Monday, March 31, 2008

A quick sketch from life...

Posted by Arna:

I made this as a note at the end of the modelling sessions. My sculpture needed work and I hoped to finish it when the model was no longer there. That plan didn't work out so well, but I do like this composite sketch.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

a cat doodle dump...

sometimes ya just gotta! (do cat doodles that is).
What did you think I meant? ;)

yes, I know it's time to clean the scanner...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dark Years...

Posted by Arna:

THE DARK YEARS is a three-part animated docudrama. Produced by Barna-Alper Productions in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada and in association with History Television. You can see it on the History Channel this Friday, March 21, beginning at 3:00 PM. Start times are 3, 4, and 5 pm for the entire three parter.

Set in the 1930’s in Canada, it follows the path of the great Depression as told by reporters of The Toronto Star newspaper.

Our pal, John Halfpenny directed the animation, that is to say was co director of the three parter with documentarian Stephen Silver.

Here’s John in an interview describing the process.

This is an ambitious animated epic all done in FLASH, full of great moments. Though I feel it does not always ‘work’ in the story sense, I find its images always compelling. I love the rawness of the animated forms and the stark simplified way the characters move against the textured backgrounds. There is really nothing else like it.

Backgrounds for this epic evoke the art of the era, all the more remarkable since they were painted digitally by artists Maureen Paxton and Clive Powsey.

Here’s a still from a crazy sequence in which the reporter Gordon Sinclair interviews Adolph Hitler! Chuck Gammage did the animation posing for this sequence. Rex Hackelberg designed the characters for this part.

Go to the NFB multimedia pages and watch a bit of the film.

Friday, March 14, 2008

a last minute note...

At the Bloor Cinema tomorrow Saturday, March 15th_08, 4 pm:

Frédéric Back will be speaking at a screening of his films:

TAIS (The Toronto Animated Image Society) will be presenting a program of 80 minutes of 35mm film prints:

All Nothing


The Mighty River, 'Le Fleuve Aux Grandes Eaux'

The Man Who Planted Trees

Go! Saw 'The Mighty River' in Montreal last year. No words to describe the impact this film had on me on a small screen. I can't wait to see it up there on a full size screen.