VIP - VideoChannel Interview Project

Franco, Anaisa

Anaisa Franco
from Brazil

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    Interview:10 questions

    1. Tell me something about your life and the educational background.

    Im an artist, visual artist. Now I am doing a master in UK in art and technology.
    The most interesting experience I worked was in 2007 at Interactivos? Workshop in Media Lab Madrid. It was a hybrid between a workshop, an exhibition, and a seminar. The place selected 12 projects to be developed in 2 weeks with collaborators of all areas and the resources used were free software as Arduino, PureData, OpenFrameworks and so on.
    I was selected to developed my project called Controlled Dream Machine which was an installation that uses distributed patterns of neural activity to stimulate the symptoms between a robot legs body in its dreaming process; the dreams are expressed by animations projected in front of the robot legs.
    Before the workshop I had been developing the project in about 10 months at University of Plymouth as part of my master thesis in art and technology; I was doing the animations and preparing the mechanical parts of it.
    The experience was amazing because all the artists and collaborators were doing amazing art pieces in an environment that I could see the process of creation of everybody and I could get help from 3 very professionals artists such as Zach Lieberman, Simone Jones and Daniel Canogar. We got opinions from everybody and discussed a lot each work conceptually.

    2. When, how and why started you filming?

    I started doing animations at the beginning of undergraduate in visual arts in Brazil. I always loved to draw and I got fascinate with the idea of animations where drawings has a real life. Afterwards I started studying the softwares for animation and I am still doing that.

    3.What kind of subjects have your films?

    I like to explore the impossible movements and I like the idea that everything is possible inside the animation world. I usually get inspired from my dreams and the unconscious mind, just exploring deep into my self.

    4. How do you develop your films, do you follow certain principles, styles etc?

    I don’t follow any style; I try to have my own style and personality on my movies.

    5. Tell me something about the technical equipment you use.

    I am using a mac Book Pro and a light table to to do the animations. The softwares I use are After effects, 3D Max, Final Cut, Photoshop and so on.

    6. What are the chances of new media for the genre film/video in general and you personally?

    I think video art is yet an experimental way of creating, but it is on market for long time now.

    7. How do you finance your films?

    Sometimes I got scholarship, grants, but mostly by myself.

    8. Do you work individually as a video artist/film maker or do you work in a team?

    I generally I work alone, but the last movie I made, my friend Theo Firmo did the music.

    if you have experience in both, what is the difference, what do you prefer?

    I prefer working in a team, especially with musicians, I like to do the animations by my own, but not the music.

    9. Who or what has a lasting influence on your film/video making?

    Michel Gondry for me is the genius of the century.

    10. What are your future plans or dreams as a film/video maker?

    I hope I will do lots of installations using animations and physical objects.
    I hope to get a solid and big work with lots of meaning and that people could enjoy it.