>>> A book about history of 50 years of Puppet film studio is out now!
"Lelles var visu!" (Puppets can do anything)
Written by Dace Rožlapa and Māris Putniņš
- It is an exciting journey in time of this unique world of Puppets and film makers in Latvia.
>>> Film studio "Animacijas Brigade" is a puppet animation studio, producing puppet films, puppet film series and commercials. The Studio was founded in 1966 by the puppet film and theater director Arnolds Burovs and since then the Studio has produced about 100 puppet films, made by different directors.
The film scripts are mostly original, some are based on good Latvian or foreign literature, or comic strips.
In the 90s the Studio "AB" started to produce comic puppet film series for small children:
>> "Munk and Lemmy"- 14 episodes, directors Rauls Shenbergs, Nils Skapans and Maris Brinkmanis.
>> "Rescue Team" - 26 episodes, for teenagers and for all age audience director Janis Cimmermanis.
>> “Mischief’s” director Janis Cimmermanis - 4 episodes.
>> "Animals"- 7 episodes directors: Nils Skapans, Dace Riduze and Maris Brinkmanis
Perhaps the most peculiar features of the series are the funny characters inspired and made by the artists of the studio, the good scripts and timing.
All films are 5 - 10 minutes long without dialogues so people all around the world can understand the story.
The Studio means a group of professionals, sixteen in number right now, three filming pavilions, and working parallel. The puppets are handmade. The Studio produces a 5 - minute puppet film/commercial in approximately 2 months.
Films, produced by the Film Studio "ANIMACIJAS BRIGADE", have participated in different
International Film Festivals, 15 - 30 during a year, and have won high and prestigious prizes, as "The Glass Bear" of Berlin International Film Festival 1995 (the main prize of the Children Film
Festival Jury for the film "Munk and Lemmy. Let' s Fly?!" directed by Nils Skapans), and many others. Between
the most honorable films is “HUNTING” (MEDIBAS) from series “RESCUE TEAM” directed by Janis Cimmermanis. Film, which had been produced at 2007. has received 9 prizes at different festivals.
Another successful animation short is "HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY" (2013.) by Evalds Lacis; it has received 10 awards in international film festivals around the world.
Film Studio "ANIMACIJAS BRIGADE" also had a great opportunity to produce co-production feature film with Danish company Zentropa Productions
"THE THREE MUSKETEERS" (2006.).
Studio also did animation work on feature film "PROP & BERTA" (2000.).
*** Recently AB film studio animated Telescreen Filmproducties and A.Film Production film “Miffy the movie” (2013)
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