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Xavier Dolan wins Jutra

Xavier Dolan won Jutra for Best film, for his film “I killed my mother”. I’m happy for him. He gave a smart speach at the gala. He is a guy, who represents the true spirit of indipendent cinema, + that he is an “enfant prodige”. As Lipsett was. There were many questions from people, when I decided to ask him to narrate Lipsett in my film, in both languages- But why Xavier Dolan? I think it was the ONLY choice. Never had any doubt about it. He didn’t have to perform. He was himself.

“Lipsett…” in Melbourne animation festival

After Annecy, Zagreb, Melbourne animation festival added “Lipsett diaries” for his line-up. I’m happy, the film seems will be seen from more people. This is what counts, this is what makes me happy. So people react to it (hate it, or like it, doesn’t matter – the important thing is  the emotions, and the reactions) I don’t do films to be liked. I do them to evoke emotions, and reactions.

Les Journaux de Lipsett

And now, the official trailer for “Lipsett diaries”.  The world premiere :

Annecy, 7-12 of June ( actually, Zagreb -1-7 June, as this year it comes first ).

Lipsett diaries

So, “Lipsett diaries” starts his life. It is selected in the competition program of Annecy International animation festival. 7-12 June. Needless to say, I’m happy. Being in a big and important festival as Annecy, doesn’t make the film better, but helps so the film is seen by more people. Which means more reactions. Isn’t it what we work for?

Happy 10th Birthday, Mortadellatv!

I wouldn’t bother to mention this, if it was not 10th anniversary. Sounds scary. 10 Years ago, I decided to start a personal experimental site, aimed to host my little experiments with a cool software I was learning at the time, called Flash. The first ever “film” (haha, film) was “Aurora”. It was an exercise with the software. Posted it on, after that got invitation (paid!, good old times) to post it in a new site, hosted by Wired. It was something like Animation express, or something. I went there, and was horrified from the quality of the other so called “films”. So I refused, and instead registered Mortadellatv, and put Aurora there together with some “interactive” art – how  I hate this word, but it was trendy at this time to make interactive things (see them bellow). It sounds like the cheap Italian meat, but it came from the Utopian at the time idea, that one day web will kill the TV, and every person (artist or not)  will make his own channel, and it will substitute the advertising stupid walls in our homes. You Tube didn’t exist, not to mention Vimeo. I needed a site, where I can finally start again “showing” animated films, and motion graphics.

The first site was posted on 17th of March, 2000.  In the first few weeks I had…7 visits, haha. Continued making my “hobby” exercises, with an only goal – to learn better the software, cause I was working in my day job making “Flash” fashion sites. MTDTV was my escape. And this “escape” opened me the door to NFB. The design that is now was not changed since 2004, it is the 3rd ver. of the site. It won many awards during those Years…

Now, I stopped updating it, I just post now links to my films on other sites.  There are more sites that the film can be posted, and interactivity is very, very borring (as a guru in a usability conference was pointing Years ago – Why should You ask the users to do Your job, click with the mouse there and here, interact whit the site, answer questions, when the only thing that he wants coming to Your site is – to be informed, to buy, sell, or be entertained – as fast as possible. Interactivity is not Entertainement, it is a work – and the people don’t like to work!

May be I have to kill the site, but I feel so connected, and sentimental about it. And it still gathers 5 000 unique visitors every month, more than this site…Why? The people are watching a film. My most successful up to date. Which one? Walking on by, my last “true indy” before NFB, haha. This is what the people wants to watch! I updated the film to Youtube, hopping to remove the traffic. No way – the same. As a guy wrote me Years ago. “My little daughter grew with this film. For Years, she didn’t want to go to bed, if she didn’t watch “Walking on by…” before…

But Isn’t it the reason to make films, BTW?

The people are strange. Not sure I’ll  ever understand them.

“Playback” cover

“Drux Flux” made “Playback” magazine February cover. Art meets technology. Sounds good to me, I believe in it.

the life is worth saving

It is not just another suicide. There are too many people around me, around us, who commits suicide, who passed away.

She cried after seeing the film.  Now  I know.  I want to stop the film being shown.

I didn’t want to do this film. The film wanted me to do it. It is an excuse.

I know, now, that the suicide is not an exit, it is not a solution.

Keep that bird, boy!

Lip-synch the life

I rarely write about other works on my site. But yesterday I saw a piece of art, that deeply moved me, and I must say – is a real inspiration for me, evoking some really dramatically decisions, may be. I always loved the theater, more than everything. I started with the theater, studied theater, was making posters for the theater. It seems to be my destiny, to love this art form. But after I saw yesterday Robert Lepage 9 hours LIPSYNCH, I know for sure, that this is one of most powerful and deep experiences and feelings, I’ve ever had. It started, that I cried after the first 10 min. It ended crying at the end. At the middle I’ve laughed as hell. It was thought provoking, deep, intense experience. It passed as a 5 min adrenalin booster.
This tale for the voice, the lack of the voice, and imitated, synchronized voice behind the life, is a smashing achievement for the contemporary theater. I think it has the impact of Brook’s Mahabharata, but goes further. It tells the stories of 9 people, lip-sinchronised in their desperate essay to understand their life, to remember it, and to hear their inner and true voices. And the voices, the true voices, and the words, and the accents, can change everything, not because they are meaningful, but because behind each voice stays an unique human, and the language is nothing but vowels, and syllables. It is a music, that we think understand, but are often mistaken (one of the monologues in the play stated after hearing that he cannot be understood in his own country by his greek secretary – “My bloody Scotish accent, ea? What about Your accent, Greek girl? What about all those polishes, roumanians, EastEuropeans in my city? ” Even the italians are gone,from their pizzarias, at least we understood them! Nobody speeks English in London anymore! I have to pass a crash course on Serbo-croation, if I want to order a capuchino at the coffee on the corner. It become a Disney world of the planet, my city!”
It is not the language, my friends. The world has changed, and our brains. It is the music of Your voice that is important.
The music of the silence is the only one that counts, when we love and hate.
Abfiejhafjsal ajikhadso mucho amourekos!

Lipsett diaries poster

Sometimes I question myself – Why do I like doing animated films? And the answer often is – To create the posters for my own films. There is nothing more satisfactory in therms of “design:client” relation aspect as  to work for myself.
The most important part of a film is … his poster. Only the good films have good posters. But sometimes behind some good posters are hidden bad films. Not so often, though…
So, just now I consider the film finished. That’s it.

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