The Art Department Berlin 2023

London based animation studio, The Line was founded by artists and filmmakers who believe that every creative project starts with a good idea. The studio is run by animators meaning that their priority is always the quality of the work.  They tackle different kinds of projects, from small independent jobs to large commercials, and everything else in between but sharing one common feature: an exceptional story. We can’t wait to catch up with them during The Art Department Berlin!

Despite having deep roots in the traditional craft of animation they are interested in embracing the ever-changing ways in which animation is created, consumed, and shared. Aside from films and commercials, they have worked on interactive projects, VR, 3D, 2D and motion graphics.

Their online videos gather over 20 million combined views to date and have received various awards, including 7 Vimeo Staff Picks, a BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film, and awards from the LA Music Video Festival and ADC Young Guns.

More recently they created the music videos for Lil Nas X – Star Walkin’, Hero for Marvel Snap as well as Type S: Chiaki’s Journey II – a micro-series featuring the new Integra Type S from Acura.

During The Art Department Berlin we will be joined by The Line’s Lisa Smith and Venla Linna.

Lisa is a highly accomplished creative professional with a background in Animation and Design. She studied at the University of Sunderland before earning a prestigious Creative Business fellowship at the Institute of Digital Innovation.

After completing the fellowship, Lisa secured a position at the Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe. There, she successfully managed, produced, and developed award-winning shows, such as The Amazing World of Gumball, Elliott from Earth, and The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe.

Lisa’s success continued, and she is currently the head of The Line Originals. In this role, Lisa leads the development of new content and pursues original intellectual property opportunities across a variety of formats, including Film, Series, and Games.

Venla is a Lead Animator for the Line. Originally from Finland, Venla has worked on various projects for The Line, starting with 2017. She designed, storyboarded and animated on the League of Legends ‘Giants’ video, was lead animator on the Gorillaz’s Song Machine project, and was one of the animators on Valorant’s Die for You video, to name a few.

Venla recently directed the still-to-be-released short film Heavenly Vessel, a new the Line original project she will also discuss during her talk, as well as offering insights, together with Lisa, about The Line’s internal project development.

We can’t wait!

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