I Am An Animation Animal

You remember the puppet animation short we were working on in Turun Taideakatemia last Spring? Well I just noticed I never showed you these funniest still photographs we took on the last day of shooting. My idea was to finish the sound design and post production this summer – but life happened. Good life: apprenticeship in Pyjama, painting and illustration projects, holiday travelling and my weekly videos to the Elli Maanpää Art channel. So as I’m leaving to Toronto for the exchange next week I will let this film rest in my editing board for a little while longer. But I won’t let it get forgotten since it turned out pretty awesome. It’s going to be released Spring 2018. P.S. If there’s interested producers out there send me an email to elli(at)maanpaa.com.

And talking about my animation work: My 2D drawn animation Point of View will be screened in TAFF Turku Animated Film Festival this week in the Fresh from Finland screening on Thursday the 24th at 8pm and on Sunday the 27th at 1.30pm. I just learned also that the whole screening will be seen in the Helsinki International Film Festival too this Autumn. And that’s pretty awesome. So I think the title of this blog post is well earned, right?

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2017 – Puppet animation classmates and the puppet makers from up right: Linda Hirvonen, Éva Darabos, Sade Lahti. Down right: Aino Eronen, Elli Maanpää, Anna Mikkola, Essi Peuraniemi, Konsta Hormia, Emma Rautala.

Acting Makes Sense

Acting has always been one of my passions. But as long as my main work has been on creating visuals – art and illustrations – I’ve felt little shy about the actress in me even though I’ve gotten great roles trough castings. Now when I found my way to animation, acting makes so much sense.

The fact I’ve done acting both in films and theatre stage is a huge advantage when animating a character. I can act out emotions and replicate them to my drawings. Skills in improvisation help me out when trying to brainstorm ideas fast. So for now on I’m gonna embrace my love for acting. I’m super excited to be (small) part of two Finnish feature films that will come out this summer: Viraali and Lauri Mäntyvaaran tuuheet ripset. Thank you for these opportunities. Red carpet here I come.

P.S. Meet the poet and snow leopard Leopold from 2013. More photos of my roles in the acting page.

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THEATRE – Korkeasaaren Teatteri: Kissainpäivät // Director: Laura Madekivi // Role: Lumileopardi Leopold // 2013

What Do You Think About Tracing?

On this week’s video on Elli Maanpää Art I ponder aloud if tracing in art is ok. What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments. While talking about it I speed paint the painting for our puppet animation. The painting – both 3D and 2D version – is inspired by Picasso and Mondrian. I also mention the postcard shop with cat themed postcards. Enjoy!

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Puppet Animation About Art Gallery

Wanna build some puppets and then make them act? Yeees. That’s what we have been doing whole spring in school – Animation programme in Turku Arts Academy – with the help of the puppet animation guru Antti Laakso. It’s been super fun. First we crafted the animation puppets from scratch with wire and foam rubber. Then we built and painted the sets. And now finally we are at the studio filming our about 1min short animation about Art Gallery. See more from this 3min making of in Elli Maanpää Art.

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Animation Showreel

It’s pretty overwhelming to comprehend that there is just a month left of my 2nd year of animation studies in Turku Arts Academy. Wow. At this point I feel like I’ve learn a lot and that I have so much more to learn. It was time to make my 1st animation showreel to list the animations I’ve worked on so far. My favourite animation programs at this point are TVPaint, AfterEffects and DragonFrame. I uploaded the showreel both to Youtube and Vimeo so go and take a look. All feedback is warmly welcomed. Thank you.

Turning Opera de Lille Into A Dollhouse

Last week was spectacular. It was also so intense that after getting back home I’ve been down with a cold whole week. But nevertheless I’m so proud of the work we did last week in Lille in France. I’m excited that I’m able to share how the week went by in my workshop & travel vlog I uploaded to my Youtube channel Elli Maanpää Art.

During the 4-day workshop we created animation to project on the wall of the Opera de Lille. The showtime of the video mapping was last Friday at 9PM as a part of the Fête de l’anim. You can watch the whole video mapping on this video filmed by Daniel Derg – since I chose to show only our part in my vlog to keep it short and snappy.

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There were 50 students and professionals from Europe and Asia taking part on the workshop. My group “The Roomies” – me (Turku Arts Academy), Thomas Van Fucht (Howest), Leonardo Altieri (CSC Turin) and Elena Sorrentino (CSC Turin) – turned the Opera De Lille into a Circus themed dollhouse.

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I did three illustrations and animations: Cannon Lady, Clown and Lion. I worked with Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects. You can see my work here in these looping gif’s. I really loved working in this method. Which character you like the best?

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As Viborg this week was one to remember. Thank you Euranim and Turku Arts Academy for making it happen!

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Greetings From Lille France

Greetings from Lille France. I’m here for the Euranim Video Mapping workshop for the La Fête de l’anim’ animation festival. Today is the 5th day of the of the workshop and we are pretty much finalising the work at the moment. If you’re in the area be sure to come to check out the amazing video mapping spectacle tomorrow to the l’Opéra de Lille at 9pm. Here is a little sneak peek of the work by our group “The Roomies”: me, Leonardo Altieri, Elena Sorrentino and Thomas Van Fucht.background_02