Animation workshop kicks off 3rd Tan-ok Festival

LAOAG CITY – The third Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals kicked off November 13 with an activity to hone Ilocano talents in the field of animation through the Looking for Johnny Moon Animation Workshop held at the La Tabacalera Function Hall here November 13.

The 3-day workshop was led by high calibre animators from the Creative Media and Film Society of the Philippines (CreaM), the media outfit that created in 2011 the award-winning mixed media film Pintakasi that combined elements of 2D animation and a special kind of hybrid animation with live action.

Mark Anthony Ballesteros, the animation director of CREAM, and professional storyboard artist of ARKEO Films/ FILMEX Studio/ABRAKADABRA Productions for TV commercials,  is also a freelance animator of Toon City Animation Studio, and is best known for the TV series Land Before Time.

Eugene Floyd Cruz, also an awarded animator from CREAM, and Michael Magpantay, the current creative director of CREAM, were the speakers in the workshop.

Also an animator for Toon City Philippines, Land Before Time (TV Series), and Tom and Jerry tales (TV series), Cruz won the 2011 Golden Screen Award for Best Visual/Special Effects for the movie Pintakasi.

Magpantay started his career as animator and layout artist on various international animated series.  He was a project coordinator for Universal Records Philippines, graphic artist for Manila Bulletin and illustrator for Fudge Magazine which features entertainment and Filipino Pop Culture.

The workshop also had  Armando Paz, a freelance layout artist at Toon City and DQ Animation Studio and currently working at CREAM studio as well as being a contributing artist as resource speaker.

The animation program is aimed to provide young Ilocanos with the opportunity to unleash their creativity in animation and the best avenue to explore local culture and heritage for artistic inspiration for a short film representing vast north in animated local tales.

Governor Imee R. Marcos believes that animation is an effective tool to engage the youths and artists in the preservation and revitalization the Ilocano culture.

The workshop was the first event for this year’s month-long celebration of the Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals 2013 that will showcase the greatness of every Ilocano. (Rey T. Arcangel, Jr., PGIN-CMO)