The hottest new talent of the week brought to you by PSFK x Arts Thread. This week an award-winning animator who uses everything from silicone puppets to paper cut-outs.
Bianca Ansems graduated from Dutch art college St. Joost with a BA in Animation before completing her Masters at the National Film and Television School in 2011. She has worked with renowned animation studios including Aardman and has picked up multiple awards for her graduate film Playing Ghost, including the Animated Short Award, sponsored by ARTS THREAD and Prime Cuts, at the recent Student Film Festival London.
Why we like her:
Ansems’ animations are extremely well executed and deeply emotive, Playing Ghost being no exception:
I wanted to make a really gentle, heartfelt character piece that touched the audience despite being just silicone puppets. I had a wonderful experience directing it, as I worked with the most talented team I can think of. It was my first time doing a full-blown stop motion as I only did 2D animation before, but thought “if I’m any kind of decent director than my experience with the technique doesn’t matter.” It was made over a period of nearly 1.5 years from start to finish. It took 5 months of intense shooting and then lots of post production.
Human nature and the unique and multiple ways in which people react to their surroundings inspire much of Ansems’ work.
I’m intrigued that every one of us has different experiences and influences that make us behave or take choices differently. In a film — whether it’s a short or a feature — you never have a lot of time to explain all of this background but you can slip through hints. The way a character walks, talks or even picks up a glass suggests a lot. Thinking about this and then translating that into animated frames per second is what I thrive on.
Ansems is fluent in many animating techniques, using puppets, illustration and cut-out shapes which she also used in her animation for the London Animation Film Festival:
I had been wanting an excuse to go back to traditional cutout. I used to hate it as I found it “lazy” animating but I once did a school exercise with it and somehow liked it. I think if you just show it for what it is, it can be fun. I made all the models from card and scraps of fabric. No need to guess where the inspiration came from!
How to contact her:
Bianca Ansems can be contacted through her official website or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
In terms of what kind of work she’s looking for, Ansem explains:
I would love to do short film commissions and commercials! I love trying to find the best approach to any brief. But really if the project is interesting I’m always all ears. So whatever you are thinking of, drop me a line!