ABOUT THE AIF STUDIO
(1990-1998 AND BEYOND)

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In
1990 a small studio with high aspirations was established in Prague. The intention was - and the goal is - to continue the production of Czech and Slovak animation, to achieve and to maintain high standards under at that time unknown "market economy" *).

Two of the experienced people were standing by the studio's cradle - author and director Lubomir Benes and his friend and partner cartoonist Vladimir Jiranek. Some time before they got together to create the Pat & Mat/...and that's it! series.

Other partners joined in from all animation disciplines, most of them as co-owners of the AIF studio and its full-time collaborators.

The people of the AIF studio master all techniques of professional frame-by-frame animation. The studio generates revenues by production of commercials, contract productions, production and distribution of (own) films and TV series, distribution and merchandising of their own products.

The AIF studio has high quality technical equipment suitable to produce all kinds of classical animation techniques. The AIF studio works closely together with companies equipped with the latest world-class computer technology.

The AIF executive production unit is unique in the Czech and Slovak Republics in its reliability (but: bevare - see bellow) and professional down-to-earth approach.

These all are the reasons why the AIF studio is chosen by other authors who want to realize conventional - and unconventional - technologically demanding animated films on budget and on time.

Both the present and the future of Czech and Slovak animation are important for the people of the AIF studio. They suport young artists and students of animation. The studio co-operates with FAMU Film Academy and the VSUP Arts Academy in Prague, helps their students to realize their films, giving professional assistance and allowing for the use of the AIF studio's infrastructure.

This also relates to looking for new means of realization, new animation techniques and supporting unconventional projects.

The aim of the studio is both for the near and far future the same as at the very beginning - to ensure good animated films to be realized, and before all to be seen by the people at home and all the people of Europe and the world.

The APD association of film animation professionals has been founded by the people of the AIF studio to promote the potential of Czech and Slovak authors and studios at home and in the international market.


*) NOTE - why "market economy" and not market economy?
At the very beginning it all looked almost real - opening, getting all, or most, things right (more or less). But very soon it seemed like much stayed all the same, no real changes, only new words for old phrases. The same people keeping their way of doing, or not doing, things as ever before. Add some real huge mess, and you've got it...
One example: Various people from the past "selling" licenses to our products, without ever having had any - even the slightest - rights...

TECHNOLOGY / CAPACITY

PUPPET ANIMATION
(including clay)

10 - 15 films-

à 8 - 24 min. 

CUT-OUT

20 - 30 films-

à 8 - 24 min.

CEL ANIMATION
(per team)

à 5 - 10 films-

à 8 - 24 min.

COMBINED TECHNIQUES

10 - 50 films-

/ sequences 


MANPOWER

MAIN TEAM / CO-OWNERS

15

main animators

2

second animators

2

director / author

1

director of photography

1

designer / artist

2

executive producer

1

managing director / sales

1

preparations, technicians

3

assistants

2

EXTERNS / PART-TIME

20 - 60

2D animation teams

animators (3D)

directors

authors / artists

editing

composers, music

narrators, voice-overs

clerical, accounting, taxes, lawyer


FUNCTIONING / STRUCTURE

PRODUCTION

management,

puppet animation

board of directors

production team

distribution,

cut-out animation

marketing, sales

cel animation

financing

2D / 3D animation

 

 

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