ASIFA-Colorado News"delivered to your doorstep!"
April 22, 2004
Volume 2, Number 2
ASIFA Northwest Reel
ASIFA-Colorado Children's Workshop Web Site:
International Web Site:
ASIFA/Colorado Volunteers and Board
Dan A. Seely
Treasurer and Business Manager
Emissary to Secondary Education
Vice President of Marketing
Vice President of Allied Fields
Director of Communications
News Letter Editor
“ASIFA – 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:
Ø Stimulate discussion among professional and non-professional animation enthusiasts about concepts and technologies evolving in the industry.
Ø 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.
Ø 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.
Ø Increase the connections between animation education programs and professionals in the industry.
Ø Enrich the experience of animation students by bringing the diversity of the international animation scene to their doorstep.”
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.
To find out more about the Animator's Workshop Group (AWG) for children contact:
To contribute or volunteer contact:
Comments, questions, articles and suggestions are always welcome. Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Scott Burroughs - Scott, recently departed from Disney's Florida studio came in to show us some of the projects he had worked on while at Disney. He had some sample work to show. Then he talked about the last few days at the studio before its closing. Scott packed the house with standing room only for his talk. Good luck with future endeavors, Scott!
· ASIFA Northwest Reel - The US northwest chapter of ASIFA allowed us a screening of their recent DVD. Very impressive art! It included works by famous animators like Bill Plympton and work created at the Will Vinton studios.
· During the most recent local board meeting there was much discussion about almost everything that is ASIFA-Colorado. The Children's Animation Festival was brought up and the venue options - we have a lot of content to show but currently no definite venue. The Children's workshop is still ongoing and we are currently looking for venues to continue the workshop. Visit http://www.imagescribe.com/awg/awg/ for more information on the workshop. The Friday Afternoon Committee kicked off recently - more on that next newsletter. The ASIFA-Colorado Reel was discussed - but not much went on there. ASIFA-Colorado sponsorships have moved along but now it is a matter of finding out whom to target for possible sponsorships.
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!
· May 6th, 2004
Don't miss the 3d Studio Max and Combustion get together at GW Hannaway.
· May 26th, 2004
MEMBER'S ONLY! Join us for a ASIFA-Colorado member's only event at the D-Note in Arvada. More information to follow.
· July 2004
SummerFest and SummerToast happening this month.
· August 2004
Don't miss the Children's Summer Animation Festival! Two possible dates to be announced.
Please contact one of the board members if you have a specific event you'd like to see or be involved with.
Brown is one of the founding members of ASIFA-Colorado. He is an Emmy
Award winner and has been animating for over 30 years. He has
animated such classics as The Peanuts, Garfield, Cathy, and many
You can contact him at asifa-
You can contact him at email@example.com
How did you get started in animation?
It’s kind of
Well, maybe not.
I have an animation
workshop group for children. (Maybe that’s the funny part.)
Anyway, I often hear from the parents how their children are
really digging the workshop. Well,
“Good,” I say. It’s always nice to hear how children can get
focused on an interesting task and enjoy it.
Some of the kids get so focused they don’t even take a break
during the 3 ½ hour sessions. I
know they’re having fun, so while it’s nice to hear about it from
the parents, it’s not always necessary.
But then the
parents continue with their critique.
they say, “We’ve tried everything else. We sent Billy to baseball,
soccer, science clubs, music classes and drama classes.”
“Okay,” I say.
always liked to draw. I just never thought he’d want to be doing
That’s when I
politely dismiss myself.
What’s going on
here? I can read between the
lines, it says art was our last resort to keeping Billy busy. Time and
again, art is the ‘last resort.’
Why is that?
Why do parents have no problem dragging their kids to soccer
after school and on weekends, but an art class is not typically
considered? And if the children aren’t interested in sports – well,
then why not try an instrument.
Almost every kid I
know likes to sit down with a crayon and create! So why is it a ‘last
resort?’ You would think it would be more prevalent as a talent that
children want to learn and develop. But again, parents typically shy
away from this behavior in their children.
Have art classes in the past failed?
Are they boring? Are they too expensive? Or could it be that if
the parent is not artistically inclined then they feel it is not an area
into which they want to delve?
Maybe that’s it.
Maybe there is a fear of art and all things creative. You
know artsy-fartsy stuff. But
what is the fear in art? Is
it the image of the poor, starving artist? So, how many kids playing
soccer make it professionally as soccer players?
Art builds creative
minds. Animation will typically work both sides of the grey matter. This
will fuse more of those synapses required to make the brain more useful.
Animation is also a group activity leading to enhanced
socialization. What could be
Please, if anyone
can tell me why art is considered second class in our society I’d be
interested to know.
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