Monday, August 25, 2008

Animation Attack! 2008 Awards

Previous blog post with thanks and summary

Firstly let me say that I love all of the films in the festival- being picked is an award in itself, as it were!

Last year we tried to pick a single film and couldn't so we gave the "Triad of Power" award to three films ("Adventure Time" by Pendleton Ward, "Sinking of the Hunley" by Drew Christie, and "Waif of Persephone" by Nick Cross).

This year we came up with categories which I think work better.

And here they are:

Atlanta Underground Film Festival
- Atlanta Underground Film Festival Best Short - "God of Tears"
- "AUFF" the Wall Award - "Karaoke Show"

Animation Attack!
- Best Animated Short - "Golden Age"
- Best Foreign Animated Short - "Orgesticulanismus"
- Best Student Animated Short - "God of Tears"
- Best Local Animated Short - "Maniacal"
- Best Local Student Animation Short - "Curtains"
- Best Dramatic Animated Short - "Germans in the Woods"
- Most Impressive Animation Technique - "Muto"
- Animation Attack! Audience Favorite - "Marvelous, Keen, Loony Bin"

Full list of films still at
Animation Attack! 2008 Thanks and Summary

Photo by Karl Sigler!

Animation Attack! was a success! Many thanks to Eric Panter, Festival Director of the Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Bryan Fordney, who was in charge of projection for Animation Attack! and helped me get films, and Karl Sigler, our ASIFA-Atlanta screening coordinator, and Takuro Masuda, animator ambassador.

Also many thanks to all those who came to the shows and gave me such good feedback- it would appear that you guys liked it a lot, woo hoo! :) I heard that one person said that it was the best animation block they'd seen at a festival; what a compliment! Thanks to the Plaza too- Johnny and Gayle are always so amazing and helpful, and I really, really love the Plaza. And finally, a HUGE thanks to the filmmakers, of course!

I have to say that it was satisfying (and a relief) to sit in the audience (when I wasn't in the booth with Bryan) and hear everyone's reaction. They laughed a lot at "Frog" and "Soccer Time", and so many people mentioned "Marvelous, Keen, Loony Bin" to me. Of course "Golden Age" was a huge hit too! And "Muto"- I mean, I think all of the films were amazing.

I should also give a really big thanks to Stephen Schor without whom I wouldn't have had the honor and pleasure to meet a lot of these filmmakers in NYC. Aaron Augenblick, besides being a hero of mine, was kind enough to spread my call for entries amongst his animators (busy on Superjail!!); thanks to Aaron, too! And Vanessa at Augenblick, who's a good friend of Stephen's and is awesome. Be sure to watch the Superjail premiere on Adult Swim on September 28th at 11:45pm!

We were fortunate to have three filmmakers come to Saturday's show- local Amanda Goodbread, whose film "Curtains" we showed at "Roll Yer Own", and Max Margulies and Naoko Masuda, who came all the way from Philly! Their film, "God of Tears", was a festival favorite and rightly so, as it's quite breathtaking and beautiful.

I'm really happy with out things worked out! I can tell you some of the behind-the-scenes, though: I was in a panic all day Friday because when I connected my laptop to the projector, the image was blue and too big. After a couple trips to Best Buy, I replaced the VGA cable, fixing the color problem, and Johnny from the Plaza showed Bryan and me how to scale the image (plus I changed the resolution). I also got RCA couplers at Best Buy to make the sound work, whew!

Oh, one more thing: thanks our volunteers! My friend Laurence, an active ASIFA-Atlanta volunteer, took care of the door during Saturday's show, and Dustin took care of it during Friday's show. There were several other dedicated Atlanta Underground Film Festival volunteers (including William D Tucker himself, as a projectionist, which was delightfully ironic if you've seen the film he's in, "Panels from the Walls of Hell") that made the whole thing work. Thanks guys!

So my next post will be the Animation Attack! 2008 awards! Yay!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Good Day

I had a good day today! Check it:

- Saw the CartoonBrew post about Animation Attack!; thanks Amid!!

- Talked with a talented lady on the telephone. Her band, the Back Pockets, is playing at WonderRoot on September 5th. It'll be crazy! Ryan's in the band too!

- Helped out with the opening night of Atlanta Underground Film Festival; the film I helped project, Cuba-Libre, was awesome, and it feels like accomplishing something when films are showing they're good and people are watching. Sophia, who helped too, rocks, and Eric, festival director, is amazing. I wish the audience had been larger but I think as the week progresses the word will spread.

- Went to (and documented on video) my friends' crazy-awesome band Omelet. They're playing on August 30th at Lenny's!

PS Come to Animation Attack!