INTERVIEW WITH MARINA GIGANTE:
YOUR WORK AWARDED A PRIZE AT ANIMOWEB
You took part in the 3rd Edition of aniMOweb on the themes of women and equal opportunities and you won a prize. Congratulations! First we would like to know how you spent the aniMOweb money prize (if you won a money prize). Then, how you created your work: what software did you use?, How long did you take? Did you work alone or with someone? How did you get the idea? Did you expect to win a prize?
In 2004 I won the Short Village Prize with the cartoon "Women's Day". It was really a great surprise!
The prize consists in a renewable 2-year contract for distribution and I have received different notices as to when and how my work was performed: on local TV, in a cinema in Rome and at some festivals. I can't give more details because I moved to Tunis two months ago (where I am living for the next 2 years) and I left all my papers in Italy! To make the cartoon, I prepared some free-hand drawings, then I used a scanner and Illustrator. I coloured with Photoshop and imported into Flash, where the movie was assembled.
The idea developed during implementation and several friends gave amusing suggestions and advice. Azzurra Giudici's music was fundamental fusing images in a real cartoon.
IDEA AND EXECUTION
What do you prefer in the creative process, the planning part or the implementation? How would you describe these two phases in your way of creating? Do you keep them separate or do you have a flexible approach?
I can't separate the various stages of creation. First I "think" about the idea, then I draw sketches of the characters, which I transfer on my P.C. to re-draw. I have to see how they look like quickly. Last I write down some kind of story board, which I won't follow in detail, also because there's always someone commenting and suggesting.
ANIMOWEB ON CONFLICTS, WAR AND PEACE
The 4th Edition of aniMOweb is on the theme of conflicts, cult of war, culture of peace: how do you feel about these subjects? Do they trigger your fancy? Do you think you'll take part?
I think I'll take part in the 4th edition. I have some ideas in mind and some characters on the paper.
We would like to know something about your present and future plans. How do you see yourself in 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years? Do you imagine doing the same things you are doing now?
I discovered Flash by creating sites. Animation amuses me. Seeing my little men telling a story is really rewarding. During this parenthesis in Tunis I'll take on things I neglected for shortage of time, like painting - so I'll have plenty of time for my new cartoon. I don't plan things in the long term!
Last, ask yourself a question and answer it. Or, if you don't want to do it, use this space to proclaim your credo to the visitors of aniMOweb site (don't be too boastful), or describe your political program to convince electors to vote for you (as if there was an election), talk about your philosophy, quote a proverb, a saying, make a drawing, improvise an animated movie in Flash, in short end this interview as you like…
I'll send a short movie I created for Turin Flash Festival 2005.
"Women's day", prized short animated film by MARINA GIGANTE (ShortVillage prize section C 2004, theme: WOMEN AND WORK, WOMEN'S TIME, HEROINES AND FEMALE CHARACTERS, SOCIAL ROLE OF WOMEN, RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN):
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