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Ola Bergner (2006)
Ola Bergner (2006)

Ola Bergner (b. March 19, 1972) is a Swedish flash animator whose films have won awards both in film festivals and on popular internet sites such as Newgrounds. Image File history File linksMetadata Ola. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Ola. ... March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... A Flash animation or Flash cartoon is an animated film which is distributed in the . ... An animator is one who is involved in the process of animation. ... Newgrounds is a website headquartered in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA and created in 1995 that primarily hosts Adobe Flash animated films and games. ...

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Biography

Ola Bergner was born in Täby, Stockholm, Sweden. He spent much of his childhood in Eskilstuna until he became 6 years old, which was when his parents got divorced. He then moved with his mother to Stockholm where he went to elementary school and graduated from the Östra reals gymnasium. Täby Municipality is a Municipality in central Sweden where the town of Täby (pop. ...   (IPA: ; UN/LOCODE: SE STO) is the capital of Sweden, and consequently the site of its Government and Parliament as well as the residence of the Swedish head of state, King Carl XVI Gustaf. ... Eskilstuna River and Gamla Stan (Old Town) Klosters church of Eskilstuna. ...


He began having a real interest in drawing only at age 15:

"I started to copy illustrations and paintings. I drew caricatures of my teachers and fellow students. I drew in my books and on the school benches. My teachers became mad and my parents lost their hope. I had found way of life, though it seemed I was the only one who could see it."[1]

After doing military service at age 20, he enrolled at The Art School in Stockholm at age 22 for a year and continued attending evening courses the following year while working at various jobs during the day. He then started a gallery on Kungsholmen in Stockholm with a friend. Kungsholmen is an islet in lake Mälaren in midth Sweden, part of Stockholm City. ...


That same year marked a turning point in Ola Bergner's life. His sister died of a disease, and directly after this he decided to become a volunteer for a year and help other people. After studying in Denmark for six months, he travelled to Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, for the remainder of the year. After his volunteer period was over, he visited eight other countries in the region, and his experiences there became an inspiration for his later work, as well as a springboard for many future humanitarian projects that he became involved in.  Western Africa (UN subregion)  Maghreb West Africa or Western Africa is the westernmost region of the African continent. ...

Scene from Gooberstory (2001)
Scene from Gooberstory (2001)

While learning how to create books and folders for educational purposes at the NTI-School in Stockholm, Ola Bergner found out about Photoshop and Macromedia Flash, and soon became interested in flash animation. After graduating, he applied for and got a job as a teacher of animation and digital art at the NTI-School. He also founded Goober Productions, and in 2001 released the 12-minute film Gooberstory, a year in the making and unlike any flash animation in existence at the time. It had a slow pace, used classical music, many revolutionary graphical techniques, and told an epic myth about a great tree and the little fish that thrived in the waters that existed in its shade. It was also heavily influenced by Ola Bergner's journey to Africa seven years previous. Image File history File linksMetadata Gooberstory02. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Gooberstory02. ... Adobe Photoshop is a bitmap graphics editor (with some text and vector graphics capabilities) published by Adobe Systems. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2001. ...

Scene from Nim's Winter Tale (2002)
Scene from Nim's Winter Tale (2002)

A year later, Ola Bergner released Nim's Winter Tale, an 8-minute film which had a much shorter gestation period that Gooberstory - it took only two months to complete because Ola was now much more familiar with the inner workings of Flash. The music for the film was played by harpist Dearbhail Finnegan. The film is an homage to the Tomten, which are Scandinavian gnomes believed to protect farms, care for animals, mend things, and generally look after isolated humans. The best known edition of this story, with which Nim's Winter Tale shares distinct similarities, was written by Astrid Lindgren. Image File history File linksMetadata Nimswintertale. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Nimswintertale. ... Harp is also a slang term for the diatonic harmonica. ... Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe. ... This article is about the mythical creatures. ... Astrid Lindgren 1924 Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren ( , née Ericsson, November 14, 1907 – January 28, 2002) was a Swedish childrens book author, whose many titles were translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries. ...


In 2004, Ola started working on Nim's Journey, a feature-length continuation of Nim's Winter Tale. He currently has a website up which documents his progress. // Please note that these are the top grossing films that were first released in 2004; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for calendar year 2004. ...


Ola Bergner's films reached the widest audience yet when he (under the alias name "Kankuran") released both Gooberstory and Nim's Winter Tale on the flash portal website, Newgrounds, on the same day (May 3rd, 2005). They won the top five Newgrounds awards that week, and vaulted their creator to a place in the five highest-ranked artists on Newgrounds (decided by averaging the ratings of an artist's submissions), at the same level as other flash celebrities like Adam Phillips and James Farr. Thirteen days later, Ola released Sumo the Bambooman, a less ambitious, humorous film starring an African comic hero named "Sumo". Combined, these three films have received over 300,000 views on Newgrounds. Newgrounds is a website headquartered in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA and created in 1995 that primarily hosts Adobe Flash animated films and games. ... May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... Adam Phillips Adam Phillips (born 1971) is a freelance animator. ...


As of 2006, Ola is busy with two young daughters, but still finds time to work on his flash animations. He has finished the storyboards for the first two chapters of his feature film (along with much artwork), and is close to finishing the third. 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Filmography

  • 1999A Christmas Tale
  • 2000A Winter Story
  • 2001—Gooberstory
  • 2002Nim's Winter Tale
  • 2005—Sumo the Bamboo Man

This is a list of film-related events in 1999. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2000. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ...

Future projects

  • Nim's Journey (a feature film in flash begun 2004)
  • H35787 (a short animated film about a lonely robot begun 2005)

Awards

  • 2002—2nd place Jury Award in the Linear Category at Flash Award 2002 ([2]) for Gooberstory
  • 2003 (May 28)—Nim's Winter Tale wins FWA One award
  • 2003 (June 7)—Gooberstory wins FWA One award
  • 2003 (July 10)—Gooberstory wins the Story category in Flashforward 2003 in New York; Nim's Winter Tale is nominated.

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See also

A Flash cartoon is an animated film created using Macromedia Flash animation software, usually as a form of limited animation. ...

References

  •   Proboards forum thread. Ola's Biography of Himself. Retrieved on April 25, 2006.

April 25 is the 115th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (116th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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