Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"Mentorship In Animation" and other Academy doings

On May 9, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host the twelfth Marc Davis Celebration of Animation. Charles Solomon will interview panelists James Baxter, Andreas Deja, Pete Docter and Eric Goldberg on the subject of "Mentorship In Animation."

The event will spotlight the mentors who fostered these artists' professional development, as well as provide insights into their individual approaches to their art. The celebration will include clips from the masters’ work that inspired each of the panelists, and from the panelists’ work reflecting that inspiration.

See below for ticket information.

On May 16 at 8 p.m., Bill Kroyer will host "The Art, Science and Psychology of Production Design" at the AMPAS Goldwyn Theater.

The evening will feature onstage presentations by production designers Alex McDowell, Doug Chiang and Ralph Eggleston.

It will also present a real-time pre-visualization demonstration by pre-visualization director Daniel Gregoire and a review of new technologies by art director Daniel Jennings.

The program will examine how new technologies and shifting collaborations are changing the way motion picture production designers approach their work. With the advent of file sharing, computer-generated imagery and a variety of hardware and software tools, designers now have the ability to preview sets and coordinate with other creative departments more quickly and accurately than ever before.

To illustrate how the fundamental creative role of the production designer has remained unchanged despite the evolution of tools and processes, the program will also include a brief history of production design under the studio system, featuring an onstage conversation with legendary production designer Robert Boyle. Boyle was the recipient of an Honorary Award at this year’s Oscar ceremony. Joining Boyle onstage will be Oscar-nominated production designer and Academy governor Jeannine Oppewall.

The Marc Davis Lecture and the production design presentation will be held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. These events almost always sell out, so ordering in advance is advised. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online, by mail (HTML or PDF format) or at the Academy during regular business hours. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For additional information, please call the Academy at (310) 247-3600.

Opening May 16 (the night of the production design presentation) and running until August 24, the lobby gallery at the AMPAS building in Beverly Hills will feature "Ink & Paint: The Art of Hand-Drawn Animation," an exhibit of over one hundred and twenty-five hand-drawn cels and artwork from Alice In Wonderland, 101 Dalmatians, The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, Gay Purr-ee, The Secret of NIMH, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Iron Giant and numerous Oscar-winning shorts starring such timeless characters as Mr. Magoo, Winnie the Pooh and the Pink Panther.

Artists represented will include Alvaro Arce, Kelly Asbury, Mary Blair, Ron Dias, Ann Guenther, Michael Humphries, Homer Jonas, Art Leonardi, Abe Levitow, Walt Peregoy, Bob Singer and Gloria Wood.

Admission will be free (and it's too bad this won't be open in time for the Marc Davis Lecture.) The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. The Academy will be closed during the Memorial Day holiday weekend -- Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26, as well as for the Independence Day holiday weekend -- Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6. For more information call (310) 247-3600.


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