Friday, May 7, 2010

One frame at a time

I have no good excuse but many poor ones for not posting this event earlier. With luck, however, today's article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette/Amherst Bulletin or yesterday's lovely Tower 37 review on George Heymont's blog will help draw a good audience for the show.


Three award-winning independent animators will be at Hampshire College this Saturday hosting a master class in the afternoon and a screening in the evening. Both events are free and open to the public, but there are limited seats for the master class so priority for those spots will be given to current 5-college students.

The animators are:

Aaron Hughes and Lisa LaBracio, director and producer (respectively) of "Backwards," and Jake Armstrong, director of "The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!"

a frame from "Backwards" by Aaron Hughes and Lisa LaBracio

a frame from "The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9" by Jake Armstrong


3-4pm, MASTER CLASS: The animators will present the workflows from their respective projects. The format will be casual, with audience questions encouraged. Location: Adele Simmons Hall room 126 (the ASH lab).

6-7pm, SCREENING: There will be a screening of indie animated shorts selected by the participating filmmakers and the event organizers. This is NOT an all-ages show, and it will START ON TIME so that people can make it to other events on campus that evening. Location: Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall.

The program is ever-evolving, but is likely to include the following films. Follow the links below for samples, but save your real appetite for the screening!

Backwards (Aaron Hughes, Lisa LaBracio)
The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9 (Jake Armstrong)
The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger (Bill Plympton)
What Barry Says (Knife Party)
Pigeon: Impossible (Lucas Martell)
The Incident at Tower 37 (Chris Perry)

Event Organizers:

Chris Perry, director of "The Incident at Tower 37" and assistant professor at Hampshire College
Kevin Cline, media wackjob at Hampshire College

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