BAFICI – Aardman Animation QnA

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The Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI) is an 11 day film festival that happens in April.  The event spans 27 different venues around BA.   I was exploring the Centro Cultural Recoleta area, and noticed some familiar faces on signage for BAFICI.  Good ole Wallace n Grommit from Aardman Animation Studios!  The British animation studio is celebrating 40 years and was a big part of BAFICI.  Lucky for me, the Creative Director of Aardman, Merlin Crossingham was speaking in a free Q&A seminar!  He spoke about the challenges that small animation studios face; he showed process clips where he was acting out scenes playing Wallace; and he even sculpted some clay on stage while speaking.  I got to talk to him after the event!  Not gonna lie.  I was a little starstruck.   One of the coolest stories about the claymation process: before every feature film, they purchase about 2 metric tons of clay for each color that they’re going to use for each character....