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Madonna in Animation by Rowena True

Madonna in Animation by Rowena True

Rowena True's short animation inspired by Madonna and her changing images throughout the years.

Madonna in Animation by Rowena True

Back in 2006 Rowena True completed her RCA MA in animation since then she has worked on a number of animation commissions including Topshop, Grazia, The National Theatre, projects for London Fashion Week and Most recently for Dazed Digital to coincide with April's Madonna issue of Dazed

Rowena created  a short animation inspired by Madonna's changing images throughout the years, in collaboration with costume designer Maki Loulou who created the mini Madonna themed costumes from the various different era's for the Barbie's in the film, such as , Madonna's 1983 hit song 'Borderline',  her 1985 film debut 'Desperately Seeking Susan', the 1986 hit  song 'Open Your Heart' and the seminal 'Vogue' era and sell out Blonde Ambition World tour from 1990. Check out the rest of Rowena's films on her website

Q & A with Rowena True

How old are you?


How long have you been making films?

Painting turned into film five years ago

What nationality are you?


Where are you based?

London, Hackney.

Why film?

Anything can happen. It is its own world.

How would you describe your style?

Playful, stop-motion, theatrical, retro, candy colours to monochrome.

What inspires you at the moment?

Crazy Knitting (particularly food and utensils), the miniature, rear projection in old movies, wind up toys, robots, fast cars, fashion, Japan.

Were you interested in Fashion and film when you were growing up?

Ive always loved dressing up. We had a huge dressing up box with head dresses, costumes and sparkly things. Would religiously watch cartoons each morning with my brother – Dennis was a favourite

What was your favourite outfit from your youth?

My rubber ducky swimsuit

What is your dream commission?

A Michael Jackson, Prince or Britney animated comeback video could be fun.

Who are your favourite film makers and why?

At the moment I’m loving Nagi Noda. She plays with animation and the way everything is real with no camera trickery, just incredible sets and props.  Jan Svankmajer has always been a favourite – I love his ‘Alice’ film. His surrealism constantly keeps you intrigued. I love the dark humour of Tim Burton and the playfulness of Michel Gondry. Sergio Leone must be mentioned. Completely brilliant.

Are you involved in any projects at the moment?

Im shortly going to be working as Animator/Designer at Mr & Mrs Smith in Soho.

What are your plans for the future?

Making work I'm proud of and travelling the world.

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