The Animation Show 2005 in Atlanta
Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt's The Animation Show will make a stop in Atlanta, opening March 18th at the Midtown Art Cinema (931 Monroe Drive; telephone: 678-495-1424). This is a great animation festival, the last one in 2003 selling out in many venues around the country. There was such a wonderfully diverse list of animators showcased, including some new animation by Don made exclusively for the Show. (Incidentally, if you missed the first run of the festival, then I highly recommend you buy the Animation Show Vol. 1 DVD. Great stuff on it.)
The traveling festival is in its second run, and this time I've had the great privilege in seeing a few of the entries when I attended the Ottawa International Animation Festival last September (which will be an entirely different post, once I get my notes together on that). The quirky but fun BUNNIES, by Jakob Schuh, was an interesting short. So short you'll have to see it again to pick up on the subtleties. Also featured will be WARD 13 (no relation), which Amid and Rita at the Brew have already given high praise. If you liked that toy train track chase scene from Wallace and Gromit's WRONG TROUSERS (I believe), then you'll get a kick outta this one. Imagine that scene x 10. Very intense stuff for being stop-motion.
LOCAL ANIMATOR ALERT: Also on the bill will be Jennifer Drummond's THE F.E.D.S. Jen is from Farmington, GA, just south of Athens. If you think you've seen her stuff before, it's because you've seen WAKING LIFE. She uses the same "painting over interpolated rotoscoping" process that Bob Sabiston created several years ago. (In the meantime, Bob's studio, Flat Black Films, is working on director Richard Linklater's movie adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel, A SCANNER DARKLY.)
And I'm digging that poster by Tim Biskup. Here's hoping they'll sell those when the Show comes our way in March. (Click on above image for a larger version.)
There ya go. Hope that's enough for a Monday.
(UPDATE: I finally saw The Animation Show and you can read my review about it HERE.)