Carlos Lascano Interview (Sketchozine.com Vol.8 Animation Stories) /w M. Migdal + A. Quintini

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MM: Today we have the pleasure of introducing an amazing Argentinian director/animator/writer/illustrator, Carlos Lascano. Soon after graduating from Law School in 1997 he decided to put it aside to let his artistic vocation take over. Currently living in Madrid, Spain, Carlos is already one of the big names in the industry. He founded Pandemonium Visual Group & DreamLife Studio SL, the company that produced the animated spot for Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary. Carlos’ unique ability to tell stories through a lens, has given him more than 20 awards including Best Animation in L.A. Short Film Festival, a Goya Award and a pre-selection to the 2005 Academy Awards with his short film “The Legend of the Scarecrow”.  Welcome Carlos to Sketchozine, thanks for agreeing to this interview.
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AQ: Let’s start from the very beginning; when you were a child, were you always creative and artistic or did you ever want to be anything else, like an astronaut or a soccer player?
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MM: Would you consider yourself to be an artsy entrepreneur? What made you decide to launch companies instead of getting a job like anybody else?
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AQ: You seem to be successful in everything that you do, what’s your secret?
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AQ: What was your reaction after knowing that “Marionettes” –your first film- was awarded Silver Prize as “Best Experimental Feature Film” at Worldfest 1998?
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MM: Now, you are also a Lawyer, when did you decide to drift away from this profession?
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MM: What about your family and friends, did they support this move?
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MM: Do you still find time for the graphics arts and illustration?
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AQ: You have recently completed a spot form Amnesty International. How was it working with them?
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MM: You’ve worked with renowned brands such as Red Bull and McDonald’s, our readers would like to know if you’re in a point of your career right now when clients knock on your door or do you still have to go out and find clients.
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MM: What is the most vital element in a short film?
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MM: Do you think animators, film directors with formal training have an advantage over self-taught ones?
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MM: In your opinion, what’s the best way for creative people to promote themselves and their work?
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AQ: What inspired you to create “A Short Love Story in Stop Motion? A personal experience perhaps?
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MM: “Love Story” has a very interesting style, it’s got 3D, live and stop motion shots. Tell us about the process and what gave you most difficulty?
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MM: What type of software do your companies use to produce your projects?
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MM: Now, this film received over 6 million views in under 2 years, did you guys have a PR company promoting it, was it viral, luck or you have another secret formula?
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AQ: In your opinion Carlos, what should a demo reel or short film have to be noticed? Could you give our readers any tips to improve their work?
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MM: What skillsets and experience would someone have to have to work at any of your companies?
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MM: In between all of the projects you’ve done, which project you’ve been most emotionally attached to?
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MM: To all of our readers that are freelancing or are thinking about starting a company, what are the best ways to get business?
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AQ: A while ago you had the opportunity to work here in Toronto, Canada, where the Sketchozine offices are. Would you like to return someday for another project?
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MM: What’s next in Carlos Lascano’s life, would you ever consider doing a feature film?
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MM: Now Carlos, we have a couple of questions that we always ask our guests… If you were able to meet any person, alive or dead, who would that be?
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MM: What’s your greatest fear?
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MM: What are the top 3 websites you visit?
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AQ: What would you do with a billion dollars?
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MM: Do you have any idols or favorite films you can recommend to our readers?
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AQ: Being a soccer follower myself, I would like to know. Do you follow any Argentinian soccer teams? Maybe Aldosivi, San Lorenzo or Banfield?
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AQ: Thanks again for this amazing opportunity to get to know you better and I know we’ll see and hear more from you and your projects in the near future.
MM: Thank YOU for being a MAD ARTIST! And spending your time with us, for more information on Carlos’ last and upcoming projects visit: www.carloslascano.com and www.dreamlifestudio.com
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