Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The SnowdenFine Interview

Allison Snowden and David Fine grew up in different parts of the world before they met at Great Britain's National Film & Television School as live action filmmakers. In their final year, Allison animated "Second Class Mail" in 1984 and David helped with the animation and created the soundtrack. The film also had help with cel coloring by fellow students, Nick Park and Mark Baker. 


Their student film lead to "In and Out", which was produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

George and Rosemary was also produced in Canada and follows the romance of an old couple. View the film here.

Bob's Birthday won an Oscar for the Best Short Animation in 1994.


Bob's Birthday, Allison Snowden and David Fine;
   
The characters from this film inspired the adult animated television series, "Bob and Margaret" which ran from 1998 to 2001.

25 years have past with other ventures into TV commercials and other series like, Nickelodeon's "Ricky Sprocket, Showbiz Boy". The couple has completed their new short film, "Animal Behavior", which is already in the running for this year's Oscars.





Listen to this link to a recent interview with Allison Snowden and David Fine from the Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio Hour. Click this link and scroll down to the EarTango Icon, click it and listen in. The show plays from Tuesday, Dec 11 to Dec 17, everyday @ 4pm pst and every night @10pm pst.

To learn more about Allison and David's animation work, visit their website here.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

20th Annual Animation Show of Shows

If you enjoy seeing something new and animated, the 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows is for you.

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For 20 years, The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has been presenting new and innovative short films to appreciative audiences at animation studios, schools and, since 2015, theaters around the world. Over the years, 38 of the films showcased in The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS went on to receive Academy Award® nominations, with 11 films winning the Oscar®. Every year, Ron Diamond visits a lot of film festivals to find the only the most interesting and amazing animated films from around the world.

Take a listen to Ron Diamond on the Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio Hour, starting Tuesday, Dec 4th @ 10pm and then everyday at 4pm and night at 10pm on WU Radio, Woodbury University. 


"Animation is such a flexible and open-ended medium that it lends itself to exploring the innumerable aspects of what it means to be human,” says founder and curator Ron Diamond. “And this year’s program, as much as any of our past presentations, really illuminates human strengths and foibles, and the bonds that unite us across cultures and generations.”

There are 15 films in this year's selection, four of which have qualified for Academy Award® consideration *. The complete lineup, in order of appearance, is: 





  • The Green Bird * - Maximilien Bougeois, Quentin Dubois,
  •       Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen, Pierre Perveyrie, France
  • One Small Step * - Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas,          U.S.
  • Grands Canons -  Alain Biet, France
  • Barry - Anchi Shen, U.S.
  • Super Girl - Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, U.S.
  • Love Me, Fear Me - Veronica Solomon, Germany
  • Business Meeting - Guy Charnaux, Brazil
  • Flower Found! - Jorn Leeuwerink, The Netherlands
  • Bullets - Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, U.S.
  • A Table Game - Nicolás Petelski, Argentina
  • Carlotta's Face - Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld,                   Germany
  • Age of Sail * - John Kahrs, U.S.
  • Polaris - Hikari Toriumi, U.S.
  • My Moon - Eusong Lee, U.S.
  • Weekends * - Trevor Jimenez, U.S. 

  • The power of family ties, and specifically the enduring connection between parents and children, are sensitively evoked in Hikari Toriumi’s deeply affecting “Polaris,” about a young polar bear leaving home for the first time. 
     “One Small Step,” Bobby Pontillas and Andrew Chesworth’s inspiring story of a Chinese-American girl’s dream of being an astronaut, centers on her evolving relationship with her father. 

    The beautifully designed “Weekend,” by Trevor Jimenez, explores the complex emotional landscape of a young boy and his recently divorced parents, as he shuttles between their very different homes and lives.

    The darker side of relationships is forcefully explored in Veronica Solomon’s “Love Me, Fear Me,” a tour de force of claymation that uses dance to delve into the lengths people go to to deceive each other and try to pass for something they’re not. Eusong Lee’s “My Moon” takes a more cosmic and lighthearted approach to a troubled relationship, limning a celestial love triangle played out by the sun, the moon, and the earth.
    “Carlotta’s Face,” by Valentin Riedl and Frédéric Schuld, illuminates a different kind of relationship dysfunction in its sensitive portrayal of a woman who suffers from prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces, and her salvation through art.
    Among the other program highlights are the very funny computer animation “The Green Bird,” winner of a 2018 Gold Student Academy Award® International Animation, which harks back to classic cartoons of the mid-20th century. Oscar-winning director John Kahrs’ “Age of Sail,” the latest in Google’s series of Spotlight Stories, chronicles the adventures of an old sailor who rescues a teenaged girl after she falls overboard. Alain Biet’s jaw-dropping “Grand Canons” is a dizzying symphonic celebration of everyday objects that uses finely detailed drawings created by the filmmaker. And two very short films, “Supergirl” and “Bullets,” take their inspiration from poems composed by surprisingly eloquent preschoolers.
    *The producers of The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows advise parental discretion as one of the 15 animated short films has a chicken getting it’s head chopped off and the last film has two dramatic dream scenes (shot of a tv has an accidental propellor beheading and another shot with a stumbling man ablaze.)
    THE 20th ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS represents the work of artists from six countries and includes six student films. Funny, moving, engaging, and thought-provoking, THE ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS not only has something for everyone, but is a remarkable and insightful microcosm of our world.  

    The US theatrical premiere at Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles on December 14th, and at the Quad Cinema in New York on December 28th (many other cities will follow). Follow this link for more info..

    Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    Dale Baer Interview

    On the next Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio hour, beginning Tuesday, Nov 27th @ 10pm, you will hear an interview with Animator Dale Baer.




    Check out the Dale Baer, Animator interview on the Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio Hour tonight 10pm. Hit this link at 10pm  https://woodbury.edu/academics/resources/wu-radio/
    or tune in at 4pm...

    Scroll down to this icon on the WU Radio page, click it to listen and enjoy show.

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    Saturday, November 10, 2018

    The 3 Tooners!

    Follow link to show @ 4pm or 10pm PST 

    On the next Ambassador Goodtime EarTango Radio hour, you will meet 3 of the last Hanna Barbera artists, known as "The 3 Tooners", who are Tony Benedict, Jerry Eisenberg and Willie Ito
    They all loved to draw as kids and entered the animation industry when there were only a few studios like Disney and Warner Bros. They all worked for well known directors and producers and eventually all worked together at Hanna Barbera on classic cartoon series like "The Flintstones", "The Jetsons" and many more Hanna Barbera titles. Their work helped influence a whole new generation of artists to become animators.

    Tune into WU Radio on Tuesday, Nov 13th to hear part 1 of this 2 part interview.

    Below is a link to a short documentary Tony made about his friend Jerry Eisenberg. 


    And here's a video with Tony Benedict and Willie Ito.



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    Friday, November 2, 2018

    Casey Robin Interview

    Casey Robin is a Visual Development artist and can be heard in a WU Radio interview on the Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango radio hour, starting Tuesday, Nov 6 - 12th @ 10 to 11pm pdt, and everyday from 4pm - 5pm or 10 - 11pm pdt.  

    Follow this link to listen in...

    Here is a project she worked on as part of the Walt Disney animation training program called "Chalk".
    Casey's work can also be found at caseyrobin.com. Listen to the Ear Tango interview and you will hear her sing!

    Next: Tuesday, Nov 13th
    "The 3 Tooners" interview with Tony Benedict, Jerry Eisenberg and Willie Ito, story designers, storyboard artists and writers on The Flintstones, The Jetsons and other Hanna Barbera classics.

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    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    From Acting to Directing

    Listen to an interview with Jeremy Foley online at WU Radio starting Tuesday 10/23 to Monday 10/30, every night at 10pm PDT on the Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio Hour. 

    Jeremy Foley began his career in front of the camera as a young actor. His first big film was "Dante's Peak" which lead to other films and TV series. He learned a lot while on set and eventually started to work on his own projects creating behind the camera.

    "Mobsters" was a web series he helped produce and direct, here's a link to it from his website.   

    Eventually, he began directing his own short films, beginning with a script his soon to be wife Sarah wrote called "Fated". Its a very interesting story set in a world where people are watched over and helped out to achieve their full potential. But there are some people who will never be able to do this even with extra encouragement. My explanation only tells a little bit about the story, but see the film on iTunes and watch the trailer below. 

    Fated - Official Trailer from jeremy foley on Vimeo.

    After "Fated", Jeremy found his next film idea in a short story that his father wrote years earlier. "The Faceless Man" is a surreal story about a man who wakes up with a mirror for a face and has to deal with his new situation. Check out the entire film below.



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    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    Animation Pioneer: David Dodd Hand

    Most people have never heard of David Dodd Hand who became Walt Disney's right hand man. He began his career as the 4th animator hired at Walt Disney's Hyperion studio and later became the supervising director on Snow White. He worked on 14 different feature films and even met the Queen "Mum" after he established an animation industry in English after working for Disney. 
    In the new book, Animation Pioneer, David Dodd Hand, his son helps tell the story of his father's animated career and life. Its a fascinating autobiography, full of animation history and is a must for anyone interested in learning  animation history.


    If you tune into WU Radio link at 10pm PDT from Tuesday 10/16 to Monday 10/22, you will hear a few of those stories from an interview with David Hale Hand about the book. You can also listen and subscribe to the Animateducated YouTube channel.