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Director Alexi De Campi

January 21st, 2010

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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…]

Students & Teachers: Sherie Pollack’s Awesome Lecture! Part 2 - The Talk!

May 8th, 2009

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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…]

Students & Teachers: Sherie Pollack’s Awesome Lecture Part 1 - A Little Background!

May 6th, 2009

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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 (like animating and timing on “The Simpsons” and directing “God, The Devil, & Bob”) to pre-K entertainment like“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”.

Bailee DesRocher: What got you started in animation?:

Sherie Pollack: I was 17 when I first started thinking about colleges, I flipped a coin - it was either going to be theatre, or fine arts. That’s when my mother pulled me into the pantry and said,”Do ya have to do this? Isn’t there anything else?”

Going forward, I combined the two. I didn’t know I wanted to be an animator. As a kid I was always drawing and I was very lucky - my parents would [Read more…]

Tex does Tex: Remakes of cartoons

November 26th, 2008

In 1952, the Tex Avery directed a short Rock-A-Bye Bear premiered. The short, written by Heck Allen and Rich Hogan featured a simple premise: Spike has a job running a house for a hibernating bear, who insists on quiet. Tex was strained by the amount of work, so he left MGM shortly after completing the piece (the film was actually completed in 1950, but not released until two years later due to the backlog of cartoon shorts).  In Tex’s absence, his unit was directed by former Walter Lantz director, Dick Lundy.

Tex returned to MGM in 1951,  where he took back his animation unit. He went on to direct eleven more cartoons. Most of these had a similar look to the UPA cartoons that were gaining popularity at the time. In March 1953, MGM closed down Tex’s unit, believing that 3D films that were quickly taking theaters by storm would end the [Read more…]

“Someday You Will Be Loved” music video

November 26th, 2008

Yes, this video has been around for a while, but after watching the recently posted interview with Fred, and thinking about the early days of MTV, this video’s visuals popped into my head.

Directed by Ace Norton, this video for the band Death Cab for Cutie has many elements that remind me of early MTV promos.

Much of Ace’s work has a similar feel, from his other work with Death Cab for Cutie (an homage to Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer“), to his newer stuff (like this Coke commercial).

With so much slick CG stuff in front of us all the time now, I really enjoy seeing animation like this. What do you think?

-Floyd Bishop

“Take On Me” the literal video version

October 6th, 2008

While the video is nothing new, this YouTube version is quite funny. They replaced the song with one which explains what is literally happening on screen.

This was a-ha’s only #1 hit in the United States. The video, directed by Steve Barron, was inspired by the animated short “Commuter”, created by Michael Patterson. The video also draws from the film “Altered States”.

Steve Barron went on to direct the live action “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Coneheads”.

-Floyd Bishop

“Toe Jam”: the censors get to animate

September 25th, 2008

There is no nudity in this video by The Brighton Port Authority. The censors have black barred all of the “naughty bits” and middle fingers. The people in the video are aware of this however, and are using the censor’s black bars to create simple animations.

The video was directed by Keith Schofield.

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It’s a great idea, a fun video, and a pretty decent song as well.

-Floyd Bishop

“The Alphabet” by David Lynch

August 23rd, 2008

Don’t let the title fool you. This is no kid’s film. I was unaware that director David Lynch (”Twin Peaks”, “Lost Highway”) also did a few animated shorts. This piece features his first wife Peggy. David combines trange audio and bizarre visuals to make for a very creepy film.

 -Floyd Bishop

“The Tantrum”, submitted by John Fountain: A Channel Frederator Featured Film

April 4th, 2007

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A young superhero gets the “bad guys” to back down by throwing an ungodly, painful tantrum…works every time! This short was part of the “Oh Yeah! Cartoons” series.

Blogger/Interviewer extrordinaire, Jeaux Janovsky did a terrific feature on John Fountain a while back, and in addition to that, I asked John some specific questions on the making of The Tantrum in hopes of harnessing more of his creative brilliance into this blog.

MELISSA: What inspired “The Tantrum”?

JOHN: I desperately wanted to do a story with a comedic superhero… I used to love shows like ‘Underdog’ and ‘The Greatest American Hero.’ I always thought it was cool that THE HULK’s powers were triggered by his frustrations, and there’s nothing more frustrating than being a kid, so it just seemed like a natural formula for a comedic-kid-superhero.

MELISSA: Do you usually write a script out for your film, or do you work mostly from storyboards?

JOHN: Both. Like all art, [Read more…]