A meditation on the character and beauty of rural Japan, as inspired by a chance encounter with a firefly in the little village of Ashino.
Solicited and supported by the Nasu Film Commission for the 2015 Nasu Short Film Festival. Special thanks to the Commision, Guest House DoorZ, and the generous, very sociable residents of Ashino and Nasu.
Conceived and Created by: Riboflavin | Music remixed from 'Summer Days' by Kai Engel under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license | Commissioned by Nasu Film Commission
Nicogory is a online legal aid network committed to making legal services and information more broadly accessible and affordable for people across Japan, while supporting the practices of all stripes of legal specialists. Riboflavin developed characters, branding material, and a diptych of promotional videos to introduce their novel system to both the lay person and legal professionals.
Riboflavin visited Susami City Middle School in Wakayama, Japan, and, over 3 days, lead 72 students, (and 1 teacher and 1 principal) in the creation of a collaborative animated film dedicated to what they love best about this little town by the sea.
Workshop designed and lead by: Riboflavin & Yuko Murase | Animation: Students of Susami City Middle School | Music: 'ウンバレバ！' by the Tenniscoats
Visual treatment and concept sketch - 2min. HD silent
Today's Dance (working title) is a proposed series in development exploring the poetry and visual music drawn from minor moments in everyday life.
抽象的な 1．点 2．線 3．かたち 4．色 5．音 などによって、その“動き”を美しくリズミカルに表現。段階的に情報量を増やしていって、最終的にその動きのもとを明らかにします。
Short advert raising awareness of self-harm among youth in the UK.
Animation: Yuka Takeda | Production/Direction: 3angrymen | Client: Childline
Music Video for the song 'Hoff', from the album The Problem is Last Year by Dave Linnenbank
Direction/Animation: Ryan Edquist | Music: Dave Linnebank
The discovery of a white hair escalates to an all-consuming fixation. Yuka's final film produced at the Royal College of Art.
Dir. Yuka Takeda | Animation: Yuka Takeda/Ryan Edquist | Produced at the Royal College of Art
Two pillows grapple with an inability to sleep.
ocumentation of an installation by Yuka Takeda | Camera & Sound: Ryan Edquist
A young dreamer is transported between the familiar and the unknown, between her thoughts and a stranger's. Ryan's final film produced at the Royal College of Art.
Written, Directed, & Animated by Ryan Edquist | Music by Andrés Franco Medina-Mora & Ryan Edquist | Produced at the Royal College of Art
A manually powered optical toy experimenting with the boundaries and context of animation.
Created by Ryan Edquist | Design & Fabrication Assistance: Kristine Mandsberg & Cristina Ferraz Rigo
We focus on work that pushes the boundaries of animation, developing new experiences and applications, ever sensitive to the vast potential of the medium. Rather than burrow into a niche, whether it's a style, a technique, or a subject, we strive to break new ground, creating rich, memorable experiences. In addition to creativity, technical expertise, vibrant design, and strong knowledge of materials, we bring a highly syncretic sensibility, drawing on a range of material and techniques to bring something singular and unique to life. Most of all, we imbue the work with a sense of wonder.
In 2013 we established Riboflavin as a creative partnership to further our shared experiences and interests in designing animation for non-traditional media and venues. We develop, design, and direct animated content for broad range of media, including exhibition, spatial design, film, and theatre, to name just a few. Our creative appetite is broad, with strong interests in film, fine art, product design, and craft which invariably make their way into our work.
In addition to our creative work, we maintain a practice in education, developing animation workshops in collaboration with schools and NPOs. We believe that animation in particular has a unique capacity to act as a gateway for core educational goals, while stimulating social development and satisfying personal expression.
Yuka's work as a filmmaker and animator has been screened and celebrated around the world, but her development as an artist began in the printmaking studio. A sense of adventure and an irrepressible desire to create brought Yuka to the US, where she developed a broad skill set, making prints, costumes, and hand-developing motion picture film. A quick-study, Yuka's ever enlarging creative experiences began to coalesce into the foundation for an equally varied, sensitive, and colorful practice in animation. Following a Master's at the Royal College of Art, Yuka worked closely with the video/installation artist Hiraki Sawa, assisting in both the studio and onsite at museums, while working on animation commissions for clients such as Childline, a youth NPO in the UK. Her film and installation work continued to screen, garnering recognition in the UK, Canada, South Korea, Eastern Europe, Australia, and beyond. After returning to Japan, she was commissioned to develop artwork for interior of a new branch of the Royal Parks Hotel group in Nagoya. Her work, intimate, sensitive, and full of humour, is characterized by a keen eye for the drama and wonder hidden in the banal.
Having worked as an animator, editor, director, program consultant, and educator, Ryan brings a wide breadth of experience to every project - and is never afraid to try something new. After university, Ryan returned to his native California to take up work with the Arts Council of Kern, where he taught animation in public schools, produced documentaries, and helped develop a program supporting artists with developmental disabilities. While completing his masters at the Royal College of Art, Ryan continued to work as an educator, and began developing his Seesaw series, for which he developed a completely unique analog animation platform. As a part of the London-based Gray Circle he helped design and produce video scenography and installation artwork for theatrical productions in Europe and the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. Shortly thereafter he served as an editor on the acclaimed BBC children's show 'The Adventures of Abney and Teal'. Along the way he has continued to develop personal work, while contributing animation to music videos, broadcast, and games. With a natural curiosity, and a zeal for experimentation, and a streak of perfectionism, he continues to seek out fresh moments of awe in art and design.
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