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Goodies from USC’s Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive

December 11th, 2014 · No Comments · American cinema, Education, Filmmakers, Libraries and archives

By chance I happened on the site of the University of Southern California’s Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, which has posted a small number of items of interest in their Online Media listings. These include part 1 of an interview by film critic/historian Arthur Knight (my mentor at USC) with director King Vidor (The […]

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Frank Terry: An Interview at CalArts

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Animators, Education, Filmmakers, TV and Film Commercials

Animation producer and educator Frank Terry passed away on February 11th. I must admit to not having really known Terry, and would refer you to the Animation Scoop blog post about him here, which include comments from people who knew him, as well as the CalArts blog post here. However, I did have the pleasure […]

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Ray Harryhausen

May 14th, 2013 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Special effects, Stop motion animation

The recent passing of special effects animation master Ray Harryhausen has been widely noted. I must admit to having little to add to the many well-deserved hosannas. A disciple of Willis O’Brien, he was able to one up his mentor by gaining a measure of creative control that enabled him to produce a greater body […]

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Annie Awards Make History

February 12th, 2013 · No Comments · Animation history and criticism, Filmmakers, Producers

Perhaps historical would be a better word. I’m not talking about the winners in the competitive voting for ASIFA-Hollywood‘s Annie Awards proper (listed here), but rather for the juried awards, including the June Foray and Winsor McCay Awards. What was startling was the fact that three of these honors went to animation historians: Jerry Beck […]

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David Hand Collection to Animation Hall of Fame

August 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Animators, Film and television archives, Filmmakers, Producers

For my undergraduate History of Animation class, I’m obliged to give a pretest to judge my student’s knowledge of the topic. A favorite question is, “Who was the director of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi?” Alas, no one has a clue, even though almost every student has seen these films […]

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Remembering John Halas

April 16th, 2012 · No Comments · Animation studios, British cinema, Documentary films, Filmmakers, Producers

Vivien Halas has posted this filmic remembrance of her father John Halas (1912-1995), who would have been 100 years old today. Halas, whose studio, Halas & Batchelor, made the first British animated feature, Animal Farm (1954), was obviously a seminal figure in British animation and also served as the founding president of ASIFA-International. The documentary […]

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An Evening with Joanna Priestley

January 15th, 2012 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Independent animators, Screenings, Short films

For those in the Portland, Oregon area, the Northwest Film Center is hosting “An Evening with Joanna Priestley” on Saturday, January 28th. The event is part of the Center’s Northwest Tracking series celebrating its 40th anniversary.  Priestley is one of my favorite filmmakers who I’ve written about before. (See my article I wrote for Skwigly […]

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Martin Scorsese’s Hugo

November 25th, 2011 · 4 Comments · American cinema, Film history and criticism, Filmmakers, French cinema, Special effects

Martin Scorcese makes a cameo appearance in Hugo. Right off the bat, let me say that Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is a wonderful film which I cannot recommend too highly. In a sense,it’s one of those generic, loving homages to the movies that come along every so often; though Hugo is in a class all by […]

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Museum of the City of New York’s Collections Portal

November 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Filmmakers

The Biograph blog  brought to my attention the Museum of the City of New York’s Collections Portal, which has been up and running since December and offers access to almost 100,000 images. The Biograph’s post focuses on photos relating to era of silent film. I did a somewhat broader search and immediately found pictures done […]

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Richard Williams’ and John Canemaker Pordenone Trailers

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Film and Television Festivals, Filmmakers, Short films

(Copyright: Richard Williams) Last year, I blogged about the premiere of Richard Williams’ short film Circus Drawing at the opening night of the Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (The Pordenone Silent Film Festival), in Italy, and his long-standing relationship with the festival. In reading about this year’s Pordenone Silent Film Festival on The Bioscope blog […]

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Chief Serenbe

July 12th, 2011 · No Comments · Filmmakers, Harvey Deneroff, Stop motion animation, Student films

I usually don’t take notice of student films here, but I understandably am making an exception for Evan Curtis’ Chief Serenbe, made last year at the Savannah College of Art and Design — especially since it was made in f my graduate-level Media Theory class. (He has been in three of my classes and I […]

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Terry Gilliam Directs Berlioz at the ENO

March 9th, 2011 · No Comments · Filmmakers

English National Opera’s promo for Terry Gilliam’s Damnation of Faust production. It’s really not unusual for filmmakers to direct operas, but someone who started out as animator?

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Lucerne Animation Academy’s LIAA-TV

December 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Animation conferences, Filmmakers, Music and film, Screenwriting

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 […]

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Richard Williams’ Circus Drawings’ Silent Premiere

October 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Film and Television Festivals, Filmmakers, Short films

I must admit to being a bit surprised when I discovered that Richard Williams just premiered his long-dormant short, Circus Drawings on the opening night of Le Giornate del Cinema Muto,  XXX ed. (The 30th Pordenone Silent Film Festival) held October 1-8. Pordenone has long ranked as the world’s preeminent silent film event and Williams […]

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Max Fleischer Teaching Student Officers to Read Maps

September 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · American cinema, Animation history and criticism, Documentary films, Filmmakers

The above article from the December 1918 issue of Popular Science is about how a training film produced by “the Training Division of the War College, Mr. Max Fleischer, a former member of the Popular Science Monthly staff, devised for the General Staff the system that we illustrate.” During World War I Max Fleischer was […]

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