October 25, 2007
New Yorkers have four opportunities to catch a screening of 11 Croatian animated shorts between Saturday, October 27 and Wednesday, November 14. Light Drawings: The Zagreb School of Animation is part of the Beyond Boundaries: The Emergence of Croatian Cinema series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which begins tomorrow.
The Loner, Vatroslav Mimica, 1958; 12m
Concerto for a Sub-machine Gun, Dusan Vukotic, 1958; 14m
The Inspector Is Back! Vatroslav Mimica, 1959; 11m
The Piece of Shagreen Leather, Vlado Kristl, 1960; 10m
Don Quixote, Vlado Kristl, 1961; 11m
The Substitute, Dusan Vukotic, 1961; 10m
The Wall,Ante Zaninovic, 1965; 3m
Curiosity , Borivoj Dovnikovic-Bordo, 1966, 8m
Revelry, Zlatko Bourek, 1966; 9m
Passing Days, Nedeljko Dragic, 1969, 10m
Satiemania, Zdenko Gasparovic, 1978, 14m
June 5, 2007
I have a soft spot for mythology and folk tales, especially when they're produced by individuals or small teams. Favourites include the Dust Echoes series and the films of Nick Kozis; now I can add Croatian Tales of Long Ago, produced by Helena Bulaja. Helena brought together animators from around the world to create eight Flash-animated shorts based on stories from Ivana Brlić Mažuranić's 1916 book of the same name, allowing each one to put his or her spin on it and add interactive elements. For me, the perfect matchup between story, style and interactivity was How Quest Sought the Truth by Nathan Jurevicius: the laid-back delivery, quirky style and fun but challenging (and completely optional) Flash games just clicked for me. But honestly, the whole project is a delight. You can check out segments for free on the project's website, or buy the CD-ROMs—which are chock full of extras, including the original stories—from the Web shop.
Last year, many of us in the northeast faced an enormous quandary: go to the 30th anniversary Ottawa International Animation Festival, or to the inaugural ADAPT Conference in Montreal, held the same weekend? Independent animation or the gorgeous art to be found in big-budget features? Konstantin Bronzit or Syd Mead? It was a dilemma of soul-crushing, garment-rending proportions. Fortunately, this year our spirits and outerwear are safe: the 2007 edition of ADAPT is being held immediately after Ottawa, so you could conceivably rush from one to the other. None of the master class topics have been announced as yet, but Syd Mead, Iain McCaig and Mark Goerner are already confirmed as guests.
Forgot to mention earlier that Laurie Maher and Jason Walker will be hosting the North American premiere of Madame Tutli-Putli at the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto on June 13.
Coolest mug ever.
Do you create animation in SWF format? If so, you'll want to contact Adobe's Customer Research team; they're looking to collect SWF content to get an idea of what people are using the format for, so they can better support them. If you want to make sure animation is well represented, send the following to flashresearch [at] adobe.com by July 6: