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BLIND VAYSHA – VR

Théodore Ushev
2017 | 8 min 13 s
Technique: VIRTUAL REALITY ANIMATION (Samsung Gear)

VIRTUAL REALITY ANIMATION

Selections and Awards

  • Official Selection - Virtual RealityAnnecy 2017

BLIND VAYSHA: FROM FILM TO VIRTUAL REALITY


Long Synopsis


TECHNICAL CHALLENGES

Trailer

Team


Theodore Ushev
Director
Biography
Photo


Theodore Ushev

Theodore Ushev was born in Kyustendil, Bulgaria, in 1968 and graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. He first made a name for himself as a poster artist in his native country before settling in Montreal in 1999.

Ushev found fertile ground for developing his own original artistic style at the National Film Board of Canada. The Man Who Waited and Tzaritza (2006) quickly earned the respect of audiences and peers, as did his acclaimed trilogy on the relationship between art and power: Tower Bawher (2006), Drux Flux (2008) and Gloria Victoria (2013).

With Vertical (2003), Sou (2004) and Demoni (2012), Ushev solidified his reputation as an inquisitive and daring artist by exploring new content-delivery platforms. His 16-time award winner Lipsett Diaries (2010), narrated by Xavier Dolan, examined the pioneering work and tragic destiny of Canadian filmmaker Arthur Lipsett.

Ushev quickly followed with Nightingale in December (2011), Joda (2012) and Third Page from the Sun (2014), a scathing reflection on the future of books. In Blood Manifesto (2014), a poetic and ferocious short which Ushev animated with his own blood, he ponders whether ideals are worth spilling blood for. His latest project, Blind Vaysha (2015), is a philosophical tale about the importance of living in the moment.


Marc Bertrand
Producer (NFB)
Biography
Photo
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Marc Bertrand

Marc Bertrand joined the French Animation Studio as a producer in 1998 and has since produced more than 100 films, including such notable successes as the award-winning series Science Please! (2001), and Noël Noël (2003) by Nicola Lemay, which won Gémeaux Awards for Best Animated Series or Film in 2002 and 2004 respectively.  He also co-produced with Marcel Jean the Norman McLaren Master’s Edition (2006), an award-winning DVD box set featuring digitally restored masterpieces by McLaren, a pioneer in the fusion of music and animation. Bertrand’s interest in new technology has led him to become involved in working on 3D films. In 2008, he coproduced Facing Champlain: A Work in 3 Dimensions, directed by Jean-François Pouliot, and produced Private Eyes, a new 3D film by Nicola Lemay.

Among his other productions are acclaimed films such as Imprints (2004) by Jacques Drouin and works by Theodore Ushev: Tower Bawher (2006), Drux Flux (2009) and Lipsett Diaries (2010), winner of a Genie for Best Animated Short and a Special Mention at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Bertrand has worked on numerous productions, including the Studio GDS/NFB co-production Romance (2011) by renowned Swiss animator Georges Schwizgebel, winner of the 2012 Genie Award. In 2011, he produced Sunday (2011) by Patrick Doyon, which earned an Oscar® nomination and won the 2012 Jutra Award for Best Animated Film.

In 2013, Marc became an AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences) member and completed the co-production Hollow Land (Michèle and Uri Kranot) and Gloria Victoria (T. Ushev), which won the FIPRESCI award in Annecy 2013.

In 2014, it was another of Marc’s production, No fish where to go, that received the same honor. The same year, the film Jutra (Marie-Josée St-Pierre, a co-production with MJSP Film) was selected at the Fortnight of directors in Cannes and in February 2015 won a Jutra, a Gemeaux and a Canadian Screen Award for best short animated film.  In 2016, his production of Théodore Ushev’s Vaysha the Blind won both the Jury Prise and de Children Jury prize in Annecy and in 2017 the film was nominated for an Oscar® in for the Best Short Animated film category.


Julie Roy
Executive Producer (NFB)
Biography
Photo
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Julie Roy

As the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s French Animation Studio, Julie Roy has produced some 40 animated short films. She holds a master’s degree in cinema studies from Université de Montréal and has published numerous articles about women and animated films.

Her notable productions include The Subject by Patrick Bouchard and THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT by Matthew Rankin, both of which screened at Cannes, at the 2018 Directors’ Fortnight and the 2017 Semaine de la Critique, respectively. In 2016, she co-produced Franck Dion’s The Head Vanishes (Papy 3D/NFB), which won the Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Among the many other artists whose work she has guided are Claude Cloutier, Michèle Lemieux, and Regina Pessoa.

Roy encourages diverse approaches to filmmaking, and is currently developing an interactive installation with Nicolas Brault and working with Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Madame Tutli-Putli, 2007) on their next short film.

 

Images

Credits

A film by
Theodore Ushev

Based on the short story “Blind Vaysha” by Georgi Gospodinov
© Georgi Gospodinov, 2001

Voice
Caroline Dhavernas

Voice Direction
Julie Burroughs

Sound Design
Olivier Calvert

Foley
Lise Wedlock

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Re-recording
Serge Boivin

Music

Mandra
Composed by Nikola Gruev
Performed by Kottarashky
From the album Opa Hey!
Published by Asphalt Tango Records 2009

Music for the funeral of Queen Mary, Z. 860
Burial Service March
By Henry Purcell
Performed by Oxford Camerata
Courtesy of Naxos of America

Technical Director
Pierre Plouffe

Technical Coordinator
Daniel Lord

Production Coordinator
Michèle Labelle

Online Editor
Serge Verreault

Marketing Manager
Geneviève Bérard

Administrator
Diane Régimbald

Administrative Team
Diane Ayotte
Karine Desmeules

Thanks to
Mélanie Gleize
Olivier Catherin   

This project was developed with the support of the Odyssée Artist-in-Residency program of the Abbey of Fontevraud – ACCR, with additional support from the  Ministry of culture and communication and the Pays de la Loire Region.

With the participation of ARTE France
Cinema Department
Short Film Program Manager:  Hélène Vayssières

Executive Producer
Julie Roy

Producer
Marc Bertrand

French Program
French Animation studio

 



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