Animator // Brian Bunny Batista
Title // Winter Walk
Location // City of Calgary - 800 Macleod Trail SE)
Article // Kristy Archibald & Jenna Cavanagh
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself!
A: I’m a maker of marks and a lover of art and animation. I am passionate about teaching the skills of creativity and opened my own private studio and art school “Atelier Artista" at cSPACE.
Q: Tell us about the work you usually do as an animator.
A: I’ve been creating animation since winning a scholarship at the Quickdraw Animation Society in 1999. I currently teach cartooning and animation at ACAD and QAS. It’s hard to know exactly where inspiration will strike. I think most often I’m just trying to bring my ideas from drawings and paintings to life.
Q: How would you describe your artistic “style”?
A: My “style” is a combination of influences from drawing, painting, stop-motion and time lapse all combined together in After Effects.
Q: What is one of your most recent projects, or a project you’re most proud of working on?
A: “Skin for Skin” an NFB [National Film Board] production created by Calgary’s own Fifteen Pound Pink Productions directed by my mentor Kevin DA Kurytnik.
Q: What was the inspiration or story behind Winter Walk?
A: Growing up, I recall the subtle quiet and stillness of the crisp, cold winter outdoors. I'd gaze out the frosty windows excited with anticipation, watching all the cute and nostalgic holiday cartoons.
Q. How did the AR aspect of this exhibition influence how you animated Winter Walk?
A: I really wanted to create a sense of deeper space and movement to enhance the artists beautiful window design.
Q: In your opinion, what makes Calgary a special place to be in the wintertime?
A: All the chinooks snap us back into a springlike break from the cold.
Q: What would you say to convince Calgarians to come downtown and interact with the Northern Reflections Window Exhibition?
A: So many great artists have gotten together to beautify the city with augmented reality, check it out, this is such a cool idea!
Instagram: @brianbunnybatista & @atelierartista
Photography: Kuni Kawashima