Came across this rather entertaining and flashy Vietnamese animated commercial.
I thought this was produced by Vietnamese. To my dismay, an Ad agency called JWT commissioned a New Zealand animation studio to produce video advertising dairy products to Vietnamese kids. Most animations shown on Vietnamese TV are produced by foreign studios or by studios in Vietnam under foreigner's supervision. Vietnamese kids rarely get a glimpse of animation from their own country made by their own people. The lack of exposure to local audience is only the tip of the problem that prevents Vietnamese animation from growing. The other big issue is quality, in which a noted Vietnamese animation director bluntly says, “…the best Vietnamese 3D animation can hardly compare with the work of US university students.” That’s a pretty freaking depressing thing to say about an industry! But it’s kind of true though. This is very disappointing considering there is a decent history of Vietnamese animation reaches back to the early 60s. Let's dig deep and take a look.
...continue reading "Don’t Give Up & Sellout, Vietnamese Animation!!!"
On February 8th, 2014 at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), there was a single channel screening of films from a group of artists including Nguyen Trinh Thi. The video above is an interview conducted by the facility to illuminate the filmmaker's background, her process of working, her thoughts on media art, and her take on landscape. ...continue reading "Nguyễn Trinh Thi talks Landscapes, her works, and Media Art in Vietnam"
THE SOUND WE SEE: A HANOI CITY SYMPHONY
This is from early last year. At Doclab there was a screening for a film project made by 18 local filmmakers. Shot with 8mm cameras and hand-processed at Doclab, the film was shown with a live soundtrack. Click here for more details.
...continue reading "Kinetic Minutiae of Everyday Life in Hanoi by Local Filmmakers"
From 11-16 January 2014, at Doclab, there will be daily video projections of the performances pf artist Hoang Minh Duc. The exhibition is from 1-7PM. Video made by artist Vincent Baumont. ...continue reading "HOANG MINH DUC: Video Projection of Performances"
This will take place from January 11-19, 2014 at Doclab in Hanoi, the place for experimental video in Vietnam. The director, Nguyen Trinh Thi, has put together this event which includes screening/workshop/performance/exhibitions to focus on art video in Vietnam. ...continue reading "Experimental Moving Image in Vietnam: Súp Video Soup"
HANOI DOCLAB is a facility that supports experimental filmmaking in Vietnam. This venue regularly showcases contemporary moving image from local artists. They also hold seminars that teach filmmaking to newcomers.
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