Todor Dinov - Writer





Animator. Nationality: Bulgarian. Born: Greece, 1919; grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. Education: Studied art in Sofia; studied under Ivanov-Vano at the Institute of Motion Picture Arts, Moscow, two years. Career: Caricaturist and journalist; 1953—first animated film, Marko the Hero ; 1969—directed first live-action film; taught visual communications, University of Sofia.


Films as Animator:

1953

Junak Markos ( Marko the Hero )

1956

The Little Guardian Angel

1959

Prometheus

1960

Story of a Twig

1962

The Lightning Conductor

1963

Jealously ; The Apple

1965

The Daisy

1969

Ikonostast (co-d live-action)

1970

Prometheus XX

1971

Chain Reaction

1974

Lamjata (live-action)

1975

Perpetual Motion

1977

Baruten Bukvar (live-action)

1980

The Rain of Paris

1986

Grehut na Malitsa

Publications


By DINOV: articles—

Kinoiskustvo , vol. 19, no. 2, 1964.

Image et son (Paris), June/July 1971.

Cinema TV Digest , Spring 1973.

Bulgarian Film (Sofia), no.4, 1984.


On DINOV: articles—

Kinoiskustvo , vol. 19, no. 7, 1964.

Iskusstvo Kino (Moscow), no. 4, 1966.

Bulgarian Film (Sofia), no. 6, 1968.

Bulgarian Film (Sofia), no. 8, 1979.

Bulgarian Film (Sofia), no. 4, 1985.

Kino (Sofia), June 1994.


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Todor Dinov is reputed to be the veteran of Bulgarian animation from its birth in the mid-1950s. He studied figurative art in Sofia in his formative years and was among the students selected to continue their studies in Moscow. There he found a place in the Institute of Motion Picture Arts where he learned his technique and approach to animation from the great Russian master, Ivanov-Vano for two years. Ivanov-Vano's influence has prevailed all through Dinov's life, though Dinov was able to expand his interests over a much broader field. He had a period in journalism, acted as a caricaturist for a local newspaper, and published satirical magazines. One of the later ones, A Propos , a collection of drawings and articles by well-known humorists, enjoyed an international success in 1983. Nevertheless, Dinov achieved his reputation through his animated films.

Dinov's first production, Marko the Hero , was made in the Sofia Animated Film Studio in 1953. While he understands how to appeal to the public, he never compromises his serious outlook and his belief that good will eventually overcome bad. He has also been consistent with his visual style. His work is graphically pleasing without being revolutionary and experimental beyond the reach of his audience. As the Bulgarian animation studio expanded and the second generation of animators emerged, including Donyo Donev and Stoyan Dukov (eventually they were known as the Three Big Ds), Dinov took time off to try his skills as scriptwriter and as director of live-action films, as so many animators have done when the opportunity arises. Possibly more than others of the former Eastern Bloc, Dinov has succeeded with some of his live films and has become established as one of the popular Bulgarian directors, as well as a supremely talented animator.

—John Halas

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