Behind the Cels: Selections from SCAD’s Don Bluth Collection

Banjo the Woodpile Cat sketch/cel setupThat’s the name of the free exhibit the Savannah College of Art and Design Library featuring animation art from the Don Bluth Collection, which was donated to the school by Bluth and Gary Goldman. The exhibit is being done in conjunction with the forthcoming Society for Animation Studies conference at SCAD-Atlanta, July 10-12. The exhibit,  which consists of  drawings, cels, storyboards, concept art, backgrounds and photographs, runs July 7-31 in the school’s Gallery 4 See (on the 4th floor of the C Building) and the Artists Book Room in the ACA/SCAD Library (on the 4th floor of the A Building) — the latter part focuses on art work from Bluth’s unrealized feature, The Little Blue Whale (also known as Song of the Ice Whale and  Kandu) (see model sheet below).

imageThe formal opening for the exhibit will occur on Thursday evening, from 6:00-8:00 pm, in Gallery 4 See, and Gary Goldman is scheduled to be present. (He will also be present on Saturday for a separate presentation during the SAS conference, which is not open to the public.) SCAD-Atlanta is located in midtown Atlanta at 1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia.

SAS/ASIFA-Atlanta/High Museum Free Screening of Peachtree State Animation

Avery MatthewsAs part of the 21st Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference being held July 10-12, ASIFA-Atlanta is putting on a screening of independent and commercial animation, “Georgia Animation on Our Mind: A Screening of Peachtree State Animation,” which is being hosted by the High Museum of Art at the Rich Theatre of the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, on Friday, July 10th, at 8:00 PM .

When most people think of animation and Georgia, Atlanta-based Cartoon Network is the first thing that comes to mind; though Cartoon Network is represented by Avery Matthews, a never-aired pilot made by Turner Studios [see image above], the bulk of the program is devoted to the work of local studios and filmmakers from the Atlanta and Savannah areas.

En Transit 02The final schedule is still pending but among the other films confirmed include En Transit, an installation piece made for l’Ecole Nationale Supériure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette by Georgia Tech’s Sara Hornbacher, Kenneth Knoespel and Hartmut Koenitz which “uses” footage from Walter Ruttman’s Berlin: Symphony of a Great City [see above] (and other films) to explore the space of cities; Hamid Bahrami’s hand-drawn Traveler of the Horizon, previously shown at ASIFA-Atlanta’s celebration of International Animation Day at the High Museum of Art; Takuro Masuda’s stop motion Death of a Matriarch, made with a grant from the Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts’ Xperimental Puppetry Theatre program; SCAD-Atlanta graduate Amanda Goodbread’s Curtains; SCAD professor Hal Miles’ stop motion The Madness of Being; ASIFA-Atlanta president Brett W. Thompson’s first film, Fluidtoons; and Mouse and Cat, an independent effort by Joe Peery, Turner Studios animation director and former ASIFA-Atlanta president.

Free tickets can be reserved here.

Andrew Darley to Give Keynote Address at Persistence of Animation Conference

Andrew DarleyI am delighted to announce that Andrew Darley, the widely acclaimed author of Visual Digital Culture: Surface Play and Spectacle in New Media Genres (Routledge, 2000), a book which has helped shape contemporary cultural theory, will deliver the keynote address at the Society for Animation Study’s Persistence of Animation Conference; the conference , which I am helping to coordinate, is being held at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, July 10-12, 2009.

As to the theme of his address, Darley writes to say that the “topic I have in mind is that of the conference title itself, i.e., ‘The persistence of animation.’ I find the title thought provoking and I’d like to offer more considered reflections and thoughts on its possible significance and implications.”

The core of Darley’s research interests are in the fields of new media technologies and visual culture and film and animation studies. He has published on the history of digital imaging, animation and digital aesthetics, and animation and education. His book, Visual Digital Culture, examines digital imaging techniques across a range of contemporary media, investigating the relationship between evolving digital technologies and existing media and considering the effect of these new image forms on the experience of visual culture. His recent research explores questions surrounding the popular representation of new technology and science. He is currently researching and writing a book on cybernetics and the cinema. Darley’s current academic role is that of Reader in Animation and New Media and Research Degrees Leader at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) based in Farnham, Surrey, UK.