Festival of Digital Creativity
Digital Exchange Croatia - DECro01
October 8-10, 2003, MM Centar, SC - Savska 25, Zagreb
Festival director: Zvonimir Bulaja
Program director: Helena Bulaja
Festival Coordinators: Maja Cvetkovic / Jolanda Bulaja
Technical co-ordinators: Josip Madunic / Ivan Mandic
Phone: 0800 BULAJA (0800 28 52 52) (toll free), +385-1-485-1170
From October 8-10, for the first time this year, there would be a three-day
satellite program, organized by "Bulaja Naklada" as a part of
the 1st Zagreb Film Festival, about digital technologies, the Internet,
digital movies and illustration. We invite you, during breaks of numerous
movie projections, to take part in very interesting panels, discussions
and round tables about animated film and digital illustration, with special
emphasis on Flash animation and multimedia; about the Internet as a communication
and distribution medium; about relations between digital and classic technologies
in the creation of animation, about international co-productions, etc.
The program will be led by a handful of international panelists, most
of them authors and collaborators on the well-known and internationally
recognized animation project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago". Also,
Croatian creative forces, authors of internationally successful Croatian
Internet projects, will present their work.
Special guest star of our program will be Joshua Davis, by many opinions the biggest name in Web design today.
The event program will be divided into two parts: morning workshops and
afternoon presentations and panels.
MORNING PROGRAM 10 AM - 14 PM
THREE-DAY WORKSHOP - FLASH MX PROGRAMMING
October 8, 9 and 10, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
The workshop will be led by Glyn Thomas from North Carolina, a Flash developer with a focus on games and 3D effects (www.thomasglyn.com)
- Day 1 - Programming Interactivity
- Day 2 - Programming Games
- Day 3 - Programming 3D
ANIMATED FILMS - AUTHOR'S APPROACH
October 8 and 9, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
This panel will be led by well-known animators who contributed to
the international project "Croatian Tales" produced by Bulaja
naklada (www.bulaja.com/fairytales), that consists of eight animated/interactive stories, games and cartoons inspired by the famous fairytale book written in 1916 by Ivana Brlic Ma˛uranic, who was called "Slavic Tolkien" and "Croatian Andersen", and was a candidate for the Nobel's Prize. The whole project was made in Macromedia Flash. The project editor in chief, Helena Bulaja, gathered together seven teams of animators, illustrators, musicians, actors, translators, programmers etc. from different parts of the world and different traditions: from the US, Canada, Scotland, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Russia, France etc, and the eight team was formed in Croatia. The result was an exciting adventure, because artists from different backgrounds, who were not familiar with Ma˛uranic's work and Croatia at all, and who never met each other in 'real' life before, made completely new interpretations of those beautiful fairytales. "Croatian Tales" project was awarded on many international festivals (FlashForward, FlashintheCan, Net Festival Rio de Janeiro, Annecy, Ottawa, Montreux, Seoul...)
Three one-hour panels will focus on different ways of using computers in
the process of creating animation. Differences and similarities in animation
made with classic and digital technologies, the impact of computers on
modern animation aesthetic, using Flash for creating interactivity and
animation, same problems - different approaches, these are some of the
topics that these presentations and panels will try to address.
October 8th, 10-11 AM
October 9th, 10-11 AM
- Ellen McAuslan, UK (www.rubberfish.com)
- author of the interactive story "Brother Jaglenac and sister Rutvica"
October 10th, 10-11 AM
HUMANIMATION: THE ART OF PIXILATION
October 8, 11:00-12:00 AM
Michael's film "The Projectionists" will screen at ZFF opening. The topic of his panel, that has the same as one of his recent films, is an exploration and illustration of the live-action animation technique called Pixilation. This fascinating and rare in-camera technique was pioneered by Norman McLaren in 1952, and illuminated by filmmakers such as Alex Proyas, The Bolex Brothers and Michael Bates himself.
October 9, 11:00-12:00 AM
Digital technology also revolutionized the creation of music. What was
previously possible only with expensive equipment, now anyone with enough
talent and impulse can do at home. Is this really so?
Two composers from diametrically opposed fields: the classic composer
of film music Christian Biegai from Berlin, Germany, who during his career
had an opportunity to work with famous composer Michael Nyman and who
is the composer for the animated story "Reygoch" in "Croatian
Tales" project, and Zvonimir Dusper, one of the most famous Croatian
DJs, composer and producer of electronic music, organizer of Kontrapunkt
Music Festival in Zagreb.
October 10, 11:00-12:00 AM
This panel will focus on vector graphics, vector illustration software,
demands for such work in Croatian and foreign markets. Ratko Gregor Jagodic
will speak about the situation with Web design in Croatia, and about the
question is it possible - and how - to make a living with Web design here.
He will also present his "Kiosk Dizajn studio".
eDIT | VES FESTIVAL - www.edit-ves.com
AFTERNOON PRESENTATIONS, 4 - 7:30 PM
CROATIAN TALES OF LONG AGO - http://www.bulaja.com/fairytales/
October 8, 5:00 PM
Moderators: Jurica Pavicic and Helena Bulaja
Panelists: Laurence Arcadias, Sabina Hahn, Ellen McAuslan, Christian Biegai, Petar Grimani
The will afternoon will show the round table with all the editors and animators from "Croatian Tales" project that will be present at the festival. The discussion will be moderated by Jurica Pavicic, film critic from the leading Croatian daily newspaper 'Jutarnji list', and Helena Bulaja, the project producer. The issues discussed will include international co-productions and multicultural multimedia content creation experience on the Internet, the idea of digital book, advantages of using the Internet in creative teamwork etc.
There will also be the premiere showing of new films from "Croatian
Tales" project - "Fisherman Plunk", directed by Laurence
Arcadias, and "Yagor", made by Mirek Nisenbaum and Sbina Hahn
from the New York-based studio ArtByMobile.
October 9, 4:00 PM
Panelist: Rolf Krämer, Germany
Rolf will present eDIT | VES festival (The European Festival for Production and Visual Effects). He is the festival program director. This year's festival was held in Frankfurt from September 28-30 for the 6th time, and gathered together professionals in VFX, CGI, digital film distribution, TV production, computer games, Web design etc. The central focus of all the events this year was " The Art of Storytelling in the Digital Age".
FLASH TV - www.flashtv.com
October 9, 5:30 PM
Panelist: Nicholas da Silva, USA
On the first day of afternoon presentations, Nicholas da Silva, founder
and spiritus movens of the famous Flash animation community site "I
Want My FlashTV" (www.flashtv.com)
will discuss the Interent as a medium for distribution and showcasing
of animation, the future of Flash animations and sites of this kind, his
plans about founding new TV network for showing independent animation
production and other topics. Da Silva will also present the 10 best animated
films made in Flash from his "FlashTV" Web site.
ROOTYLICIOUS - www.rootylicious.com
October 10, 4:00 PM
Panelists: Vinko Pelicaric i Mile Modic, Hrvatska
Finally, the third day is reserved for local brainpower, one of the few
examples of international success in this field in Croatia. Flash masters
Vinko Pelicaric and Mile Modic from studio Rootylicious based in Split,
winners of a number of international recognitions (FlashForward finalists,
three times Favourite Website Award etc.) will speak about their experience
of working for clients from abroad, mostly from the music industry and
entertainment (Plot Dev, Bad Boy Records, Puf Daddy and others).
JOSHUA DAVIS: "FLOW and Dynamic Abstraction"
October 10, 5:00 PM
Panelist:Joshua Davis, USA
"Fundamentally, art/design has been taught as very static process - executing style/method and arriving at an end result.
In my own work, the end result is never static; every composition generated by the programs I write is unique to itself, like a snowflake, making room for as many anomalies as possible. I program the "brushes," the "paints," the "strokes," the rules and the boundaries. However it is the machine that creates the composition; the programs draw themselves. I am in a constant state of surprise and discovery - because the program may structure compositions that I may never have thought of to execute or take me hours to create manually."
Joshua Davis will be presenting the "Flow / Dynamic Abstraction" Lectures as well as showcasing Information and demos on his studios "VVS.1" and "VVS.2" software (Vector Video Suite) which processes video with custom vectors (see www.joshuadavis.com "projects", "broadcast" for details).
At the end of the program there will be a prize contest with gifts from our sponsors, for all who attended and filled the form at the venue. The main prize is new version of Macromedia Flash MX 2004, a gift from Finder, authorized Macromedia dealer in Croatia (www.finder.hr). Prizes will be given only to those who are present at the drawing, so this is another reason not to miss Joshua Davis' presentation! propustite prezentaciju Joshue Davisa!
The premiere issue of the festival Digital Exchange Croatia is completely
open for the public, and admittance to all events is free. The festival
will be held on October 8-10, in MM Centar, Studentski Centar, Zagreb,
More information about the Zagreb Film Festival is available on the festival Web
(www.zagrebfilmfestival.com), and about Digital Exchange Croatia on the official Website of the event (www.bulaja.com/decro01), e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org, and on phone numbers 0800-285252 (toll free) or +385-1-485-1170.