate ways that animators can stay creatively alive while facing fears of deadlines, critics, new technologies, etc. Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to bring small supplies of serendipity, trust, and wonder to use and share at appropriate times.