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Animated Illusion

Hand-Stamped Animation Film Chosen for CineFest By Miles Weston

Internationally acclaimed Uruguayan animator and cinematographer Eduardo Darino recently had one of his most challenging and interesting short film projects - "Seagulls-Gaviotas" - selected to be highlighted at this year's June Los Angeles CineFest.

Drawing on almost 60-years of work in advanced animation, Darino used an experimental technique to produce the three-minute film to highlight unique animation techniques applied directly to film.

Darino, who has worked at the Disney animation facilities and other creative venues across the country, also teaches film art techniques in New York City.  

The film was created using drawings that were printed directly on the film using rubber stamps and cork.

In coordination with the LA FilmForum, a large exhibition covering Latin American films will also be held where Darino's film will also be featured.

Darino, who has scripted, directed and shot films in more than 20 countries, said his best work is in his full-length and short film productions because they enable him to project the virtual world in his mind into the real world.  

The film, which depicts the art of flying effortlessly over land and water, has been executed so well that many who have seen it question why he refers to it as an animated short because it looks like a well-edited video. With more than 1500 drawings and stamp/cork images that had to be produced individually, the unique seagull project took three months to complete.  

Darino said he was inspired to produce the film for a number of reasons including notes by Walt Whitman while riding the Brooklyn Ferry and a poem by Juana de Ibarbourou.  But the project really came together when he spent a winter in Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay several years ago.

"Suddenly, the notes and poem merged into one creative vision and I knew it needed more than conventional film capture to tell the story properly," he explained

As a result, Darino experimented with a variety of animation techniques before understanding how he could modify rubber stamp production with a continuing series of images on different application solutions

The film can be viewed and voted on by visiting the web site - Darino is hoping it is well received by online visitors so it can be featured as a winner in the week-long June CineFest.  

He feels the broader exposure will enable him to finish his documentary which has been more than 20 years in the making. The documentary is about the atrocities of the early Uruguay military regime that took the lives of thousands of men, women and children during the 1973 coup.  

"All of my work has been important," Darino noted, "but this is a film I want to leave for posterity so people never forget.  When the coup ended, the state denied the very existence of these people and I want to present the story as a combination of memories to highlight their existence, their past and their passing."  

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Undercover author Miles Weston has spent more than 30 years in the storage, software and video industry, indulging in, among other things, marketing activities in promoting PC, CE, communications, content technology and their applications . Contact Miles through his editor by clicking here.

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