Aniboom and The HISTORY Channel’s People Speak Competition has found its animation video Finalists!

Animators all over the world sent in incredible History Animations, animating original art over great speeches from History read by artists and actors including Matt Damon, Stacey-Ann Chin, Bruce Springsteen, and Josh Brolin.  Today, we’ll sit down with one of our Finalists and talk about process, inspiration, art, and animation!

Posted on September 30, 2009

Today, we speak to Avi Graiver, whose animation “The Low Road” has become a fast fan-favorite entry.

Tell me a little about yourself:

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, constantly accumulating piles on piles of sketches. After studying fine arts in high school and serving as a graphic designer in the Israeli Army, I studied Visual Arts at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, and later worked in the world of interactive media for more than four years. Today I am a freelance animator and graphic designer.


Why did you decided to participate in The History Channel Competition?

I heard of the competition while working on Foxy Santa, my short animated film for AniBoom and Fox.

I decided to participate because it seemed like a great opportunity to work with one of the world’s most interesting and prestigious television stations, and a chance to prove my skills and receive recognition. But more than that, what grabbed me and motivated me the most was the speech of Stacy-Ann-Chin, which provoked emotions within me and a strong will to add my own interpretation and expression to the piece.


What did you like about the competition?

What I liked most about the competition was both the challenge as an animator and the fact that the competition was accessible for all. I liked the fact that it was not based on existing animations but required fresh and original content to be made especially for it.

I liked the provocative subject and the freedom given to express it, and of course I enjoyed the ability to assemble for my film the most brilliant intellectuals and artists of our period, presenting sharp and uncompromising text.


How did it feel to become a Finalist?

When I heard I was chosen as a finalist I was ecstatic and extremely satisfied to know that my work is being appreciated. It gives me more motivation and will to keep on creating, growing and developing my work and art as an animator.


Who are some of your influences?

My list of influences is long and arrives from many cultural aspects. In the animation industry I would include the directors Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Hayao Myazaki and Production I.G. from Japanese anime, Peter Chung (Korean creator of Aeon Flux), Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) and American studios like Pixar, DreamWorks Animation and Disney.


What kind of technique do you like to use?

The techniques I like to use are 2D with 1-frames / 2-frames, occasionally I like to merge 3D and composite everything with post-production software.

For The History Channel Competition the People Speak I used 2-frames animations with characters and backgrounds in Flash software.

My workflow is usually: script, storyboard, animatic, keyframes and in-betweens.


What’s next for you?

I will continue participating in various animated competitions hoping to further develop myself as an animator, maybe find a place in an animation studio I look up to, and one day hopefully direct an animated feature of my own.


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