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Ob železnici 8
Maribor, Upravna enota Maribor, 2000

StopTrik International Film Festival is dedicated to stop motion techniques of hand-made, spatial animation as puppet film, claymation, object or photography manipulation, animation of loose materials (such as salt, sand etc), pixilation, traditional cut-out and many more. The list of sub-genres could be complemented with such exceptional techniques as animation of lights, fire, yarns, threads. Artists' imagination is limitless and so we can be neither orthodox nor strict while defining the term "stop motion". The ultimate goal of this unique annual gathering is to admire and celebrate artistry of hand-made, spatial animation together with all the other drifters of the surreal, absurd or merry highways who are ready to pursue frame by frame illusion.

ŠPELA SABATI: An interview with Miha Šubic About missing Humor in Animated Films.


ŠPELA SABATI: An interview with Miha Šubic About missing Humor in Animated Films.

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Salon uporabnih umetnosti/Salon of Aplied Arts. Photo: Daniel Šuljić

Salon uporabnih umetnosti/Salon of Aplied Arts. Photo: Daniel Šuljić

Stoptrik festival made a lovely calm and artistic atmosphere in the past four days in Maribor, Slovenia. When I had the chance to speak to one of the guests, Miha Šubic, a young artist and animator, we started to talk about different genres that stop motion or 3d animation films depicts in general. He enjoyed the StopTrik atmosphere and said that animation festivals are always filled with calm, relaxed vibes and he prefers to attend animation festivals to film festivals, but he also enjoys visiting both kind of festivals Miha Šubic is a stop motion appreciator that makes computer animated films.

Stop motion is the kind of animation that can feel raw or harsh. Films made with this technique are often made into more serious or darker stories. However, Miha Šubic pointed out that there is a void inside of the animation movie genres. “I miss more comedy animations,” he said. An assumption exists that animated films are made for children, even though that is not always the case. Especially in stop motion animation there is a variety of genres, from children story to horror films. 

He said that the majority of the movies are of the drama genre. “It often happens that dramas turn into some sort of surrealistic film that portrays fears in a morbid or depressive narration. Maybe it is easier for people to sympathize with such themes or that humor is less universal and more specific. When the movie is funny, the targeted audience is usually children.” 

He pointed out the importance of story, saying that he enjoyed narrative films most. “Sometimes there is too much stress on technique, scenography and puppets, but the story is missing.”

Miha Šubic is also a founder of the Film Factory, a society and studio that grew out of the wish to make movies and that organizes workshops for students and shoots films. Their latest movie Verjetno te nikoli več ne bom videl (I think I will never see you again) by Mitja Mlakar was recently released.  

Miha Šubic made a comment about stop motion that I think hits home with a lot of people. “It looks like a small version of the real world, that is happening both now and also 150 years ago.” I think it is worth mentioning that stop motion gives an artist an option to use any material that they want, yet they put a lot of nostalgic materials and feelings into it. The festival scene was perfect in this sense. The festival was held mostly in Salon Uporabnih Umetnosti and Wetrinsky. The two places had nostalgic feelings and stimulated some sense of daydreaming and longing. 

Miha Šubic is currently working on a 3d animation Honey Can You Take My Human For A Walk, with which he sets himself to do a satire movie and to put comedy animation to justice.