Donatas Ulvydas / Linas Augutis / Marek Skrobecki / Rasa Miskinyte / VABZDŽIU DRESUOTOJAS

BugTrainer_298Donatas Ulvydas / Linas Augutis / Marek Skrobecki / Rasa Miskinyte
VABZDŽIU DRESUOTOJAS
Lithuania-Poland, 2008, HD / 35mm, 53 min

THE BUG TRAINER
Ladislas Starewitch (1882 – 1965), European Disney, a pioneer of puppet animation is one of the most forgotten film geniuses. He was named as a true Wizard and an Alchemist of animation, whose wizardry was born in Lithuania; he got his fame in Russia and flourished in his full power in France. Unique methods of animation, never disclosed to others, - who was he?
This film will be an effort to “decode” Starewitch by using the means of his own artistic thinking, and tiding together the biographical facts, memoirs, factual information, films made by Starewitch himself driven by the love story of puppets.

Donatas Ulvydas
Education & Training
1993-1999   Lithuanian Music Academy, Film and TV department
Diploma in Film directing (1997), Diploma in TV and Film producing (1999)
1998 Apr. – Nov.    Apprenticeship in TV station Channel 23, (Chicago, USA)
Selected Filmography & Awards
Within 1999 - 2005 produced and directed more than 150 TV commercials and 40 music videos
Best Lithuanian music video awards (1999, 2003 and 2004). Best Director’s awards (2003 and 2004)
•    Videographer documentary ALGIMANTAS KEZYS 15’, DVcam, 1997. Director Ramune Rakauskaite.
•    Director creative music documentary FOJE FILME 14 (FOJE IN FILM 14) - 54', DVcam, 2000. Studio PRO2.
•    Director creative documentary EUROPOKERIS (EUROPOKER) - 50', DVcam, 2002. VRS Studio.
•    Director/scriptwriter VABZDZIU DRESUOTOJAS (THE BUG TRAINER) – 53’, HD blow up to 35mm. 2008. Producer ERA FILM (Lithuania) in co-production with Se-ma-for FilmProduction (Poland)/ NHK (Japan)/ AVRO (The Netherlands)/ YLE Co-production (Finland).


Linas Augutis
Education
1981 – 1983    Kaunas Polytechnic Institute
1992 – 1996    Vilnius Art Academy Stage design and Photo Video art
Selected Filmography
•    Author of videoart RINGING HEADS 4’, 1994. Screenings: Helsinki, Stockholm, Bauhaus, Dessau, Copenhagen, Berlin, Hanover;
•    Scriptwriter and director for documentary DOMEIKA’S SYNDROME 43’ Dvcam, 2002, LRT, Lithuania;
•    Director of creative documentary THE CONSTITUTION OF LITHUANIA. 1922,  26’, Betacam SP, 2002, LRT, Lithuania;
•    Director of music video film A TRIP TO THE GREAT LITTLE COUNTRY, 5’10”, HD, 2007, ERA FILM.
•    Director/scriptwriter VABZDZIU DRESUOTOJAS (THE BUG TRAINER) – 53’, HD blow up to 35mm. 2008. Producer ERA FILM (Lithuania) in co-production with Se-ma-for FilmProduction (Poland)/ NHK (Japan)/ AVRO (The Netherlands)/ YLE Co-production (Finland).


Marek Skrobecki
Education & Training
Film director, his specialty is classic puppet animation. He has graduated from Fine Art Academy and Polish National Film School in Lodz.  He gained scholarship from British Council and received training in Jim Henson’s
Filmography & Awards:
•    1992 - D.I.M. – puppet animation - director, script, art director. Honourable mention - International Animated Film Festival in Espinho 1994; Honourable mention - Brussel International Film Festival of Fantasy, Thriller & Science Fiction 1994; Honourable mention - Krakow Film Festival 1994. Special mention - Zagreb World Festival Of Animated Films 1994
•    1995 – OM – puppet animation - director, script, art director,
•    1998 – MARCHENBILDER – puppet animation - director, art director,
•    2005 – ICHTHYS – puppet animation - director, art. director, Best film in Independent Short Films Competition – Narrative Short Work in Ottawa International Animation Festival 2005. Honourable Diploma in Krakow Film Festival 2005. Bronze Jabberwocky - International Film Festival ETIUDA – ANIMA – Krakow 2005. Silver “Kreska” – OFAFA Polish Animation Film Festival Poland 2005. Sony Audience Award - ANIMATEKA International Animation Film Festival – Ljubljana 2005, Special Distinction for Short Professional Film – SICAF -10th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival 2006 Korea. Grand Prix – BALKANIMA Animation Film Festival – Belgrade Serbia 2006.
•    2007 – PETER AND THE WOLF – puppet – production designer. The Annecy Cristal, and Audience award 2007. Awarded with Oscar in Short film (animation), 2008.
•    Director/scriptwriter VABZDZIU DRESUOTOJAS (THE BUG TRAINER) – 53’, HD blow up to 35mm. 2008. Producer ERA FILM (Lithuania) in co-production with Se-ma-for FilmProduction (Poland)/ NHK (Japan)/ AVRO (The Netherlands)/ YLE Co-production (Finland).


Rasa Miskinyte
Education & Training
•    Graduated from Theatre and Cinema Department at Lithuanian Music Academy, 2001, Master Degree in Audiovisual Arts, Vilnius, Lithuania
•    Graduated from The European Film College, 2000 - 2001, Ebeltoft, Denmark
•    Graduated from Kaunas Polytechnic Institute as an Engineer, in 1986, Kaunas, Lithuania.
•    Course “Twelve For the Future” Denmark, 2001-2002
•    EURODOC Production, France 2003-2004
Selected Filmography
•    Delegate producer/Idea & Research/Co-director creative documentary THE BUG TRAINER 52’ HD. Script Linas Augutis and Donatas Ulvydas, directors:  Donatas Ulvydas, Linas Augutis and Marek Skrobecki. In Co-production with Se-ma-for, Poland; Gerbrueder Beetz, Germany; in co-production with broadcasters NHK (Japan), AVRO (The Netherlands), in association with DR (Denmark); SVT (Sweden); YLE (Finland); NRK (Norway), TSR (Switzerland), ETV (Estonia), LRT (Lithuania).
•    Line Producer doc. L’AFFAIRE FARWELL 2x52’, DigiBeta. Author Jean-Francois Delassus, Roche Productions, France.
•    Delegate producer documentary SPANISH FOR ADULTS 52’, DVcam. Author Tomas Tamosaitis. Co-production with Evohe Films, Spain and Televisio de Catalunya, in association with ZDF/Arte and YLE;
•    Associated producer documentary THE PUTIN SYSTEM 95’, Digi Beta, Author Jean-Michel Carre in association with Jill Emery. Company Les Films Grain De Sable, France2, NDR, LRT.
•    Co-producer of creative documentary ANIMAZONE, 52’, super 16mm. Director Hardi Volmer, producer Arko Okk, Acuba Film Production, Estonia;
•    Co-producer of creative documentary THE DIFFERENT, 26’, Beta Cam SP, 2005. Director Maksim Surkov, producer Svitlana Zinovyeva, Inspiration Films, Ukraine in co-production with LRT
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