Paulo António Rodrigues de Noronha Trancoso was born in Lisbon, on the 22nd of May of 1945. He studied at the Pedro Nunes High School. He studied Medicine in Paris (for 3 months) and Lisbon, but abandoned the course when he was called to do military service in 1969. During his military service he found time to take a cinema course, the first taught at the , named at the time, Instituto de Novas Profissões. Upon returning to civilian life, he joined the advertisement agency Ciesa, where he worked as TV producer. It was there that he began directing a few publicity spots. He collaborated with the magazine Enquadramento. In 1978 he started his own production company that, in 1982, changed its name to Costa do Castelo Filmes, working mostly in advertising. In the mid ‘80s, with the advent of home video, he became one of the partners of Publivideo and one of the originators of the private television project that would later on become SIC. In the early ‘90s he founded, along with the Brazilian Walter Arruda, Máquina dos Sonhos, a television and production company that went on to produce the series Procura-se (RTP, 1992), Giras & Pirosas (SIC, 1992), A Viúva do Enforcado (SIC, 1993) and the soap opera A Banqueira do Povo (RTP, 1993). It was during the production of this last show that Costa do Castelo left Máquina dos Sonhos.
Michael Dudok de Wit
Michael Dudok de Wit was born in 1953 and educated in the Netherlands. After school, he studied etching in Geneva, and animation at Farnham, England, where he made his first film, “The Interview”. After animating for a year in Barcelona he settled in London in 1980. Working freelance with different studios, in particular with the production company Richard Purdum Productions, he directed and animated many award-winning commercials for television and cinema.
Ferenc Mikulas was born on 17 August, 1940. In the spring of 1957 – because of his participation in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 – he was expelled from secondary school. Then he worked as an unskilled worker and later as a geodetic surveyor. He wrote scripts and directed short films. From 1970, he became acquainted with animated cartoon films at the Pannónia Film Studio. Since 1 June 1971, he has been the Head of the Kecskemét Animation
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