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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kickstarter Project: "House of Monsters"

Here's another chance to support a woman filmmaker who's bringing a personal project to life outside of the studio system. Back in 2012, Dawn Brown created a stop-motion film in the spirit of Rankin/Bass called "House of Monsters" which proved itself as a real crowd pleaser in the festival circuit. Well, now she's back with plans for a whole webseries and you can help bring this project to life.

If you've read any of my posts and interviews over the years, you know how exciting it is to see another woman animator take the bull by the horns by starting her own production company, then forging ahead on her own projects--bringing her own unique voice and vision to the screen!

A concept artist for such projects as "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Avatar the Last Airbender" with a career spanning twenty years, Dawn founded 'the Monster Shop' to create her original short and has now set up a Kickstarter page to promote her web series. As of this post, she's half-way to her goal of $20,000 with has 21 days left to go.

One of the cool things that Dawn has set up in her rewards is posting production updates. So, for a minimum donation of $1, you can get a sneak peek into her production process as she creates her web series. Already on the Kickstarter page is a video showing how she creates a head for one of her stop-motion puppets. While not a production class in and of itself (nor is it meant to be), there's always something to be learned by observing how other filmmakers plan and produce their films.

For a modest $10 pledge, you can get a (physical) skeleton key along with a code for the first episode's digital download--including all the production updates. However, there are currently 16 levels of pledge support left that provide more rewards for those who would like to contribute to this project. Among them are t-shirts, art prints, and a faux bronze maquette, all the way to your very own stop-motion puppet made in your likeness (if you so choose).

I encourage everyone to view the video above to see the details about Dawn's project, if you haven't already, and then visit her Kickstarter campaign page for samples of her artwork.

If it strikes a chord with you, please consider making a pledge and support this talented woman in animation.

And if you need a little help deciding at what level you'd like to support this project, check out her original House of Monsters short below.

* All Images and videos used in this post are copyright Dawn Brown and used with permission.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Animated News: Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim interviewed

Lauren MacMullan and Eric Goldberg
OIAF 2013
Just in case you missed it, Disney has posted an interview with "Get A Horse" animated short creators Lauren MacMullan, Dorothy McKim, Eric Goldberg, and Adam Green on the Disney Insider blog earlier this month.

Clocking in at almost four minutes long, among other things, the video discusses the challenges of editing Walt's dialog from previous recordings or 2D and 3D animation crews working together to make the two different visual sequences mesh seamlessly.

The video can be viewed at the following link: http://blogs.disney.com/insider/articles/2014/02/25/meet-the-creators-of-get-a-horse/.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Animated Events: WiA Directors Panel

It's a good weekend for panel discussions.

On Sunday night, March 9th, Women in Animation will be hosting a panel of woman Directors followed by a selection of animated shorts.

Panel attendees will be:

The panel will be held at:

The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

The panel starts at 7 p.m. with seating starting at 6:30 p.m.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are:
 $12 for the public,
 $8 for WIA Members,
 and free for Cinefamily members.

Tickets can be obtained through the Cinefamily website at the following link.

More information on this panel (including the list of films shown) can be found at the following sites:

Women in Animation

Animation Magazine

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Animated Events: Women in Animation panel at the Fusion Film Festival

Sorry about the late notice, but I was just informed by NY animator Candy Kugel that on Friday, March 7th at New York University, the Fusion Film Festival will be hosting a panel discussion on Women in Animation.

What: Women in Animation panel discussion and screening
When: Friday, March 7th at 7 p.m.
Where: NYU Tisch, Theater 006
             New York University

Speakers in attendance will be:

  • DEBRA SOLOMON (animator and producer, creator of The Lizzie McGuire Movie)
  • CANDY KUGEL (Emmy Award winning designer, director, and principal producer of TV specials and commercials at Buzzco Associates)
  • DENISE ROTTINA (production manager, Blue Sky Studios)
  • JENNIFER OXLEY (co-creator of PBS’s Peg + Cat, former creative director of Nick Jr.’s The Wonder Pets, and an NYU Animation alum)1
The event is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-seated basis. So you're going to attend this panel discussion--and I hope you do--be sure to arrive early in order to get a seat.

Additional information and directions can be found on their website at: www.fusionfilmfestival.com/events/ and www.fusionfilmfestival.com/contact/.

Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend as I'm in Michigan, so if any of you attend, please feel free to send an e-mail and let everyone know how the event was.

1. Source for info and image: Fusion Film Festival website - http://www.fusionfilmfestival.com/events/