Women In Animation Chicago Chapter

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Academy Posts Animation

This page has video highlights, podcasts, and images from the Academy of Motion Picture's animation exhibits from this year.


Friday, September 26, 2008

Interview with Miss Piggy's Creator

Smithsonian Magazine has an interview up with Bonnie Erickson, the creator of Miss Piggy!


Monday, September 15, 2008

Early Animation Screening with live music

Chicago Cinema Forum presents
Early Silent Films with Musical Live Accompaniment

Wednesday, September 17
Doors at 7pm / Films at 8pm

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Films by Georges Méliès, Edwin S. Porter, R W Paul and Lotte Reiniger

Music by Jeff Parker (of Tortoise) and Shannon Harris

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1444 W. Chicago

Doors at 7pm / Films at 8pm / $8 Cover

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"Magic in Cinema"

Since Spielberg and Lucas gave birth to the modern blockbuster in the late-70s, mainstream cinema has been addicted to special effects. These days, CGI (computer-generated imagery) is ubiquitous, and the drive to create ever-more "credible" illusions seems so often to be the contemporary blockbuster's ultimate raison d'être.

Yet special effects--or rather the use of magic in all its forms--have been a crucial aspect of cinema since its infancy at the turn of the 20th century. "Magic in Cinema" will showcase some of the most mystical and mesmerizing moments in early film history with a selection of films (1896-1905) by Georges Méliès, the first wizard of cinema, a recently restored print of Lotte Reinger's animated film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" (1926), Edwin S. Porter's "Dream of a Rarebit Fiend" (1906), R W Paul's surreal "The ? Motorist" (1906) and other equally mystifying celluloid treats.

Music for Reiniger's "Prince Achmed" will be composed and performed by guitarist Jeff Parker of Tortoise. The scores for the Méliès, Porter and R W Paul films will be composed and played by producer/musician Shannon Harris. They each, individually, will score new compositions and perform them live for the first time. Both sections are approximately 1 hour with a short break in-between.

Curated by Gabe Klinger

Films Selected by Joe Bryl

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Filmmaker & musician bios and more information at www.chicagocinemaforum.org

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Acting for Animators Workshop

Hi everyone,
Received this email from Maria Ricciardi for a CHICAGO ACTING FOR ANIMATORS WORKSHOP.
The course being taught by Ed Hooks in Chicago and it's October 4th.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Chicagoanimators.com Interviews

I've edited and uploaded a few interviews today onto the forums at ChicagoAnimators.com

Dave Pryor - local chicagoan, alumni of Startoons, and animator of "Alien for Christmas"

Bobby Beck - Pixar animator and one of the founders of AnimationMentor.com

Glen McIntosh - ILM Charater Animator, worked on films such as The Spiderwick Chronicles, Transformers, Star Wars, Jurassic Park

Bob Rissetto - Local Chicagoan, animator and illustrator

Michael Daley - Storyboard and Story artist from San Francisco

Bruno Werneck - Another local Chicago artist, works on film and video game concept art