The Best of the Boogie Down: Artist Spotlight – Alba Garcia-Rivas

Doll Creation Takes on a Life Form in Celebration

BY Jenni Ruiza (@RuizaJenni)

Alba Garcia-Rivas Main

We’ve all felt it – loss. Imagine being a twin who loses her sister in her sleep. Your world is shot. The art teacher of Emely Gomez felt an overwhelming desire to commemorate a beautiful mind with a timeless short film in animated stop-motion called, “Time/Space Reflections”. That teacher is Alba Garcia-Rivas and she has been an animator from the Boogie Down for thirteen years. Every sample of Garcia-Rivas’s work is unique and reflective of the backstory she has created for them. Her inspiring story has reached those in the Bronx recently through coverage from DNAInfo and News12, but her work requires more support. Read on and check out the more creative side of what the BX has to offer with this amazing animator!

Q. What part of the Bronx are you from? Do you still live here?

A. I live in Morris Park in my home. My art studio is also there.

Q. Animators are ingenious; they construct the images from their imagination in such a detailed manner. Describe as best you can what it’s like to be an animator.

A. Being the creator, the way I could best express it will be…. With an animation you see a piece of that artist mind, his/hers fears, happiness, loneliness and humanity. The story is the heart of it all, the creation of the puppets involves so much trial and error. The actual animation process drains you, you can capture 24 frames and that is a second! BUT when you see the animation played in the screen with the beautiful movement, emotion, lighting then THAT is all worth it! The magic continues when the editors re-write the story with the images you captured. The composer will give it emotions and moods with melodies. It feels like having a baby in the creative sense.

Q. When did you decide this was your passion?

A. I started to do sculptures at age 5 then I was in art exhibits for my oil painting at age 12 to 17. Later in college I was in Fine Arts, then I ventured in the Film/Animation Department of School of Visual Arts and it captivated me.

Q. With “Time/Space Reflections: A Stop Motion Short”, how will you connect your live-action actress with the animation?

A. My actress will make a movie with all the movements I need per scene. When I am actually animating the puppet, I just have to take a look at the movement she made, then I have to break that movement into seconds, and check the faces library to see what faces needs to be animated for that scene, then based on her movement – we time body language with facial language.

 Q. How has the process been thus far? What are the hardships and the payouts?

A. I made the script; I also did 300 drawings storyboards and an animatic. I animated all the facial expressions of the whole film in the computer. Now we need the 3D Printer to print all 500 faces for the film. We want to pay all the artists (the composer, the editor, the computer FX, the compositor of FX, the animators, the painters, prop makers, the mold makers and I cannot end the list of artists working on this film). The materials are very expensive and I cannot do this alone. A Kickstarter was created for me to pay for the materials and artists. I protect my artists, even if it is low pay, and it will be a token for their efforts. My big dream is to create an ANIMATION STUDIO IN THE BRONX!!! Bring the art of stop-motion to the EAST COAST AGAIN!!! A big hardship is that on January 2013, I found out that I have a growth or tumor in my pituitary gland, this constantly brings massive migraines and other symptoms, but THAT will not stop me from making my art, and my passion for creation. Nothing should stop art. I want to collaborate with artists and feel that creative energy that comes to life through the art of animation.

Q. Any final words for the readers of Uptown Collective?

A. BE YOUR DREAM! COLOR THE WORLD WITH SMILES! Share our Kickstarter with your family and friends! Spread the word!! And please contribute to our film MADE IN THE BRONX!

To find out more about Alba Garcia-Rivas, visit www.fantasiation.com and follow her work on Facebook via: https://www.facebook.com/time.space.reflections.

Find out more about Bronx contributor, Jenni Ruiza, at http://www.jenniruiza.com/. Follow her on Twitter @RuizaJenni.

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