Ellen Besen & Bryce Hallett at This is Not A Reading Series
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 7:30pm
1214 Queen Street West
Want to harness animation as a communication tool? At the launch of Animation Unleashed: 100 Principles Every Animator, Comic Book Writer, Filmmaker, Video Artist, and Game Developer Should Know (Michael Wiese Productions), veteran animator Ellen Besen will show clips from her extensive body of work to punctuate her discussion of what to do (and what to avoid). Also on the bill is a special demonstration of various animation techniques by Bryce Hallett, courtesy of Frog Feet productions– A This Is Not A Reading Series event presented by Pages Books & Magazines, Michael Wiese Productions, EYE WEEKLY and Take Five on CIUT.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto
Tues, Nov 4; 7:30pm (doors 7pm) free
ANIMATION UNLEASHED: 100 PRINCIPLES EVERY ANIMATOR, COMIC BOOK WRITER, FILMMAKER, VIDEO ARTIST, AND GAME DEVELOPER SHOULD KNOW: Animation continues to make earth-shattering leaps and breakthroughs – from the flat world of Mickey Mouse to the 3D universe of WALL-E. The possibilities are endless.
Animation's potential as a powerful communication tool in all kinds of media — from TV series to feature film, web animation to computer games — is undeniable. Veteran animator Ellen Besen's mind-expanding text/reference guide, Animation Unleashed, reveals key principles that can immediately be put to use by both animation professionals and beginners. At last, here's a resource that puts the full power of this medium at your fingertips. Fasten your seat belt and get ready for a wild ride through the amazing world of animation.
"Animation Unleashed does a beautiful job tying in so many aspects of animation that often get forgotten, yet are so important to understanding the whole process. This book is a great find for anyone trying to understand the big picture of how animation comes together."
-- Mike Belzer, Animator, Walt Disney Animation Studios
"A fascinating and intelligent approach to a fun and boundless art form."
Linda Simensky, PBS, Head of Children's Programming
ELLEN BESEN has been working in animation for over 35 years. A former faculty member of Sheridan Institute, highlights of her career include directing award-winning films for the National Film Board of Canada, broadcast work on the topic of animation for CBC Radio and film curating for the Art Gallery of Ontario.
BRYCE HALLETT is an independent Canadian animator/cartoonist. His many cartoons can been seen across North America, in TV shows such as the Red Green Show (CBC/PBS), and History Bites (History Television/Comedy Network), advertisements and music videos. Hallet teaches occasional workshops on various animation techniques at the Toronto Animated Image Society, where he also serves on the board of directors.