“ZeMarmot” project is currently being made by 2 people: Aryeom and Jehan. I guess it is time to present ourselves:
Aryeom is a young South Korean independant animation film director and animation artists. She studied for 4 years in Sangmyung University in the Fine Arts department, with “Animation Film” specialty. Her first co-directed short animation, “Grandma Ocean” got screened in more than a dozen festivals and won 2 prices: “Best Short” in category “Traveling shorts in Korea” at 10th Asiana International Short Film Festival, and second price in the 3rd Busan Women’s Film Festival 2012.
She is now an artist in residency in the association LILA in Paris, and is trying to create her own animation studio, Studio Girin. Also she is an awesome user of GIMP.
Aryeom is the movie co-scenarist and film director.
Jehan has been an actor as a young kid for a dozen of years, especially for movie dubbings, and also won an “Outstanding Youth Actor in a Foreign Film” award in the Young Artist Awards 1995 for his acting in the cinema movie “Dust of Life” by Rachid Bouchareb. Nowadays he spends time as a software developer (among others for GIMP…).
Jehan spent a few years traveling the world alone on a motorcycle (from France to Japan, crossing all Europe and Asia through Turkey, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, etc.), then he traveled with Aryeom across South Korea, Japan and New Zealand. Their travels are inspirational of ZeMarmot’s story.
Jehan is the movie co-scenarist.
Note that the Marmot is even more physical that one might think since Jehan has always been traveling with a plush toy (Marmot actually “pretends” to be a plush toy, in order to pass borders safely of course! But ssshhhh that’s a secret…) as a “copilot” on his bike and on every trip.
Here is the original Marmot, crossing by motorbike the vast desertic steppes of Mongolia (this is not a joke!):