Buenos Aires‘ Juan Pablo Zaramella has been drawing since he was a child and, by the time that he was sixteen years old, he was already a working cartoonist. He studied to become an animation director at Instituto de Arte Cinematografico de Avellaneda and, after graduation, he began making his own films. This independent work, in turn, brought him enough recognition to result in getting advertising animation work and in directing commercials for high profile international clients. From the late 1990s to mid-2000s, Zaramella even held a position as an illustrator/graphist for the most widely distributed magazine in Argentina, Clarín, for which his work garnered several international awards from Society of News Design. Still, as new positions, responsibilities, and accolades continued to roll in, he has never ceased work on his own personal projects. In fact, Juan Pablo‘s film shorts have, arguably, become his greatest accomplishments, collectively yielding over 100 awards in their own right, worldwide. Among these achievements, Zaramella was selected for a 2008 Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase in Cannes and, in 2010, Annecy International Animation Festival presented a special program, showcasing all of his works. His most recent animated short, Luminaris, however, may be his most impressive yet. Read the rest of this entry →
Back in March, we posted a review about the Spike Jonze-created short film, “I’m Here“. The project, which is provided for free of charge on it’s own specially designed website, focuses on the love connection between a pair of robots, inhabiting some alternate version of Los Angeles. Of course, there are underlying elements in the film which are much deeper than that. The complexities of love, self-worth, social hierarchies, risk, trust, and even life itself are all explored throughout its half hour running time.
After reviewing the film we got a few comments, all relating to the soundtrack which accompanied the piece. For those who haven’t read that last article about the project, the following excerpt should bring you a little more up to speed on the subject. Read the rest of this entry →
The name “Spike Jonze” can immediately evoke a number of connections and, depending on your particular frame of reference, they can vary quite a bit. “That’s the dude dancing in that Fatboy Slim video, right?“ “Wasn’t he married to Sophia Coppola?“ “He’s a skateboard photographer, isn’t he?“ The answer to all of these questions is “YES” but, these days, Adam Spiegel (as he was born) is probably best known for his film work. Jonze began with a history in the BMX and skateboarding worlds, even holding positions as a major photographer for both Freestylin’ and Transworld Skateboarding magazines. These roots aided in Spike‘s smooth transition into the filming of street skate videos, the co-founding of Girl Skateboards, and in producing/co-creating Jackass (both on TV and the films). He is also an accomplished commercial and video director, having been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for “Outstanding Achievement in Commercials in 2005” and directing such music video classics as Pavement‘s “Shady Lane“, Sonic Youth‘s “100%” (starring himself and Jason Lee), “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys, “Feel the Pain” – Dinosaur Jr., and Weezer‘s “Buddy Holly“. He has produced, written, and even appeared in a few films, but Jonze truly became a household name in 1999 after the breakthrough success of Being John Malkovich. Having only directed a total of 3 and with a 7 year gap before the release of his most recent, it may seem odd that he would be primarily acknowledged as a feature film director and that it could overshadow his previous efforts. However, these few films have been incredibly successful. Being John Malkovich and 2002‘s Adaption (both written by Charlie Kaufman) were honored with Oscar Nominations and last years Where the Wild Things Are has already already begun to collect numerous award nominations of it’s own. Fortunately, while the latter film was in the making for nearly a decade, Jonze remained active in other projects and has even reconnected with the art of the short film. Last Friday (March, 19th) one such short by the name of I’m Here was released for free on the internet. Read the rest of this entry →