100 Creatives: Ibis Fernandez
What He Does: Ibis Fernandez is an animator and inventor developing programs and techniques to help people create animated works on their own. He's worked as a key framer and inbetweener on Freakazoid, the New Batman Adventures and The New Woody Woodpecker Show.
On the development side, he is the author of Macromedia Flash Animation and Cartooning: A Creative Guide,, technical editor of Flash 5 Cartooning, the publisher and editor of Flash Filmmaker and the inventor of Toon Titan, a program that allows hours worth of animation work to be done in minutes. Toon Titan has been utilized by Happy Tree Friends and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
He was also once offered animation work with David Lynch, which he turned down, and was subsequently kicked very hard in the shins by Art Attack.
What Inspires Him: Mostly the beauty of great 2D animation, particularly the Japanese film Grave of Fireflies. A fair warning from us to you: Do not watch this film unless you own three adorable puppies to cuddle throughout the duration. It's like the saddest film ever.
Fernandez is also keen on his Mayan heritage and looks to explore the history and mythology of his ancestors in future work.
If Not This, Then What? Art Attack has heard several brilliant live-action film pitches from the animator over the years, and if anyone ever takes a chance on him with a budget, we can promise you that you will not be disappointed. By day, though, he works at Hostgator while freelancing animation projects in the evening.
If Not Here, Then Where? "Montreal, Canada, seems to be where it's at for animators. The animation industry is alive and kicking so that would certainly be the first on the list for me. I already can't work and live in Houston, at least not as an animator. There's just no industry here. If it wasn't because I have kids and such, I would have left a long time ago."
Interestingly enough, animator Sophia Vassilakidis has expressed almost the exact same sentiment. It would be a shame if Houston lost all of its animators to Canada.
What's Next? "Amongst some of my planned projects is a film about the Spanish conquest but based in a not-so-distant future where the conquistadors are aliens from another world, the president of the U.S. is a religious zealot who literally gives them the key to the country... and you know how the story ends, based on a true story but told from a sci-fi point of view."
He's also working on a purely fictional film about a Mayan native and an African slave who team up to make a last stand against the Spanish; an animated retelling of the story of Cain and Abel; and a live-action feature film about a mixed martial artist and the daughter of a notorious drug lord. "The list goes on," he says.
Fernandez is also quite keen on taking up any local freelance work that may come his way. He is already slated to animate several local bands' music videos, and is open to more. You could do a lot worse than having someone David Freakin' Lynch wanted to work with drawing out a masterpiece for you. He can be reached at ibis at cinestarfilmworks dot com.
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Alex "PR!MO" Luster, filmmaker
Chris Nguyen, designer
Sophia Vassilakidis, animator
Sandra Lord, tour guide
Scarlett St. Vitus, model
Wayne Stevens, actor
Bill Davenport, sculpture and found art
Julie Zarate, painter
Margo Toombs, actor and writer
Shelby Hohl, graphic designer
Timothy Dorsey, writer and illustrator
Lucas Gorham, musician
Tracy Manford Carlson, photographer
Lauren Rottet, architect and designer
John Robertson, visual artist
John Adelman, visual artist
Chandos Dodson, interior designer
Cliff Franks, painter
Kim Hartz, photographer
Katy Heinlein, visual artist
Robert Shimko, dramaturg
Galina Kurlat, photographer
Wayne Slaten, filmmaker
Jane Weiner, dancer and choreographer
El Franco Lee II, visual artist
Chris McKay, photographer
Jason Ransom, visual artist
Mr. SINched, fashion desiger
"Uncle" Charlie Hardwick, poster designer
Avital Stolar, playwright and educator
Katherine Houston, visual artist
Christopher Olivier, visual artist
Dennis Lee Harper, sculptor
David A. Brown, photographer
Rachel Harmeyer, visual artist
Kia Neill, installation artist
Stacy Davidson, filmmaker
Jennifer Wood, choreographer
Kevin DeVil, filmmaker
Kerry Beyer, photographer and filmmaker
Robert Ellis, musician
Davie Graves, musician and visual artist
Robert Hodge, multimedia
Mary Magsamen, photo and video artist
John Harvey, theater
Bret Harmeyer, visual artist
Joel Orr, puppet master
Rodney Waters, photographer and pianist
Jeremy Choate, lighting designer
Chuck Ivy, visual artist
Tra'Slaughter, visual artist
Jen Chen - visual art, designer
Howard Sherman - Painter
Nancy Hendrick - Founder of Dance Salad
Misha Penton - Opera Singer and Theater Artist
Ben Tecumseh DeSoto - Photojournalist
Tracy Robertson aka Batty - Goth Fashion Designer
Tierney Malone - Creative Type
Dolan Smith - Painter
Jenny Schlief - Mixed-Media Artist
David Eagleman - Writer
Anna Sprage - Painter
Philip Lehl - Actor
Andy Noble - Choreographer
David McGee - Painter
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