Invidual residences

F. XAVIER MANUEL RUIZ

From Monday, 13 September 2021 to Monday, 20 September 2021

F. XAVIER MANUEL RUIZ
Animation Screenwriter
La Seu d’Urgell (Catalonia)

Bio

Francesc Xavier Manuel (La Seu d’Urgell, 1988) is a Lleida-born animation screenwriter, active since 2009. Graduated in Audiovisual Communication at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, he debuted as a junior writer for TV3’s satirical sketch-show “Polònia”. Thanks to a “la Caixa” scholarship, he took an MFA in Screenwriting at Chapman University and worked for studios like Nickelodeon, Titmouse or Disney Jr. Once back in Barcelona last 2017, he wrote for TV cartoons like “I, Elvis Riboldi” by Peekaboo Animation or “Misha, the purple cat” and “Jasmine & Jambo” by Teidees. He’s also worked as a story consultant and recently wrote two commissioned animated feature films for Hampa Studio in Valencia and Uniko in Bilbao. But that’s not all: he’s actually a bunch of cats under a trench coat. Plot twist!

Project

Mindblown is my semi-autobiographical 2D animation feature project: it tells the story of a 7-year-old kid who faces loss through lucid dreaming. When Alec loses, one by one, his most beloved ones —his cat, his older sister, his best friend, his father— he starts replacing them with fantastical doppelgängers born from his dream world. These lucid dreams, though, will get out of control to end up escaping from Alec’s head. It’s both a pathology and a superpower, and if he abuses his skill, reality will be infected by dreams, turning into an ontological mutant nightmare.

Notícies, articles i activitats

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