Experimental Animation


Artists in history seek innovative materials as means to express themselves, so do independent animators. Experimental Animation allows artists to expand their media to include audio, visual, atmospheric, physical and metaphysical dimensions; it is exploration, curiosity and invention of concept, structure and techniques.

I started out making 3D computer animation in 1996 because it was quick to learn. After the first year in CalArts, I came to realized that I need to take this art form into a more personal level.

The fiber texture under camera lenses has always fascinated me. Fabric animation combines embroideries and movement of fibers to present the woven path along film strips. I developed a system to ease the job by embroidering 12 pieces for every second of the film. I enjoyed this intimate dialogue with my audience and hope to introduce new materials in the future projects.


Brief Filmography

2001 “SILHOUETTE”
        Producer / Director / Animator / Editor
        16mm, cut-out & fabric animated film, 4 minutes.
        MOVIE ON A SHOESTRING AWARD
        (44th Rochester International Film Festival, NY, USA)
        AWARD OF MERIT
        (Kalamazoo Animation Festival International, MI, USA)
        Officially selected by 17 film festivals worldwide.

2000 “A-TISKET, A-TASKET”
        Producer / Director / Animator / Editor
        16mm, cut-out & collage animated film, 1 minute.

2000 “SPLIT”
       Producer / Director / Animator / Editor / Optical Printing
       16mm, fabric & embroidery animated film, 2 minutes.
       GOLD AWARD OF BEST ANIMATION
       (34th New York Exposition of Short Film and Video, NY, USA)
       GRAND JURY BEST ANIMATED FILM
       (MicroCineFest, MD, USA)
       HONORABLE MENTION - ANIMATION
       (34th Homboldt International Film Festival, CA, USA)
       MOVIE OA A SHOESTRING AWARD
       (43rd Rochester International Film Festival, NY, USA)
       Officially selected by 19 film festivals worldwide.

1999 “PINPOINT”
       Producer / Director / Animator / Editor / Optical Printing
       16mm, fabric & embroidery animated film, 2 minutes.
       Officially selected by 9 film festivals worldwide.

film still images
 

Other moving images on yaya's YouTube channel.

 
         
         

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