PICTOPLASMA NEWSLETTER / MAY 2007
Summer has come early in Berlin, and we are slowly awakening from our inevitable post-conference blues. Once again, it was a wonderful yet demanding experience to welcome the global character family in Berlin.
After a short break we're again brimming with new plans and buzzing with ideas that will hopefully keep you coming back for more. During the next few months we'll go on tour with special Pictoplasma exhibitions, animation programs and lectures in the Americas and Europe. Beside a "Best of Characters in Motion" screening-tour through Brazil, we'll be presenting our animation compilation at the MUTEK festival in Montreal, Canada and at the PLATFORM International Animation Festival in Portland, USA. If you can't make it to Berlin, we'll just have to come to you. Further dates will be announced soon - so keep an eye on our future tour route:
Additionally, to shorten the wait until the next big Pictoplasma gathering in 2008, we're putting together the 2nd Pictoplasma Animation Festival, lovingly referred to as the little bastard sibling of the biennial Pictoplasma Conference.
Please reserve some time between the 23rd and 25th of November 2007 for a 2.5-day celebration of outstanding character design in animation, motion graphics and music visuals, with screenings, artist presentations, lectures and parties, once again most generously hosted by the Cinema Babylon Mitte in Berlin.
Most importantly, we need your help in our search for fresh and convincing characters out there in the world of moving images! If you have some high-grade character designs in animation, music visuals or motion graphics up your sleeve, please don't hesitate to share them with us. Deadline for submissions is the 1st of August 2007. For all details, requirements and a downloadable entry form see:
And finally, for all of you who haven't noticed, we'd like to use this occasion to point out our latest character art compilation, the massive, leather-bound volume titled "The Character Encyclopaedia". The brand new 396-page publication is now available worldwide through our distribution partner Actar-D and showcases the latest work by over 200 international artists, designers and newcomers. For the first time we have decided we couldn't care less about technique, tools or style, and we have courageously grouped the work as independent life-forms in an evolutionary system of its own right. By sorting, clustering, cross-referencing and inter-linking the creations of a vast scene of artists, the Encyclopaedia offers a unique cartography of the youngest generations that populate our beloved character universe.
That's all for now but more soon,
peter & lars