Pikku Kakkonen

Here it is as promised. My masterpiece = the first 3D animation I’ve done. It’s a TV broadcast identity for the Finnish children TV channel Pikku Kakkonen. The name means Little Two… and that’s where I got the idea.

I have lot to thank to our wonderful instructor John Lee back at the Centennial College 3D animation without whom I wouldn’t have got it done. So thank you John!

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Trip To OIAF

Last weekend I hopped on a school bus and travelled to Ottawa International Animation Festival OIAF. I was so happy I went. I saw amazing animation feature films and short films all over the world.  Especially I enjoyed attending the talks where the artists shared their behind the scenes stories for example from such films as the The Breadwinner and Coco. The weekend was so good. Maybe next time I visit OIAF I have my own short film featured there. Wouldn’t that be something.

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 for the Fall semester 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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