Wednesday, April 30, 2014

animation festivals

thank you to my friend sandro for posting this link:

guide to animation festivals

now, to finish that derned film!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

nyc animation studio tour

I took a group of 12 uarts animation students to new york today to visit three animation studios: titmouse is big, with glass walls, glowing rows of cintiqs, and a cadre of uarts animation alum; ace & son is artsy-homey, with paintings, a popcorn machine, and a turtle; bill plympton's is analog friendly, with drawings & paper everywhere.
we enjoyed a warm welcome at all three places, getting a glimpse into three different visions of what a life in animation can look like. best of all, everything was within a block or so of each other.
this is bill plympton's studio. he was away in france, but his studio manager wendy and her colleagues mike and greta were very patient with us. it's always an eye-opener, coming up to new york to visit animation studios, and every year, something has changed...but that's how life is. anyway, it was a very good day.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

april and the sense of a nascent something.

there's nothing like getting away from it
to give you a sense of where you were.

nothing like getting lost
to help you find out who you are.

no point in staying home
if you never leave the house.

no way of learning anything new
if you're not prepared to make a mess.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

left behind...

a lost, plaintive soul from animation 101, found lurking in the classroom...

final project time

my sophomore object animation students started in on their final project for the spring semester on friday, sculpting, glueing, scribbling, and other things. since there was a lot of making with...objects, the curtains were opened to let in light from the outside world (we didn't have to keep it dark for screening stuff), and everyone was quiet and occupied.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

philadelphia independents, mach ii

since the march 29th plastic club screening was a success, it seems a reasonable excuse to plot a second one, this time at UArts at the beginning of the fall semester in september or early october. keep an eye out, because in addition to some of the previous artists, there will hopefully be some new ones on the bill.

in the meantime, here are links to a few more philadelphia independent animators:

ahmad ajouz

sean dooley & hugo marmugi (day job, etc.)

paul fierlinger

dana gullo

joshua mosley

stephanie yuhas

Sunday, April 6, 2014

duo non grata

"duo non grata" made its second appearance at cake & the beanstalk, with a set list spanning works from sor, albeniz, bach, lauro, and several others. the audience of cafe-goers appeared receptive (no one asked us to stop playing), and two even came forward to express a positive response (which naturally encourages us on to grandiose dreams of live guitar performance in preposterously prestigious venues).

a great way to spend a sunday afternoon, and sean non-grata is motivated to come up with more solo pieces to keep pace with our expanding repertoire. having survived a near-disastrous bicycle spill on the way to pre-gig rehearsal, sean non-grata was neatly excised of extraneous thoughts and turned in a focused performance, with an especially melodic interpretation of sor study #6.

we managed not to empty the premises, and those cafe-goers with earpods attached appeared not to mind much of anything. we'll definitely be back for another round...