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The Pratt Institute's Media Arts Department proudly presents the Traditional Animation thesis films of the graduating class of 2007, as well as selected shorts. Students will be in attendance for a Q&A to talk about their stop motion, 2-D computer animation, and hand-drawn films.

Free and open to the public, May 4th & 5th, 7pm at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater


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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Honda Commercial From Ottawa

Also, here is a link to that great Honda commercial that was playing at Ottawa:


Is that Garrison Kiellor?

Shining Trailer

There was a contest to re-cut movie trailers, and here's what someone did with footage from "The Shining"

It's amazing how much editing and music can change a film...


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Oscar Buzz

Yo, Check out AWN.com Oscar shout out to Pat Smith:

"There are other animation superstars that have new films, which can’t be overlooked as well. Oscar-nominee Bill Plympton has his new short, The Fan and the Flower. Koji Yamamura received an Oscar nod for his film, Mt. Head, and his Old Crocodile, a rendition of a Japanese folk story, puts him in the race again. Don Hertzfeldt earned a past nomination for his hilarious short Rejected, but only time will tell if Academy members will accept his epic short, The Meaning of Life. Patrick Smith is a well-respected animator with a distinctive style, who might land his first ticket to the dance with Handshake."

LINK: http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=pageone&article_no=2705&page=2

oh my

Here's a fun link from my friend Shelby. But don't get any ideas... wee.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Storytelling Workshop & NEWS

Hey All,

The team of Andy and Carolyn London ( http://www.londonsquared.net/ ) will be visiting Pratt Thursday, December 8th at 7pm to do a storytelling workshop. They have a very different method of writing than I do, and I think it would be a useful thing to attend. They made "The Backbrace" which I think some of you saw at Ottawa. It won a prize.

If you're interested in checking out this workshop, please reply to this post. I'd like to gauge interest so I can figure out what room to put this in.

In other news, the show I pitched to Cartoon Network over two years ago and forgot about just got optioned a few minutes ago. Hooray! It doesn't mean I get a show, but it does mean they'll fund a storyboard. Cool.


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Ashley & Katie's Thankgiving Party

T'was a blast! Alisa made one heck of a FINE turkey!! Crazy good! Everyone brought cool yummy food. And I mashed Katie's potatoes! I feel proud because I can't cook. And I washed dishes....like a dishwasher person. And we're going to have an Animation Lock Down! 16 hours of pure animating! With....food...stuffs....

Righto! We t3h win!


Thursday, November 17, 2005

no tofurkey allowed.

aaahh yes. Thanksgiving animation style. you can RSVP through this post or I'm sure I'll see like 99% of you in the next few days but if you're bringing something post it here YAY!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

love the stop-motion...

Ok, here's the dealio. There will be an advanced stop-motion class only if 6 or 7 people are interested. It will be taught Friday afternoons. So if you're interested talk to Hank ASAP. But if you're already taking Bob's class next semester keep taking that. Woo.

Channel Frederator

If you guys didn't know it already, there is an awesome free cartoon site called channelfrederator.com


Free, free and yet... more free.

Can life get better than this? yes it can! go there... now! For free!


Monday, November 14, 2005

Advanced Sto-Mo

As most of you have probably heard me rant about on more than once occasion, the advanced stop-motion class was cancelled this semester because only Tony and I signed up for it. It’s not being offered in the Spring, but I talked to Rachel Johnson and she’ll teach it if there’s enough interest. So if you’re interested let me know and we can figure it out. Sorry this is super last minute… I'll be in G-10 from 4 until midnight so drop by and we can talk about it or something.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

For serious this time

Ok so Fran, our pal ^_^, posted that long list of events coming up. This wed is the animation art auction and screening and I think we REALLY should get together and go en mass again like we did last year. I totally want to go, it sounds like tons 'o fun- who else is in?


hey, for all you internet junkies checking this blog every 5 min...I'm going to be in G-50 from now until 5pm-ish doing homework, if any of you wanna be as good as students! (yeah right)

Look what i found

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Don Bluth?

I'm sure this site is old news to some.. but i stumbled upon it. enjoy.


Disney visits Pratt tomorrow - Wednesday!

I got this from Hank this morning. I'm not sure who is visiting, but I know they're from Disney.


The Disney visit which will be hosted by the Major Seminar in Animationclass , Lisa Crafts, instructor will meet in Room C-1 at 10 AM tomorrowWednesday, November 9th.
-Hank Linhart


On Thurs. Nov. 10th at 6 p.m. in Memorial Hall we will be presenting the 2005 ASIFA-EAST Animation Festival. It is a very strong program especially the winning film, "Life in Transition" by John Dilworth. Please pass the word to all animation minded students and your animation club.

Hope to see you there.

Continued good luck,
Professor Bill Lorenzo

Holy Crap! Free Animation Events!

Maybe this post is too long - but look at all the stuff that's going on in the next few weeks! Wow! I hope you all check www.asifaeast.com regularly. Dammit - I was out of town and missed their screening "Dinosaurs on Film" this past Saturday. I think I will have something for the Animation Art Auction.
Your pal,

November 12
Saturday 4pm
ASIFA-East co-presents: Animated Visions

This highly unique program of nonfiction shorts features work that combines animation with documentary, underscoring the constructed and personal nature of reality. Featured titles: the Academy Award-winning Ryan, Chris Landreth, 2004, 14 min. (Canada); Flashbacks from My Past: Starry Night, Irra Verbitsky, 2004, 4 min. (U.S.); Coming to New York, Robert Castillo, 2004, 4 min. (U.S.); Mouse Heaven, Kenneth Anger, 2004, 10 min. (U.S.); and repeat screenings of The Moon and the Son, John Canemaker, 2004, 28min. (U.S.) and Doubled Up, Samantha Moore, 2004, 6 min. (U.K.) U.S. Premiere.Discussion with directors.

Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @ 79th StreetNew York, New York 10024-5192

November 16
Wednesday 7pm
The 2005 ASIFA-East Used Animation Art Auction And Worst Auctioneer Competition

For years you’ve been coming to the ASIFA East USED ANIMATION ART AUCTION and walking away with fabulous animation art by the hottest studios and independant animators. And you feel pretty good about it, right? You got to watch some great films, the money you spent has gone directly to ASIFA East and your apartment doesn’t look so shabby with that new art hanging up. But there’s something missing at these events and both you and i know what it is; A GOOD AUCTIONEER! How many times has that idiot Mr. Warburton yelled ‘SOLD TO BILL PLYMPTON’ and Bill Plympton isn’t even there? And is it really that hard to keep track of bidding in increments of five dollars? To him it is.
Well, this year there’s gonna be a competition to see who can be the WORST AUCTIONEER EVER. And to keep it simple, Mr. Warburton will be the ONLY contestant. That way we KNOW who will be crowned the worst and YOU, the discriminating commonsewer, can concentrate on the business at hand; BUYING USED ANIMATION ART.

“So how’s it work?” ask ye auction rookies? Well, first we’re gonna watch films by such luminaries as John R. Dilworth, Pat Smith, Bill Plympton, Fran Krause and Signe Bauman, and not to mention such stellar TV shows as Camp Lazlo, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, My Life As a Teenage Robot, The Venture Brothers, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, Billy and Mandy and we even let Codename: Kids Next Door in this year. And if those names don’t make you say ‘DANG BOY!’, don’t worry. There’s even more than that. We just don’t have the room to write ‘em all down! Anyway, after you’re feeling sated by all the delicious animated goodness, we’re be auctioning off art from said films with every last dime of the money going to benefit ASIFA-East! And you get to laugh at Mr. Warburton’s crappy auctioneering in the process! Miss this and don’t be surprised if your friends talk about you behind your back even MORE than they already do! So keep Wednesday November 16th open and get your butt on down to SVA.

* Please note that while this auction is a benefit, it is also an opportunity for those in and near the business to purchase affordable animation art at non-gallery prices. Art dealers and gallery owners, please refrain from bidding on or purchasing art work lest we release ASIFA East’s starving pet wolves to ravish the coutryside in pursuit of you. Thank you.

SVA209 E. 23rd Street
5th Floor, Room 502

November 17
Thursday 7pm
November ASIFA-East Screening

A Celebration of Gil Miret & Artistic VersatilityHosted by our own Howard Beckerman. Thirteen films!Gil Miret was a painter, sculptor, illustrator, designer and animator. He didn't start out to work in animation, though his father owned a screen titling studio, but his versatile skills, intelligence and good sense were well employed when he did enter the field. Gil worked at Paramount Cartoons and for Jack Zander's Pelican Films and on numerous freelance assignments for other New York studios. He was one of the original members of ASIFA-East and served on its board for many years. He took over Shamus Culhane's animation class at the School of Visual Arts and continued it as a popular instructor in that capacity for more than 25 years. His warmth and humor as well as his wry take on the human condition endeared him to family, friends and students alike. On the evening of November 16, Howard beckerman will host a tribute to Gil by screening his films and showing other works of his.

"Come on down, that is if you're still vertical", as Gil used to say.

SVA209 E. 23rd Street
3rd Floor Amphitheatre
Admission: Free!

November 17
Thursday 6:30pm
Winsor McCay Lecture/Screening/booksigning by John Canemaker

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Little Nemo - the boy dreamer in Winsor McCay's groundbreaking 1905 comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland and his 1911 film adaptation - the Department of Film and Media presents a special evening about McCay by acclaimed animation filmmaker and historian John Canemaker. The lecture is illustrated with stunning images from Canemaker's newly expanded biography of the pioneering animator (Harry N. Abrams, 2005), followed by a screening of four of McCay's greatest films: Little Nemo (1911), How a Mosquito Operates (1912), Gertie the Dinosaur (1914), and The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918). Canemaker observes, "Little Nemo in Slumberland was unlike any comic strip seen before or since and, for Winsor McCay it represented a major creative leap, one far grander in scope, imagination, color, design, and motion experimentation than any previous McCay comic strip (or those of his peers)." Following the presentation, Canemaker signs copies of Winsor McCay: His Life and Art.
Organized by Joshua Siegel

Assistant Curator, Department of Film and Media.Special thanks to the Cinémathèque Québécoise for the loan of restored prints.

Piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman
Program 80 min.
Museum of Modern Art
T2 Theatre
11 West 53rd Street

Friday, November 04, 2005

Thela Hun Ginjeet

This is pretty neat. Also another place to submit things. Whoever (whomever?) said the Intarweb was crawling into a shallow grave is probably chewing on shoe leather.

Channel Frederator Video Podcast Website:

Equipment Wishlist?

Hey Animators,
This might be tied up a bit because of Greg's jury duty, but it looks like in the next two weeks or so we'll be getting a second iStopMotion setup in D-9 and an ink & paint system in G-50. The ink & paint system will be running a program called CTP that's designed for television production with drawn animation. You can find information on it at www.cratersoftware.com . I used it for pencil tests and timing on Utica Cartoon, it's a good program.
Those were the two things I thought we needed immediately. So, I think I'll have some budget for next semester - what do you think the department needs most?

Thursday, November 03, 2005

That Thing We Missed

Remember how they teased us in Ottawa with those hand-outs about the Corpse Bride lecture thing that wasn't until October in Monreal..? Well here's a link with lots of pics of it and stuff.


this saturday

We're going to be in G-50 for nothing big, but we'll be watching some Goofy shorts in there as well as doing some work. I'll address some more ideas in the way of group projects as well, or something like that. I'll bring cookies, so bring your own milk =). Meeting at 4pm.