Saturday, March 10, 2007

RATS MONO (in progress ~ opinions needed).

I have spent much of the last week, and lost a painful amount of sleep, working on this animated short for my class. Even though it was to be done by this week, it still needs more work, particularly in the coloring and timing. I would very much appreciate some opinions as to what to change. The ones I am getting over here are so far, quite helpful.

Also, I have been looking up various film and animation festivals around the world to submit my film, IVAN'S ACT.

So far, IVAN'S ACT has been submitted to five places, including England. I need to find more places to submit it to.

GOLDEN AGE ~ A gem found in Brooklyn

This week has been a busy week for me, but I managed to find time to attend the ASIFA-East judgings here in New York. The last screening will be next week, and even though I have attended only two, I have found a bountiful harvest of wonderful, animated goodies.

It is also exciting for me, because for the very first time, I have submitted a piece of my own for judging. My film, IVAN'S ACT, was screened and judged in the Student work screenings, and it seemed to get a generally positive response. And from what I hear, king-pin animator Bill Plympton found it to be a cute short with a certain quality to it. I will probably know in month what the status of the upcoming festival will be.

Now I would like to introduce you all to a gem that was produced by Augenblick Studios, an animation studio located here in my beloved Brooklyn. The name of the film is GOLDEN AGE. Below are images from just a few of the amazing segments that make up the film, which runs at about 23 minutes. And for a film that length at the screening, it got an amazing response, and was not cut short for its lenght, which is a very good sign.

(these images were taken from the Augenblick site at

I urge you all to check out the film on the Augenblick website. It is one of the best shorts I have ever seen. It has a wonderful mix of dark yet whimsical humor and an adorable animation style that pays tribute to the various golden ages of animation history.