ASIFA-Colorado News"delivered to your doorstep!"
February 12, 2004
Volume 2, Number 1
Computer Animation Festival
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Dan A. Seely
Treasurer and Business Manager
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Emissary to Secondary Education
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Vice President of Allied Fields
Director of Communications
News Letter Editor
ďASIFA Ė Colorado was established in 2001 as a non-profit corporation devoted to cultivating and promoting the art, craft and profession of Animation.
Together, our membership and Board of Directors are developing a far-reaching range of programs and special events to meet the following goals:
ō Stimulate discussion among professional and non-professional animation enthusiasts about concepts and technologies evolving in the industry.
ō Increase the visibility of Colorado Region animation companies available to serve the growing demand for commercial animation productions across the nation and around the world.
ō Establish a tradition of local, public events including seminars, panel discussions, special screenings, festivals and workshops devoted to more broadly acquainting the population with the power, diversity, and application of animation in all media.
ō Increase the connections between animation education programs and professionals in the industry.
ō Enrich the experience of animation students by bringing the diversity of the international animation scene to their doorstep.Ē
To join ASIFA-Colorado:
go to http:/www.asifa-colorado.org
or send a check; $30 for Students, $55 for Professionals (payable to ASIFA-Colorado) to:
6585 W. 62nd Place
Arvada, CO 80003
include your Name, Address, and phone number. Student include a photocopied id.
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∑ Ray Lederer - Mr. Lederer joined us from Jaleco Entertainment to provide some insight into the world of gaming. Not the kind found at Black Hawk, but the 3d kind. Ray showed some of his concept work and then dove right into Maya to give us a whirlwind tour of the low polygon universe within. Ray commandeered the program with such ease you could see the audience in their seats just wanting to get a hold of the mouse themselves. Very intriguing evening, thanks, Ray!
∑ Electronic Theater - SIGGRAPH's Computer Animation Festival was screened in December. Excellent animations from the Computer Graphics world. The Computer Animation Festival is a host of animations compiled for the SIGGRAPH yearly conference. These are animations from around the world that have made the final cut alongside animations from the top studios such as ILM and Rythm & Hues.
∑ During the most recent local board meeting there was much discussion about almost everything that is ASIFA-Colorado. The ASIFA Reel was brought up and it was requested that we get moving with this project. The Children's Animation Festival will kick off this summer. The Children's workshop has been going strong with a great turnout of children and volunteers. The Children's Workshop also posted a web page to show off its progress at http://www.imagescribe.com/awg/awg/ We hope to link this to the ASIFA-Colorado site at some point. Speaking of which, the web site was brought up due to the slight glitch where it went down for a week in January. There was information about a Friday Afternoon Committee that was mentioned. Some other regional Art groups are looking to open the doors on working studios to allow members a quick peek at what's going on and they want ASIFA-Colorado involved. These open studios are tentatively scheduled for the last Friday of each month. Our monthly events at RMCAD seem to be quite popular and a Call-for-Speakers has been informally announced.
Please note that if any of the projects that ASIFA-Colorado is working on interests you, feel free to contact any board member listed in the left hand column and let them know you'd like to help out! After all, this is about you!
∑ February 25th, 2004
Scott Burroughs - Animator / Ilustrator
Scott, fresh from the Disney axe, has been gracious enough to let us see his work and question him about the Disney debacle.
At the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design Theater,
NEW LOCATION - 1600 Pierce St. Lakewood, CO 80214
∑ March ??th, 2004
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Hidden Agenda Gaming Contest, World Wide Web
3D FESTIVAL 2004: EUROPE'S LEADING VFX EVENT.
Duck is a long time animation actor. He
recently finished up a full-length feature entitled Looney
Tunes Back In Action. We were able to
catch up with Daffy resting on the shores of Venith.
Ok, so maybe he's not an ASIFA-Colorado member, he can't have everything...
How was it getting out of retirement and back on the big screen?
Fabulouth! Thimply fabulouth. I
wath able to work with my old friend Bugth again.
But in the movie it is presumed
that you were tricked into the part, is that not the case?
Ha, ha, ha, fat boy. You reporterth are all alike. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Of courth
it wathnít like that. I had a big fat check and a thuper agent to work with.
Ok, how about we move on to other
things. Are you involved
Lithen Bub. I want to talk about my thtardom, and Iím thure thath what the
public wanth to hear. Donít I look jutht lovely on the big thcreen?
Of course you do, Daffy.
I didnít mean to upset you I just wanted your public to know more
Oh well why didnít you thay tho? Athk away!
Politically, are you involved?
Well, I do thay, I am at the edge of my theat about thothe weaponth of math
dethstruction. I mean, how exthiting! Do you think they will find thomething?
Well youíre obviously well
informed, should we move on?
Youíre the both, fat boy.
Did you have any childhood
Only when I had a headache, thay what kind of a questhtion ith that anyway?
Uh, just curious. Do you have
anything new coming up on the horizon?
My agent has millionth of thcripts waiting for me to read. [Yawns] I juth
donít know if Iím ready again. You know the lath one took tho much out of
me. Iím not a young whipperthnapper anymore, you know.
Well, I mean, except for the first
few years, you donít really look as if youíve aged -
being only an animation.
Why thank Ė HEY! Watch it, Bub.
Anyway, what do you think about
whatís going on over at Disney?
Why would I care whath going on at Dithney? Did you know that I could have
been over at Dithney? If only I could have thaid Dithney, they would have
picked me up. Tho why would I care now about that wretched plathe?
Well, I just thoughtÖ
You thought, you thought! Thath the trouble with this plathe.
Thereth way too much thinking going on.
Now that you mention it.
Truthfully, my questions were set up for Mickey.
He was supposed to be my interviewee.
But he recently got an involuntary twenty year extension on
his contract and couldnít get out the chains with which he was
locked. So all Iíve got are these corporate Disney / Mike versus
Ouch Ė Youíre tho dithpicable!
So, have you given any thought to
Dithney Ė I mean Disney?
Sure, hereth what I think Ė I think
Uh, Daffy Ė thatís a bit
Yeah and? Thay, juth what thort of
man are you anyway? Are we done
yet? I think I hear my matheuthe
calling. Oh, Hanth, here I am Hanth.
Daffy, itís been fun.
Uh, yeah, like a vethectomy Ė or thomething.
Hey there, hi there, ho
there! Guess what kids! Thereís a new feud in town!
But no, itís not Hatfields against McCoys. No, this time itís
Disneys against Eisners Ė and guess whoís running the farm.
From what it sounds like
Anyway, Michael Eisner (yes, the guy who brought us Happy
Days and Starsky and Hutch) is not necessarily a bad guy.
I mean he did turn Disney around when it was on the brink of disaster
and allowed the company to produce one animation hit after another the likes
of which include The Little Mermaid
and Lion King.
But letís face it. Times
are tough. And tough times call
for drastic measures. So these times we can see Mr.Eisner basically
dismantling Disneyís old faithful, the animation department. Hey, I hear the
porn industry is very lucrative, Mr. Eisner.
And then thereís
So is this a bad thing? Disneyís slowly distancing itself from
the animation world. If you think thatís bad then head on over to http://www.saveDisney.com
and put your name on the list. Donít
get me wrong, I like Disney. I think both Fantasia flicks are some of the best
animations and visualizations around. I cried for Bambi.
I was frightened for Pinocchio. I laughed with Goofy. But what has this
done to the American viewer? They think all animation is for children and all
animation should be based on a proven story. But mostly, they think that all
animation should be somewhat lifelike and with cute lovable animals.
Maybe, just maybe, now that Disneyís animation is fading away
there will be a chance that animation will be seen as an artform and not as a
marketing ploy. Maybe, just maybe,
we can start looking at animation thatís made around the globe where cute is
not necessarily the bottom line. Maybe, just maybe, we can go back to
experimenting with animation and seeing what the art can do.
Again, donít get me wrong. Disney has done wonders with animation
and I really love most of the movies. But letís stop emulating and start
innovating. Letís animate in new directions.
And other good things may come. Already
many of the laid-off animators have started a new company and are well into
three new animations. Letís see
what they come up with. I really do feel bad for
Also, here are a couple of audio links for stories that appeared on National Public Radio recently.
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