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  • "Cat Time Stories" at prestigious "Cinekid" Festival (Junior Cross Media Market, Amsterdam)
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    Animated and interactive project "The Cat Time Stories" was presented at "Junior Cross Media Market" at Cinekid Film Festival in Amsterdam! After the pitch at "Cartoon Forum" in Hungary in September, this is already the second top European event where "Cats" were presented.
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    "Junior Cross Media Market" (October 26-29 2010) is intended for new projects that combine film or TV content with additional content for Internet, games, social networks, mobiles, virtual worlds... The producers and authors of such trans-media content for children meet international financiers and co-producers, including broadcasters, networks and companies from entertainment and gaming business - and our project is developed as such trans-media content from the very beginning.
     
    The project was presented by Helena Bulaja, the director, and Dea Jagić, animator.
     
    Cinekid itself is the world biggest and most important film, TV and new media festival specialized for children content, and this is its 24th edition.
       
     
     
     
  • Ex Oriente (3) and East European Forum
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    From October 21-26 "Mechanical Figures" participated at the third and final session of "Ex Oriente" workshops, in Jihlava (Czech Republic). The workshop is a part of 14th International Documentary Film Festival Jihlava. The focus of the final workshop is "The Market Opens".

    On the same occasion on October 25 "Mechanical Figures" were very successfully presented at 10th East European Forum, a pitching forum that presents new documentary projects from Eastern Europe to European producers and broadcasters.
     
    Several other Croatian productions are also participants of this year's "Ex Oriente" and "East European Forum":: Djangarchi by Zoran Krema, Family Meals by Dana Budisavljević and Naked by Tiha Klara Gudac.

       
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  • "Tesla" at PPTP Cross Media Forum (London Film Festival)
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    The project "Mechanical figures - inspired by Tesla" was a part of conference and forum "Power to the Pixel - The Cross-Media Forum" (London, 12-15 October). Forum is a part of BFI London Film Festival and it's the leading place in Europe for presentation of new trans-media interactive projects.
       
  • PowertothePixel
     
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    In July this year the project was selected for "The Pixel Lab - The Cross-Media Film Workshop" in Cardiff, Wales. All the projects that took part at "The Pixel Lab" workshop are also guests of this forum and market. Participants have one-to-one meetings with leading professionals from TV broadcasting and adjacent industries such as gaming, Web and mobile content.
     
    More: www.powertothepixel.com
     
     
     
      
  • New Website for "Cat Time Stories"
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    New web site for our newest animated interactive project "The Cat Time Stories" is online! You can see the project's trailer, several episodes, as well as sign up and follow the news about project and its development on Facebook.

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  • Cat Time Stories - The Piper
     
     
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    The address is: www.cattimestories.com
     
     
      
  • "Cat Time Stories" presented at Cartoon Forum!
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    We are very proud to announce this!

    Animated series that we recently started to develop, "The Cat Time Stories", was presented at Cartoon Forum!!!

     
  • Magyar Cartoon Forum 2010
     
     
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    Out of 110 applied projects, 63 were selected for pitching, including ours! "Cat Time Stories" were also first Croatian animated series chosen to be a part of this prestigious event.
     
     
  • Magyar Cartoon Forum 2010
     
     
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    Cartoon Forum is the leading European pitching forum in animation, "the place" to present new TV animated projects to key players of the industry, such as producers, distributors, programmers and editors. It exists for 21 years, and this year it for the first time took place in "New Europe", in Hungarian city of Sopron, on September 14-17.
     
    Most of recent European animated successes were "conceived" at Cartoon Forum. We strongly believe that our "Cats" will have the same positive destiny!
     
      
  • "The Shy Little Cat"

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    "Cats" are based on short stories written by Nada Horvat. Director of the project is Helena Bulaja, author of characters and animation is Dea Jagić, background artist Nora Mojaš, and music composer Christian Biegai.
     
    Some of the stories are already made in a form of animatic and can be seen here!

    Cartoon Forum's list of selected projects is here.
     
    More info: www.cartoon-media.eu
     
    More about Cat Time Stories...
     
     
     
  • "The Greedy Little Cat"
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  • Helena Bulaja panelist at discussion about documentaries, games and new media, at the famous gathering Sunny Side of The Doc
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    Helena Bulaja was invited as a speaker to the panel "Play the Game", at the leading European documentary film gathering Sunny Side of the Doc!Sunny Side of the Docs (La Rochelle, France)

    The subject of the panel was the future of documentaries in the time of computer games and the new media, or so-called "cross-media" content - content produced for and distributed on various platforms and in different media (TV, Internet, other interactive platforms). The main issue of the panel is the birth of a new genre, "documentary game"...
     
     
     
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  • "Cat Time Stories" at Croatian Illustration Biennale!
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    Illustrations from our newest animated and interactive project "The Cat Time Stories" were selected for this year's Third Croatian Illustration Biennale.

    The exhibition will take place at Klovićevi dvori gallery in Zagreb, opening was on June 1st, and it will stay open until July 25th.

     
     
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  • "Mechanical Figures" Vimeo's staff pick again!
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    The short film "Mechanical Figures 3 _ New Yorker Times" was featured as staff's pick on April 27th on Vimeo!

    Vimeo is certainly the most respected video website in the world - unlike mass-consumers oriented Youtube, Vimeo profiled as the leading site for high quality original videos, and attracts art audience and authors.

    After "Mechanical Figures 00_IDEAS", which was Vimeo's featured video in December 2009, "New Yorker Times" is the second film from the "Mechanical Figures" project to be honored in this way.

    The film can be watched here..., together with other "Mechanical Figures" shorts.
       
     
  • Mechanical Figures - Vimeo
     

       
  • "Rijeka 2010" - official video
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    The year of the second odyssey 2010 will be celebrated in big style in Rijeka with a special event called "Rijeka 2010", organized by the first and only Croatian computer museum "PEEK&POKE" - the rich program includes exhibitions, concerts, and among the attractive guests are Japanese jazz musician Toshinori Kondo and, for us, very interesting Tesla Coil Orchestra - and with a spectacular surprise that we can't say anything about at this moment... The program starts on May 20 and lasts until the end of July.
     
     
  • Rijeka 2010
      
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    Helena Bulaja and our new collaborator Nora Mojaš are authors of "Rijeka 2010" official video, that can be seen here..., and also of the project Website and visual identity. We will also take part in the program - more details soon.
    In short, "My god, it's full of stars!" and of course - 1:4:9 :-)
     
    More info: www.rijeka2010.info and www.peekpoke.hr
     
     
  • Rijeka 2010
     
     
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  • "Mechanical Figures" on pitching forum in Hong Kong!
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    The project "Mechanical Figures" was selected for pitching forum and co-production meeting "Asian Side of the Docs" in Hong Kong in March 2010, The forum is organized by "Sunny Side of the Doc", leading international market for documentaries with more than 20 years of tradition. The project will be presented to producers and distributors from Asia and all around the world, such as Japanese NHK, Korean KBS, Channel 4, National Geographic, BBC, ZDF, Arte, Discovery...
     
     
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  • "Mechanical Figures" on "Ex Oriente" workshop in Prague!
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    At the end of Mart we will take part in well known workshop "Ex Oriente" in Prague. The workshop happens in several sessions during the year, and it is dedicated to development and funding of creative documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe. They are lead by leading European producers, directors, editors and other experts.
     
     
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  • "Mechanical Figures" at "Dragon Forum" in Warsaw!
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    Helena Bulaja, the author of "Mechanical Figures" was invited to "Dragon Forum" in Warsaw, Poland, the unique series of workshops for development of documentary projects and their presentation to potential co-producers.
     
     
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  • New animated and interactive project: "The Cat Time Stories"
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    We started the development of a new animated and interactive project for the youngest - "The Cat Time Stories"!
     
    After "Croatian Tales of Long Ago", with the new project we will also continue to translate works from Croatian literature to new forms, but this time it is a modern author: the project is based on a short story collection "The Cats" by Nada Horvat, writer from Zagreb.
     
    The collection "Cats", written in both English and Croatian, relates thirty stories about the adventures and experiences of slightly humanized but thoroughly feline characters. They hunt for treasure, displease their human "masters", go shopping, worry about their appearance, avoid dogs, get stuck in the stop branches of a tree and do everything which makes up the busy agenda of a cat's day. One of them even discovers he can fly... The stories all deliver a subtle moral but it is never obvious because a cat's idea of good and bad is a very special one. The characters are endearing but never sentimental.
     
    The result of the project will be a collection of 30 animated shorts, and additional interactive content. Some of the titles from the book are "The Shy Little Cat", "The Cat of Fashion", "Greedy Cat", "Lazy Cat", "Adventurer Cat", "Cat the Sailor", "Laughing Cat"... The stories are most of all for kids aged 2-8, with the main intention to introduce them and get them to know different characters through playful and funny cats' adventures.
      
  • "The Shy Little Cat"
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    The director of the project is Helena Bulaja. Author of drawings, characters and animation is a young animator from Zagreb Dea Jagić. Designer Nora Mojaš joined the project recently as a background artist. Music will be composed by our permanent collaborator Christian Biegai from Berlin.
     
  • "The Cat Time Stories"
     
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    Some of the stories are already made in a form of animatic and can be seen here!
     
     
  • "The Sailor Cat"

     
     
  • We develop iPhone apps!
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    "Croatian Tales of Long Ago", as well as other content from our production, will soon be available as an innovative iPhone application, in several languages!
     
    The first app to come out will be "Stribor's Forest" based on the cartoon by Alistair Keddie. Besides the cartoon and extras, the funniest part of it will be "make your own cartoon"! How? - Find out soon!
      
  • iPhone - Stribor's Forest
     
     
  • After "Stribor", we will make "Neva" and the other fairytales from "Croatian Tales" collection, iPhone versions of music games from "Interactive Classics" series and the new project "The Cat Time Stories"... The development of "Stribor" app is almost finished, and we are developing it with Hrvoje Manz, programmer from Zagreb. Authors of the application design are Helena Bulaja and Blaž Habuš.
     
     
  • "Mechanical Figures at 3rd "Biennial of the Quadrilateral", Rijeka, Croatia, December 2009
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    The project "Mechanical Figures" had in December 2009 its premiere for the Croatian audience at the exhibition "Biennial of the Quadrilateral" in Museum of modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia. The expo presents artists from four neighboring countries (Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy). Curators Christiane Paul (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York) and Darko Fritz selected our project because this year's exhibition was focused on new media arts.
       
    Biennale Kvadrilaterale 3, Rijeka
     
    The project was presented in the form of triple interactive installation (Web / TV-DVD / iPhone), with an interactive part that included visitors in the process of creation and presentation of the film.

    More: www.bq3.mmsu.hr

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  • Video "Mechanical Figures 00_IDEAS" staff's pick on Vimeo!
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    The video "Mechanical Figures 00_IDEAS" was in December 2009 staff's pick on HD channel on Vimeo, which resulted in big number of views, "likes" and comments.
     
    The film, with thoughts on Tesla, ideas and creativity from Marina Abramovic, Terry Gilliam and Laurie Anderson, was inspired by a Tesla's childhood anecdote about his first invention, a 16 june bugs powered motor that he made when he was nine. It can be seen here..., together with other video clips from "Mechanical Figures".
      
     
  • Mechanical Figures 00_IDEAS
     
     

 

  • "Mechanical Figures" got a grant from EU's MEDIA programme!
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    Experimental interactive film "Mechanical Figures" got a grant from MEDIA Programme of the European Union for development of audio-visual projects, in the category of single projects - creative documentaries. Our film is one of the first Croatian productions to receive this support, which recently became available to Croatian producers and authors.
     
    EACEA's review of the project, among other things, says: "The project framework is fascinating, and the production approach is well prepared and prepared and adequate. The project has a potential in use of the new techniques and new virtual worlds, helping the classic cinematography to become even more rich."
      
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  • "Mechanical Figures" featured in the book "Secrets of Digital Animation" by S. Withrow
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    Our project "Mechanical Figures" is featured in the newest book "Secrets of Digital Animation: A Master Class in Innovative Tools and Techniques" by Steven Withrow. Moreover, a scene from the project is on the book's cover page!
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  • "Secrets of Digital Animation" by S. Withrow
     
     
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    The illustrated book "sets out", as the book description on Amazon says, "to demonstrate and showcase a range of cutting-edge work, new techniques, and influential practitioners within all forms of contemporary animation", from anime to Flash, from shorts to complex 3D production, and gives an "insider" overview of the ever-changing world of animation, using the numerous examples of recent projects or work in progress.
     
    By defining our project as "taking digital animation fully into the multimedia", the book brings basic information about the project, with the special accent on used techniques, technology and tricks, in the form of interview with Helena Bulaja, and with many visual materials from the project.
       
    In his 2002 book Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning Steven Withrow presented our multimedia project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago".
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  • "Pick of the Week" - Imagine Science Film Festival
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    The short film "Bugs Assembly" from the "Mechanical Figures" project was "Video Pick of the Week" in the last week of July at Imagine Science Film Festival!
     
    The festival's mission is to promote a dialogue between science and filmmaking, and to present science to the broader audience. It is happening in Brooklyn, NYC, and this is its second occurrence. The selected films will receive a special mention on the festival in October.
      
    Imagine Science Film Festival


    More: imaginesciencefilm.com.
      
     
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  • "Mechanical Figures" at its first festival!
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    Just after they were first released on Vimeo, the video clips from "Mechanical Figures" were invited to their first festival! They were selected by Streaming Festival, international festival of visual arts.
      
    Streaming Festival


    The festival is focused on Internet streaming, it exists in the form of Wiki pages, but also has its "real" issue in The Hague, NL in November - our project is also going to be presented there. The main topic of the festival is "Between the Frames", or films that "through fascinating imagery, wicked editing and luring sound design dare the viewer to listen and watch... The artists signature lies between the frames."
     
    More: www.streamingfestival.com.
      
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  • "Mechanical Figures" - first clips on Vimeo!
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    The first materials from the project "Mechanical Figures" (Tesla) are finally available - about 15 short clips are posted on Vimeo! (click here...).
     
    Mechanical Figures - Vimeo


    Animated clips are divided in two albums: one is a collection of short stories inspired by Tesla (IDEAS), whereas the other brings interviews of famous artists and their thoughts on Tesla (PEOPLE).
     
    More info about the project is available here...
      

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  • Screening in Pula
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    On July 22nd all 6 cartoons from "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" were screened at the children's program "Cartoons at Portarata" of the Pula Film Festival, the leading national festival in Croatia. More: www.pulafilmfestival.hr
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  • Presentation at "Fete de l'animation", Lille, France
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    On April 16-19 Helena Bulaja will be a guest of "Fete de l'animation" animation festival in Lille in the very north of France.
     
    This year's festival in its rich program has a special theme: animation in Eastern Europe. They invited about 10 animation studios, schools and authors, so it is a great honor to be one of them. Our project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" will be presented at a special stand. Two other invited studios are also from Croatia: "Zagreb film" and "Kenges", and other guests are world famous Estonian studio "Nukufilm", Polish studio "Se-Ma-For", animation school from Zlin and famous film academy FAMU from Prague, Czech Republic...
     
    More about the festival: www.fete-anim.com


     
     
  • Presentation of new projects at Fiabesque festival in Italy
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    Helena and Zvonimir Bulaja were again guests of "Cartoons Night", a special program of fairytale festival Fiabesque in Peccioli in Tuscany. Together with many other cartoon authors, we presented our new film ("Mechanical Figures") and publishing ("Stribor's Forest", "Neva") projects. We also attended the first meeting of partners of the international project of lifelong education through animation "Cartoon, Animated Training", supported by EU's "Leonardo da Vinci" program. The project will gather together partners from all around Europe: from Italy, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Turkey, Croatia...
     
    More about this unique festival at www.fiabesque.org
     
     
    Fiabesque 2009 - Cartoons Night
     
     

     
       
  • "Stribor's Forest" won both Kiklop awards!
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    Deluxe edition of "Stribor's Forest" won both "Kiklop" awards it was nominated for: best children's book and best design! Kiklop is one of the most prestigious Croatian book awards.
     
    More information is available at www.sanjamknjige.hr 
     
     
     
  • New deluxe edition: "Neva"!
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    The new deluxe edition from the project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" - "Neva" - is ready! "Neva" is based on the cartoon by Canadian animator Edgar Beals. The new package is similar, but in many things richer than our last year's hit "Stribor's Forest". Along with the illustrated book (a very unusual one!), the DVD and the CD, it contains some very, very interesting and fun activities...
     
    "Neva" can be ordered from our Web shop...
     
     
    "Neva" - deluxe edition
     
     
    Just like "Stribor", "Neva" is also available in three language versions: English, German and Croatian. The story was retold and package designed by Edgar Beals and Helena Bulaja.
     
    The leading Croatian newspapers Jutrarnji list already had a review of "Neva" by Pavica Knezović Belan... and she said: "From the Bulaja Publishing manufacture we got another sensation for kids!" (If you speak Croatian, you can read the whole review here...)
       
    More details about "Neva"...  
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    "Neva" and "Stribor"
     
     
     
     
  • "Stribor's Forest" available in NTSC!
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    Deluxe edition of "Stribor's Forest" is now available with NTSC version of the DVD - for America, Canada, Japan and other countries that use this TV system (Europe uses different system for TV called PAL...). The NTSC version can be ordered from Heart of Croatia web store in the USA, and it should soon be available from Organa and Amazon.com.
     
    NTSC version of the other deluxe package, "Neva", will be available soon.
     
     
     
     
  • "Sheep in a Box" award for "Stribor's Forest"
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    In short: deluxe edition of "Stribor's Forest" won the award "Sheep in a Box" (right, after Saint Exupery) for the best designed product of 2007l. "Sheep in a Box" ("Ovca u kutiji") is the only Croatian award for children's book.
     
      
     
     
  • "Kiklop" award - "Stribor" nominated in two categories!
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    Our deluxe edition of "Stribor's Forest" by Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, Helena Bulaja and Alistair Keddie is nominated for "Kiklop" award in two categories: for children's book of the year and for book design of the year! This prestigious award is given at book festival in Pula, Croatia, and it really is very democratic: the nominees and award winners are chosen by publishers, managers, authors... from almost all Croatian publishing companies, who vote online. The awards will be given on a ceremony on December 10, 2008 in Pula.

    14. Festival of Books and Authors in Istria will take place in Pula, Istria, Croatia, on December 4-11th. We will be one of the exhibitors. This year's new thing is a special festival of children's books "Monte Libric". We will participate in its program, our presentation is on December 10th at 10 am.
     
    More info: www.sanjamknjige.hr 
     
      
     
  • New team member: Blaz Habus
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    Blaž Habuš, aka Blashko, is our new full time creative assistant. Blashko is very successful and famous as composer, producer and DJ of electronic music. Our collaboration started in 2007 when he made a beautiful electronic remix of Christian Biegai's music from the cartoon "Regoch" ("Croatian Tales of Long Ago" project). CD with the music will be included in deluxe edition of "Regoch" (book, DVD... package). Blaž will mostly work on "Mechanical Figures" project, on design, editing... and of course, in sound & music design and production.

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  • New Zealand (2)
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    In the beginning of July 2008 Alistair Keddie and Stuart Page did some extra filming - in sharp winter conditions - of the world biggest Tesla coil located at Alan Gibbs' farm near Auckland, New Zealand. They made really spectacular shots of this impressive fusion of art and technology.
     
     
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    photo: Alistair Keddie  

       
     
  • Japan
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    In March and April 2008 we were in Japan, because of two reasons...
     
    We have reached an agreement with the Japanese animation studio DLE Inc. from Tokyo about translating, dubbing and publishing of multimedia project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" in Japan. The idea is under way, the tales should be soon available on their recently launched Internet TV service "Do-DLE TV", and later also on DVD and in other media. For this reason we went to visit Tokyo International Anime Fair (TIAF), the biggest animation event in Japan.
     
     
    Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008
     
       
    We were also quoted in Japan Times, the leading Japanese newspapers in English! (the article about international growth of anime is available here...)
     
     
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    In Kyoto we filmed an interview with professor Hiroshi Matsumoto for the project "Mechanical Figures". Prof. Matsumoto is so far the only scientist we interviewed for this project and one of the leading world experts in the field of wireless transfer of energy.
     
      
    Prof. Matsumoto & Helena Bulaja 
     
     
    More about prof. Matsumoto and his project that should solve all energy problems on Earth forever you can read here...
     
     
     
  • Tesla Team in Zagreb
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    Postproduction work on "Mechanical Figures" speeded up from the beginning of 2008, after almost 4 years since it started with the first ideas, shooting and material gathering... the project finally entered its final phase!
     
    International team of authors often gathers in Zagreb - Edgar Beals, Alistair Keddie, Christian Biegai... names well known from "Croatian Tales" project. Work continues on stop-motion animation, compositing, editing, special effects, music, sound, and the first clips and stories are getting their final shape...

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    Al in action
     
     
     
  • New product - "Stribor's Forest", deluxe edition
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    Our new and cool product: "Stribor's Forest" deluxe edition!
     
    The package contains an illustrated book, DVD, audio CD and a surprise. It is available in 3 language versions: English, German and Croatian. The product is based on the cartoon "Stribor's Forest" by the Scottish animator Alistair Keddie, from our multimedia project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago".

    In 2008 and later we plan to publish a similar or even cooler packages for each of the 8 tales from the project. First to be published are "Neva" by Ed Beals and "Regoch" by Helena Bulaja.
     
    More information about "Stribor's Forest" is available here...  
     
     
  • "Stribor's Forest" package
     
     
     
  • Donation from "Adris" Foundation
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    Foundation "Adris" recognized the value of our project "Mechanical Figures" and in early 2008 decided to support it! We are very grateful because they made it possible for us to finish the project in full scale.
     
    This is the first donation we received from "private" sector, from a foundation or company. "Adris" is the biggest corporative foundation in Croatia, founded in 2007, and this was their first tender. Together with arts and culture, they financially support projects in the fields of science, environment, heritage and charity.
     
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    Zaklada Adris  
     

     
  • "Regoch" second at Imagining Ourselves Online Film Festival
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    "Regoch" took second place at Imagining Ourselves Online Film Festival in San Francisco! During the month of October, the films from all around the world were presented and screened on the festival Website. The festival is focused on foreign (non-American) films made by female authors.
     
    Ten films were selected from each continent, and then the visitors of the site had the final word: "Regoch" was voted second, after the excellent Turkish film "I Named Her Angel" by Nefin Dinc.
     
    All films from the competition are still available for online viewing - click here...  
     
     
     
  • Support from the Ministry of Culture
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    At the end of 2007 our project "Mechanical Figures" received support from the film fund of Croatian Ministry of Culture, in the category of alternative film. The Ministry supported this and other our project before, but mostly from the funding provided for new media projects and international cultural collaboration. This is the first grant we received from the more abundant fund for film.
     
     
     
  • "Regoch" in Berlin!
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    The cartoon "Regoch" by Helena Bulaja had its German premiere at well known International Short Film Festival "Interfilm" in Berlin, at Hackersche Höfe Filmtheater on November 8th and 9th. The festival is considered to be the second most important film event in Berlin, right after Berlinale.
     
    "Regoch" was shown in a special program that presented recent Croatian short film productions, after an invitation from the festival director, Mr. Heinz Hermanns.
      
    More about the festival: www.interfilm.de.
     
     
  •  Regoch by Helena Bulaja 
     
     
     
     
  • "Regoch" opened Online Film Festival in San Francisco
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    Helena Bulaja's cartoon "Regoch" was honored to open Imagining Ourselves Online Film Festival, organized by The International Museum of Women based in San Francisco. During the whole month of October the festival will present one foreign (from American point of view) film per day, made by female authors from all around the world, i.e. total of 31 independent films, and "Regoch" was the first one to be shown on October 1st.
     
    Films are streamed online, and the viewers can chat with the authors, ask questions, post comments... Helena's conversation is available here...
     
     
     
  • "Regoch" in Denmark!
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    Festival AFIA, Aarhus)
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    The cartoon "Regoch" by Helena Bulaja was shown on International Aarhus Festival of Independent Arts (AFIA), in Aarhus, second biggest Danish city.
     
    "Regoch" was in "d'Arte" section of the program that brings films made with digital technology that break the traditional aesthetics and bring new ideas of film form. The screening was on April 27, 2007.
     
    The festival mission is to present and promote independent, low-budget, innovative and progressive films by young filmmakers. The festival presents features, documentaries, animated and experimental films, this year from more than 60 countries.
     
    More information: www.afianopop.dk.
     
     
     
  • Helena Bulaja guest at Filmfest Dresden special
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    Helena Bulaja, with other young Croatian animators and filmmakers, was a guest of Filmfest Dresden's special program "Perspectives for Animated Film: An Exchange Forum for Young Filmmakers in Dresden and Zagreb". The program was organized by Filmfest Dresden and Goethe Institute, and supported by Robert Bosch Foundation.
     
    The highlight of the program was on April 20th, 2007 in Goethe Institute in Dresden: information and discussion panel "Europe in Motion - Market for Short and Animated Film", with Barbara Häbe (ARTE-TV), Wigbert Moschall (MDC Worldsale Berlin), Christian Gesell (Interfilm Berlin), Jamila Wenske & Isabella Plucinska (filmmakers), and Helena Bulaja. The panel was about the problems and perspectives of animation and production in transitional Europe.
     
    This special became traditional, and in previous years the partner cities were Prague, Krakow, Tallinn and Sophia.
     
     
     
  • "Regoch" by Helena Bulaja on Reel Women Film Festival in Los Angeles!
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    Animated cartoon "Regoch" by Helena Bulaja was in the program of Reel Women Film Festival in Los Angeles. Festival showcases features, documentaries and short films made by female filmmakers.
     
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    Reel Women Film Fest

     
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    "Regoch" was in the shorts competition with about 20 other films. RWIFF festival took place on March 8-14, 2007 in Laemmle Music Hall theater on Beverly Hills.
     
    More about the RWIFF festival: www.reelwomenfest.com
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  • Helena Bulaja on Radio New Zealand National
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    On March 4th 2007 Helena Bulaja was a guest on Radio New Zealand National, in well known "Ideas" on Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw" show about Nikola Tesla, together with Dr. Stevan Berber from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Auckland University.
     
    Helena explained some of her ideas about the project, the concept of interactive film, and revealed some bits about connections of Tesla and this project with New Zealand.
     
    The interview is available here...
     
     
     
  • Presentation of "Croatian Tales" in Auckland, New Zealand
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    This was our first presentation in the southern hemisphere! On February 15, 2007, as a part of Media Design School's "Industry Only Show", we presented our international award-winning project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago".
     
    The guests were Helena Bulaja, project's editor in chief and the author of "Regoch", Christian Biegai, German composer currently living in New Zealand, music composer for "Regoch", Alistair Keddie, Scottish animator and photographer, the author of "Stribor's Forest", one of eight interactive cartoons from the project, and Zvonimir Bulaja, project producer.
     
     
     
  • Filming in New Zealand
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    The "Mechanical Figures" project team was in New Zealand in February 2007. The reason for traveling so far was a very peculiar story: the biggest existing Tesla Coil in the world located at Alan Gibbs' farm near Auckland...
     
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    Coil, New Zealand
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    photo: Alistair Keddie  

       
     
  • New "Regoch" Website!
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    We just set up a new website on the address www.fairytales4you.net. The site is devoted to Helena Bulaja's cartoon "Regoch", and the whole cartoon in English is available for viewing.
     
     
     
  • Helena Bulaja program director of "Cartoon Night" at fairytale festival Fiabesque in Italy
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    Helena Bulaja was the program director of this year's "Cartoon Night" at the fairytale festival Fiabesque in the small and beautiful town of Peccioli in Tuscany.
     
     
    Fiabesque, Peccioli
     
     
    The animation program Fiabesque Cartoons Night was on January 5th 2007. The special guests of honor that Helena invited were Jakub Dvorsky from the Czech Republic, the author on famous interactive fairytale Samorost which was nominated for Webby Award (a must see!), and the Scottish animator Alistair Keddie, the author of our "Stribor's Forest" from the "Croatian Tales" project.
     
    More details (+ photos)...
     
     
     
  • Review in leading Croatian newspapers "Jutarnji list"
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    A full-page review of our newest product "Croatian Tales of Long Ago, Part Two" was published today (Monday, Dec. 18th 2006) in the leading Croatian daily newspapers "Jutarnji list". The title is unbelievable - "Perhaps the most important Croatian cultural project of the 21st century". The review was written by "perhaps" - no, in fact for sure! - the most well-known Croatian film critic Jurica Pavičić.
     
    "Don't let your kid grow without 'Croatian Tales'" ... and things like that...
     
    If you speak Croatian, you can read the whole text on Jutarnji.hr Website...
     
     
     
  • "Croatian Tales, Part Two" CD-ROM is now available!
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    Longly awaited CD-ROM "Croatian Tales of Long Ago, part Two" is finally made and available!
     
    It contains the remaining four animated fairytales from the book written by "the Slavic Tolkien" Ivana Brlić Mažuranić and first published in 1916, and many extra materials and activities. The animations - "Neva", "Yagor", "Fisherman Plunk" and "Regoch" - were made by international team of animators, illustrators, musicians, programmers, actors etc. from all around the world. Another new thing is that the CD also works on Macintosh computers.
     
    More information about the CD is available here...
     

    The CD is already available in USA, you can get it from Harbor Electronic Publishing in New York City ($29.95) - click here...
     
    If you are in Europe, you can get the new CD from our web shop...
     
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    CD-ROM "Croatian Tales, Part Two"  
     

       
  • "Regoch" at its first festival!
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    Animated cartoon "Regoch" by Helena Bulaja, the newest addition to the project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago", was selected to its first festival - Euroshorts 2006 in Warsaw, Poland (November 11-21, 2006)! "Regoch" was shown in the category of experimental short films on November 20. This was the 15th edition of the festival. Interesting - another Croatian film was selected in the same category - "The Night of Crystal" by Stanislav Tomić.
     
     
     
  • The first presentation of "Tesla" project
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    On Interliber, Zagreb major book fair, on Friday November 10th, we presented our project inspired with the scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla. The presentation was a part of the program of national quiz for the promotion of reading, organized by Zagreb Public Libraries and Croatian Center for Children Books. We presented what was done so far, together with some thoughts about Tesla by the famous artists that we interviewed for our interactive film. This was the first public presentation of the project.
     
     
     
  • Interviews with Terry Gilliam, Andy Serkis and Christopher Priest!
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    The team of the interactive film inspired by Nikola Tesla was in Frankfurt at the end of September 2006, to film interviews with Terry Gilliam and Andy Serkis. A week before the team was in London to film an interview with the British writer Christopher Priest.
     
    The interviews with Gilliam and Serkis were filmed at eDIT festival in Frankfurt. The festival is intended for film professionals, primarily in the field of special visual effects, and for the 9th time it united the VE elite from Europe and America. Three years ago, at eDIT 2003 festival "Bulaja Publishing" presented its award-winning international project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago"!
     
    [Here you can see the trailer of the eDIT 2003 festival with Helena's interview...]
     
     
  • Terry Gilliam
     
    photo: Mare Milin  
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    On September 16th 2006 at Tate Modern Gallery in London we filmed the interview with Christopher Priest, author of the novel "The Prestige" in which Tesla is a key episode character. The newest Christopher Nolan's film with David Bowie as Tesla is based on the book (coming out in October 2006).
     
    More details ...
     
     
  • Christopher Priest & the film crew at Tate Modern
     
    photo: Mare Milin  
     
     
  • "Croatian Tales" CD-ROMs now available in local Amazon online stores!
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    The CD-ROMs "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" (in English, German and Croatian) is now also available from local Amazon online stores:

    - amazon.ca (Canada, CDN$ 27,72)
    - amazon.co.uk (UK)
    - amazon.de (Germany, 22.50 EUR + free delivery!)
     
    So, if you plan to order the CDs from any of the above listed countries, visit your Amazon site first - you will get it cheaper and faster!
     
      
  • "Croatian Tales" in Seattle
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    Four cartoons from the project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" - "Stribor's Forest", "Quest", "Neva" and "Yagor" - were shown in Seattle on Sunday, October 8th 2006, as a part of the program of the CroatiaFest 2006 festival, organized by the members of Croatian community.
     
     
     
  • New CD-ROM - "Mozart's Magic Flute"Mozartova carobna frula
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    Croatian edition of the third CD-ROM from "Interactive Classics" series - "Mozart's Magic Flute" - is now available!
     
    For more details about the CD and its English language original follow this link...
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Tesla's birthday - filming in Belgrade
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    On the 150th birth anniversary of Nikola Tesla (June 9-10, 2006) we were again filming in Belgrade.
     
    The reasons were the performance by conceptual artist Petar Grimani in Tesla's Museum, in hotel "Moskva" and on the streets of Belgrade, and meeting Laurie Anderson, who gave a concert dedicated to Tesla in Belgrade, as well as Terry O'Reilly, the director of the opera Violet Fire that premiered at the National Theatre. We also filmed an interview with Dana Budisavljević, Croatian filmmaker and Nikola Tesla's grandniece.
     
     
  • Terry O'Reilley, Zvonimir & Helena Bulaja 
     
    photo: Mare Milin
     
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    More information about our newest project inspired by the world famous scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla is available here...
     
     
     
  • Tesla Project: Belgrade - Budapest - Zagreb
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    The team of the interactive film about the scientist Nikola Tesla was in Belgrade and Budapest on May 18-26. Among other things, in Belgrade we interviewed Terry O'Reilly, the director of a multimedia opera Violet Fire inspired by Tesla's life. The opera will premiere in Belgrade at the National Theater in July 2006, as a part of the celebration of Tesla's 150th birth anniversary.
     
    In Budapest we were shooting in the famous City Park (Varosliget) - the place where Tesla came to the idea of rotating magnetic field while he was watching the sunset and saying verses from Goethe's "Faust".
     
    After we were filming in Zagreb - we interviewed the famous Croatian actor Rade Šerbedžija and the magician M. G. Taylor.
     
     
     
  • Tesla project - more filming in New York
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    On March 22nd the team of the interactive film about Nikola Tesla was in New York again, where we filmed an interview with the famous performance artist Marina Abramović. In 2004 Marina Abramović made a performance Tesla's Urn in Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade.
     
     
  • Marina Abramovic
     
    photo: Mare Milin  
     
     
  • Tesla project - filming in New York
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    On January 11-26th, 2006 a small team of our Nikola Tesla project was in New York City.
     
    In the two weeks of intensive shooting we filmed about 10 interviews with acclaimed artists and creative people whom Tesla inspired (Laurie Anderson, Eric Orr, Douglas Rushkoff, Samantha Hunt, Matt Dilling, Craig Marin & Olga Felgemacher, Jamie Mereness, Joseph Kinney, Stephen Whitty... more about the artists we interviewed you can read here...), and most of the fictional materials for the film, with Josipa and Marijana Bronić, Sabina Hahn and Christian Biegai.
     
     
    Film Crew at Bryant Park, NYC, Jan 2006
     
    Christian Biegai, Sabina Hahn, Laurie Anderson & Helena Bulaja, NYC, Jan 2006
     
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    More information about our newest project inspired by the world famous scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla is available here... 
     
     
    Sabina Hahn, NYC 2006
    Sabina Hahn, NYC 2006
    Bronic sisters, NYC Jan 2006
    Bronic sisters, NYC Jan 2006
     
     
     
  • Our Secure Web Shop is online!
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    Finally!
    Thanks to Ouroboros from Zagreb we have set up our online shop, where you can place an order using any of major credit cards (American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Diners Club).
     
    The order form is using the most advanced security technologies, security protocol Secure Socket Layer (SSL) with a 128-bit key, and all other technologies and security procedures according to the highest standards. The exchange of information between the system for online payments and authorization centers is using a virtual private network (VPN) which is not accessible from the Internet, and therefore fully protected from unauthorized access.
     
    Your credit card data goes directly to the credit card company for authorization; neither us nor anyone else has a chance to see it. So, the secure shopping is now possible on our website too!
     
    If you want to order "Croatian Tales" (in English, German and Croatian), or any other of our publications, simply click here.
     
     
     
  • "Croatian Tales" CD-ROM available on Amazon.com
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    CD-ROM "Croatian Tales of Long Ago, Part One" is now available on Amazon.com! The price there is $24.97. If you buy something else with total value over $25, shipping costs for USA and Canada are free.
     
     
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