Saturday, February 6th, animation’s highest honors were handed out at the 37th Annie Awards. This years contenders all had a fair shot at top honors, with Sony, Dreamworks, Pixar, and Disney all repped pretty evenly across the board in major categories. With so many excellent films this year, it’s safe to say that animation is the winner.
Archive for the ‘Artists’
Alex De Campi is a writer, visual artist, and film director (also director of this week’s Channel Frederator vid “Raindrops Keep Falling on the Dead”). Here, the investment banker turned jack-of-all-trades tells us about the journey to her current state of happy artist and her upcoming work.
Channel Frederator: Where did you study art/animation/film?
Alex De Campi: I have zero film, animation or art training, beyond some amazing middle and high school art teachers and a summer at RISD. Everything I know, I’ve learned on set, or by just closing my eyes, bracing against cold water and jumping in. I’m lucky to come from a very technical/mechanical family (my father and grandfather were great tinkerers, and were both still photographers) so the technical side of filmmaking holds no fear to me - in fact it’s probably my favourite element. I have a ridiculously nerdy love of old film cameras… my dream is to [Read more…]
Hey there, Channel Frederator Fans!
We want you to help us throw down for our 4 year anniversary with a slew of fantastic films for one big, bad episode! We’re looking for 4 second animations of what you think the Fredbot would do to celebrate his Happy 4th!
Upload your film to the submissions page. Please type “4 SECOND FREDBOT BY (your name)” in the title box. Best file size and type is 640×360 .mov Done and done!
Deadline is October 12th!
If you have other films you’d like featured on Channel Frederator, check out this article! We can’t wait to show your work, and in addition to interviews and hype for you - with our new format there’s cash available to anyone that gets their work shown!
I can draw butts. Like, really well.
Founded by model and artist Molly Crabapple in 2005, Dr. Sketchy is now a worldwide phenomenon, with dozens of classes spanning the globe from Austin to Tokyo. The three hour life drawing session usually consists of burlesque dancers and erotic models as subjects, in various states of undress, and eventually (guaranteedly) full nudity. Dr. Sketchy LA has undergone some pretty radical changes under the new leadership of Bob Self, head of BabyTattoo publishing. Previous classes had fallen short of the notorious and awesome Dr. Sketchy reputation, and Self says we can look forward to a veritable “three ring circus” in future sessions, along with lots of surprises and I’m guessing, butts.
For more info, or to [Read more…]
Recently I had a sit down with one of my favorite people, multi-talented animator and director Sherie Pollack, whose body of work ranges from edgy primetime programming animating and timing on “The Simpsons” to directing “God, The Devil, & Bob” to the pre-K “Dora the Explorer” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” I took the opportunity to discuss her journey into animation success and her upcoming lecture “My Career in Cartoons”. Here, in the second half of her interview, Sherie goes in depth about her lecture.
BD: In your lecture, what kind of things do you cover for aspiring pro animators?
SP: I basically want to share everything I wish I knew when I started. You know, how to get a union job. What is a union all about. What do I do if I’m not doing well on a job - how do I get my groove back? Carpal tunnel. Everyone gets it. Eye strain. How to [Read more…]
It is storming outside my window, so I think I’ll stay in my toasty apartment and contemplate superb snowy art today. First off, a sensitive and atmospheric Lexus commercial by Yves Gelyn. Called “Bow Farm”, it was greatly inspired by the nature illustrations of Charley Harper.
See the work of Charley Harper at The Online Home of The Charley Harper Art Studio.
And here’s a young artist particularly adept at the depiction of inclement weather: Joey Chou. While frantically trying to cover the floor of New York Comicon in a brief afternoon visit, I came upon Joey’s table (which he was sharing with Grace Lee). This duo was my big discovery of the day. Here’s an example of Joey’s work:
After the jump, something by Grace with a winter theme… [Read more…]
Steve Lambe is busy working on Fanboy and Chum Chum these days, but he still manages to find time (how?) to create his own personal work as well. I’m really loving his Golden Books inspired series, which perfectly captures the palette and texture of the classic illustrations, while adding a little extra-spicy weirdness to the mix.
For more, go to Lambey’s Log.
Too bad DIC Entertainment’s Little Golden Book Land didn’t do as good a job paying homage to the original books. This is from 1989:
Masstransiscope has been restored! And if you ride the NYC subway, you should go see it.
Bill Brand’s Masstransiscope was installed in the abandoned Myrtle Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York in September 1980. It has been seen by millions of commuters for over twenty-five years. The 228 hand-painted panels are viewed through a series of vertical slits set into a specially constructed housing. The piece works on the principle of the Zoetrope, a 19th century optical toy.
Basically, it is a series of paintings that are animated by the movement of passing trains. Creator Bill Brand also makes experimental films and video. His site is here.
To observe the beauty, take the B or Q train from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The Masstransiscope will be visible between the DeKalb Avenue stop and Manhattan. (I enjoyed seeing it every day for about a year when I worked in a jewelry factory out in Sunset Park. That, [Read more…]
Another great group show is coming up in Los Angeles (it seems there’s always one going on!): LA MYTH at Meltdown Gallery opens this Friday night from 7-midnight. The show will be up until February 21st. “Over 50 industry artists gather together to share their Mysterious Creations, Urban Legions and Tweaked Visions of LA Mythology.” The gallery is located at 7522 Sunset Boulevard.
Above, a sneak peek of Jorge R. Gutierrez’s mythical and unattainable perfect burrito.
See this page for a full list of artists.
You’re just in time for the secret password, and it’s not Swordfish! Tomorrow night (Tuesday, February 3rd) Danny Fingeroth will be interviewing the fascinating and fearless cartoonist and writer Jules Feiffer at YIVO at 7 PM (15 West 16th Street, between 5th and 6th.) $10 tickets are available at the door if you whisper the word “Explainers”. Actually, I think you can say it in a normal tone of voice, if you so choose. This is quite a deal, as advance tickets are $25.
Learn how an angst-ridden, impoverished Jewish guy from the Bronx became an acclaimed cartoonist, playwright, animator, screenwriter, novelist, and author of children’s books, earning himself a Pulitzer Prize, an Obie, and an Oscar along the way. With pop culture critic and historian Danny Fingeroth. Q&A to follow.
For more info, go to the YIVO events page.