Animation Evolution Update

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Animation Evolution, the 22nd Society for Animation Studies conference, which will hold forth between July 9-11, and is being hosted by the Edinburgh College of Art, is coming up shortly, and I will be there to present a paper I am writing with my wife, Vickie. As someone who has been involved with the Society from its beginnings, I must admit to being a bit prejudiced, but for animation scholars and some filmmakers, it seems like the place you want to be.

Animation Evolution maybe the busiest of all SAS conferences, at least in terms of papers being presented—I counted 78, which is almost twice that of the first SAS conference back in 1989, and even more than last year’s event which I organized.  There are papers on such topics as Guinea Coast Animation, Animated Gay Porn, Soviet Animation of Brezhnev Period, The Nintendo Wii, Motion Capture, Anij in Ghana , Music and Norman McLaren, as well as panels on Animated Documentaries, Animation in Iran and Theorising Animation and Death.

The paper Vickie and I will be giving, “Crossing Boundaries: Communities of Practise in Animation and Live-Action Filmmaking,” is scheduled for Friday, 15:45-17:00, as part of a panel on “Live Action and Digital Cinema” (we’re talking about how digital technologies have enabled live-action directors to do animation).

In addition to the paper sessions, the conference opens Friday with a roundtable session on “Norman McClaren’s Legacy,” which looks forward to “the centenary of Scotland’s most famous animator in 2014.” That evening there is a retrospective of Scottish Animation presented by the Scottish Animation Network at the Filmhouse.

Paul Wells

The closing keynote address will be given by Paul Wells, Director of the Animation Academy at Loughborough University; Paul is easily one of the most prolific and influential writers on animation. His books include Understanding Animation (which I have used in teaching animation aesthetics), Animation: Genre & Authorship, and Drawing for Animation’ (with Joanna Quinn); in addition, he will be editing the forthcoming Animation Practice, Production & Process, a new “journal presenting, analysing and advancing how animation is created and shown” to be published by Intellect.

So, if you’re planning to be in the Edinburgh area early next month, by all means come.

Animation Evolution: The 22nd Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference

“Animation Evolution,” the next SAS conference will be held at Scotland’s Edinburgh College of Art, July 9-11, 2010.  The conference blog is up and running, and is where you can find its Call for Papers. The conference is  being organized by Nichola Dobson, who is also editor of Animation Studies, the Society’s online journal.

Keynote speakers will be Clare Kitson,and Paul Wells. Kitson, whose work as the pioneering commissioner of animation for Britain’s Channel 4 created a mini-Golden Age of British animation is recounted in her latest book, British Animation: The Channel 4 Factor;  she is also the author of Yuri Norstein and Tale of Tales: an Animator’s Journey. Wells is the author of numerous books on animation, including such standard texts as Understanding Animation and Animation and America; his most recent books include Drawing for Animation, written with Joanna Quinn and Les Mills.

The Call for Papers notes:

Deadline for panel submissions: 8 January 2010. …

Membership in the Society for Animation Studies is required if your proposal is accepted for presentation at the conference. (For more information on the Society, go to its webpage at

Financial aid for travel will be available on a limited basis; details will be forthcoming.

For further information, please contact Nichola Dobson at . You can also follow the conference at on Twitter @anievolution.

Georgia Animation on My Mind Q&A


On Friday night, July 10th, ASIFA-Atlanta put on a screening of locally-made animated films at the Woodruff Art Center’s Rich Auditorium. The event, which was made possible by the High Museum of Art, was put on as part of the 21st Annual Society for Animation Studies Conference being held that weekend at the Atlanta campus of the Society for Animation Studies. It was curated by ASIFA-Atlanta President Brett W. Thompson, who has now posted his introduction to the screening (see above) as well as the question and answer period that followed with some of the artists who worked on the films (posted below).  Unfortunately, because of technical problems, there is a gap between parts 1 and 2, and the end of part 2 is missing.

The final program included the following films:

Animation Draw 1 — ASIFA-Atlanta; Happy and Strickly in “Fuzzy Business” — Robert Paraguassu/Bark Bark; Vice Versa — Jacques Khouri; White Cow — K.A. Callahan/Kristin Jarvis; Avery Matthews — Richard Ferguson-Hull/Steve Vitale, Turner Studios/Cartoon Network; Blossoming Flower, Smooch, Lick — Bradley Bailey; They Must Be Very Hungry — Bryan Fordney; Mouse and Cat — Joe Peery; As Seen on TV! — Lee Crowe; Traveler of the Horizon — Hamid Bahrami; Cornpopalypse — Graham Shirley; Death of a Matriarch — Takuro Masuda; Animation Draw 2 — ASIFA-Atlanta; A Day at the Beach — John Ryan; Fluidtoons — Brett W. Thompson; Stubbe Peter — Kristin Jarvis; Curtains — Amanda Goodbread; Juxtaposer — Joanna Davidovich; I Will Enjoy — Theodosia Burr (Em Kempf); Code Monkey — Jennifer Barclay; Animation Draw 3 — ASIFA-Atlanta; Get Got — Bryan Fordney; Busted — Matt Maiellaro.