Andi Concha, is an animation director who specialises in character based work. She has recently graduated from The Royal College of Art where she has taken a masters in Animation.
Andi is based in Madrid and in parallel to her animation career she runs a studio space and screen printing studio in Madrid called Ruda Studio . Having the studio allows her to invite artists for residencies, explore screen-printing projects and offer workshops teaching different techniques.
Andi’s first independent film was showcased in Beijing, Madrid and London. Andi has also worked commercially for clients such as the BBC, The New York Times, Inditex and the London Brain Project among many others. She has also directed music videos for national and international bands.
RF: Hey Andi! How’s it going, maybe let’s start by telling us a bit about your world 🙂
Andi: Hola Hola Jim. Thank you for interviewing me. It sounds very serious, but i’ll do my best to do it well!
My world. mmmm.. my world is divided in many parts. One part is in London where I have lived for 8 years and grown creatively and always surrounded by the most admiring personalities. Another in Madrid where my family is. It is the place where I opened my studio Ruda, which is divided in a screenprinting space and a co-working area. Ruda has kind of become a family here in Madrid, this is what I love the most about it, people have done incredible things here in the studio and have bought really good energies. I guess another part of me is now in the Canary Islands, where I am currently based. It’s kind of like a dream come true being able to combine work with the sea and the mountains so close by. Another little world which has been growing for some years and definitely had a exponential growth with R&F is my love for music. I keep a little cd collection and sometimes make shows here!
RF: Could you tell us a bit about drawn, is it slightly autobiographical, i get the sense that there is a lot of ‘you’ within the character.
Andi: Drawn was really an experiment. I wanted to make a film with a set of rules that could let me play all I wanted. Making a drawing come to life is probably the most obvious but also what animation really is, I guess no?
It is very autobiographical yes, all I imagined I could do if drawings came to life is shown in the film.
RF: You’re a woman of many talents, why did you choose the most laborious, painstaking medium that you could have thought of? Surely screen printing is funner, or at least just drawing one image instead of 25 a second?
Andi: I have to admit that I love laborious and repetitive jobs. I guess that’s what screenprinting and animation probably have in common! I love the repetitiveness and monotony in animation, I find it as a form of meditation. I like thinking slowly while making. Both of these techniques offer an infinite amount of possibilities which is what makes me excited.
RF: What artists have kept you going in terms of inspiration throughout this pandemic?
Andi: During the pandemic I was finally able to watch a 4 hour film called ‘Historias Extraordinarias’ by Mariano Llinás. The dialogues in the film are great, it’s a bit like reading Borges or Julio Cortazar. The film kept my attention for those 4 hours, that is incredible.
I also watched some Schwizgebel ‘ s films, that I will never get tired of watching, how each film develops with its own technique. The perspectives he uses make me very jealous, actually.
Another film maker that kept me going in these very grey times is Roy Andersson. His very grey and depressing films make me very happy. There are some scenes that will stick with me forever.
RF: You’ve recently finished your graduation film, want to share with us some juice on that, is it currently on the festival circuit?
Andi: Yep its gone through some festivals. However with the pandemic it doesn’t really feel motivating to share the film online. I hope soon festivals will be able to show films on screens! I have missed a lot of conversations and dialogue that you normally get when you share something in front of people. My film is very personal, so it doesn’t feel so good to share without being able to talk about it.
RF: When exactly are you moving back to London. I miss you 🙁
Andi: I’ll come and visit once all this mess is over. London will always be my second home or even my first as I grew as a person there thanks to everyone who I met! (especially you jimbo!)
RF: Thanks a lot for your time, you can check out some more of Andi’s work on her website – http://www.andiconcha.com/