Sunday, January 31, 2010
This month, five of us from ASIFA/Central met up in Kalamazoo for a nice lunch (where we discussed ways to build our community in ASIFA/Central) followed by a visit to the Kalamazoo Art Museum where they were hosting a display of Looney Toons animation and animation art from the golden age of Warner Brothers animation. As I, Jim, Deanna, Jennifer, and Gordon walked through the display, I was struck several times at how much these little gatherings with "my people" mean to me. This first quarter of 2010 won't see me travelling very much as I've got a big project to work on for Thistle-Threads. So there won't be any weekend excursions to Toronto for the TAIS workshops until I get the majority of the animation done for Dr. Nguyen. But these little in-State day-trips every month with ASIFA/Central should really help dispel those feelings of isolation while I toil away in my studio. Every month or so, there will be something in-State to look forward to--something to help foster that sense of community that I love so much that I willingly drive ten hours to Toronto in order to obtain it. Here in ASIFA/Central, we're pretty spread out, so we can't do the kind of weekly events and meet-ups like TAIS does in Toronto. But if we can get to a point where we're offering events once every month, I think that we'll not only be leagues ahead of where we were, we'll see our membership growing once again.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Today's animation is a student production from Gobelins L'ecole de L'image. 'Monstera Deliciosa' is a tale of a hapless lamplighter, "fascinated by the dance of an apparation in the tropical greenhouse where he works..."
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I'd like to open this year with a new take on one of the most successful animated films from last year: Pixar's Up. Australian musician Pogo composes music by only using audio from existing movies. Here is his latest work: Upular.