Improvisation in Cuban Animation

Insufficient internet access and lack of equipment have not prevented some animators from continuing their filmic work after graduating art school in Cuba. From pirated software to technical improvisation, animated films have slowly appeared throughout the nation. It wasn’t until 2014 that a (state-sponsored) feature-length animated film, “Meñique,” would appear. And yet now, companies like El Muke and ÑOOo Productions have work seen as far …

Usman Riaz’s “The Glassworker”

Pakistan's first hand-drawn animated film hits Kickstarter

At TEDGlobal 2012, a then-21-year-old Pakistani musician and artist named Usman Riaz stunned onlookers with an otherworldly percussive guitar demonstration, and further captivated them with the knowledge he learned how to do it all online. Riaz, now a Senior TED Fellow and majoring in composition at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, has ventured forth into another creative field—and his end goal is a world …

Behind the Scenes of Walt Disney and Salvador Dali’s Destino

A new book detailing the friendship behind the cinematic art wonder

Shelved for over 50 years before its completion and ultimate release in 2003, “Destino” is a short film of exceptional beauty. Its origins also stem from a seemingly unlikely collaboration between the world’s most famous animator Walt Disney and surrealist artist Salvador Dali. And yet, unlikely is an inappropriate word here. Not only did Dali and Disney appreciate each other’s work, they were longtime friends. …