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How Do You Animate an Emoji?

We've all probably sent emojis from our smart phones, in our emails, and in messaging apps. Now Sony Animation has taken us into the animated film world of the ubiquitous ideograms with Tony Leondis' The Emoji Movie.

Behind the animation was Sony Pictures Imageworks out of its Vancouver and Los Angeles studios. We caught up with animation supervisor Sacha Kapijimpanga, who described the unique challenges of giving life to the many and varied emojis in the film.

These emojis at first appear to look quite simple in design, but as an animation supervisor, how do you jump on character designs and where did you look to add emotion and personality to these seemingly flat shapes?

Sacha Kapijimpanga: You're right. These characters, out of any movie I've worked on, they're super simple. They're very basic in terms of design. How these characters are going to behave comes mostly from the performances of the actors and the casting. We had really good casting for this movie. Once we get the voices, we start doing kind of explorations in animations.

In terms of design, now, there isn't a body, right? It's basically a head with arms and legs. It's really challenging to find poses that can convey what we're trying to get across without all of these tools that we're used to using, like the body posture. On these basic spheres we had the ability to slide the arms around, because he had a moving shoulder basically and moving hips that could connect anywhere in his body that helped us nail some poses down.

Read the rest of Ian's interview with Sacha Kapijimpanga at our website.


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The Fine Balance of Art and Commerce with Bruce Alcock

Finding a balance between making art and paying the bills can often be tricky but multimedia icon Bruce Alcock has been doing just that for over 25 years. From music to video games, Alcock's distinctive work has been recognized by numerous festivals and garnered awards worldwide.

Join us on Saturday, August 12 at 1:30PM, at the Vancouver Film School as Bruce takes us behind the scenes and breaks down how he has found the balance of art and commerce, how they affect one another, and how you need both to succeed.

When: Saturday, August 12 @ 1:30 pm (doors open at 1 pm)
Admission: $10 // Groups (5+): $7*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales
Admission includes GST.
Where: Vancouver Film School
Main Theatre
420 Homer Street
Vancouver, Canada
Info & tickets: SparkCG.ca

Festival News

Submissions Now Open for SPARK ANIMATION 2017!

This year, SPARK ANIMATION 2017 runs from October 26 to 29, and whether you’re an independent filmmaker, a big studio, or a student, we want your projects!

SPARK ANIMATION is proud of the diversity of projects it receives and programs, and every effort is made to ensure a blend of traditional and CG animation. Be it a commercial or PSA, music video or experimental project, personal story or a game cinematic, we want them all!

Regular submission deadline is September 1st, 2017 while the extended deadline is September 11th, 2017.

For additional submission guidelines, information and to submit your project, visit our FilmFreeway festival page.

In 2016, we received nearly 800 submissions representing over 60 countries. Help us spread SPARK ANIMATION further by sharing the submission page with friends, colleagues and on social media! Don’t forget to hashtag your posts #SPARK2017!

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