Old Time Photography Meets Computer Animation

By VFS Web Team, on July 27, 2011

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We caught up with Kiko to discuss his win.
What brought you to VFS to study animation?
Kiko: Animation has always been one of my passions, and, after 12 years working on Spanish television in charge of the creation of virtual sets, I felt I needed to improve my skills. That's why I chose VFS. It was very refreshing to come back to school, above all because the Digital Character Animation program was exactly what I needed, and the instructors and my classmates were great. I miss VFS!
Where did the idea for Estudio Mendizábal come from?
Kiko: I´ve always been kind of obsessed with the old photographic studios in cities like Paris or Madrid. When I was a kid I remember staring at these old photos and wondering who they were and what kind of lives they had.
That idea allowed me to work on the ambience and the visual storytelling. I was used to creating 3D sets, so it was the easy part of the project (I designed 4 different sets for the film). On the other side, I wrote a simple story, but it had different layers - it was interesting because of the contrast between the two characters. I had the perfect excuse to talk about life, childhood, photography, and human relationships.
What are your plans now?
Kiko: I am living in Berlin now. It's a great city, the capital of European culture these days, making animations for a documentary, and I've just made an opening animated sequence for a Spanish TV show. And I'm finishing the second volume of my comic book, "Como Borregos", which will be out this Fall.
Congratulations, Kiko!
You can watch Kiko's winning effort by clicking here.