Jakarta. Indonesian animator Griselda Sastrawinata said her work in the upcoming Disney animation "Moana" required extensive research into Polynesian culture.
The California-based artist spoke to media at a press conference in Jakarta on Friday (11/11) as part of the Walt Disney Studios’ first "Hometown Hero Tour" in Indonesia to promote its latest animated movie, which follows the story of Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, as she sails out on an epic journey to help her family.
Griselda, the first Indonesian to work in the Walt Disney Company's art department, said the film took five years to make partly due to the in-depth research the team needed to do on Polynesian culture, which takes center stage in the film's plot.
According to Griselda, time constraint was also one of the main challenges.
"Each department depends on one another, so there was pressure to do everything timely within a relatively short time," she said.
Among the several visual designs Griselda worked on in the film, there is the Tapa Cloth, featured in the first scene in Moana.
The 34-year old graduated from the Pasadena Art Center College of Design and worked at Dreamworks Animation prior to her time at Disney.
"I'm very proud to work with Disney. The art that we produce is ultimately what's important for us," she said.
The company appointed Griselda to be the speaker in a series of workshops in Indonesia called the "Moana Talent Tour," where she met with many college students. A total of 500 filmmakers, bloggers and design students from universities all across Indonesia took part in the workshops.
Head of marketing and partnerships for The Walt Disney Company in Southeast Asia, Alex Baillie, said this is the first time they hold an event like this in Indonesia.
"We're pleased to see so much enthusiasm from the students in Griselda's workshops. We hope that her knowledge and experience can inspire other animators in Indonesia," he said.