INTERVIEW WITH HERMES MANGIALARDO:
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?
Ok….let's start… With the 2 big cheques (2nd prize and audience prize) I paid the first instalment for a Master…obviously in computer graphics! As for my movie making, Mary's Day, everything was filmed with aniMOweb camera and can be downloaded on the site. However, I used Poser and of course Flash; it took about 20 days and the idea came while observing Mary!
As for the last question, of course (excuse my immodesty) I expected to win some prize, not because of the confrontation with the other movies, but because I've believed in Mary's Day since the first day I sat in front of my PC.
LIFE OF YOUR WORK AFTER ANIMOWEB
Did you present your work in similar contests or in personal promotions on other sites? Was it selected in other festivals? Did you win other prizes with it?
I must admit Mary's Day has been successful on more than one occasion: the movie has even travelled to America during Standing Rock Short Film Festival in Kent (Ohio). In addition, it was 3rd prize winner at E-Magination 2005 and it was nominee at Visioni Animate 2004, Menoditrenta Short Film Festival and Flash Festival in Turin. But the greatest triumph was the tam-tam going on on the Web: one day, digitising "Mary's Day" in Google, I discovered they were talking about it even in Japan and Russia!
CREATING ANIMATION, GAMES AND INTERACTIVE APPLICATIONS FOR THE WEB
Creating animation, games and interactive sites for the Web: what perspectives do you see for the jobs in this field? What are the key factors to be successful with these activities?
Not to fossilise, always keeping up date, not to follow the latest craze, but always try to anticipate it. It seems a banal statement, but in a world (the WEB) where evolution and change of style take place at an amazing speed, this is the only way.
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?
The "Creative Spark" is the most difficult part of every work… I can stay hours staring at the monitor or I can work for days and then cancel everything and follow another stream of thought.
Once I've found the "idea" everything flows easily, and the same idea evolves until it loses the original connotation and becomes something completely different. I rarely plan a definitive storyboard. On the contrary, I look for an input and then I let fancy lead me.
Works produced with Flash: share with us and comment, if you want, some of your favourite bookmarks of sites, animation, games and interactive applications.
Well, point-blank at this moment I only remember tokyoplastic.com...
ANIMOWEB PROS AND CONS
What do you like best in aniMOweb and what would you change or add?
What I like most is that it is a complete event, with many correlated activities and always with important guests, with a professional quality I've rarely found in other Italian festivals. I cannot see any big flaw, apart from some negative comment on how the theme was dealt with in the previous edition.
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?
Wonderful! One should never get tired of talking about peace!
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'll start working on the effects of 3D for a cinema post-production company just in these days…I hope my passion becomes something different and that in 10,20,50 years I will still be working with images and graphics!
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…
"You only have to read the lines
They're scribbly black and everything shines. …" (Syd Barrett)
"Mary's day", prized intro by HERMES MANGIALARDO (2nd place and audience prize section A 2004, theme: WOMEN AND WORK, WOMEN'S TIME):
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The splash intro by HERMES MANGIALARDO, aniMOweb 4th edition