Marie-Laure Guisset - Masterclass III - Fredrikstad Animation Festival

Marie-Laure Guisset – Masterclass III

Marie-Laure Guisset is a skilled animator with several international productions behind her, including Cartoon Saloon’s The Secret of Kells (2009) and Sylvain Comet’s The Triplets of Belleville (2003). Recently she has been a key staff for the Norwegian animated feature Titina, where she is the animation director as part of the Belgian co-production team.

Working with different formats and with every kind of technique, she loves to bring life to the characters, create empathy, and above all tell stories. With a focus on the essence, she likes to go for less is more, while adding that little detail that will trigger emotions. She likes her teams of animators to focus on how to move the audience instead of how to move the characters.

During her masterclass, she will share tips and tricks gathered during her career of more than 20 years in the animation industry, while having a closer look at the animation style of Titina (2022) and on the theme of “Acting in Animation”.

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Marie-Laure Guisset

Marie-Laure Guisset is a Belgian animator and animation director based in Brussels. After studying classical animation in Bournemouth and in Dublin, she worked on various awards winnings projects like The Triplets of Belleville, The Secret of Kells, La mécanique du Coeur, Zombillenium, and the series The Smurfs. Most recently she was the animation director of the beautiful Norwegian (and Belgian co-produced) movie Titina, which was directed by Kajsa Naess. Working on different formats and whatever the technique, she loves to bring life to the characters, create empathy, and above all tell stories. With a focus on the essence, she likes to go forLess is more”, but adding that little detail will push the emotion. She likes to bring her teams of animators to focus on “how to move the audience” instead of “how to move the characters”.

Heikki Jokinen

Heikki Jokinen has been a freelance journalist and critic since 1986. He has an M.A. in political science and comparative cultural research. His articles have been published in over 125 newspapers and magazines around the world. He has written or edited 20 books and lectured at art universities on five continents. Jokinen has been a member of more than twenty juries and selection committees on the film festivals including Annecy, Stuttgart, and Zagreb animation festivals. In the 1990s, he was a member of the Animerte Dagers festival and selection committees. Jokinen is the former vice-president of ASIFA. He has been chair of the Finnish Animation Association, the Finnish Critics’ Association, and the Finnish Comics Society. Now, he is a board member of Cartoon – European Association of Animation Film and chair of Kopiosto, the collective management organisation for reprographic and audiovisual authors’ copyright.