100 Creatives: Ibis Fernandez
What He Does: Ibis Fernandez is an animator and inventor developing programs and techniques to help people create animated works on their own. He's worked as a key framer and inbetweener on Freakazoid, the New Batman Adventures and The New Woody Woodpecker Show.
On the development side, he is the author of Macromedia Flash Animation and Cartooning: A Creative Guide,, technical editor of Flash 5 Cartooning, the publisher and editor of Flash Filmmaker and the inventor of Toon Titan, a program that allows hours worth of animation work to be done in minutes. Toon Titan has been utilized by Happy Tree Friends and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
He was also once offered animation work with David Lynch, which he turned down, and was subsequently kicked very hard in the shins by Art Attack.
Why He Likes It: Fernandez started out wanting to be an actor, but never quite got his career off the ground. Animation allows him complete control over a film on his terms and time.
What Inspires Him: Mostly the beauty of great 2D animation, particularly the Japanese film Grave of Fireflies. A fair warning from us to you: Do not watch this film unless you own three adorable puppies to cuddle throughout the duration. It's like the saddest film ever.
Fernandez is also keen on his Mayan heritage and looks to explore the history and mythology of his ancestors in future work.
If Not This, Then What? Art Attack has heard several brilliant live-action film pitches from the animator over the years, and if anyone ever takes a chance on him with a budget, we can promise you that you will not be disappointed. By day, though, he works at Hostgator while freelancing animation projects in the evening.
If Not Here, Then Where? "Montreal, Canada, seems to be where it's at for animators. The animation industry is alive and kicking so that would certainly be the first on the list for me. I already can't work and live in Houston, at least not as an animator. There's just no industry here. If it wasn't because I have kids and such, I would have left a long time ago."
Interestingly enough, animator Sophia Vassilakidis has expressed almost the exact same sentiment. It would be a shame if Houston lost all of its animators to Canada.
What's Next? "Amongst some of my planned projects is a film about the Spanish conquest but based in a not-so-distant future where the conquistadors are aliens from another world, the president of the U.S. is a religious zealot who literally gives them the key to the country... and you know how the story ends, based on a true story but told from a sci-fi point of view."
He's also working on a purely fictional film about a Mayan native and an African slave who team up to make a last stand against the Spanish; an animated retelling of the story of Cain and Abel; and a live-action feature film about a mixed martial artist and the daughter of a notorious drug lord. "The list goes on," he says.
Fernandez is also quite keen on taking up any local freelance work that may come his way. He is already slated to animate several local bands' music videos, and is open to more. You could do a lot worse than having someone David Freakin' Lynch wanted to work with drawing out a masterpiece for you. He can be reached at ibis at cinestarfilmworks dot com.
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