|ASIFA Retreat at the Wealthy Theater|
|The official ASIFA Retreat book (and lotsa cards)|
|The full spread including the annual ASIFA cake!|
|Animators realizing that the food is real and not 3d modeled!|
|Jim opening the retreat with a reading from the "Book of McCay"|
|Another reading from the "Book of McCay"|
The first night over, we broke for the evening. And like last year, Deanna saved me on gas money and driving time by graciously providing a guest bedroom.
|Mints on the pillow and a copy of "Animatoon Magazine"... |
only at 'Casa de Deanna'. :)
The next day, we spent the better part of the morning and part of the afternoon holding a hands-on traditional under-the-camera workshop at the Grand Rapids Community Media Center.
|Our International Animation Day Coordinator Brad Yarhouse|
working with a student on a sand animation.
|Visitors from Lansing trying their hands|
at some stop-motion animation
|Brad introducing this year's International Animation Day Program|
|Deanna's presentation on the her artist residency|
|Jim Middleton recreating and modernizing a live performance of "Gertie."|
|'Motion Comics and the Future of Comic Books'|
We ended the evening with "Gary Schwartz' European adventures"--a presentation of his work overseas in Eastern Europe where he runs youth animation workshops, most recently in Armenia.
|An animation Gary's students put together during his workshop.|
|Making the case for us to make the trip to Eastern Europe|
|Gary returned with many souvenirs, some from the old Soviet Union days.|
As I drove home on Sunday afternoon, I wasn't ready for the weekend to be over so I stopped off at the Meijer Gardens to see their new Japanese garden. It was relatively peaceful and I could see how much effort the designers put into making it serene and contemplative. Took lots of pictures, but as I walked around, there were no real epiphanies other than I should come back here when the flowers are in full bloom.
|Testing out the panoramic setting on my smartphone.|
click the image for a larger view.