|via Ruah Edelstein's blog (screen capture "Of Stars and People")|
Another animator on the Vimeo channel is Indrė Juodžiukynaitė. I liked his animation "Winter Watercolour" because it's so stark and simple. The juxtaposition of the detailed, realistic radiator with the abstract winter scene and people was as humorous as it was ponderous. It made me think of "Sex for Fridge", a story written by the Georgian author Zurab Lezhava, simply because this person was dragging around a seemingly worthless item. This was the only animation he's put up, but I hope there's more to follow in the future.
A more well-known animator is Ilja Bereznick. I found his son's (Danas) Vimeo channel, which includes his father's animation "Baubas Artimetika". There are others like "This Is Our Plasticine Life (Toks jau mūsų plastilininis gyvenimas)" and "Grandpa and Grandma (Senelis ir Senele)" that feature Bereznick as director of the animations. The animations are cute and clearly more child oriented, though I think "Senelis ir Senele" might be more appreciated by an older audience. Browse the channel for more work of both the Bereznick men.
I also found the young, female animator Urte Budinaite. My first find was an animation for "Venera", a song by a Lithuanian rap group, Despotin' Fam. I'm also excited I discovered Lithuanian rap. (Maybe a revival of Rap Week?) The animation is cute, but clever. It's not cutesy, but it has little plastic toy animals, so it's cute. I also really loved her short "Sugedęs telefonas (Broken telephone)", despite my lack of Lithuanian knowledge, because I clearly understood the concept. The morphing picture of the telephone message is genius. So genius it seems incredibly obvious. The "Painted abstraction animation" is fun to watch because it's like a painter's version of those iTunes visuals that are so tripped out.
I enjoy seeing animation that is neither Disney nor CGI because they explore more creative mediums and display individual styles. It's unfortunate that most of these forms of animation do not see the light of day outside "art house" categories because these creative visuals have so much more to offer. The visual is the story as much as the plotline. I will stop waxing rhapsodic, but I do enjoy the breadth of work that is out there, including those featured today.