On Saturday, I’m off to Los Angeles to attend the annual conference of the Society for Animation Studies. This year’s event, “Redefining Animation,” is being put on by the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. (I got my M.A. and PhD from USC.) The dates are June 23rd – 27th, with the conference proper beginning on Monday; the paper my wife Vickie and I wrote on “Rethinking the Metanarrative of Character Animation” will be presented on Wednesday, which is actually the last day. However, the festivities begin on Sunday with afternoon screenings of USC student films and a cocktail reception featuring remarks by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke; on Thursday, there’s an optional field trip to DreamWorks Animation, in Glendale, which I understand is sold out.
I always look forward to these conferences where I can enjoy the company of friends and colleagues, as well as meeting other scholars and filmmakers from around the world. If you’re at all interested in animation history and theory, it’s the place to be.