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Bernardo Britto

Magazine article Filmmaker

Bernardo Britto

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Bernardo Britto conceived his most recent animated short, the Sundance Short Film Jury Prize-winning Yearbook, after grappling with the ultimately insignificant scale of his previous work. "It didn't mean anything, and people would just forget about it," realized Britto. "How do you deal with making things people won't remember 100, 200, 300 years from now?"

If you're Britto, you make a devastatingly emotional, socio-politically steeped love story of sorts about a man who has been tasked with cataloguing our world history in the 17 years before an alien missile detonates Earth. It's a highly intelligent allegory, characteristic of Britto's style, which he says favors story over technique: "I think a lot of people get into animation because they're obsessed with the craft, but I operate from a standpoint of, 'I have a great script, it would work well as an animation.'" Though he recalls creating vague animations in middle school with the obsolete Microsoft Paint, the Brazilian-born Britto enrolled at New York University's Tisch in 2007 for film production. "It wasn't until I took a course with John Canemaker," he says, "that I got into animation, I think maybe because of how supportive everyone was. And it wasn't as competitive as the film floor. …

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