Carlos Lascano

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Carlos Lascano
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Carlos Lascano at a shooting in Toronto, Canada (Sept 2008)
Born (1973-06-08) 8 June 1973 (age 41)
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Occupation Writer, director, illustrator
Years active 1991 — present

Carlos Lascano (born June 8, 1973) is an Argentine director and writer, mainly known for his works in animation and illustration.

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Lascano early started his art career, as he was gifted at drawing, painting and story writing. At the age of fourteen, he had completed over two hundred pages of a comic of his creation, and at seventeen he made his first painting exposition, Girls, which had been positively received by the public, and brought Lascano to the local spotlight. A year later, he wrote and designed a graphic novel: 1675, La leyenda del Torreón del Monje, based on an old argentinian legend.

Following a strong family tradition, he completed Law School in 1997, but decided not to practice and to dedicate entirely to art creation. A year later, at 24, he concluded Marionettes, his first film, for which he was awarded the Silver Prize as "Best Experimental Feature Film" at the 1998 Worldfest.[1] The same film later came to be part of the reference material used at the Manuel Antin´s Cinema University, in Buenos Aires.

In 1998 Lascano founded Pandemonium Visual Group, a combination of an acting school and an audiovisual production company. During this time he worked intensively with actors at film sets, work that helped him to reassure his directing skills. He later improved those skills studying scenic arts with the recognized director, Manuel González Gil.

At the head of his production company, he developed both artistic and commercial projects, working with large local and international companies, such as Telefonica, McDonalds, Fate O, among others, achieving with one of his spots the First Mention of the Lápiz de Oro award, the most important prize in argentinian advertisement.

In 2000 he was awarded the Georges Meliès Prize for his short film Les Amants, and was invited to Paris to meet with large local production companies. The film was later chosen to be published as one of the best short films that ever won the Georges Meliès.

In 2002 Lascano moved to Barcelona to film, by request of Televisió de Catalunya, a remake of his second film, Perverse Game. From that moment on he started working nonstop[2] as filmmaker, editor, script writer, special effects supervisor and animator for cinema, television, documentaries and advertisement, not only for Spain but also for France, Italy, United Kingdom and the United States. He wrote and directed video clips for recognized Spanish musicians[3] and has worked with important artists like Javier Bardem, Alex de la Iglesia, among others.

His original artwork, editing and animation direction of The Legend of the Scarecrow earned the short film over 20 awards worldwide, including a Goya Awards[4] nomination and a pre-selection to the 2005 Oscar Academy Awards.

Recent works[edit]

In 2007, after being in charge of the Edition and Postproduction Department in In Vitro Films (Barcelona), Carlos resumed his freelance career and moved to Madrid, where he currently lives.

After the experience acquired from The Legend of the Scarecrow, he deepened his drawing style and merged it with his extensive technical knowledge and his filmmaking experience, in order to focus on the creation of animation pieces.

In 2008 he published online his latest short film, A short love story in Stop Motion, which collected over two million views and around 40.000 quotations[5] in websites from all over the globe in the first six months. Then came The Can, a spot commissioned by Red Bull Austria, intended to be part of a program that Red Bull organized together with the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

In 2009 he founded his own production company, DreamLife Studio SL, with the intention of starting to produce his own works on a larger scale. The company is based in Madrid.

In 2009 and 2010 he focused mainly on advertisement, working on large campaigns for Al Balad Newspaper in Lebanon, Oscillococcinum in France, Popsicle Ice Pops in the US, and TetraPak in Russia.[6] During 2010 he also directed the music video J’ai pas le temps for French singer Gabi. The video was featured at the third episode of the Zacuto’s Emmy award winning web series The Great Camera Shootout,[7] in Chicago, where Lascano also participated as a guest. Later on that year, he was invited by Vimeo to participate as a judge for the Animation Category of their first festival, Vimeo Festival + Awards,[8] held in New York on October 9, 2010, next to other award-winning filmmakers such as David Lynch, Nicolas Schmerkin and Vincent Laforet.

In 2011 he was commissioned by Amnesty International to write and direct an animated spot for their 50th anniversary. The original score was composed by the Academy Award Winner Hans Zimmer and the Academy Award Nominee Lorne Balfe, and the production took place in Prague between his own company, DreamLife Studio and Eallin Motion Art. The spot was internationally released by Amnesty International on May 28 th, 2011, on the day its 50th anniversary was commemorated.

Also in 2011, Carlos released one of his most ambitious projects: a mixed-technique animation short film, A Shadow of Blue,[9][10] film that qualified for the 84th Academy Awards.[11]

Later that year, The Coca Cola Company summoned Carlos to direct the official animated commercial spot the brand presented at the 2012 Eurocup.

Owner of a very personal style, his mixing of digital tools and real objects brought a new organic aesthetic concept[jargon] to animation, making Carlos achieve international recognition,[12] and setting him on the sight of large advertisement companies. Eallin Motion Art [13] (Czech Republic), Bent Image Lab (USA and Canada), Cube (France), Boiron (France) and Trix (Portugal), are some of the companies he is currently working with.

Selected works[edit]

Early years[edit]

Year Title Awards
1997 Pulitzer
1998 Marionetas
1998 Le Peintre et la Modéle
("The Painter and the Model")
2000 Pandemonium
2000 Les Amants
("The Lovers")
2001 Juego Perverso
2003 Esta Ronda la Paga Obus
(featuring Javier Bardem)
2005 La Leyenda del Espantapájaros
("Legend of the Scarecrow")
Nominated for the Goya Awards, 20th Edition, Spain.
Silver Melies - Festival Fantasporto, Portugal.[14]
Best Animated Short Film, Honorable Mention - Cleveland International Film Festival, USA.[15]
Best Animated Short Film - L.A. Shorts Film Festival, USA.[16]
Gold Plaque for Animated Short Film - 41st Chicago International Film Festival, USA.[16]
Best Spanish Short Film - XVI Semana de Cine Fantástico y de Terror de Donosti (San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival), Spain.[16]
World Animation Award - 19th Leeds International Film Festival, UK.[16]
Best Original Soundtrack - ALCINE 35 Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares, Spain.[16]
Best Animation Short Film - 5th Annual Tiburón International Film Festival, USA.[16]
Best Animation (Nomination) - 3rd Syracuse International Film and Video Festival.[16]
Best Animation - 9th Mostra de Curtmetratges de Sagunt (Sagunt Short Film Festival).[16]
Platinum Remi (Cel Animation) - 39th WorldFest Houston International Film and Video Festival.[16]
Audience Choice Award - 11th Worldwide Short Film Festival.[16]
Best Animation - 5th Fescurts: Festival de Curtmetratges de Torelló.[16]
Best International Animated Short Film - Festival Internacional de Cine de Viña del Mar, Chile.[17]

Recent works[edit]

Year Title Awards
2005 Inspiration
2008 A Short Love Story in Stop Motion
2008 Red Bull's "The Can"
2008 Al Balad Campaign
(Gandhi, Napoleon, Beethoven)
Bronze Award, "Publications and Media" at the Dubai Lynx International Advertising Festival, 2009.[18]
2009 Oscillococcinum "Le Bus"
2010 Popsicle Ice Pops "Space Camp"
2010 J'ai pas le temps
2010 TetraPak "The Cow"
2011 "Standing up for Freedom: Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary"
2011 "A Shadow of Blue"
2011 "The Spirit of the Euro"

Commissioned works[edit]

Year Title Role Studio
2003 Muertos Comunes Editing KV Entertainment/FILMAX
2005 Dos Hombres sin Destino
(Theatre Production)
Making of video sequences for the production
2005 Vivir sin Miedo (TV Movie) Editing In Vitro Films
2005 Libro de Familia
(TV Movie)
Second Unit directing, editing and making of animation sequences In Vitro Films
2005 Le Dernier Seigneur des Balkans
(miniseries for TV Arte France)
Editing, graphic design and animation In Vitro Films
2006 Adrenalina
(TV Movie)
Second Unit directing and editing In Vitro Films
2006 El Estafador
(TV Movie)
Second Unit directing and editing In Vitro Films
2007 Coral Connections Final editing and visual effects Sea Studios Foundation
2007 Ália
(TV Show)
Directing and making of the animation sequences TV Catalunya/Mortimer Produccions
2008 Becoming Special effects designer and supervisor[19] Wandering Eye Productions


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