Chief Serenbe

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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 my graduate-level Media Theory class. (He has been in three of my classes and I am on his MFA thesis committee.) Ever since then, it has been making the rounds on the festival circuit and can now be seen online as part of the Cartoon Brew Student Animation Festival along with some information on its production; you should also check out Curtis’ website here.

The first half of my Media Theory class involves lectures and discussions on media theory with the major student assignment being a term paper; the second half involves a studio assignment where students are urged to expand in some way on an aspect of their term paper.  The topic of Curtis’ paper,  “Toy Monger,” was not really surprising, since he is is an avid toy collector, and action figures in particular. And though Chief Serenbe does, like most of his films, uses toys from his collection, its style is very much inspired by Italian Neorealism. The film’s opening shot (see image above) was filmed after the class was over. My contribution to Chief Serenbe was, at best, rather modest as Curtis seemed to know exactly what he was wanted to do. In any case, do take a look and enjoy.

Waking Sleeping Beauty Screening at SCAD-Atlanta

A free preview screening of Waking Sleeping Beauty, Don Hahn’s documentary on the Disney animation renaissance that started in the 1980s will be held at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, 1600 Peachtree St., in Event Space 4C, on Wednesday, April 14th, at 7:00 PM. The film will be presented by Peter Schneider, the film’s producer and former President of Disney Feature Animation.

SCAD Stop-Mo Films at Center for Puppetry Arts

stop motion films at puppetry arts center

Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts is presenting a program of “Stop Motion Films from the Savannah College of Art and Design” tomorrow, Saturday, October 3rd, at 8:00 pm. According to the Center, the program, curated by SCAD Professor Hal Miles features

… a collection of award-winning stop motion animated short films created by students and faculty of the Savannah College of Art and Design. The showcase includes Seed by Bennett Cain, No Him, No Me by Eric Urban, Forever I Love You by Selene Mendez Hunnicutt, The Chained Elephant by Lorena Rother, The Madness of Being by animation professor, Hal Miles, and much more.