- Animated Dreams
The Story of FilmTecknarna - Stig Bergqvist (Sweden)
FilmTecknarna, one of the top animation and visual effects companies in Scandinavia, was established 1981 by Jonas Odell, Stig Bergqvist and Lars Ohlson. The company, which started off with three guys animating in a basement in Stockholm, now represents now 14 directors and directorial groups from seven different counties working in a vibrant variety of techniques and styles. FilmTecknarna is known for its groundbreaking work using live action, 2D and 3D animation to fuel cross-platform, narrative filmmaking. The company’s creative portfolio includes extensive international advertising campaigns for Absolut, BMW, Ikea; music videos for Madonna, Franz Ferdinand and U2; several award-winning short films, and big screen, alternative media installation work for fashion shows, concerts and events. Having started making short films, the storytelling aspect has always been very prominent in FilmTecknarna’s work. FilmTecknarna’s co-founder Stig Bergqvist will shed light on the success story of their company and give samples of different productions they have done over the past 25 years. He will present animated commercials and music videos as well as short films and clips from feature films they’ve been involved with.
Stig Bergqvist is partner and co-founder of FilmTecknarna. He spent the first few years of his career focusing on short films and commercials. He went over to work in Los Angeles between 1996-2008 as a director. He made a couple of half-an-hour episodes for the animated series Duckman. He also worked on the series Stressed Eric as Creative Producer and Supervising Director for which he was awarded a British Animation Award for Best International Co-production. Bergqvist uses a variety of techniques focusing mainly on traditional cel animation. His work in the commercial field has allowed him to explore table-top, computer and live action animation. His most high profile project to date was directing of the $35 million film sequel Rugrats in Paris for Klasky Csupo, Nickelodeon and Paramount. Bergqvist is now back in Stockholm again working full time as a commercial director.