Lucerne Animation Academy’s LIAA-TV

Yuri Norstein at 2009's Lucerne Animation Academy

About a year ago, the Lucerne School of Art and Design, in Lucerne, Switzerland, put on its first Lucerne Animation Academy (LIAA). The four-day event was publicized as a “a great opportunity for people from theory and practice to meet and share their views on the characteristics of dramaturgy in animation films, in all its aesthetic and technical aspects.” Now, LIAA has posted videos of what they feel were “the most essential presentations held at the conference last year,” what they call LIAA-TV.

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Among the most familiar names among the talks posted, mostly in English,  include: Yuri Norstein: on “Animation and Poetry” (in Russian) (see image on top),  the Brothers Quay on “Music as a Provocative and Authentic Form” (see image above) and Priit Pärn on “How to Construct a Story – From Idea to Screenplay” (see image below).

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In addition, you can find  talks by  filmmakers Jerzy Kucia, Georges Schwizgebel,  David O. Reilly, as well as ace composer Norman Roger, along with a number of others. Many thanks go to Otto Alder, Co-Head of the Animation Department for his work on the conference.

Author: Harvey Deneroff

Harvey Deneroff is a Los Angeles-based independent animation and film scholar specializing in labor history. He formerly taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design and was editor of Animation Magazine, Animation World Magazine, and Graiffit (published by ASIFA-Hollywood). He is the founder and past president of the Society for Animation Studies.

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