Watch the Clips That Earned Nominations for Feature Character Animation at This Year’s Annie Awards
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Although many festivals and awards shows honor the animation art form, a small handful, like ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Awards, recognize the individual achievements of the artists behind the images we see on screen.
With Annie voting taking place through next Monday, we’re taking a closer look at the Character Animation – Film category by speaking with the nominated artists. We asked them to share the clip they submitted to the Annies and discuss the work that went into bringing some of last year’s most memorable animated characters to life.
Four of this year’s nominees are featured here: Takeshi Honda (The Boy and Heron), Jessica Torres (ElementalToby SealeNimonaPrashanth CavaleRuby Gillman and the Teenage Kraken). Kenichi Tsuchiya (Suzume) was also nominated but was unable to contribute to this article.
Nominee: Jessica Torres
Jessica Torres: Elemental was the most challenging show I’ve worked on in my 22-year-long career, both technically and in terms of performance. We had a fine line to walk between creating human-like character and retaining the essence of the characters being made from fire or water without a true skeletal framework. I am proudest of the collaboration that took place between the animation, effects, and characters departments during the making of Elemental.
Ember had 12,000 controls that animators needed to manage. It may seem that she and Wade are just models with water or fire effects on top. But this is not the case. We paid attention to the smallest details, including the movement of the iris’ edges, the color shift in her skin tone, and the noise level and intensity of the fire. Choices were made about Ember’s gestures, deciding whether she left her hands behind or had a full hand or just the tip of a flame.
We animated tears in Wade’s eyes and ripples on his face. It was then handed over to the effects team, who added their magic to complete it. Conquering such difficulties was a treat, and it’s gratifying to sit back and feel proud of two characters that the world could emotionally connect with.
Toby SealeThe most challenging part was finding the right actors to complement the sincerity and authenticity of the vocal performances. To achieve this, I spent a great deal of time shooting references. It was emotionally draining, but also highly cathartic. I owe them a great deal for allowing me to explore such sincere performances. Honestly, the audience response has been far beyond what I could have anticipated – it has been heartwarming to have people share their personal connection to Nimona with me. To know that these moments have helped others along in their personal journey, given them the courage to have a difficult conversation with a loved one, or purely made them feel seen – I hope that every animator gets to experience the joy of personal connection like this in their career. I feel very honored to have been a part of Nimona’s story.
Ruby Gillman and the Teenage Kraken
Nominee: Prashanth Cavale
Prashanth Cavale:I was fortunate to be able to animate key moments in Ruby Gillman is a Teenage Kraken. Capturing the essence of Ruby’s frantic transformation in the library and animating the busy introductory breakfast table scene presented distinct challenges. I tried to infuse comedic nuances into Uncle Brill’s character to evoke the endearing goofiness we all cherish in our favorite uncles, whether meeting a nephew for the first time or making unannounced entrances.
Arthur (Dad), to whose rig I contributed, also demanded a dramatic flair when he tried to convince Gordon. Throughout the animation process, I strived to achieve a fluid, almost boneless quality in their movements, aligning seamlessly with the characters’ designs that naturally lend themselves to a squishy aesthetic with ample overlaps.
The Boy and Heron
Nominee: Takeshi Honda
Takeshi Honda: (Answer only, no clip provided) All of the stages in Miyazaki films—specifically the style of the drawings, the movement of the characters, and the design of the stories—give me a lot of stimulation, and I receive inspiration from them all.
Cg technology has greatly advanced in the last 20–30 years, but ultimately, what is important is the depth of the content of the story we are telling. The filmmaking process is constantly evolving as we incorporate new ideas and creative ingenuity.
I am most proud that I continue to create films I want to see and be a part of making.
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