Cartoon characters „made in Graz“
A very interesting member of the Creative Industries Styria’s network is Florian Satzinger, a character designer from Graz who has worked for Walt Disney and Warner Bros. One of his short stories is currently made into a movie.
Worldwide operations from Graz
„Due to the internet, one is location-independent“, explains Satzinger the fact that he is working in Graz while most of his clients live abroad. However, the virtual work won’t do it alone and Satzinger is convinced that “one has to look in the eyes of the clients.” For this reason, he is present on trade fairs and in the Create Talent Network (an artist community for character design). Up to now, he has worked for Walt Disney and Warner Bros (Looney Tunes, Pinky & Brain), Bahlsen, Telekom Austria, Ankama Group, SAT1 and Red Bull (media applications for tv). Furthermore, Satzinger teaches analogue animation, animation history and media analysis at FH Salzburg and is a guest lecturer for character design at VIA University College (Viborg, Denmark).
The short story JOHN STARDUCK is now being made into a movie by the French Tigobo Animation Studios where Satzinger takes over the role of the art director and of the director. In April 2013, the pre-production artwork will be presented at the Graphic Art Museum in Angouleme, followed by further presentations in Los Angeles, Annecy and at the Cartoon Forum in Toulouse.