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Interview | Anton Huml

Contributed by: Rusmir Arnautovic
Date: Tuesday 07, April 2009
Interview | Anton Huml

We asked. He answered. Read an interview with Anton Huml. Video artist from Sarajevo.

1. First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where did you go to school?
Well, I'm Anton Huml, and I'm a video designer from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, still located here, making a living doing motion graphics and animation, however without any official degree in the field of work that I am in, since there wasn't any academic course at my city's university for that field. So I'm mostly self tutored.

2. How did you get into animation and video editing?
It has always been a passion of mine, and I got into it 5 years ago when I saw an advert in a newspaper about an animation school, which was mostly a ploy to recruit people to work on a commercial animation serial for a local advertising agency. There I met some cool people I worked with, they became my friends, and have been into it ever since.
I've been working as a freelancer for the last 2 or so years.

3. When you were a child did you always want to become an artist?
Secretly, yeah. But growing in a community where it is not viewed as a serious or a steady source of income, I never really imagined I would succeed in this line of work, so I first got into economic studies, which didn't end well, so I dropped out, realising that I didn't want to sit at a desk my whole life being a bank accountant.

4. Do you identify yourself as an "animation" video artist, or just a video artist.
Animation and video artist.

5. Describe your first piece.
It was at the animation school I mentioned earlier, in hindsight a very badly done short animation made without any script or storyboards about two bunnies killing eachother over a feud in a playground, and ending in a message about tolerance. Nothing spectacular, quite the oposite, however it got me hired at the agency and I earned a living for 3 years, and met some cool people working at their hive who helped me improve my work tremendously.

6. Can you describe an evolution in your work?
The base of my work is vector animation, since it speeds up the 2D animation workflow over traditional pencil on paper animation, and speed is always of the essence in this deadline-filled line of work. It started out quite primitively, doing animation in CorelDraw, then I came across a wonderful little program called Moho, which is currently called Anime Studio, in which I do most of my 2D animation. After Effects has always been a part of my workflow, first used for 2D compositing, but as of the last few years, compositing 3D animation has been increasingly a part of my job.

7. Why do you think animation in music vids is becoming increasingly popular?
Animation and music videos went together since the dawn of TV, so it's understandable as the animation quality over the years increased, that the symbiosis of those two artforms increased.

zoster

Award-winning animated film inspired by the song by band Zoster, which is also a first music video from their album “Festival of fools”.
by Anton Huml and Adnan Mahinić

8. What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I'm finishing up a comissioned short cartoon where I have been hired as an animator, it should be 8-9 minutes long, and it's currently in post-production stage. Also there are several other projects brewing, but I can't talk about those yet.

9. Where have you shown your work recently?
My work has been shown on several international festivals over the last couple of years, including Zagreb Animafest, Sarajevo Film festival, Ottawa Animation film Festival, Neum Animated Film Festival, No Limit Advertising Festival, and many others.

10. Where can we see your works? Are they online?
Yes, I regularly update my personal online portfolio at www.tony.ba , and also on Knap Animation and Design studio (knapstudio.com) website, place I'm working at with my "partner in crime" Kenan Tuzi.

11. Is there anything that you're afraid of regarding the future?
An alien invasion or a nuclear war perhaps... In all seriousness though, I don't worry myself too much into the future, or about the past, I'm more focused on the present.

12. Do you have any advice for young artists?
The internet is your friend, and in this digital age you can teach yourself pretty much anything, the only thing you need is the will and patience to do it.

Showreel

KNAP Showreel 2010 from KNAP Design & Animation Studio on Vimeo.

Anton thank you very much for answering our questions :-)
So if you want to visit Anton and his works  you should do that now

Visit http://www.tony.ba

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