Women In Animation Chicago Chapter

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Oct. Meeting Reminder

October is almost here! This is just a reminder that the next meeting will be on Wed. Oct. 10th at 6pm at Columbia College in room 401H at the 1104 S. Wabash building.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Lets see the FIRST Disney Short to be Directed by a Woman!

OK so I got a hold of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival screening schedule for this year! It's not online YET but the library had one of the handy paper schedules.

I came across two things that should be seen, one of which is a landmark short of sorts.

Proposed Date and time of Event:

October 20th
10:30 a.m.
(that's a Saturday)
Davis Theatre
4614 N. Lincoln Ave.

The film we'd get to see is called The Three Robbers. There's a official trailer courtesy of youtube here.

Itlooks quite beautiful. Of course when they screen it here, it will be translated.
It was recently mentioned in Cartoon Brew here

Even better, they're screening the new Goofy short "How to Hook up Your Home Theatre" before it. This short was made in the old short style, and it's gotten great reviews. And oddly enough, it's the FIRST DISNEY CARTOON directed by a WOMAN!! Maybe we can find a way to get her to talk to us? An interview perhaps? Even an interview/Q&A by email?

Stevie Wermers-Skelton is her name and she directed the short with Kevin Deters
Stevie's "resume" and contact info
Here's a link to a bit about her and Kevin Deters, courtesy of Ottawa Film Fest. It's at the bottom of the page

They both will be in town doing a workshop for the Children's Film Festival on October 27th from 11 am to 1 pm. I'm not sure but maybe we can see if they can do a quick q&a and see if the animation department at columbia will let us have it there.

Cartoon Brew's article on Ottawa & the Goofy Short

And then there's this wonderful interview with Andreas Deja and Mark Henn who animated this short here

We should buy tickets in advance

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Animation Tables on Craigslist

Too bad it's soo far away, but they do look like they'd be easy to replicate:


Monday, September 24, 2007

Children's film festival Oct. 15thish!

And don't forget the Children's film festival!!


It's coming up soon and they usually have some quality animated films. They've moved their screenings to a theatre up on Lincoln Ave in Lincoln Square which is pretty easy to get to.

Chicago International Film Festival animation/anime list

There are three anime films this year as part of the Chicago International Film Festival which starts October 4th.

This is the Anime 2007 page: http://www.chicagofilmfestival.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/CIFFSite.woa/5/wa/pages/AnimeFocus

And then there's the animation shorts, none of which I've seen except for the first one in the list:

Anime Hotel

This is a newly remodeled hotel in San Francisco that I plan on finding a way and reason to stay at someday in the future. It's Anime inspired decorations and in room gaming sound pretty awesome.


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sketchcrawl pics

the lineup (Adrian looks guilty)
Kristine sketching

Kristine's well used watercolor set (about 16 years old!!)

Here's a group shot. I tried to get myself in it somehow!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

New Doc with Animation

I just heard about this doc, that will be screening at the Chicago International Film Festival. Here's the IMDB info on it:


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

September Sketchcrawl

Hi! Just as a reminder, the next sketchcrawl is this upcoming Saturday Sept. 22, at 1 pm in Millennium Park by the Crown Fountains. (the two large spitting faces right across the street from the Art Institute.) Hope to see you there! :D

Friday, September 14, 2007

WIA post cards

Here are some post cards that I made a while ago. Feel free to take and print these out to spread the word! I have also included a flyer for this upcoming meeting. I will try to post one for each meeting too.
The front of the post card

The back of the post card

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Great Post

Mark Kennedy's got a good post on story, which he wrote for students, but really is applicable towards anyone in animation. http://sevencamels.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A friend of mine needs some help!

My friend is a music teacher and she's got a really small group of kids from California coming into town. I'm unavailable to help that weekend. So here's her email to me, please let me know if any of you are interested in helping out, I'll give you her telephone number.

I am interested in having the St. Mary’s students participate in an art project at Lincoln Park Zoo. I’d like it to start off with a description of what the artist does when he/she decides to draw animals. Then we spend some time in the zoo drawing. Right now, we have six 6th-8th grade students signed up. I’ve had a few more parents and students express interest. This art program could be on Friday, Sept. 28 or Sunday, Sept. 30. On Sunday, we need to be at O’Hare by 4:00 so we should be done at the zoo by 2:30. I am in the process of scheduling two other arts events so any flexibility in their schedules will be most appreciated. Otherwise, I’ll fit together as much as I can!

Like I mentioned on the phone, normally we don’t travel with this few students so we are on a very tight budget and a free art lesson would be most appreciated. We’re taking the trip this time because 3 of the kids are playing in VanderCook’s Middle School HonorFest.

If your friends are interested, would you please ask them to call me

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Sept. meeting notes

Hi Everyone!

We had a great Sept. meeting yesterday. We are looking for ideas to raise money for our group. If anyone has any ideas, please post your thoughts here, or bring them to the next meeting.

At the meeting we mentioned two places online to take classes. Here are the links if anyone wants to check them out: Schoolism and Animation Mentor

The next SketchCrawl will be on Sat. Sept. 22nd at 1pm in Millennium Park. We’ll meet by the Crown Fountains (the two large fountains with the spitting faces).

We’re also planning to have another night to continue the second part of Pricilla Olson’s animation. Once we have the time and location, we'll be posting the information here.

At the end of the meeting we watched The Artsiders, a short documentary about Chicago artists. It was interesing to see the variety of artists in Chicago.

The next meeting will be on Wed. Oct. 10th at 6pm at Columbia College in room 401H at the 1104 S. Wabash building.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

CCC Aniamtion News Letter

here is the first newsletter for columbia animation!!! if you want anything published in next months issue, please e-mail me @ cccanimationnews@yahoo.com thanks-Jen