Saying that it is both an “incredible and the worst” time for animation, director Henry Selick -- whose credits include the Oscar-nominated stop motion films Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas -- warned that high budgets and box office pressures mean animation directors “can’t afford” to take risks.
Selick spoke at the keynote panel for this year's SIGGRAPH computer graphics convention, held at the Anaheim Convention Center. The panel also served as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual Marc Davis Lecture. Other panelists included Pete Docter, Chris Sanders, David Silverman, Ron Clements, Eric Goldberg, Kevin Lima, Mike Mitchell and Kirk Wise.
The panelists’ work of course ranges from CG to hand drawn to stop motion animation. Goldberg was applauded when he pointed out that “no matter where we ended up, all of us did hand drawn films at one point, because we needed to know those principles. My advice is never ignore the technology, but doing forget what [it] took to get there.”SIGGRAPH runs through Thursday.